We learned how to make it by getting a hands-on lesson at Bellwether Farms, an excellent cheesemaker in Sonoma. Their ricotta is amazing—one taste and it's hard to go back to the substandard mass-market stuff.
Making ricotta normally takes at least 1 1/2 hours. It is slow, peaceful, and meditative. Here's my attempt to make it in 5 minutes, for TV:
How it works: Send in a breakfast or dessert recipe using either ricotta or fromage blanc (the other cheese in the magazine story, which we learned to make from Cowgirl Creamery), or go crazy and use both!
The prize: Free tickets to the festival (March 26-29), in Petaluma. Plus, we'll announce you and your recipe on stage, and we'll publish your recipe on Sunset's main website, in the food section.
To enter, click here.
Let's see your cheese chops!