It's both easy and rewarding to make your own cheese. This simple recipe for Day Cheese - a soft, Ricotta-like cheese - is fun and fantastically tasty. Recipe courtesy of the Edible Schoolyard staff in Berkeley, CA.
Creamy Arugula Pesto - Vegetarian Recipe
Basically it is the same recipe as regular basil pesto except switch out the basil for one cup arugula and one cup parsley then add in a 1/3 cup of ricotta to get the creaminess.
An exhaustive step-by-step pictorial guide to making yogurt in a crock-pot, complete with science, lore, and tips for success. Includes the directions for making yogurt ricotta should your yogurt fail to set.
As simple as it is to make ricotta, it still requires patience, perseverance, and a little bit of luck. Once you've mastered ricotta, you can move on to Ricotta Salata: a pressed, salted, and slightly aged cheese made from fresh ricotta.