Wonton Soup Recipe

Wonton Soup Recipe
A Chinese restaurant classic. The warm ginger and hearty pork dumplings make this delicious soup a classic comfort food. Tasting Guidelines Taste is savory. Weight is light. Texture is soft and soupy. Best categorized as Chinese American.
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Chicken Gumbo Recipe

Chicken Gumbo Recipe
The classic creole dish featuring the obligatory holy trinity of peppers, onions, and celery. The holy trinity is the Cajun version of mirepoix. Gumbo is fantastic in that it is both light and flavorful at the same time. Be careful with the rice. As a little can go a long way. If you put in too much rice, you will end up with a rice dish (not a soup) that tastes like gumbo. I have learned this from experience. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory, a little spicy, and aromatic. Weight is light. Texture is soft. Good for low to moderate side effects. Best categorized as Cajun/Creole.
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Corned Beef and Colcannon Recipe

Corned Beef and Colcannon Recipe
Corned beef and colcannon is a traditional meal eaten in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. This salty, savory dish is highlighted by its use of salted beef, boiled in a pot until tender. While it may be strange for the uninitiated no American-Irish St. Patrick’s Day would be complete without it. Tasting Guidelines: Taste of corned beef and colcannon is salty and savory. Taste of horseradish sauce is spicy. Weight is medium. Texture is soft. Best categorized as American.
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Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe
A classic Italian dish. Fairly popular in Italian restaurants until recently when it was disregarded and categorized as old fashioned. It is characterized by chicken breasts covered in tomatoes and veggies then baked in the oven until it is fork tender. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory, sweet, and a touch of spicy. Weight is light but can be balanced with savory and sugar. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to moderate side effects. Best categorized as family style Italian fare.
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Crab and Lobster Bisque Recipe

Crab and Lobster Bisque Recipe
This recipe is one of my personal favorites. Call me decadent, but I like to personally use crab and lobster. The weight of this recipe is much lighter than it seems when done correctly. This recipe is also very easy to make, as a rule of thumb, bisque is always lighter in weight than chowder. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory and aromatic. Weight is medium but can be balance with lemon juice. Texture is a thickened soup. Good for people with love to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as French.
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Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe
A classic Americanized Indian dish. It is famous for its use of curry, yogurt as a sauce, and delicious vegetables. This version is not very authentic but is made so that the average home cook can get a grasp on the flavors and have a new experience. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is spicy, savory, sweet, and tart with aromatic notes. Weight is medium but can be balanced with vinegar, lemon juice, and sugar. Texture is crunchy chicken and veggies in a medium consistency sauce. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as home cooked Indian goodness.
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Pasta Alla Marco Recipe

Pasta Alla Marco Recipe
Pasta alla marco is a fun and sassy pasta dish that adds variety to everyday pasta. Its bright color and fun textures make eating pasta fun and delicious. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory, sweet, and a little spicy. Weight is light to medium but can be balanced with vinegar and sugar. Texture is noodly and crunchy. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as modern Italian cuisine.
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London Broil Recipe

London Broil Recipe
A culinary classic. London broil is a specific cut of beef that when done incorrectly is like trying to eat a hockey puck. But when done correctly, it is a tender and flavorful steak and is affordable enough to feed the whole family. The key is to never over cook it and to always cut the steak at a 45-degree angle. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory and meaty. Weight is medium but can be balanced with salt and rosemary. Texture is firm and steaky. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as classic American. (Definitely not British)
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Spaghetti Alla Bolognese Recipe

Spaghetti Alla Bolognese Recipe
Very simply translated: spaghetti in the style of the Bolognese. The Bolognese are famous for their meat sauce. And it is fabulous over spaghetti. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory and sweet. Weight is medium but can be balanced with vinegar or lemon juice. Texture is soft and noodley. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as classic Italian.
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Pork Scaloppine Recipe

Pork Scaloppine Recipe
Pork scaloppine, also known as escalopes or fritter, is a classic ingredient in many Italian dishes including, but not limited to, pork parmesan, pork marsala, and pork saltimbocca. It is characterized by a thin piece of pork loin that has been butterflied, beat with a mallet, breaded, and deep fried or pan fried. This should always be served with a sauce as the pork itself is fairly boring and is the featured ingredient in my pork marsala recipe. I prefer to use the pork over the chicken as it has a more distinctive savory flavor and adds more character. Especially when paired with marsala wine sauce. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory. Weight is heavy but can be balanced with sauce. Texture is crunchy. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as classic Italian fare.
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Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe
A delicious if unauthentic American-Italian dish. The highlight of this dish is the excessive use of parmesan and the unashamed use of a generous cream sauce. This dish is another one of my family’s favorite recipes. It was first brought into our family by my grandparents neighborhood gourmet club. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory. Weight is heavy but can be balanced with lemon juice or vinegar. Texture is soft. Good for people with low treatment side effects. Emotional response of being warm and loved. Best categorized as American-Italian.
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Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
This recipe is for what I consider to be the easiest way to make a chicken pot pie. The biscuit dough on top adds a nice deviation from the standard flavorless pie crust and makes it fun to eat. The best thing about this dish is it tastes even better as leftovers. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory and hearty. Weight is medium-heavy but can be balanced with savory, vinegar, and sugar. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as classic American.
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Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Spaghetti Alla Carbonara Recipe
A classic Italian favorite. This dish has been Americanized by utilizing bacon (smoked cured pork belly) instead of pancetta (unsmoked pork belly) or guanciale (pork jowl), as would be used traditionally in Italy. This dish is a favorite in both America and Italy. And like all true Italian dishes, its brilliance is only matched by its simplicity. The single most difficult part of this dish is ensuring that the heat from the noodles cooks the egg sauce, not the heat from the pan. If done correctly, the egg sauce will bake into the noodles, trapping the pepper and the cheese against the noodle and leaving a dry, baked-on sauce. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is peppery, cheesy, and savory. Weight is heavy but can be balanced with Italian flat leaf parsley. Texture is dry and noodley. Good for people with low treatment side effects. Best categorized as authentic Italian.
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Parmesan Mushroom Marsala Rigatoni Recipe

