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As America’s only Board-Certified Interventional Cardiologist, Professor of Culinary Medicine, and Professional Chef; Chef Dr. Mike combines culinary talents with his cutting-edge medical expertise and evidence-based insights. This unique perspective forges an approach to food and health that is beyond mere nutrition and more substantive than simple food plans or fad diets.

Many other culinary-medicine-like approaches are rehashed nutrition courses with recipes.  Alternative food-centric approaches eschew scientific data and principles or focus solely upon unvetted opinion.

“I offer a pathway—a pathway built upon a foundation in science that re-examines our connection with food, and by extension our relationship with each other, society, and the planet.”

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Mandarin Miso Pan Seared Duck Breast

Mandarin Miso Pan Seared Duck Breast with Bok Choy “Ramen”

| Culinary Medicine, Healthy Living, Main Dish, Poultry & Meats, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Mandarin Miso marinated Duck Breast with Bok Choy 'Ramen' One of the fundamental philosophies in the practice of Culinary Medicine is the idea of sustainability. Sustainability can come in many…
Is the Grillin' What's Killin'

Is the Grillin’ What’s Killin’?

| Culinary Medicine, Live Life Fully, Myth-Busting | No Comments
  This time of year invariably brings questions about grilling and barbequing.  Which is why I thought it appropriate to dust off this oldie but goodie. This article originally appeared…
Mandarin Miso Pan Seared Duck Breast

Mandarin Miso Pan Seared Duck Breast with Bok Choy “Ramen”

| Culinary Medicine, Healthy Living, Main Dish, Poultry & Meats, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Mandarin Miso marinated Duck Breast with Bok Choy 'Ramen' One of the fundamental philosophies in the practice of Culinary Medicine is the idea of sustainability. Sustainability can come in many…
Is the Grillin' What's Killin'

Is the Grillin’ What’s Killin’?

| Culinary Medicine, Live Life Fully, Myth-Busting | No Comments
  This time of year invariably brings questions about grilling and barbequing.  Which is why I thought it appropriate to dust off this oldie but goodie. This article originally appeared…
3° of Interconnection

3° of Interconnection

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Several weeks ago there was a blog post (3° of separation) about how to stretch culinary dollars. The strategy discussed is to buy high quality proteins (or vegetables) in bulk…
Chef-Dr-Mike-Mike-with-Burgers
“Forget everything you have been told about food and health. It is not about calories. It is not about separation or deprivation. It is about integration and inspiration. I want people to forget about eating healthy and I want them to think about eating delicious.”

– CHEF DR. MIKE

Eating Healthy Must Be Delicious

Chef Dr. Mike doesn’t believe in setting boundaries when it comes to food. To him, the ideas that healthy food can’t be flavorful, that tasty food can’t be good for you, or that a one-size-fits-all healthy diet is the answer for all of us are all balderdash and twaddle-speak!

Explore Chef Dr. Mike’s recipes and set sail on a journey to deliciousness.

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Mandarin Miso Pan Seared Duck Breast

Mandarin Miso Pan Seared Duck Breast with Bok Choy “Ramen”

| Culinary Medicine, Healthy Living, Main Dish, Poultry & Meats, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Mandarin Miso marinated Duck Breast with Bok Choy 'Ramen' One of the fundamental philosophies in the practice of Culinary Medicine is the idea of sustainability. Sustainability can come in many…
Chicken Tagine

Chicken Tagine

| Main Dish, Poultry & Meats | No Comments
Chicken Tagine This dish was a long time in the coming, both figuratively and literally. Several years ago I had an incredible lamb tagine dish at Luca’s Mediterranean Café in…
Citrus Herb Duck Breast with Brandied Cherry Maple Glaze

Citrus Herb Duck Breast with Brandied Cherry Maple Glaze

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Citrus Herb Duck Breast with Brandied Cherry Maple Glaze This is a very elegant entrée that is actually quite easy to prepare. The citrus herb duck breast is quite versatile and…

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3° of Interconnection

3° of Interconnection

| Culinary Medicine, Fish & Seafood, Soups, Stocks, and Sauces | No Comments
Several weeks ago there was a blog post (3° of separation) about how to stretch culinary dollars. The strategy discussed is to buy high quality proteins (or vegetables) in bulk…
Saffron and Tomato Risotto with Pan-seared Herb Salmon

Saffron and Tomato Risotto with Pan-seared Herb Salmon

| Fish & Seafood, Main Dish, Pasta, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Saffron and Tomato Risotto with Pan-seared Herb Salmon See also: Basic Risotto Recipe This recipe follows the ingredient list and directions for the basic risotto recipe with a few important…
Salmon cake with orange curry

