That mild flavor and soft texture make cottage cheese a boon when it comes to cooking. This cheese doesn't melt, but the curds tend to dissolve into the background when mixed into a batch of muffins or used to round out a casserole. Because cottage cheese tends to be low in fat and high in protein, as dieter's have discovered, using cottage cheese is a way to bump up the healthiness of a recipe without greatly changing its flavor or texture.
To give you some ideas for how to use cottage cheese in your cooking, take a look at these dishes:
• Chickpea Casserole with Lemons, Herbs, and Shallots • Alsatian Cottage Cheese and Onion Tart • Lighter Stuffed Pasta Shells • Graham Cracker-Crusted and Pistachio-Flecked Cheese Torte • Quick Cinnamon Rolls • Heidi Swanson's Cottage Cheese Muffins
If you're interested in making your own cottage cheese at home, David Lebovitz has a great tutorial:
How do you cook with cottage cheese?
Related: On Making Soft Cheeses at Home