55 comments

  1. says:

    June 25, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Love these pictures and I totally know what you mean about the word ‘tartine’. although I love the way ‘crostini’ sounds as well :) I have a friend who likes EVERY cheese but ricotta! But she is a fig fan for sure. I’ve got to make this for her to change her mind.

    • tworedbowls says:

      June 25, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      Haha!! I’m glad I’m not alone (both re: the word tartine and liking every cheese but ricotta!) Thanks so much, Medha :)

  2. says:

    June 25, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I still think ricotta in lasagna is just weird (it seems to be more of an American thing – I hardly ever see it in UK recipes). I tried it once and was put off by the texture (which you describe so perfectly). A smear of homemade ricotta on a piece of bread though is a whole different thing. So beautiful, friend!

    • tworedbowls says:

      June 26, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      I am so with you on ricotta in lasagna! I always thought bechamel sounded so much tastier, and still do despite my ricotta recovery ;) Thank you so much, Kathryn! (And looking forward to seeing you whenever you do come to NY!!)

  3. says:

    June 25, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I’ve been meaning to do some more DIY recipes recently, but of course there hasn’t been time for doing. It’s weird how much stuff we can miss out on in inexplicable ways, isn’t it? To this day, I don’t much like avocado or curry, but I’ve become a convert of eggplant, mushroom, and a whole slew of other things. Glad to have you on board the cheese bandwagon! I could use a great tartine in my life.

    • tworedbowls says:

      June 26, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      Best bandwagon ever!! ;) Thanks, Ala! I hope you try the homemade ricotta — it’s the best kind of DIY, easy and hands-off :)

  4. sherriewfal says:

    June 25, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Cynthia these photos are delicious, yes delicious!! I’m totally drooling over this one. And sidenote – funny thing that you mentioned using the word tartine. My latest recipe {decided to go with open-face sammie, cause that’s really want it is} I went back and forth on tartine – crostini – tartine – crostini – obviously tartine should always win.

    You’re the best!
    XO SHERRIE

    • tworedbowls says:

      June 26, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      Hahaha omg I’m so glad I’m not the only one who contemplated this!! I gotta say “open-face sammie” has a nice ring to it ;) and they were gorgeous, by the way! Thank you so much for your kind words, Sherrie <3

  5. says:

    June 25, 2014 at 10:32 am

    I have been dying to make homemade ricotta for so long. This just look too good and the tartines? I need those in my life!! Great recipe…um and photos! :)

  6. says:

    June 25, 2014 at 10:33 am

    So happy you recovered from your distaste for cheese! Imagine what you would have missed…pizza, these tartines aka crostinis, etc. So much goodness gone!!
    I love the sound of these fig tartines (aren’t figs gorgeous?) AND the way you used negative space in these shots. Well done, friend!

    • tworedbowls says:

      July 1, 2014 at 8:29 am

      RIGHT?! I shudder to think of how deprived my life would have been. ;) Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments, Sini — they always make my mornings!

  7. says:

    June 25, 2014 at 11:01 am

    As I read your post, for some reason, I feel as if your were the little Cynthia (again), and I am the adult listening to your story with joy :) What a lovely feeling!!!

    I am so glad you finally ‘joy’ force with cheese (& indigestion) :)
    Love this recipe and your photographs, as always. :)

  8. says:

    June 25, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Your photos are absolutely stunning, and your story about the Kraft cheese singles made me laugh so hard. Can’t wait to try this recipe — I absolutely love tartines, and fig, ricotta, and honey sounds like a brilliant combination.

  9. says:

    June 25, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Cynthia, I can’t get over how beautiful your photography and photo styling is. Every new post has me swooning. I can imagine how much time and care you take with each dish you make and blog post you create. This is a lovely post. I’m the pickiest eater in my family. There are things that I absolutely will not eat, while everyone around me munches happily. I just can’t with wet, sour cheeses (like ricotta, feta, blue, goat). Ricotta I’ll eat if it’s baked or cooked into something else. Your gorgeous tartines are making me change my mind!

  10. thevixenlife says:

    June 25, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    These look lovely! I’ve made paneer cheese at home, but haven’t tried making ricotta yet. The processes are pretty much identical, so I really need to try this!! I love ricotta! I also love your idea to change up the acid to change the flavour.

  11. says:

    June 25, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    I mean, I feel like I dreamed about these, and then I woke up and you had manifested them into real little things that actually exist, albeit a few thousand miles away, which is not helpful (to me) in the least. So back at square one, I suppose, which is: dreaming. Although in a less lazy version of today, I guess it could also be: making. As in, my own batch using the handy dandy recipe you’ve so kindly supplied. (I’m kind of having writer’s block with a post I’m working on at the moment, so I’m rambling — can you tell? Sorrrrrry…..) To put it differently: I heart you. <3

  12. cakeoversteak says:

    June 25, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I also hated ricotta as a child. I think it was because I had it in things like lasagna and baked ziti, which I just don’t like. It comes from my disgust for ground beef. These were my problems. Now I LOVE IT. I think I also fell in love with it thanks to a similar “tartine” at a tapas restaurant in philly that incorporated herbs and lavender honey. *swoon* So this gets an A+ from me. Also, my adult self is totally jealous of your younger self for having a fig tree in the backyard.

