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!


Eggplant Steaks : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Eggplant Steaks with White Beans and Ham

This recipe was inspired by a mediocre meal that I had recently at a banquet dinner. It was brought to me as the vegetarian meal (a good foodie tip: at banquets, order the vegetarian meal – it is [...]

Salmon and Caramelized Onion Quiche : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Today’s column is #5 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 [...]

Two More from Savoie's Foods : Dr. Gourmet's Food Reviews

Creole Shrimp Fricassee and Louisiana Pork Stew

Back in October we reviewed two meals from a local company, Savoie’s Foods. We chose to review them because we’ve seen them in frozen food sections all over New Orleans, and unlike [...]

Cornbread Stuffed Barbecue Chicken : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dr. Tim Says….

After every holiday I always have patients who put on some weight when they had been trying to take it off. While they blame the holiday, it’s clear that it’s not just overeating. The problem is that when they splurged on the holiday [...]

Summer Salad Spotlight : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dr. Tim Says….

Getting more veggies in your diet is one of the basics of the Mediterranean Diet. The best part is that it’s the one thing you can’t get too much of. (You’ll never hear your doctor say, “Hmm, my lab tests show that you’ve [...]

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Chef Tim Says….

Thanksgiving is this week in the United States, and we here at Dr. Gourmet are giving thanks for you, our readers. Without your feedback, support, and success stories, we might not be celebrating over a decade of healthy recipes and evidence-based nutrition information. Thank [...]

Shrimp Scampi in Parchment : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dr. Tim Says….

There is a pretty clear link between high serum cholesterol and heart disease. When I say “serum” cholesterol I mean the blood test that your doctor performs. It’s not just the total cholesterol that we care about but the lipid panel. Lipids are [...]

Fourth of July Salads : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

With the Fourth of July coming up fast, here are a few cold salad ideas for you to make the day before that company potluck picnic so that you can relax and enjoy yourself rather than cooking at the last minute. Remember to pack your salads on [...]

Bold Organics Pizzas : Dr. Gourmet Reviews

Vegan Cheese Pizza and
Veggie Lovers Pizza

I am always skeptical when I see new pizza in the freezer case. This is a bit like playing roulette, with a poor chance of real success, but occasionally we come across a decent pizza.

Choosing the Bold Organics [...]

Fruits; Juicing : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: I understand that the sugar in fruit, when eaten in its natural form, is less fattening that its juice, because of the fiber. Am I losing this fiber when I pulverize the fruit for a smoothie in my blender?