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!


Doctors are Changing : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dr. Tim Says….

Those of you who have been following Dr. Gourmet for a while know that I am involved in a very innovative project at the Tulane University School of Medicine. The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine is the world’s first teaching kitchen operated by a [...]

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 [...]

Eggs OK for Diabetics, Too : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Sometimes it still seems to be an uphill battle to let people know that for the vast majority of people, dietary cholesterol (the cholesterol in your food) has virtually no effect on your cholesterol scores. Every now and then I still get an Ask Dr. [...]

Breakfast Options from Artisan Bistro : Dr. Gourmet Reviews

Mediterranean Breakfast Stack and Huevos Rancheros Verde

I have said this many times when writing this column: I just don’t know why the category of frozen breakfast food exists. Breakfast is so easy that it seems silly to [...]

Breakfast Burritos from evol Foods : Dr. Gourmet Reviews

Egg White & Spinach Breakfast Burrito and Sausage, Egg & Smoked Gouda Breakfast Burrito

We’re returning to our tour of the frozen breakfast burrito offerings this week. So far the breakfast burrito offerings have been largely good with the [...]

Breakfast Burritos from Sweet Earth Natural Foods : Dr. Gourmet Reviews

Sweet Earth Natural Foods
Big Sur Breakfast Burrito and
Baja Breakfast Burrito

Until now we’ve largely avoided entering the breakfast food portion of the frozen food market. Early this year we reviewed two breakfast meals from Amy’s because one of my [...]

Shrimp Tortilla : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dr. Tim Says….

This article was first posted on June 27, 2011.

You can file this “Dr. Tim Says” column under the heading “Shameless Plug.”

I was having [...]

Baked Eggs with Mushrooms : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dr. Tim Says….

Back in the 1970’s and 80’s eggs got a really bad rap – and not for very substantial reasons. Much of what happened in the late 1960’s that laid the groundwork for the egg’s poor reputation wasn’t based on sound science, but over [...]

Bison; Processed Meats; Cholesterol : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Two related questions:

Q: Although I do not eat red meat often, I was introduced to ground buffalo meat (very lean from Whole Foods) and immensely enjoyed it. Is there a great difference in [...]

Kids skipping breakfast : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Skipping breakfast isn’t good for adults and it’s particularly important for kids: not only do kids who eat breakfast (as opposed to nothing) tend to have lower Body Mass Indices and healthier overall diets,they tend to avoid overweight or [...]