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Radishes with Ricotta

I so enjoyed this book called The Unprejudiced Palate by Angelo Pellegrini.  It was a great choice by my Cook the Books Book Club, which reads books about foods, cooking, chefs... anything with food as a theme. This gentle book on the reminders of fine living was written nearly 60 years ago!  When I picked up my copy, it had a foreword by Mario Batali and was edited by Ruth Riechl, so I didn't know that when I started.  The advice given within the book is still very relevant today.

Advice for the type of wine to drink (and make!), what vegetables to grow and why, how to keep fruit fresh and the best way to make a sauce are all inside this delightful book. This will be a book I return to to make simple delicious meals!

This book inspired me to grow radishes this spring.  I cannot wait to put in rows of various kinds, from the Easter Egg variety to French Breakfast and Round Black Spanish.  Don't they sound delicious?

Here's my first recipe, inspired by the book.

Radishes with Creamy Ricotta

by Terri Steffes
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Ingredients (4 servings)
  • 1 c creamy ricotta
  • 1 T good olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 bunches of radishes, cleaned, trimmed, halved
Place ricotta in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Dip radishes into the ricotta and oil. Devour.
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  1. Sounds really good! I've braised radishes with butter and honey, now I'm wondering about serving them over a plop of ricotta. Thanks!

  2. Ooh, I've never thought of radishes and ricotta together, but I love fresh radishes with salted bread and butter, so I imagine this provides the same kind of creamy and salty contrast to the spicy crunch of the radish. I must try this soon!

  3. I love radishes, especially on buttered bread lots of salt. This is a very unique take and sounds good.

  4. This books sounds like it is filled with timeless information and would be a great add to my collection. I'm looking forward to planting season and radishes are on my list, so is this recipe. We would love for you to share this at Celebrate Your Story Link Party. The party goes live every Monday at 8pm. Here’s the link for this week’s party and we hope that you can join us. http://www.thesweetsensations.com/are-you-ready-for-easter/
    Have a great week and fun holiday.

  5. Now you have me wanting to plant radishes in my garden, thanks! Your recipe looks great! Thanks so much for joining the Dishing It & Digging It Link Party. Hope you make some new friends. Have a great day!

  6. What an interesting combination!! I'm sure the peppery radishes work really well with the smooth ricotta. Thanks for linking up to Dishing It & Digging It!!

  7. I am growing radishes right now in our garden, so how perfect is this recipe for me:) We love radishes in our home, and they always, always go into our nightly salad, and now I have a new way to serve them!
    Thank you so much for this recipe and for sharing this Spring recipe with us at Thoughts Of Home On Thursday!

  8. I never would have thought to pair these items together! Thanks for adding it to the Get It Together link party!!

  9. Terri I never thought about this pairing but it sounds delicious. Thank you for linking up this wonderful post on Thoughts of Home on Thursday. May you have a glorious Easter!

  10. Glad you enjoyed the book, Terri and glad to read it inspired to plant radishes. I wish you a plentiful harvest. I like also radish greens: they add a peppery note to a mix of leafy green vegetables. Thank you for your contribution to this edition of Cook the Books.

  11. I need to go out and put some more radishes in the ground. The last ones didn't make it. But, what a great combination with the ricotta.

  12. Your dish looks lovely Terri! Yum!

  13. This sounds so fresh and delicious. The peppery radishes combined with the creamy cheese sounds perfect. Glad that you enjoyed the book, I had a difficult time seeing past the authors personality.

  14. How beautiful! And I'm glad I wasn't the only one who really enjoyed this book!

    We grew radishes last year and were so pleased to find how easy and rewarding they are! No room this year, we've planted loads of garlic.

  15. Thine radishes look beautiful. What an inspiring dish, Terri.

  16. It's taken me a while to become a radish fan but as I worked my way there I found roasting them and combining them with cheese were big helps. ;-) I like them with feta but now you make me want to try them with ricotta, I love how simple and elegant this is--what a great way to start a dinner.

  17. I think radishes are under-rated and loved seeing this recipe. And I loved the book once I got to the 2nd half.


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