Friday, January 29, 2010

Six degrees of preparation: a can of tomatoes

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)  []
•  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!

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