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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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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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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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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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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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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