  13. says:

    June 25, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Um this is so incredibly beautiful. As always. You seriously slay me with those gorgeous photos. This could not be more perfect timing since I just bought a crapton of cream/whole milk/milk to make ice cream but now I have a ton left over…cheese galore!! So funny how drastically our tastebuds can change over time…I was also not a huge fan of ricotta as a kid, but I can’t imagine life without it now (lasagna! pancakes! these tartines!). I’m so happy that I finally grew into liking eggplant + mushrooms…but regretful that I now adore cheesecake and whipped cream. Oh my waistline ><

  14. says:

    June 25, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    oh my gawd, I’ve always wanted to try making my own ricotta. . you just may have inspired me to finally do it! My daughter, who is 7, is convinced cheese is the grossest thing in the world and apparently hates the smell of cheese. she seems to be turning a corner though. . I stopped telling her “yes” when she would ask if there was cheese in whatever I made . . I’m hoping that she has a change of heart eventually. . maybe I should buy some kraft singles, eh? it’s pretty hilarious because we are now living in Wisconsin, America’s Dairyland and I’m working with Wisconsin cheese so we have – at any given time- at least 5 different cheeses in the fridge. anyway, eating ricotta with a spoon straight out of the cheesecloth sounds heavenly and I absolutely LOVE the fig and honey tartines you have here. simply beautiful!

  15. says:

    June 25, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    haha! you killed me with your non-cheese-eating-young-cynthia story! i could totally see how the cafeteria lasagna dissuaded you from all things ricotta. oddly enough, i find that it’s always the noodle portion of the dish that makes or breaks the lasagna as a whole (i’m sure you’re super interested to hear this! haha). photos are gorg, as per usual – loving all that light! xo

  16. says:

    June 25, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    there are so many things that i used to hate as a child that i absolutely LOVE now so i know exactly how you feel cynthia :)

    as always, gorgeous photos! your giant window is lovely! :D

  17. says:

    June 25, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    I have been meaning to try Frankie’s!! These tartines are gorgeous and they sound delicious!! Isn’t it so funny how our tastebuds / preferences change? I used to hate peanut butter! And lettuce. strange I know :)

  18. says:

    June 26, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Ok – so ricotta, honey and fig is ambrosia. Fact. So happy that you’ve come round to that way of thinking :)
    But making your own ricotta…fabulous. Amazing. I’ve never been brave enough to try to make my own cheese – but you’ve inspired me to try. Thanks, Cynthia! Xx

  19. says:

    June 26, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Hahaha oh, I love your woeful food-blind stories! We all have them, I’m sure. Mine is mushrooms. They used to make me sick, and now, I can’t get enough! I was making ricotta on Sunday morning for some pizzas later, and my husband was like:: “Why is store-bought ricotta so grainy and gross?” And I did not have an answer except that I likewise abhor it. Homemade is a simple reward for little effort! Cynthia, your photos are knocking it out of the park. Seriously! I love third from the bottom ESPECIALLY. So much talent, lady!

    (PS, making your cold kimchi noodles AGAIN this weekend to take to a cookout. You’re welcome, cookout attendees! Those noodles are tha best!)

  20. says:

    June 26, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Oh man, I was a total ricotta hater as a child–mostly because of similar horrifying school lunch moments :) But this ricotta looks like something I can get behind. Absolutely gorgeous photos!

  21. says:

    June 27, 2014 at 4:04 am

    Oh man I LOVE ricotta. It’s one of my favorite thing ever. Ricotta gelato with caramelized figs. My God.
    I want try making my own – I really should at some point, just for the heck of it.

    I’m sharing a little secret over here…I take the mozzarella off my pizza, or order it without.
    *runs and hides*

  22. says:

    June 28, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Oh, I love cheese. Always, always have – my whole family does – but especially me.

    I also prefer the word tartine to crostini. It’s just a nicer word, and it doesn’t involve that “tini” ending, which sounds a little twee.

    ANd these look delicious. Ricotta AND figs, yum!

    • tworedbowls says:

      July 1, 2014 at 8:40 am

      I haven’t personally, but I saw links for it when I was researching it and it sounds incredible! Have you? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  23. says:

    June 30, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    I too used to have a strong dislike for various cheese. Ricotta was the one cheese that I dared not touch. I had a bad experience and that was enough for me. But then, by accident I finally tried homemade ricotta and I fell in LOVE. I love the way you presented it here. The marriage of fresh ricotta, figs, and honey is genius. btw… I am looking forward to your joint post with Molly!

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