Mascarpone is the magic ingredient in the Italian dessert Tiramisu. Not long ago, the word mascarpone would draw quizzical looks. Nowadays, the distinctly Italian-sounding name is the only thing obscure about this velvety, rich cream cheese. The fresh, high quality Vermont cream from the local St. Albans Cooperative is cooked at a high temperature until it is thick, smooth, and sweet. For desserts, whip, sweeten, and serve with fresh berries, or poached pears. Swirl it into soups or fold it into risotto and polenta, mix it with Parmesan cheese and fill raviolis or layer it in lasagna.