I had the most amazing mushroom risotto recently, which immediately went home and copied. It went something like:
regular mushrooms, cut into bite-size but chunky pieces
fresh shitakes, take off the hard part of the stem and cut to same size
fry with butter until yummy
in a separate pan...
fry onion in butter
add white wine
then add chicken stock one ladle at a time, waiting until, as tamar adler describes, when you push the rice aside, liquid does not immediate fill the hole
at some point add finely chopped woodier herbs like rosemary
then later add finer herbs like thyme
when it's done, add parm and a squeeze of lemon, and salt and pepper to taste
THEN! make this amazing thing called gremolata by chopping together on a cutting board a clove of garlic, some lemon peel, and parsley. spinkle over each individual serving.
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