Salmon Cakes

| Fish & Seafood | No Comments
Salmon Cakes Culinary Medicine is not just about the consumption of healthful foods. It is about developing methodologies and programs that are sustainable for the individual, their community, and the…

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Pizza Margherita

Pizza Margherita

| Breads, Pasta | No Comments
Naples is (arguably) the home of the original pizza. What there can be no argument about, is the heavenly tastes and textures of a beautifully simple construction. The dough the…
Neapolitan Pizza Dough

Neapolitan Pizza Dough

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This is the basic recipe I use for my Neapolitan pizzas. Like any dough recipe, the exact amount of the ingredients that you use will depend on several things. A…

Couscous with Peas

| Pasta, Side Dish, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Couscous with Peas Although many people think of couscous as a type of grain, it is actually a form of pasta. It is a traditional North African dish made from…

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Piperade

Pip, Pip, Piperade it’s The Last Supper

| Eggs & Dairy | 4 Comments
Pip, Pip, Piperade it's The Last Supper A piperade is a Basque dish, which according to La Rousse Gastronomique is “rich stew of tomatoes and sweet (bell) peppers, sometimes seasoned…
Morel, Pear, and Blue Cheese Sauce

Pear, Morel and Blue Cheese Sauce

| Eggs & Dairy, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Pear, Morel and Blue Cheese Sauce Cheese has gotten a bad rap in the past due to extrapolation based on its high fat and cholesterol content. New research suggests that…

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Boccoli Ripassati con Gorgonzola

Boccoli Ripassati con Gorgonzola e Pomodori

| Appetizers, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Boccoli Ripassati con Gorgonzola e Pomodori This is a very simple example of the many things that can be done with vegetables utilizing a big pot blanching technique. The broccoli…
Broccoli Ripassati

Broccoli Ripassati

| Soups, Stocks, and Sauces, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
This is a wonderfully simple and delicious broccoli sauce. It makes a fantastic topping for a light summer pasta dish, adds lovely herbal tones as an accompaniment to eggs, or…
Mandarin Miso Pan Seared Duck Breast

Mandarin Miso Pan Seared Duck Breast with Bok Choy “Ramen”

| Culinary Medicine, Healthy Living, Main Dish, Poultry & Meats, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Mandarin Miso marinated Duck Breast with Bok Choy 'Ramen' One of the fundamental philosophies in the practice of Culinary Medicine is the idea of sustainability. Sustainability can come in many…

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Broccoli Ripassati

Broccoli Ripassati

| Soups, Stocks, and Sauces, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
This is a wonderfully simple and delicious broccoli sauce. It makes a fantastic topping for a light summer pasta dish, adds lovely herbal tones as an accompaniment to eggs, or…
3° of Interconnection

3° of Interconnection

| Culinary Medicine, Fish & Seafood, Soups, Stocks, and Sauces | No Comments
Several weeks ago there was a blog post (3° of separation) about how to stretch culinary dollars. The strategy discussed is to buy high quality proteins (or vegetables) in bulk…
Fondo Bruno

Fondo Bruno

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Fondo Bruno (Meat stock) Fondo Bruno translates from Italian as “brown stock.” This particular version hails from the Piedmont in the northern portion of Italy. It is a classic component…

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Pizza Margherita

Pizza Margherita

| Breads, Pasta | No Comments
Naples is (arguably) the home of the original pizza. What there can be no argument about, is the heavenly tastes and textures of a beautifully simple construction. The dough the…
Neapolitan Pizza Dough

Neapolitan Pizza Dough

| Breads, Pasta | No Comments
This is the basic recipe I use for my Neapolitan pizzas. Like any dough recipe, the exact amount of the ingredients that you use will depend on several things. A…
Spiced Moroccan Bread

Spiced Moroccan Bread

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Spiced Moroccan Bread This is a spiced version of a basic Moroccan bread often served with a tagine (it’s great to soak up the delicious juices!). The basic bread is…

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Snow Leopard Melon

Lime-Cardamom Snow Leopard Melon Sorbet

| Desserts | No Comments
Lime-Cardamom Snow Leopard Melon Sorbet Summer often calls for cool treats. Given that summer also produces a wide variety of fruits; making a cool treat with Nature's bounty is a…
Lemon Lavender Huckleberry Cheesecake

Lemon Lavender Huckleberry Cheesecake

| Desserts, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Lemon Lavender Huckleberry Cheesecake Desserts are a rarity designated for special occasions and celebrations. But that doesn't mean we can't have something both delicious and of health value in our…
Blueberry Lemon Goat Cheese Tart

Blueberry Lemon Goat Cheese Tart

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Blueberry Lemon Goat Cheese Tart Recipe Originally presented from the live broadcast of Just What the Doctor Ordered at the Florida Blueberry Festival. Blueberries, like almost all purple and blue…

Eating Healthy Must Be Delicious

Chef Dr. Mike doesn’t believe in setting boundaries when it comes to food. To him, the ideas that healthy food can’t be flavorful, that tasty food can’t be good for you, or that a one-size-fits-all healthy diet is the answer for all of us are all balderdash and twaddle-speak!

