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!


Special Issue: Barbecue Sauce : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Classic Barbecue Sauce

Barbecue sauce is a funny thing. Religion for some and with good reason. The complexities of making a good sauce are debated endlessly. This healthy recipe relies heavily on the brown sugar and jam to create a caramelized glaze on whatever [...]

Italian Fried Rice : New Recipes @ DrGourmet.com

Italian Fried Rice

This recipe is slightly higher in sodium than I like to have on the website, but rice dishes are that way. They take a little more salt to create a balanced flavor profile. We do complain about prepared meals in [...]

The Importance of Planning : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Today’s column is #17 in our “How to Eat Healthy” series.

Dr. Tim Says….

So far we’ve gone over getting your day structured for eating breakfast and lunch as well as what makes sense for dinner. All of this takes some planning on your part [...]

Rice-A-Roni Redux : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dr. Tim Says….

A few weeks ago I wrote about Hamburger Helper. It is hard to overstate how disgusting I think that Hamburger Helper is. Quite simply it has no redeeming value at all: it tastes terrible, contributes to disease, is more expensive than making your own version, [...]

Remoulade Dressing : New Recipes @ DrGourmet.com

Remoulade Dressing

When you think about it, Remoulade is actually the precursor to Thousand Island Dressing – but with so much more flavor. This recipe is best made the night before using and goes great on salads, sandwiches (in place of mayonnaise), or as a perfect [...]

South of the Border Caesar Salad : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Today’s column is #15 in our “How to Eat Healthy” series. If you read one of these essays each week, follow the suggestions, and make small changes in your diet each week, by the end of 2015 you’ll understand both the how and the why of eating [...]

Chilled Garlic Chicken Soup : New Recipes @ DrGourmet.com

Chilled Garlic Chicken Soup

This soup is good hot but better as a chilled summer soup. The flavors are at once sweet and savory, and served with a side salad and a slice of grilled or toasted bread, it makes the perfect al fresco meal.

Chicken [...]

Food Safety and Recipe Ideas : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Here in the United States it’s Memorial Day, when we remember the military service men and women who fought and died for their country.

It’s also the unofficial start to Summer, and a day many people celebrate by gathering with friends and family for [...]

Mashed Potatoes with Spinach and Garlic : New Recipes @ DrGourmet.com

Mashed Potatoes with Spinach and Garlic

I had a version of these potatoes at a restaurant recently but they were too creamy and pasty. I like to leave some chunks of potatoes. If you like them smooth, be careful because over mashing will result in [...]

Shrimp Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing : New Recipes @ DrGourmet.com

Shrimp Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

This dressing is sweet, spicy, tangy, and a bit salty all at the same time. A great balance of flavors with a Southwestern vibe.

The Greek yogurt is not a must with this, but using it rather [...]