This past Sunday Charlyne and I headed down to the New Amsterdam Market. Various farmers and vendors from New York and the Northeast come together about once a month for the event sharing artisan made breads, cheese, grass fed meat and much more. New York City’s Sullivan Street Bakery was there and we couldn’t resist buying bread from them. We bought a loaf of olive bread and a raisin walnut bread as well. Naragansett Creamery from Rhode Island made the trip to the market and brought with them a really fantastic ricotta cheese that we couldn't leave behind.
If you live near a dairy farmer that makes ricotta or if you have access to a local farmers market, buy freshly made ricotta and try it out. There is a night and day difference between freshly made ricotta and store bought ricotta. It will be a bit pricier but it is worth every single penny and I promise you will thank me.
Save the store bought ricotta for lasagna because it can stand up to bolder flavors. To really enjoy the delicate creaminess of fresh ricotta, serve a small dollop with fresh berries or….smear a little bit on a great piece of bread for breakfast like we did. It is amazing how something so simple can be so decadent.