I set up this blog initially to do my "six degrees of preparation" thing. It started out a few years ago: I always told people that, given a single ingredient, I could come up with four to six recipes for that ingredient. Keep in mind that this wasn't a contest or an idle boast, just my notion of how any cook needs to be creative in the kitchen when confronted with one ingredient and a deadline to put a meal on the table. It also assumes that the cook has a reasonably well-stocked pantry, too.
So, after a month or so of blogging recipes, I'm starting in. A can of tomatoes. I'm staring at a can of tomatoes. For argument's sake here, let's say this is a 28-ounce or 35-ounce can of whole, peeled, Italian tomatoes.
Here's what I'm going to make:
Six Degrees of Preparation: a 35-ounce can of tomatoes
• Marinara sauce
• Puttanesca sauce or similar variants
• Tomato soup
• "Gravy" (Neapolitan meat sauce) [http://6degreesofprep.blogspot.com/2010/01/meat-sauce-gravy.html]
• Quick "gravy"
• Spanish rice
Any of these items would make the centerpiece of a good meal.
Now I have to put down the recipes for all these!
Friday, January 29, 2010
Six degrees of preparation: a can of tomatoes
Dave loves to eat, and cook, and feed his family and friends. Thankfully Dave's family and friends like to eat what he cooks. Dave has achieved the Great American Dream -- suburban banality. He cooks from his modestly appointed kitchen in the leafy suburbs of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, a stone's throw from Philadelphia. Stop by for dinner. Or lunch. Or breakfast.