Spices can be such a mystery to many people who are trying to put together a meal that has an enjoyable flavor.  What tastes good with what food?  Spices don’t look appetizing enough to have a spoonful of them to see how they taste.  How they taste in their natural form is not necessarily the same flavors given when cooked in a meal. 

This basic recipe serves as a perfect blank canvas for whatever you want to pair with it. This risotto is creamy and subtle on its own or dress up with caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, or peas.