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!


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 [...]

Whitefish with Roasted Root Vegetable Salad : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Today’s column is #8 in our “How to Eat Healthy” series. Each week we’ll post the next in the series, and if you follow the suggestions and make small changes each week, by the end of 2015 you’ll know how easy it is to eat [...]

Peanuts and Pregnancy: Dr. Gourmet's Health & Nutrition Bites

The incidence of peanut allergy in children has more than tripled in recent years.

Research tells us that 70% of allergies are identified at the child’s first known [...]

Chicken Tetrazzini : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dr. Tim Says….

When I was growing up we had the typical diner special of “a meat and two veg.” This isn’t too far from what makes sense for a healthy dinner. We know that combining protein with carbs helps with feeling satisfied for longer after [...]

Coumadin and Diabetes; Breastfeeding; Consistency : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: I am currently caring for my dad who uses Coumadin and is diabetic. I am looking for menus/recipes with regards to his conditions. Menus would be helpful, as I work during the day.

A: We now know that the [...]

Breastfeeding News; Quickbreads and Muffins: New Recipes @ DrGourmet.com

A Healthy Pregnancy
with Faith Bontrager, RN, BSN

The CDC released some great news this week.  From 2000 to 2008 the percentage of mothers who initiated breastfeeding increased over 4 percentage points.

This is great news for babies [...]

Asian Lettuce Wraps : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Chef Tim Says….

The gnarly looking root comes from a plant grown in subtropical and tropical areas (most ginger in U.S. markets comes from Jamaica).

Higher quality young ginger roots are harvested in the spring and are [...]

Vegetables, Vegetables, Vegetables! : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: The dietitian at my local hospital is telling the diners that a glass of V-8 juice is the equivalent of having a serving of 8 vegetables. True?

Sharp Holiday Gifts : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Chef Tim Says….

Time to buy gifts. If you are stumped for what to get that cook in your life, think about something that will make their time in the kitchen easier and a lot more fun. As long as I have been cooking I still [...]

Tomato and White Bean Soup : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Chef Tim Says….

For two decades now there has been controversy surround the government labeling tomato paste as a vegetable so that it will pass for one on kid’s plates in school lunch programs. While I am not one who believes that tomato paste should be [...]