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!


Shrimp Chile Relleno : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dr. Tim Says….

The research about increasing whole grains and cereals in your diet proves an amazing range of benefits. It is likely that this is the result of an increased fiber intake for those adding more whole grains to their diet. In one study men [...]

Creamy White Bean Salad : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dr. Tim Says….

Dairy products are one of the nine elements of the traditional Mediterranean Diet. Even so, dairy products eaten by those in Mediterranean cultures are usually consumed in the form of processed products like yogurt or cheeses. Milk is not often drunk as a [...]

Asian Steak : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dr. Tim Says….

Beef is okay for you but best in my opinion to not to eat it more than about once a week. It is the amount of fat in beef that you want to keep an eye on and choosing lean beef is the [...]

In Praise of Brown Rice : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Chef Tim Says….

I was talking about rice with a chef friend recently and the subject of how much I like risotto came up. This led to the discussion of white rice vs. brown rice and the health benefits of the latter. I had mentioned that [...]

Mushroom Cheddarburgers : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Chef Tim Says….

When I was younger, I hated mushrooms. That was back in the dark ages when fresh mushrooms were not widely available and canned mushrooms were pretty popular. Look at a 1960’s copy of Gourmet magazine and you will find recipes that call for canned [...]

Sausage and Yellow Pepper Risotto : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dr. Tim Says….

People will plan almost every aspect of their lives. They know when they have to be at work, what meetings they will go to, times for the kid’s soccer game, when they are going to mow the lawn and on and on. Any [...]

Pasta with Butternut Squash Sauce : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dr. Tim Says….

It’s clear that those in Mediterranean cultures consume less meat and eat leaner meats than those in Western cultures. Diet studies reveal that they consume an average of 4 ounces or less of meat each day, so a lot of prospective research has [...]

Classic Shredded Hash Browns : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dr. Tim Says….

It looks like your mother was right (she knew it all along). Breakfast may just be the most important meal of the day.

There are a number of reasons why you should make a [...]

Cajun Chickpea Crusted Chicken : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dr. Tim Says….

The word legume refers not only to the species of plants, but also to any fruit that grows seeds lined up in a pod. (I find it interesting that peas and black beans are actually considered to be fruit.) Also known as Pulses, [...]

Curried Carrot Soup : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dr. Tim Says….

Fiber is what your grandma used to call “roughage.” It’s not one particular food, but it’s simply the part of foods that your body can’t digest. Fibers are technically carbohydrates, but your body doesn’t have the enzymes to break them down like it [...]