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Chef Dr. Mike is the gateway for people to awaken to a healthier relationship with food through the expertise of a medical doctor, the wisdom of a culinary medicine professor, and the passion of a professional chef.

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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.”

Ever a seeker of truth, Chef Dr. Mike is unafraid to challenge the conventional wisdom.

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You don’t need a self-described “health expert” telling you what to eat. Chef Dr. Mike knows that, when armed with the power and knowledge of Culinary Medicine, you will be able to make decisions that are right for your health and general wellbeing. Read, watch, listen, and enjoy your journey to a healthier life.

Everyone Wants to be Happy!

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Research shows that happiness is not a result of money, work, social status, or material possessions — so what creates happiness and how does that relate to Culinary Medicine? Culinary…

The Mindfulness of Freya (Part III of III)

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Continued from The Mindfulness of Freya (Part II of III) Express Yourself: I do believe if Freya took any inspiration from stopping to smell the flowers, it was about being…

Everyone Wants to be Happy!

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Research shows that happiness is not a result of money, work, social status, or material possessions — so what creates happiness and how does that relate to Culinary Medicine? Culinary…

The Mindfulness of Freya (Part III of III)

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Continued from The Mindfulness of Freya (Part II of III) Express Yourself: I do believe if Freya took any inspiration from stopping to smell the flowers, it was about being…

The Mindfulness of Freya (Part II of III)

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Continued From The Mindfulness of Freya, Part I 5 Mindfulness Lessons from Freya: Morning Glory: For most of my life, I have not generally been a morning person, particularly before…
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“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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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…
Top Round Roast Bison

Roast Top Round

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Roast Top Round The top round is a cut of bison or beef that comes off the round, or hind end of the animal. The whole round is a very…

Red Wine Braised Pork Cheeks with Spinach

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Red Wine Braised Pork Cheeks with Spinach A Culinary Medicine approach uses quality over quantity. But the fact of life is that high quality ingredients – especially things like meat,…

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Saffron and Tomato Risotto with Pan-seared Herb Salmon

Saffron and Tomato Risotto with Pan-seared Herb Salmon

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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

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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…
cheddar cheese and mushroom

Tales of the One Pot Doc

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Lessons on the Road, Again First published on Jul 10, 2017, on Psychology Today. As I journey from place to place across this country (and even across the globe), it…

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Saffron and Tomato Risotto with Pan-seared Herb Salmon

Saffron and Tomato Risotto with Pan-seared Herb Salmon

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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…
salt marsh lamb pickles apple butternut and golden beet risotto

Basic Risotto

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Basic Risotto Like so much in Culinary Medicine, a great risotto is not a difficult creation. It does, however, require great attention to quality ingredients and techniques. It is at…

Pizza Dough

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Pizza Dough Making a great pizza starts -and to a large degree-ends with the crust. That of course means a great pizza dough, and like all things Culinary Medicine, that…

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Pip, Pip, Piperade it’s The Last Supper

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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

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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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Beetroot Blini

Beetroot Blinis

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Beetroot Blinis Blinis are versatile in many different ways. By themselves, hot off the griddle, topped with a dollop of sour cream or crème fraîche these beetroot blinis are tasty…
Yellow split pea soup

Split Pea & Winter Squash Soup

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Split Pea & Winter Squash Soup This is an extremely versatile and lovely cold-weather soup. It focuses on and utilizes many ingredients that are available throughout the fall and winter…
Apple cran beggar purse

Apple-Cranberry and Brie Beggar’s Purse

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Apple-Cranberry and Brie Beggar's Purse Baked brie is a culinary icon. Add in a little fruit in the form of jams, sauces, or chutneys and you have a savory start…

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Yellow split pea soup

Split Pea & Winter Squash Soup

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Split Pea & Winter Squash Soup This is an extremely versatile and lovely cold-weather soup. It focuses on and utilizes many ingredients that are available throughout the fall and winter…
Apple Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Apples Sauce

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Cranberry Apple Sauce Fresh, whole cranberries are delicious seasonal treatment. They often make their appearance in the fall around the holidays, especially around Thanksgiving. That seems totally appropriate as they…
Curry Kuri Squash Soup with Crab

Curry Kuri Squash Soup with Crab and Roasted Corn

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Curry Kuri Squash Soup with Crab and Roasted Corn   Winter squash is an iconic fall vegetable. As one of the three sisters, the triad of corn, beans, and squash…

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Beetroot Blini

Beetroot Blinis

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Beetroot Blinis Blinis are versatile in many different ways. By themselves, hot off the griddle, topped with a dollop of sour cream or crème fraîche these beetroot blinis are tasty…
Onion roll

Onion Rolls

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Onion Rolls Onion rolls are one of those cultural staples that have escaped into the mainstream. They likely originated in the Ashkenazi Jewish community of Eastern Europe hundreds of years…
Moroccan style semolina bread

Moroccan-style Semolina Bread

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Moroccan-style Semolina Bread What makes this loaf a little different is the use of two different types of flour. Bread flour is combined with durum semolina wheat flour (a classic…

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Snow Leopard Melon

Lime-Cardamom Snow Leopard Melon Sorbet

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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

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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

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

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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…

Recent Posts / View All Posts

Citrus Herb Duck Breast with Brandied Cherry Maple Glaze

Citrus Herb Duck Breast with Brandied Cherry Maple Glaze

| Main Dish, Poultry & Meats | No Comments
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…
Top Round Roast Bison

Roast Top Round

| Main Dish, Poultry & Meats | No Comments
Roast Top Round The top round is a cut of bison or beef that comes off the round, or hind end of the animal. The whole round is a very…

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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…
salt marsh lamb pickles apple butternut and golden beet risotto

Basic Risotto

| Appetizers, Main Dish, Pasta, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Basic Risotto Like so much in Culinary Medicine, a great risotto is not a difficult creation. It does, however, require great attention to quality ingredients and techniques. It is at…

Recent Posts / View All Posts

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

Beetroot Blini

Beetroot Blinis

| Appetizers, Breads, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Beetroot Blinis Blinis are versatile in many different ways. By themselves, hot off the griddle, topped with a dollop of sour cream or crème fraîche these beetroot blinis are tasty…
Yellow split pea soup

Split Pea & Winter Squash Soup

| Soups, Stocks, and Sauces, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Split Pea & Winter Squash Soup This is an extremely versatile and lovely cold-weather soup. It focuses on and utilizes many ingredients that are available throughout the fall and winter…

Recent Posts / View All Posts

Beetroot Blini

Beetroot Blinis

| Appetizers, Breads, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Beetroot Blinis Blinis are versatile in many different ways. By themselves, hot off the griddle, topped with a dollop of sour cream or crème fraîche these beetroot blinis are tasty…
Onion roll

Onion Rolls

| Breads | No Comments
Onion Rolls Onion rolls are one of those cultural staples that have escaped into the mainstream. They likely originated in the Ashkenazi Jewish community of Eastern Europe hundreds of years…

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

| 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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This 3-part, self-paced online course provides an opportunity to earn a Level 1 Certification (micro-accreditation) and 36 Level 1 CME credits in Culinary Medicine through the University of Montana College of Health.

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