Dr. Gourmet Newsletter:
March 12, 2007
Chef Tim Says...
This stuff is so lovely. It has light fruity flavor that is softer than most olive oils when used in a dressing or marinades. I generally use it when I don’t want the taste of the oil to interfere with other flavors in a recipe. I keep a bottle on hand but there’s also spray cans available in most groceries now.
It has a higher amount of mono-unsaturated fats than many oils with a low amount of trans-fatty acids and, consequently, it may actually help prevent heart disease. Grapeseed Oil
Featured Recipe: Grouper with Caramelized Shallot Horseradish Sauce
For horseradish lovers this is a great dish (and even for those who don't like it so much). It has a lighter horseradish flavor enhanced by the caramelized shallots. Sweet, salty and spicy all at once. Any white fish will do -- you could use halibut, snapper, rockfish or even cod. Grouper with Caramelized Shallot Horseradish Sauce
Ask Dr. Gourmet
I have been told that I can't drink cranberry juice while I'm on Coumadin. Is that correct?
Dr. Gourmet Says...
Interestingly, a cup of cranberry juice cocktail has only 2.5 micrograms (mcg) of Vitamin K. There have been some case reports that cranberry juice can have an effect on INR levels, however.
One report in the British Medical Journal in 2003 is concerning. The patient in question was drinking a great deal of cranberry juice and on an essentially liquid diet. There is a cautionary statement by the British Government about drinking cranberry juice while on Coumadin as a result of some other case reports. There have not been any such case reports that I have found in North America.
Thanks for writing,
Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.