There's such an 80s diet feel to cottage cheese, that, whenever I buy it, I feel like I should flick my perm and rush off to an aerobics class. This is strange, as I buy it a lot. Despite the horrible dieting rep, I love it. I'm sure if it was Italian and double the price we'd all like it a lot more, but it suffers from its familiarity. I had some (cheap) ricotta last night and I swear my creamy cottage cheese is ten times nicer.
I like to tart it up a bit with some lemon zest, a few thyme leaves, pepper and a glug of olive oil. And then I put it on everything from crumpets to jacket potatoes. It's a good alternative to the ubiquitous (in our house anyway) cheddar cheese. The kids love it too.