Brined and Herb Roasted Turkey Recipe

Brined and Herb Roasted Turkey Recipe
Turkey is the iconic holiday dish. It is most often eaten in accordance with a American Thanksgiving tradition. This recipe includes an extra preparation step referred to as “brining.” The brining process increases the moisture and savoriness of the turkey creating the perfect turkey that is incredibly difficult to overcook. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory. Weight is of the white meat is light and the dark meat is heavy. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects. Best categorized as traditional 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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Cauliflower Saute Recipe

Cauliflower Sauté Recipe
Tender cauliflower tossed in a sweet and savory sauce. This is a modified Chinese recipe made for use in the average American kitchen.

Tasting Guidelines:
Taste is sweet and savory.
Weight is light but can be balanced with vinegar.
Texture is soft with a little crunch.
Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects.
Best categorized as American.
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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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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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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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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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Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

Cheesy Potatoes Recipe
An old family recipe. No meal in my family is complete with out these cheesy potatoes. I’ll never forget the year when my uncle declared he did not like the cheesy potatoes and had never liked the cheesy potatoes after 30 years of eating them. We were all in shock. The only thought that came to mind was, How could you not like these? So now I leave this up to you to decide. Are you pro or anti cheesy potatoes? Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory and cheesy. Weight is heavy but can be balanced with red wine vinegar. Texture is soft with a little crunch on top. Good for people with low treatment side effects.. Best categorized as classic southern fare.
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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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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 Pierogies Recipe

Easy Pierogies Recipe
One of my mom’s favorites and an exceptionally easy snack. The main benefit to this dish is that all you have to do it take them out of the freezer and make them really quick. This dish is easy and quick when you’re in a pinch for time. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory. Weight is medium. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects. Best categorized as Polish.
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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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