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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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Torta al Testa

Life OTR (On The Road): Tales of the One Pot Doc

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A simple pan-bread with a recipe essentially unchanged for the last 2500 years, the Torta al Testo Forget delivery or Digorno! With a simple set up, some creative sourcing, and…

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

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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…
Torta al Testa

Life OTR (On The Road): Tales of the One Pot Doc

| Culinary Medicine, Healthy Living | No Comments
A simple pan-bread with a recipe essentially unchanged for the last 2500 years, the Torta al Testo Forget delivery or Digorno! With a simple set up, some creative sourcing, and…

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

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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…
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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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,…
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…

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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…
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…

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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…

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

| 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

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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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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…
Curry Kuri Squash Soup with Crab

Curry Kuri Squash Soup with Crab and Roasted Corn

| Appetizers, Soups, Stocks, and Sauces, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
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…
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…

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Apple Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Apples Sauce

| Soups, Stocks, and Sauces | No Comments
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

| Appetizers, Soups, Stocks, and Sauces, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
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…
Butternut squash soup 900

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…

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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

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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

| 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…

Recent Posts / View All Posts

Red Wine Braised Pork Cheeks with Spinach

| Main Dish, Poultry & Meats | No Comments
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,…
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…

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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

Apple cran beggar purse

Apple-Cranberry and Brie Beggar’s Purse

| Appetizers, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
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…
Curry Kuri Squash Soup with Crab

Curry Kuri Squash Soup with Crab and Roasted Corn

| Appetizers, Soups, Stocks, and Sauces, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
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…

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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