Homemade Ricotta Cheese

This recipe for homemade ricotta cheese was adapted from Grace Pilato’s at About.com  It was perfect for my pasta dishes and the one that yielded the most cheese from a gallon of whole milk. Instead of distilled white wine vinegar, I used apple cider vinegar and I didn’t notice any difference in taste nor yield.  [...]

Edible Flowers: Lavender Ricotta Cheesecake with Crystallized Violets

Another dessert for my Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24 Cooking with Edible Flowers entry.  Adapted from a sicilian style cheesecake from allrecipes.com, this version flavors with lavender buds and then bake cheesecake crustless.  The cake was then drizzled with lavender honey and decorated with crystallized violets. Ingredients: 2 lbs ricotta cheese (you can use homemade ricotta [...]