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Harvest Tacos // the year in food

It wasn’t my plan to step away from this site for so long, but doing so honestly felt really good. I marvel at how my foray into blogging was the antidote to what I was doing at the time (which I loved, but needed a break from.) And now, it’s being off the internet, and ideally out in the woods or dining with friends, that is the antidote. Really, it’s just being present in the world in a way that engages all of my senses.

Summer is, more than any other season, best off the internet. Best outside. I wasn’t completely offline, far from it. But that bold missive by Patton Oswalt at the beginning of the summer – Summer is upon us, and I’ve got a bad case of the spurts – never left me.

Harvest Tacos // the year in food

Anyway, the season is shifting and I’m back, home from an epic trip to Alaska, with a whole bunch of exciting new projects lined up, and my face against a screen. There are a few more Bay Area book dates too:

This Sunday, September 14th, in conversation with Erin Scott at Book Passage in Corte Madera.

Thursday, September 18th, at Books Inc in San Francisco.

Saturday, September 20th, 2pm, a demo at Macy’s in Union Square, San Francisco.

Harvest Tacos // the year in food

I love September’s clash of summer glory and autumn quiet. It’s such a great time of year for produce. These tacos embrace the middle place that is so very September. It doesn’t have to be corn, cauliflower and tomatoes. The spirit of these tacos is in celebrating the transition from summer to fall. Delicata squash, brussels sprouts, and heirloom peppers would be equally perfect.

Makes about 6
inspired by The Forest Feast

A couple months ago, Erin Gleeson and I collaborated on a dinner. She made some awesome tacos from her cookbook, The Forest Feast. I think that that’s part of the magic of Erin’s book: it is so delightfully simple, in the best possible, most dynamic way. I followed that simplicity as a jumping off point, and added some Sungold cherry tomatoes, because we need lots of those while they’re around, and some cilantro, because a taco feels incomplete to me without cilantro. (Cilantro haters of the world will disagree, no doubt.)

1 small head cauliflower, diced
2 ears fresh, sweet corn, kernels removed from cob
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons Tabasco smoked chipotle pepper sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

To serve:

Corn tortillas
1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese
Greek yogurt
Cherry tomatoes, halved
Tabasco jalapeño green pepper sauce

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Toss the cauliflower and corn with the chipotle pepper sauce, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet, and roast for 15-20 minutes, mixing once or twice, until golden brown and cooked through.

While the veg roasts, warm the corn tortillas, either directly over a low flame on the stove, or wrapped in foil in a toaster oven.

To serve, spoon some of the corn and cauliflower mixture into a warmed tortilla. Add a dollop of yogurt, some cherry tomatoes, the feta and cilantro, and finish with the green pepper sauce.

*This post is made as part of the Tabasco Tastemakers series, following my amazing visit to Tabasco headquarters in March of this year.

Harvest Tacos // the year in food

  • Nicole - I hope you enjoyed your time away, it sounds wonderful. What beautiful corn! I love tacos of all kinds and these are especially pretty. Welcome back :)ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - So many awesome flavours in these tacos. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - YUMMMMMMMMMMY! I want to come over! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sara - I love the flavors of the transition period too. September is magical! These tacos look great.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Oh hey, welcome back :) Hope some real-life living was kind to you (it sounds like it was). This time of year is my favourite for the “middle space” aspect that you mention. I live for that cozy and bright September duality. Sweet tac’s dude! xoReplyCancel

  • thefolia - Viva la taco…always a hit in our nest. Happy Nesting.ReplyCancel

  • Ashlae - Summer is certainly best off the internet, but I’m happy you’re back. With tacos.ReplyCancel

  • Liz @ Floating Kitchen - Welcome back! It must have been wonderful to unplug for a little bit, even if only partially. These tacos look perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn - Oh, I’m so with you. Summer is so fleeting that I feel like the only way to try and capture it, even if just for a moment, is to be totally present in the world. I hope you’ve had a great few months and have had a chance to reflect on all the amazing stuff you’ve done this year. Plus, I’m never going to turn down a taco…ReplyCancel

  • PassTheKnife - What a glorious summer it was, I’m coming into fall refreshed. Perfect tacos to celebrate the beginning of a new season!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - This looks delicious! Simply blissful!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - What brand tortillas? I haven’t found any that are soy freeReplyCancel

  • Elenore - Kimberley, you write “being present in a way that engages all of your senses” and there really is nothing else to it.

    I’m happy that you’ve filled your soul with some real life awesomeness and these tacos, gorgeous.. OMG!!! I can’t wait to get to SF and meet you for realz very soon!

    and I’m SO crazy excited for your True Nourishment photo essay! Wihooo flippin’ amazing!

    Lotsa love,

  • Elenore - ..I forgot to mention: These pictures! Incredible! I think you just outdid yourself <3ReplyCancel

  • Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen - These tacos look delicious – I love the idea of roasted cauliflower in a taco – genius!ReplyCancel

  • Gaby - How can I get a plate of that?!ReplyCancel

  • Valeria - I am with you here – I tried to live summer more deeply and in a more present way. It really goes in the blink of an eye, leaving us missing it for nine more months. Love these tacos – so vibrant and nutritious! xReplyCancel

  • Angela Brown - Loving these corn pics–beautiful light!! And I totally agree–I love how this time of year my local farm stand is a perfectly balanced combo of the best of both summer and fall :)ReplyCancel

  • ami@naivecookcooks - This looks so so delish!!ReplyCancel

  • Meg @ Beard and Bonnet - These tacos are brilliant!!! Pinning.ReplyCancel

  • Emilie@TheCleverCarrot - Hi Kimberley! I am so glad I stumbled upon your site. What a treat for the senses and such gorgeous, healthy recipes. Love love love. Glad you’re back on the scene (breaks are definitely much needed) and looking forward to reading some more :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristen Cottrell - I am twenty four year student who loves to eat healthy. However, when it comes to cooking I am not very good at it. I decided it is time to start to learn how to cook and eat others foods besides yogurt and salads. I went online and look for healthy recipes and came across your blog. Your Harvest Tacos look delicious and not hard to replicate. I am exciting to put my “not so experienced” cooking skills to the test. Thank you so much for this recipe. Cant wait for the outcome.ReplyCancel

  • Arika M. - That looks so fresh and amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Sini | My Blue&White Kitchen - These tacos look absolutely amazing! The perfect food to serve to friends and family.
    I also want to say how much I’ve loved your book so far; I finally got it a few weeks ago. I’ve already made a bunch of recipes, such as the candied ginger granola (my mom says it’s the best granola she has ever had), and will make the red bell pepper soup tonight. Thank you so much for sharing your food with us on both your blog and in your book. xoReplyCancel

  • Caroline - These are beautiful. I love simple, fresh tacos that come together quickly.ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina Modelle - Kimberly, these photos are so beautiful. Felt like I was there with you… well almost.
    We are still getting some summer produce at the farmers market, but I’m afraid the corn is all gone. Oh well, saving this in my file for next summer.ReplyCancel

  • Sara - Oh my heavens–am I head over heels about this!ReplyCancel

  • jennifer - The taco’s look amazing. very very yummy and amazing pictures.
    Keep the great work up :)


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