15 ways to use fresh cheese

Get your favorite fresh cheese (or make it yourself), then use your riches in these recipes

Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes

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Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes

Ricotta makes these pancakes light and fluffy. At San Diego’s Crest Cafe, which created them, they’re served with sliced fresh fruit and a drizzle of warm berry coulis.

Recipe:  Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes

A vegetarian dish of Sweet-Potato Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Spinach, using ricotta.

Photo by Leigh Beisch; styling by Dan Becker

Sweet-Potato Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Spinach

Use a bit of your precious batch to add sweetness and moisture to any kind of gnocchi―and leaven the somewhat heavier texture of potatoes (even sweet potatoes.)

Recipe:  Sweet-Potato Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Spinach

Chicken, Corn, and Tomato Pasta Salad

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Chicken, Corn, and Tomato Pasta Salad

Toss together shredded chicken with orzo pasta, sweet corn, chopped red onion, and basil. Add a ricotta-lemon dressing. Dinner's ready.

Recipe:  Chicken, Corn, and Tomato Pasta Salad 

Coppa, Ricotta, and Arugula Pizza recipe

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Coppa, Ricotta, and Arugula Pizza

Mild, delicate ricotta complements and smoothens the roughness of this pizza’s other, more boldly flavored toppings: coppa (a spicy cured meat) and peppery arugula.

Recipe:  Coppa, Ricotta, and Arugula Pizza

Chocolate-fromage brownies

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Chocolate-fromage brownies

Lord have mercy, are these ever good. The tart yet rich fresh cheese entwines with fudgy goodness in each bite of brownie.

Recipe:  Chocolate-Fromage Blanc Brownies

Fromage blanc

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8 quick tips from a fromage blanc artisan

Cheese artisan Kurt Beecher Dammeier (near left) of Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, in Seattle, shares his thoughts on wonderful fast ways to use this creamy, tangy fresh cheese.

More:  A taste of local cheese from Pike Place Market

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