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Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: May 26, 2008

Dr. Gourmet is off this week. Here's one of our most popular series of columns from the past.

Chef Tim Says....

What should I have in my pantry?

This was a question asked of me recently about what are the best and healthiest ingredients. The conversation was about having a list of good choices to purchase when at the grocery. What is a good cut of beef that will taste great and be healthier? Which oils to use? How about butter and other dairy products. In essence, what are the best supplies for stocking a pantry with ingredients that taste great and are great for you -- a master shopping list if you will.

Over the next few weeks I am going to break this down to help you create a master list of what to choose when you're in the grocery and this week I am going to start with beef. Even though this is a "Chef Tim" column there's a lot of "Dr. Tim" information that goes along with what you are going to buy so I have included that as well.

We'll start with beef. Beef is okay for you but best in my opinion to not to eat it more than about once a week. It is the amount of fat in beef that you want to keep an eye on and choosing lean beef is the key. I try to keep my choices under 10 grams of fat with less than 4 grams of saturated fat in a four ounce serving. In Your Pantry: Beef

Featured Recipe

CheeseburgerSouthwest Venison Cheeseburgers
Venison is lovely and very lean so it makes great burgers. This is a full quarter pound cheeseburger and only 313 calories and only 15 grams fat. You can make this with extra lean ground beef but it won"t have quite the lovely wild flavor. Ground lamb makes a good burger as well but ask the butcher to grind you some from the shoulder so that it is very lean.

This recipe is Coumadin (warfarin) safe and low in sodium (salt). It is too spicy for those with GERD / Acid Reflux, and it contains cheese so those who are lactose intolerant should avoid it or just leave off the cheese.

Featured Ingredient: Peppers

Poblano Pepper Twenty years ago it was rare to find much more than a green bell pepper in grocery stores. The sweet or bell pepper is a member of the Capsicum family, making them a cousin to chili peppers such as jalapenos and habaneros. Red bell peppers are simply green peppers that have been allowed to ripen on the vine longer and are, consequently, sweeter. Yellow, orange and purple varieties are widely available now as well, each with subtly different flavors.

Poblanos range from very dark green to almost black. They are mildly spicy with a heat index of mild to medium. The darker pepper has a more intense flavor. As poblano peppers mature they turn a reddish brown. Dried poblanos are known as Ancho chilis. Peppers

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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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