What do you do with radishes?

I was thinking about posting some of the my favorite search terms people have used to find my blog. WordPress has really good information and statistics on who reads your blog and how they got there. Some of the search terms are logical, based on what I write. Some of them are quite sad and I wish I could reach back through to the Googler who initiated them. Those are mostly young women and the number of weeks pregnant they are. Others of them are bizarre. How HOW did anyone every find my blog using THAT keyword?!?! And some of them are downright amusing.

The problem is, if I tell you what they are, then I’ll just generate MORE searches on those search terms, and the searchers will think I’m mocking them and pretty soon it’ll get ugly.

Ok, ok, just one.

“prune juice” filled his diaper

AHAHAH! I know exactly which post generated that one. I’m just trying to figure out what you might be hoping to find on the internet with that unusual combination. But hey, if that’s your search term, I’m on Google’s second page.

Ahem. Getting back to my thesis.

A lot of the time I can tell that the people putting in the searches aren’t actually finding the answers to their questions on my blog. And I have an answer now to a really good, really hard question. Which I will repeat many times in slightly varying ways so that people who ask the internet, “What can I do with radishes?” will actually get a helpful answer.


If you’ve ever been in a CSA or farmshare, you know you get plenty of veggies that you’ve never eaten before in your life. Garlic scapes. Kohlrabi. Radishes. The standard procedure for these is to put them carefully into your ‘fridge until they’ve gone bad, at which point you can throw them out or compost them without compunction, maybe with a cheery little, “Too bad my radishes went bad. I was really looking forward to more delicious radish dishes.” Of course, you don’t know any radish dishes. You nibbled a little radish once and it was ok, but you can’t for the life of you figure out what you’re going to do with a whole bunch of radishes. Worst yet, Farmer Dave appears to love radishes and blesses you each and every week with more radishes and different varieties of radishes.

I have a solution to your radish problems.

I’m usually the sort of cook who works from a RECIPE. I measure the tablespoon of Italian seasoning in my chili, by gum. But I could not find a single recipe for radishes that looked yummy. So in desperation I thought:
Butter. Butter makes everything better. And oh, was I right!

So here it is. Brenda’s completely unhealthy solution to Farmer Dave’s radishes.

1) Carefully wash your radishes and remove the green stems
2) Slice the radishes thinly (about the width of a quarter)
3) Put a pat (1 – 2 tablespoons) of butter into a frying pan and melt it
4) Add radishes
5) I also added 5 scallions and a handful of chives, because Farmer Dave blessed me greatly. I suspect shallots would be fantastic.
6) Salt
7) Cook, stirring regularly, for about 10 minutes

Results: delicious buttery salty radishes. Mmmmmmmmm

So what do you do with radishes? Saute them with butter and onion-like materials, and enjoy. That’s what you do with radishes.

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Brenda currently lives in Stoneham MA, but grew up in Mineral WA. She is surrounded by men, with two sons, one husband and two boy cats. She plays trumpet at church, cans farmshare produce and works in software.

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