Explore Chef Dr. Mike’s recipes and set sail on a journey to deliciousness.

Recent Posts / View All Posts

3° of Interconnection

3° of Interconnection

| Culinary Medicine, Fish & Seafood, Soups, Stocks, and Sauces | No Comments
Several weeks ago there was a blog post (3° of separation) about how to stretch culinary dollars. The strategy discussed is to buy high quality proteins (or vegetables) in bulk…
Saffron and Tomato Risotto with Pan-seared Herb Salmon

Saffron and Tomato Risotto with Pan-seared Herb Salmon

| Fish & Seafood, Main Dish, Pasta, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Saffron and Tomato Risotto with Pan-seared Herb Salmon See also: Basic Risotto Recipe This recipe follows the ingredient list and directions for the basic risotto recipe with a few important…

Recent Posts / View All Posts

Mandarin Miso Pan Seared Duck Breast

Mandarin Miso Pan Seared Duck Breast with Bok Choy “Ramen”

| Culinary Medicine, Healthy Living, Main Dish, Poultry & Meats, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Mandarin Miso marinated Duck Breast with Bok Choy 'Ramen' One of the fundamental philosophies in the practice of Culinary Medicine is the idea of sustainability. Sustainability can come in many…
Chicken Tagine

Chicken Tagine

| Main Dish, Poultry & Meats | No Comments
Chicken Tagine This dish was a long time in the coming, both figuratively and literally. Several years ago I had an incredible lamb tagine dish at Luca’s Mediterranean Café in…

Recent Posts / View All Posts

Pizza Margherita

Pizza Margherita

| Breads, Pasta | No Comments
Naples is (arguably) the home of the original pizza. What there can be no argument about, is the heavenly tastes and textures of a beautifully simple construction. The dough the…
Neapolitan Pizza Dough

Neapolitan Pizza Dough

| Breads, Pasta | No Comments
This is the basic recipe I use for my Neapolitan pizzas. Like any dough recipe, the exact amount of the ingredients that you use will depend on several things. A…

Recent Posts / View All Posts

Piperade

Pip, Pip, Piperade it’s The Last Supper

| Eggs & Dairy | 4 Comments
Pip, Pip, Piperade it's The Last Supper A piperade is a Basque dish, which according to La Rousse Gastronomique is “rich stew of tomatoes and sweet (bell) peppers, sometimes seasoned…
Morel, Pear, and Blue Cheese Sauce

Pear, Morel and Blue Cheese Sauce

| Eggs & Dairy, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Pear, Morel and Blue Cheese Sauce Cheese has gotten a bad rap in the past due to extrapolation based on its high fat and cholesterol content. New research suggests that…

Recent Posts / View All Posts

Boccoli Ripassati con Gorgonzola

Boccoli Ripassati con Gorgonzola e Pomodori

| Appetizers, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Boccoli Ripassati con Gorgonzola e Pomodori This is a very simple example of the many things that can be done with vegetables utilizing a big pot blanching technique. The broccoli…
Broccoli Ripassati

Broccoli Ripassati

| Soups, Stocks, and Sauces, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
This is a wonderfully simple and delicious broccoli sauce. It makes a fantastic topping for a light summer pasta dish, adds lovely herbal tones as an accompaniment to eggs, or…

Recent Posts / View All Posts

Pizza Margherita

Pizza Margherita

| Breads, Pasta | No Comments
Naples is (arguably) the home of the original pizza. What there can be no argument about, is the heavenly tastes and textures of a beautifully simple construction. The dough the…
Neapolitan Pizza Dough

Neapolitan Pizza Dough

| Breads, Pasta | No Comments
This is the basic recipe I use for my Neapolitan pizzas. Like any dough recipe, the exact amount of the ingredients that you use will depend on several things. A…

Recent Posts / View All Posts

Snow Leopard Melon

Lime-Cardamom Snow Leopard Melon Sorbet

| Desserts | No Comments
Lime-Cardamom Snow Leopard Melon Sorbet Summer often calls for cool treats. Given that summer also produces a wide variety of fruits; making a cool treat with Nature's bounty is a…
Lemon Lavender Huckleberry Cheesecake

Lemon Lavender Huckleberry Cheesecake

| Desserts, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Lemon Lavender Huckleberry Cheesecake Desserts are a rarity designated for special occasions and celebrations. But that doesn't mean we can't have something both delicious and of health value in our…

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