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!


Boston Baked Beans : New Recipes @ DrGourmet.com

Boston Baked Beans

They are called “baked beans,” and you can put the pot in the oven instead of cooking these on the stovetop, but I find it easier to control the cooking using [...]

Falafel : New Recipes @ DrGourmet.com


Falafel are generally deep fried, but traditionally they were pan fried. It doesn’t take a lot of oil to get the outside crispy. The key is to use a very hot oven and [...]

Cream of Spinach Soup : New Recipes @ DrGourmet.com

Cream of Spinach Soup

Spinach soup is great. I used to have this at a small restaurant served with a small dollop of sour cream and a touch of dry sherry. Sweet, bitter, savory, [...]

Spinach Mushroom Lasagna : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Weight loss is the most-frequently cited New Year’s Resolution, and at this time of year I always feel as if I should write an inspirational column to help people get motivated to lose weight.

But that’s [...]

New Year's Recipes : New Recipes @ DrGourmet.com

Featured Recipes for the New Year

The tradition in the South is to have pork, black eyed peas and greens on New Year’s Day for health, luck, and money. You should follow that tradition because it is a delicious way to start the year. Here are [...]

Baked Polenta with Mushrooms and Smoked Gouda : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Chef Tim Says….

Christmas is coming and that means food. Every year at the holidays we focus on menus offering you ideas for easy, healthy meals for your holiday celebrations. Here’s our Thanksgiving menu and suggestions for smaller groups here and here, and any of those will make delicious [...]

Holiday Brussels Sprouts : New Recipes @ DrGourmet.com

Holiday Brussels Sprouts

I call these “holiday” brussels sprouts, but they can be for any time of the year. It is just that the cranberries make them so festive, and the rich savory flavor [...]

More Holiday Suggestions for Smaller Groups : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Chef Tim Says….

More than one patient has told me in the last few weeks that they really appreciated the holiday suggestions for smaller groups of people. Today’s featured recipe and the suggested sides is in response to that. It is deceptively simple: minced shallots with [...]

Shrimp and Mirliton Casserole : New Recipes @ DrGourmet.com

Shrimp and Mirliton Casserole

Chayote squash is known as mirliton here in New Orleans. You can use it for almost anything – savory dishes, tacos, even desserts. I like this casserole because the spiciness is tempered [...]

Special Issue: Thanksgiving Celebration Menu : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dr. Tim Says….

Days like Thanksgiving and Christmas and your birthday are the ones when you’re not supposed to “behave.” There’s a time and a place to splurge, and these are those times.

Eating healthy is not about [...]