No intimidation here—with these recipes you'll master the art of risotto in no time.
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
Feeling generous? Make a batch to keep for yourself, then prep one to share. To give as a gift, pour rice in a jar and top with dried mushrooms. Bundle the thyme and bay leaf in a cheese cloth sachet, and place in a jar. Along with a copy of this recipe, you could also give a bottle of red wine like Barbera or pinot noir or a wedge of Parmigiano-Reggiano.