Editor’s Note: What makes homemade blueberry pancakes really a treat? When they are topped with home-made ricotta cheese — and that’s easier than it sounds, too. blueberry pancakes with fresh cream

From-scratch cooking is as much yearned for as it is practiced. If you’re like most people, you’re so stretched that meal preparation is stripped to the bare essentials: rip open a few packages, add seasonings and serve. In a typical household, the designated cook prepares a little more than half the entrees her family eats, according…