Hot and Sour Soup Recipe

Hot and Sour Soup Recipe
The Chinese restaurant classic! Spicy, Savory, and a little sour. It is most definitely an acquired taste, but once you develop your palate for this soup you will find yourself craving it on cold winter days! Tasting Guidelines: Taste is spicy, savory, and sour. Weight is medium. Texture is soft and soupy. Best categorized as Chinese 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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Tabouleh Recipe

Tabouleh Recipe
Pronounced Tuh-Boo-Lee. A classic Mediterranean dish. Traditionally made with cracked burghul wheat. It is a perfectly light side dish. The recipe has been Americanized slightly by substituting couscous for the wheat. But it still maintains its texture, palate cleansing effects, and pop of freshness. This dish is a perfect palate cleanser because it contains not one but two types of palate cleansers which are fresh Italian parsley and fresh squeezed lemon. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is fresh and clean. Weight is super light but can be balanced with olive oil. Texture is grainy. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects. Especially good for severe side effects to get rid of strong metallic tastes. Best categorized as Mediterranean.
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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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Pesto Recipe

Pesto Recipe
A northern Italian favorite. A simple sauce made from basil leaves. It is incredibly versatile and can be placed on anything that is of a lighter weight. Especially good with chicken. Pesto was huge in the 80’s and 90’s, which was captured in the iconic sitcom Seinfeld where George (paraphrased) says, “Ya know? I just don’t care for pesto.” Tasting Guidelines: Taste is clean. Weight is light but can be balanced with Parmesan. Texture is saucy. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects. Best categorized as northern Italian.
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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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Mushrooms with Parsley Recipe

Mushrooms with Parsley Recipe
This is another one of those dishes where its brilliance is exceeded only by its simplicity. Perfect to eat with some nice, crusty bread. Its light but savory character will make you wish for lots of sunshine and a cool Mediterranean breeze. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is light and savory. Weight is light but can be balanced with lemon juice and parsley. Texture is soft. Good for people low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as Mediterranean.
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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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Pitas Recipe

Pitas Recipe
Pitas are the simplest form of bread. Pitas are the Eastern Mediterranean equivalent of French bread. They are good with everything. Pitas are good by themselves, served with a spread like hummus or baba ghannouj. With a little extra oil, they are perfect for sandwiches. They are very easy to make, but there is a learning curve. Especially when learning when the dough is properly proofed. When pitas are properly proofed, the dough is malleable and easy to work with and will retain the shape you stretch it out to. When improperly proofed, they will be difficult to work with. The other important part of making pitas is to make sure that you kneed the dough properly to develop nice long gluten proteins. Otherwise, they will not poof correctly and will be difficult to stretch. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is sweet and savory with yeasty undertones. Weight is medium. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as Eastern Mediterranean.
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Peperonata Recipe

Peperonata Recipe
A classic Italian dish. It is extremely versatile and can be used in many different ways, such as over pasta, as a condiment on a sandwich, it can be eaten by itself with some crusty bread, served with a grilled salsiccia, and many other pairing options. In this book, I offer a recipe that uses the peperonata over pasta, and it is absolutely fantastic! Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory and peppery. Weight is light but can be balanced with red wine and sugar. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as Italian.
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Hummus Recipe

Hummus Recipe
Ten years ago, people would have looked at you as if you had five heads when you talked about hummus. Now, it is in every grocery store across America. It is a bean paste made from the chickpea aka the garbanzo bean. Hummus is actually the Egyptian word for chickpea. Due to its high protein content, the chickpea is a main food staple in the Mediterranean and Middle East. This recipe is fairly authentic. It is simple to make yet difficult to master. I highly recommend using canned chickpeas over dried ones as it can make quite a mess. The key here is to balance the lemon and the olive oil as explained further in the recipe. Hummus can be used as a sandwich spread, eaten alone, and has many other uses. You can infuse the hummus with garlic, roasted red peppers, olives, ground pistachios, or whatever you really feel like. It is exceptionally versatile, and its limitations are only that up to our imagination. Tasting Guidelines: Taste lightly savory and a little spicy. Weight is light but can be balanced with lemon juice and olive oil. Texture of this recipe is creamy. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects. Best categorized as classic Mediterranean.
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Caprese Salad Recipe

Caprese Salad Recipe
A classic Italian favorite. Loved the world over. Known for its many variations and simplicity. This is a dish that is hard not to love, especially when it is warm out. Great as an appetizer or as a meal. You can change the texture and consistency of the dish simply by changing the cuts to the tomatoes and mozzarella. For a fun finger food appetizer, slice and stack like an open-faced sandwich. For a fun family style appetizer, chop the tomatoes and mozzarella into cubes. Toss in the marinade and serve with crusty bread. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory, sweet, and fresh. Weight is light but can be balanced with basil and vinegar. Texture is soft. Good for people not in treatment. 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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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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Summer Salad Recipe

Summer Salad Recipe
This salad is absolutely one of my favorites to eat during the summer. The tomatoes and the cucumbers work together to make a dish that is both savory and light. The vinegar in this dish is what really pulls all the flavors together. The longer you let this marinate, the more homogenized the flavors become. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory. Weight is light but can be balanced with red wine vinaigrette. Texture is like a salad. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as Mediterranean.
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Easy Ricotta al Forno Recipe

Easy Ricotta al Forno Recipe
This is one of those dishes that you’ll be hesitant to try. You will pass it and pass it and pass it. But then one day, you will decide to try it, and your whole world will never be the same. Perfectly creamy, sweet, and savory. This is somewhere between a dessert and an appetizer. After you have this for the first time, you will be kicking yourself that you didn’t have it every time. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is creamy, sweet, and savory. Weight is medium but can be balanced with honey and pepper. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as classic Italian.
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Bruschetta with Ricotta and Peaches Recipe

Bruschetta with Ricotta and Peaches Recipe
One of my personal favorite dishes ever! One of those dishes where its brilliance is only exceeded by its simplicity. This is a classic Italian snack that is perfect any time. As featured in Episode 1 of Cooking for Chemo Live! Tasting Guidelines: Taste is sweet. Weight is light but can be balanced with oregano. Texture is creamy and crunchy. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects. Best categorized as Italian.
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Spanish Rice Recipe

Spanish Rice Recipe
Classic Spanish rice not from a box? Yes. You can definitely make Spanish rice at home all on your own with this super easy recipe. Tasting Guidelines: This recipe should taste lightly savory and aromatic. The weight of this recipe is light but can be balanced with salt. The texture of this recipe is soft. This recipe is good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. This recipe gives an emotional response of a night out at a Mexican restaurant. This recipe is best categorized as classic Spanish.
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