Get your favorite fresh cheese (or make it yourself), then use your riches in these recipes
Once you’ve made the quick Fresh Chive Cheese, creating this recipe is just a matter of slicing the cheese and some top-quality summer tomatoes.
Recipe: Tomato and Herb Salad with Fresh Chive Cheese
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
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
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
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
For one of the easiest desserts you can make with fresh cheese, lighten fromage blanc with a little whipping cream, scatter berries on top, and drizzle with warm honey.
Recipe: Strawberries with Fromage Blanc and Lemon Honey
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
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.
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