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An Easy New Dessert with Fresh Strawberries

By Wendy Ruopp, April 16, 2014 - 11:05am

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I can hardly wait for strawberry-picking season to roll around each summer—and then, when we finally get to go pick strawberries, I can hardly wait to get them home before eating most of them. But next time I have a bounty of ruby-sweet berries, I’m committed to saving at least 3 cups of them for a refreshing and super-simple desert that celebrate the best of strawberries.

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This recipe for Vanilla Strawberries with Lemon Ricotta is by sustainable-food advocate and chef Jesse Ziff Cool. (To read more about sustainable organic strawberry farming, see the full story here.) She suggests we indulge even further and serve the berries on whole-milk ricotta, with ginger cookies on the side; we found it just as delicious with part-skim ricotta—but it’s nice to have options. And fresh strawberries!

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Vanilla Strawberries with Lemon Ricotta
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Makes: 4 servings, 1/2 cup ricotta & 1/2 cup berries each
Active time: 20 minutes | Total: 35 minutes
To make ahead: Prepare Step 1 up to 2 hours ahead.

Simple and perfect, this strawberry-and-ricotta dessert recipe dresses up the basic combination of strawberries and ricotta just a bit, but it’s still quite unadorned, so make it when you have great strawberries. Part-skim ricotta is used to keep calories and saturated fat in check in this easy dessert, but for a real indulgence try it with whole-milk ricotta.

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TAGS: Wendy Ruopp, Food Blog, Dessert, Entertaining, What's in season

Wendy Ruopp
Wendy Ruopp has been the managing editor of EatingWell for most of her adult life. Although she edits all the recipes for the magazine, her husband does the cooking at home.

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