as I languishingly stir my risotto tonight.....it occurred to me that risotto is truly my muse.
Nearly anything that is in the pantry/freezer/fridge can be stirred in to risotto and create a fabulous meal.
What kitchen ingredient and/or dish is your favorite muse?
Breadpudding, honey. Anyway at all. I'm not a dessert eater but find it difficult to pass up bp on a menu. I think of some of the real winners I've had, custardy, dense, fruity, savory, fluffy, and all their many sauces, and I still swoon. I think I always try bp because I like to be surprised. And it's so great to experiment with. I'm seldom disappointed.
first thing that comes to mind for me is eggs. frittatas, omelettes, scrambles - with endless combinations of vegetables, herbs, spices, proteins & condiments.
and i know some people might think this one is sort of lame, but i love creating really complex & unique salads, enhanced with homemade dressings & fresh herbs.
ETA: i thought of some more....
yogurt & cottage cheese. sweet, savory, meal, dessert, B, L or D. such versatility!
oatmeal - i've come up with scores of preparations that vary with prep method, flavoring, add-ins/garnishes.
and the last one [i promise] for the baker in me...muffins.