Dr. Gourmet's Food Reviews

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.

This week we're continuing to revisit older reviews to see what, if anything, has changed.

Amy's Black Bean Burrito and their Burrito Especial were two of the first reviews we did for the web site, and the outcome was mixed. While the Black Bean Burrito was pretty good (we gave it 3 1/2 forks out of 5), the Especial was considered "not very especial." In the more than a decade since the first reviews, had anything changed?

A look at the labels tells us that something has. The Black Bean Burrito now has 10 fewer calories, significantly more sodium (100mg more), and more fiber (+2grams) than it had before: the current version has 290 calories, 680 milligrams of sodium (that's 2.3 milligrams of sodium for every calorie!), and 6 grams of fiber. More reviews from the Dr. Gourmet Time Machine »

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Featured Recipes

Mashed Potatoes with Spinach and Garlic

I had a version of these potatoes at a restaurant recently but they were too creamy and pasty. I like to leave some chunks of potatoes. If you like them smooth, be careful because over mashing will result in pasty potatoes.

The key to good mashed potatoes is in the buttermilk / milk combination. The buttermilk adds richness and tartness, with little to no fat, and the milk adds creaminess. The butter is used here only as a flavor enhancer.

Chicken Salad with Roasted Scallions

Chicken with Roasted Scallions recipe by Dr. Gourmet

The combination of the roasted scallions with roasted garlic makes this variation on the classic chicken salad a great dish, with sweet, salty, and savory flavors all at once. Makes great sandwiches for lunch, too.

Ratatouille Salad

I do like ratatouille but it seems like more of a cold weather comfort food. This chilled salad brings all the great flavors of ratatouille to spring or summer.

It is best made with fresh herbs but you can use dried. As always, the rule of thumb is to use 1/3 the amount of fresh herbs called for. For example, if the recipe calls for 1 tablespoon, use 1 teaspoon. There are exceptions, however. Tarragon can easily overwhelm a dish and make it bitter, so you should add just 1/8 teaspoon at a time, giving the herb long enough to permeate through the dish before you decide to add more.

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