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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.

Taking Stock: The Truth About Stocks, Broths, and Bone Broths

| Culinary Medicine, Healthy Living | No Comments
Stocks, Broths, and Bone Broths First published on-line in PsychologyToday.com (22 September 2020) There is an ancient Chinese saying, “In chaos, there is opportunity.” It is an observation that certainly…
Modern Western Diet

The McDonaldization of Food and Medicine

| Culinary Medicine | No Comments
Implications for Personal Health: a Multi-Part Series Part One: Introduction First published on Mar 05, 2019, on Psychology Today. Fast food is not great food. It is often not even…

Taking Stock: The Truth About Stocks, Broths, and Bone Broths

| Culinary Medicine, Healthy Living | No Comments
Stocks, Broths, and Bone Broths First published on-line in PsychologyToday.com (22 September 2020) There is an ancient Chinese saying, “In chaos, there is opportunity.” It is an observation that certainly…
Modern Western Diet

The McDonaldization of Food and Medicine

| Culinary Medicine | No Comments
Implications for Personal Health: a Multi-Part Series Part One: Introduction First published on Mar 05, 2019, on Psychology Today. Fast food is not great food. It is often not even…

Emotion, Inflammation, and Adiposity: The Mind-Heart-Gut Connection

| Culinary Medicine, Myth-Busting | No Comments
The connection between the heart and the mind remained for much of history the province of romantics and poets. The connection between heart and stomach likewise remained the domain of…
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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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Black Garlic & Rosemary Bison Paprikash

Black Garlic & Rosemary Bison Paprikash

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Black Garlic & Rosemary Bison Paprikash Black Garlic & Rosemary Bison Paprikash Fall brings cool loamy scented breezes that whisper of ancient harvests. In fact, the harvest moon was the…
Spicy Cochinita Pibil (Yucatan Slow Roasted Pork) taco

Spicy Cochinita Pibil (Yucatan Slow Roasted Pork)

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Cochinita Pibil is a slow roasted pork dish that originated in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. The original version is not spicy, but is loaded with flavor. The pork is…
Chicken cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore (Pollo alla Cacciatora)

| Poultry & Meats | No Comments
Chicken Cacciatore (Pollo alla Cacciatora) Chicken cacciatore served over squid ink pasta As the summer ends and fall arrives, it brings with it the Harvest (traditionally September) and Hunter's (traditionally…

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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…
cheddar cheese and mushroom

Tales of the One Pot Doc

| Breads, Culinary Medicine, Fish & Seafood, Healthy Living | No Comments
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…
Miso sable fish with mixed vegetables and shishito peppers

Miso Grilled Sablefish

| Fermented Foods, Fish & Seafood | No Comments
Miso Grilled Sablefish Miso is a fermented soybean paste that is readily available at most supermarkets. It is rich in glutamates which help give it umami, a richness of flavor…

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Pizza Dough

| Pasta | No Comments
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…
Pizza Margherita

Margherita Pizza

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Margherita Pizza The typical American pizza with artificial and ultra-processed ingredients is a major source of unwanted sugars, fats, sodium, and additives in the Standard American Diet (or as it…

Ramen Noodles

| Pasta, Soups, Stocks, and Sauces | No Comments
Ramen Noodles Like for most Americans, the fall season comes with its own sights, sounds, and smells. Fall is certainly more than just Starbucks PSL! It comes with its own…

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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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Polenta

Creamy Polenta

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Creamy Polenta Corn is a staple food originating in Mesoamerica 7,000-8,000 years ago, at least. It formed the basis and nurtured the Mayan civilization. When non-GMO corn is prepared and…
Pappa ala Pomodoro

Pappa al Pomodoro

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Pappa al Pomodoro It is a simple Italian tomato soup, a rustic one at that. Like so many great dishes, its origins trace back to a humble peasant food. It…
carrot top pesto

Carrot Top Pesto

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Carrot Top Pesto Carrot top pesto is another example of the Culinary Medicine Zero Waste Kitchen. Here we use the often discarded tops of fresh, organic carrots. The consumption of…

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup With Tomato Coulis and Tarragon-Poblano Chili Oil

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup With Tomato Coulis and Tarragon-Poblano Chili Oil Makes 16 (8-oz.) servings This is an elegant version of the iconic fall dish that is a treat throughout…
Pumpkin Spice Blend

PS [Pumpkin Spice]: I Love You

| Soups, Stocks, and Sauces | No Comments
Pumpkin Spice Blend Perhaps no other flavor profile has been so corrupted as pumpkin spice. As a chemical weapon employed in the construction of spiced coffee drinks it is a…
Apple Pie Spice Blend

Apple Pie Spice Blend

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Apple Pie Spice Blend Apple pie spice blend is the poor cousin of pumpkin spice. While pumpkin spice gets all the fall flavor attention, apple pie spice blend (APSB) brings…

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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…
cheddar cheese and mushroom

Tales of the One Pot Doc

| Breads, Culinary Medicine, Fish & Seafood, Healthy Living | No Comments
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…

What You Want Is Not What You Knead-No Knead Bread

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Dr. Mike's Ancient Grain No Knead Bread Avoidance of modern wheat does not mean that you need to give up the tasty pleasure and nutritional benefits associated with the consumption…

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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

| 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

| Desserts, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
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

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…
cheddar cheese and mushroom

Tales of the One Pot Doc

| Breads, Culinary Medicine, Fish & Seafood, Healthy Living | No Comments
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…

Recent Posts / View All Posts

Black Garlic & Rosemary Bison Paprikash

Black Garlic & Rosemary Bison Paprikash

| Main Dish, Poultry & Meats | No Comments
Black Garlic & Rosemary Bison Paprikash Black Garlic & Rosemary Bison Paprikash Fall brings cool loamy scented breezes that whisper of ancient harvests. In fact, the harvest moon was the…
Spicy Cochinita Pibil (Yucatan Slow Roasted Pork) taco

Spicy Cochinita Pibil (Yucatan Slow Roasted Pork)

| Main Dish, Poultry & Meats | No Comments
Cochinita Pibil is a slow roasted pork dish that originated in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. The original version is not spicy, but is loaded with flavor. The pork is…

Recent Posts / View All Posts

Pizza Dough

| Pasta | No Comments
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…
Pizza Margherita

Margherita Pizza

| Pasta | No Comments
Margherita Pizza The typical American pizza with artificial and ultra-processed ingredients is a major source of unwanted sugars, fats, sodium, and additives in the Standard American Diet (or as it…

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

Polenta

Creamy Polenta

| Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Creamy Polenta Corn is a staple food originating in Mesoamerica 7,000-8,000 years ago, at least. It formed the basis and nurtured the Mayan civilization. When non-GMO corn is prepared and…
Pappa ala Pomodoro

Pappa al Pomodoro

| Appetizers, Soups, Stocks, and Sauces, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Pappa al Pomodoro It is a simple Italian tomato soup, a rustic one at that. Like so many great dishes, its origins trace back to a humble peasant food. It…

Recent Posts / View All Posts

Moroccan style semolina bread

Moroccan-style Semolina Bread

| Breads | No Comments
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…
cheddar cheese and mushroom

Tales of the One Pot Doc

| Breads, Culinary Medicine, Fish & Seafood, Healthy Living | No Comments
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…

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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