Parmesan Mushroom Marsala Rigatoni Recipe
Filling and savory yet light sauce with fun Rigatoni noodles and chicken to round out the dish. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory with a hint of sweet. Weight is light and rich but can be balanced with parsley and basil. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as American-Italian.
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Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe
What would a cookbook be without a decent recipe for spaghetti and meatballs? My father-in-law, Tony’s favorite recipe. When he first had this dish, he was immediately transported back to his childhood. Growing up in an Italian family, he immediately declared that Me Maw would be very proud! This is also one of my mom’s favorite dishes and something she asked for weekly when she was going through chemo treatments. Jarred Sauce? FAH’ GET’ ABOUT IT! (Throw up hands in the air!) Don’t be chintzy! Make my marinara recipe in this book! Take the time and do it right! Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory and sweet. Weight is medium but can be balanced with lemon juice. Texture is meaty and noodley. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as Italian.
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Home-Style Marinara Recipe

Home-Style Marinara Recipe
A classic marinara sauce made with approval from my wife’s Sicilian family. Savory and aromatic with sweetness to balance out the acidity of the natural tomatoes. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory, sweet, and be aromatic. Weight is light but can be balanced with sugar. Texture is saucy. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects. Best categorized as classic Italian fare.
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Chinese Sticky Rice Recipe

Chinese Sticky Rice Recipe
A modified version of the classic Chinese favorite. The key to this dish really is the Chinese sausage. With its distinct flavor, it cuts through the rice and sets the dish apart. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is lightly sweet, savory, and aromatic. Weight is medium but can be balanced with vinegar and spicy. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to moderate side effects. Best categorized as Chinese.
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Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Chicken and Dumplings Recipe
Chicken and dumplings is the Southern equivalent to chicken noodle soup. When you are sick or you do not feel good, nothing else will do. And nobody will ever make it better than your mom or grandma. But here is how I made it for my mom when she went through chemotherapy. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory and aromatic. Weight is medium but can be balanced with vinegar. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as southern American.
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Coconut Curry Recipe

Coconut Curry Recipe
One of my personal favorite Asian soups. Whether it is specifically Vietnamese or Thai, is something for somebody else to debate. All I care is that it is freaking delicious! Tasting Guidelines: Taste is sweet and spicy with aromatic curry notes. Weight is medium but can be balanced with lemongrass. Texture is soupy. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as south east Asian.
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Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
An American classic. If there is somebody in the United States that has never heard of chicken noodle soup, they must live under the world’s largest rock. This dish is what I consider to be a slightly up-market take on the dish. This chicken noodle features big cuts of veggies, egg noodles, and a good aromatic quality. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory and aromatic. Weight is light but can be balanced with sugar and red wine vinegar. Texture is soupy. Good for people with moderate to severe treatment side effects. Best categorized as classic American.
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Pork Loin with Orange Sauce Recipe

Pork Loin with Orange Sauce Recipe
A surprisingly wonderful combination. The unique flavor of the pork combined with the natural sweetness of the oranges highlights the naturally sweet and savory character of the pork, creating a surprisingly light and delicious meal. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is sweet and savory. Weight is light but can be balanced with sugar. Texture is meaty. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as Mediterranean.
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Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Beef Stroganoff Recipe
A hearty egg noodle and gravy dish. Very easy to prepare and an infinite amount of variations. Odds are you have had this at some point in your life, whether in a school cafeteria, a TV dinner, or a high-end restaurant. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is rich and savory. Weight is heavy but can be balanced with vinegar. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effect. Best categorized as classic Russian.
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Baked Mac ‘n’ Cheese Recipe

Baked Mac ‘n’ Cheese Recipe
A classic casserole dish from the 1950s. This dish is characterized by it's ease of preparation and savory, cheesy flavor.

Tasting Guidelines:
Taste is savory and cheesy with a hint of salty.
Weight is heavy but can be balanced with vinegar.
Texture is soft.
Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects.
Best categorized as comfort food.
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Chili Recipe

Chili Recipe
Texas Disclaimer: To all the Texans out there: yes, I realize that “real chili” has no beans in it. But the purpose of this recipe is to provide a friendly, well-rounded chili that everyone can enjoy. This is a family recipe passed down from my grandfather to me. I have slightly modified it to make it friendlier for chemo and lighter overall. It is a good, all-around chili. It is very versatile and can be eaten as a meal, over pasta, or even over hot dogs if you like. If you feel like your chili might be missing something, I highly recommend adding some ketchup. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory, peppery, and a little sweet and tangy. Weight is medium but can be balanced with vinegar and ketchup. Texture is soft and chili like. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as classic American.
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Baked Potato Soup Recipe

Baked Potato Soup Recipe
Baked potato soup is a lovely recipe when you are in the mood for a hearty cup of soup. Very similar in construction to clam chowder. The appeal of baked potato soup is that without the seafood aspect, the dish loses its pungency and becomes more approachable. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory. Weight is medium but can be balanced with red wine vinegar. Texture is soupy. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as classic American.
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