Fresh, creamy ricotta in OC
I'm searching for some fresh, creamy ricotta in Orange County.
My first choice would be ricotta from Calabro, but I can't seem to find it anywhere. Has anybody seen it sold here in Orange County?
And, Calabro isn't sold in OC, what are your favorites and recs for ricotta in Orange County? Something from Gioa?
Are you looking for sheep's milk or cow's milk? I've seen fresh cow's-milk ricotta from Bellwether Farms (in Sonoma County) at a Bristol Farms location -- in OC, now that I think of it -- and later got Wally's Wines on Westwood to special-order the Bellwether sheep's milk for me. The latter was very pungent and made excellent ricotta gnocchi from the Zuni Café Cookbook by Judy Rodgers (although not as good as what Judy serves at the restaurant).
As you are undoubtedly a cook may I suggest making your own? Its really easy. I was shocked at how easy. Here's a link to the article that got me started, http://www.saveur.com/gallery/How-To-.... I use Trader Joe's organic milk and heavy cream, both of which are of excellent quality and flavor. The animal rennet is a little harder to find; here in LA we have an excellent beer, wine and cheesemaking shop in the west Valley. I am sure there are equivalents in OC. My homemade ricotta is a difference in kind, not in degree from any I have ever tasted, and I am sure yours will be as well. Enjoy.
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Costco of all places had some artisan ricotta from a local a few weeks ago. Sorry but I forgot the name of the purveyor.