ricotta strawberry cake

© Christina Holmes

Over-the-Top Dessert: For this elegant, no-bake cheesecake, chef Nicolaus Balla ferments his own farmer’s cheese (a kind of cottage cheese). Ricotta mixed with cream cheese makes a delicious substitute for the filling, which is incredibly light, delicately sweet and wonderful inside the crumbly graham cracker crust.

Recipe: Farmer’s Cheesecake with Strawberries