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!


Lactase Enzyme; 'Food Starch;' Gaining Weight : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: I have a salad dressing recipe that calls for food starch, but I have no idea what that is. I tried making the recipe without it, but it was way too thin.

Alcohol in Vinegars; Asian Flavors; Pureeing Ideas : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: My guy has been sober for sixteen years and prefers that there is no alcohol in the foods that I make. I do use extracts but never heavily. I have avoided the wine/champagne vinegars, but I wonder about balsamic vinegar and the [...]

Cottage Pie; Almonds; Diabetes : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: Your recipe for Low Sodium Cottage Pie looks good, but for reducing fat, how do you think it would be to substitute ground turkey (either 93% fat or ground turkey breast) for the ground beef? My mom uses Coumadin and Dad has to [...]

Starches; Baking; Fluctuating INR : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: I went to lunch with my friends and we were at the salad bar choosing the various vegetables for our salads. When my two friends saw me putting peas & corn kernels on my salad (a small amount) they said both of [...]

Calories at Breakfast; More : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: How many calories should I be eating for breakfast? Most days I just run out of the house with a piece of fruit in my hand eating on the way to work. I only live about a mile from work so I [...]

Washing off the pesticides : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: If I wash canned beans and vegetables am I washing off some of the salt? All canned beans, etc., are usually full of salt unless the label says “no salt added.” I am trying to avoid salt.

The Raw Diet; More : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: Do you have any advice for a supplement for lowering cholesterol without liver damage? I heard that CoQ10 with red yeast rice does damage to the liver. Is there an effective, safer supplement?

The Gluten-Free 'Craze'; More : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: I was on your site looking at your GERD book, and I noticed a few of the recipes have lemon juice, onion or garlic. It was my understanding that all of those were really big stomach upsetters, what is the truth? Everything I [...]

Garlic and Warfarin; Frozen Fish; Oatmeal vs. Granola : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: My husband just turned 50 and was surprised with a heart attack. A blood clot was also found in the left ventricle and they are in the process of trying to regulate his coumadin levels. I can’t believe any of this. Anyway, [...]

Low-Acid Tomato Products; Stock vs. Water; Tilapia : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: For several months I have been looking for low-acid tomato canned products. I read someplace that you can buy these items, but there was no source given. Have you heard of this?