About Dr. Gourmet

My name is Timothy Harlan and I am both a physician and a chef. This blog is a general collection of information and random ideas on eating great food and eating healthy.

You can find out more at the Dr. Gourmet web site. Eat well, eat healthy, enjoy life!


Spicy Foods; Keeping Chipotle in Adobo; More : Ask Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: I like hot peppery foods like Mexican, Indian, Szechuan, etc., and wonder if there is any advantage or disadvantage to them.

A: It would be great if eating spicy foods sped up your metabolism, wouldn’t it? Unfortunately, the research we [...]

Casein; Kidney Beans; More : Ask Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: Do kidney beans contain Omega 3 fatty acids?

A: Kidney beans and most such legumes have very little fat of any kind. Peanuts and soybeans are exceptions to this, however. Omega-3 fatty acids in beans »

Q: How much [...]

Balsamic Vinegar : Ask Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: Is there a universal star rating system for foods, namely Aged Balsamic Vinegar? If so please direct me where to find it. Also, which is more popular, Tuscan olive oil or Sicilian?

A: True balsamic vinegar is made from [...]

Gorgonzola; Microwaves; More : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: While recently attending a home show, I watched a demonstration of waterless cookware. The chef and salesperson indicated that their cookware preserved maximum vitamins in cooking fresh vegetables. They made the statement that microwaving fresh veggies almost instantly destroys up to 95% of the [...]

Controlling Blood Sugars; Gluten-Free Fiber; More : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: I am interested in the Mediterranean Diet but I am allergic to fish and shellfish. What can I substitute for the fish/shellfish? I don’t particularly like meat.

A: Certainly there’s good research to support including fish in one’s [...]

Cooking for One; Orzo; More : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: Hello, I work for a UK based nutrition and preventative health web site, so we are looking to link to other sites which will be of help to UK based folk. I really like your site and the concept, but, please, what is “orzo”? You [...]

Iron Skillets; Non-Stick Pans; Nicoise : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: What temperatures should be used with non-stick skillets for cooking various foods? Are there any guidelines? I read somewhere that eggs should be cooked on med-low, is that correct?

A: Thanks very much for this question. I have had [...]

Antidepressants and Weight Gain; Oxidized Cholesterol; More : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: I have been eating grits instead of oatmeal because it stays with me longer then oatmeal. The main reason I switched from oatmeal is because it has more sugar in it then grits does. I am a type 2 diabetic and I have been trying [...]

Pregnancy and Supplements; Olive Oil; More : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: Thank you for your informative article about multivitamin use and breast cancer. I just started taking multivitamins a week ago because I am vegan, live in the Pacific Northwest, and am trying to conceive so I need B12, vitamin D, and folic acid. Would you say [...]

Wine : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: Does having a glass of wine every night affect weight loss?

A: Even though that glass of wine has about 150 calories, those who drink alcohol on a regular basis have a lower risk of being obese. In a study [...]