Risotto with Zucchini Petals and Basil

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  1. Heat stock over very low heat in small saucepan, and continue cooking.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in large saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Add onion, and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes, or until soft but not brown.
  4. Add rice, reduce heat to medium-low and stir for 1 minute.
  5. Add wine and salt.
  6. Stir rice continuously with large wooden spoon until all liquid is absorbed.
  7. Ladle in 1 cup of hot stock, and stir often while rice cooks gently.
  8. When rice absorbs first cup of stock, add second.
  9. Continue stirring and adding stock, always waiting until rice absorbs liquid before adding more, allowing about 30 minutes to cook.
  10. When done, rice is creamy and tender but with firm center.
  11. Stir in zucchini, and cook for 1 minute.
  12. Stir in cheese, remaining butter and basil.
  13. If necessary, add more stock to keep risotto moist and creamy—it should form a spreading mound if spooned onto plate.
  14. Stir in blossoms, if using.
  15. Season to taste.