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Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: March 24, 2008

Dr. Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.It's Spring... finally. It kind of snuck up on me this year because I have been so busy, but in case you missed it too, last Thursday was the first day of Spring. This is my favorite time of the year for so many reasons, but certainly food is one of them. So much will begin to come into season, it's time for planting herbs, and picnics aren't far around the corner.

I always try to convince my patients that this is the time of year to make resolutions. Of course it's customary to do this at New Year's, but if you've not kept those (or didn't really make any to begin with), now's the time. April 1st seems like a great opportunity, so I hereby propose April Fools Day Resolutions. It's Spring....

Featured Recipe

TortelliniTortellini Primavera | Low Sodium Version
Primavera stems from the Latin primus meaning first or spring. I'm a bit old fashioned, I suppose, but I love naming recipes that are full of veggies this way. You're not stuck with the ones in this recipe - use what is fresh if you can. Cook the firmer vegetables first and add the softer ones near the end. There are so many great substitutions - peas, zucchini, spinach, leeks - whatever strikes your fancy.

This recipe is safe for Coumadin® (warfarin) users. Those with GERD / Acid Reflux and those who are lactose intolerant may wish to avoid it.

Isis Returns!

Food from MotoAs our taxi turned a corner onto a dimly lit street, not exactly the place I would expect to find a fancy restaurant, I was wondering where we were. I looked around and saw a bunch of industrial looking buildings and some loading docks with trucks backed up to them. The street was all dark and looked to be empty. We turned another corner, and I saw a white folding sign next to the two foot high curb saying "MOTO valet." We pulled up to a stop and stepped out into the crisp freezing Chicago air. It looked to be an interesting place for a restaurant, the Chicago "meat packing district." Looking around, confused, I stepped up onto the sidewalk and saw a door with the word MOTO printed on it. Assuming this was the right place, I walked in, relieved to be able to fully thaw. Moto: Introduction

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Hand on Heart

Hand on Heart

Dr. Harlan's latest cookbook, Hand on Heart, includes several of the recipes from, plus a few that were developed specifically for the book, like Banoffee Pie! More on what's inside.

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