The Story

The story behind the blog.

There is more to this story…..
January 2017 Update

I am on a sabbatical from medicine due to a physical injury. I am living in Loreto, BCS, Mexico as an expat with my husband. I am slowly learning spanish and exploring more avenues for my creative side.

March 2015

What’s For Dinner Doc is one year old today. I started my blog as a place to talk about women’s health but it has evolved into so much more than I could have envisioned. Looking back, I have come to realize that a blog writes itself. It finds it’s voice and it takes you, the author, along for the ride. My posts have been shaped by current events, new research, food trends and my daily experiences as a physician. I have ventured from my kitchen table into photography, humor and flash fiction. I’ve shared my deepest thoughts about human suffering and medical education with you and we have shared a few laughs along the way.

I have met many amazing bloggers through Fiesta Friday and Friday Fictioneers. These virtual gatherings and their dedicated hosts have given me a safe haven to try out new ideas. My fellow bloggers have been free with their praise and encouragement. Their enthusiasm is contagious.

I am sincerely grateful for everyone who took the time to stop by this little eclectic blog. I don’t know where my blog will take me in 2015 but you are welcome to ride along. Your sharing and commenting means the world to me. Thank you.

The Title

“What’s for dinner,doc?” is a common refrain at my office. My medical assistant, Chris, seems genuinely curious when she asks about my cooking adventures and misadventures. (I’m kinda sorta sure it’s not just because I sign her paychecks.) My replies unfortunately are sometimes met with good natured chuckles as my sister and personal assistant, Cheryl, gets a few laughs by exaggerating my “wild abandon with spices and fresh ingredients”. An artist must occasionally suffer for her art. (Did you hear the sigh and dramatic pause?)

The Content
I’m a gynecologist but I spent most of my time talking with patients about healthy living. The majority of women in the U.S. will die from heart disease, diabetes and hypertension not from gynecological cancers. We talk about obesity and weight loss a lot. I want this blog to be a place where women can have a seat at my kitchen table to talk about recipes, healthy living and common women’s health concerns.

The Kitchen Table
I fondly remember my lovely mother holding court at the kitchen table. She and her girlfriends and/or sisters would gather around the table over coffee to discuss the business of their lives. Heart aches, joys, frustrations, current events, husbands, kids, and health were all kitchen table topics. My husband and I agree that the best parenting advice we can give is to sit down at the table with the entire family for at least one meal a day. My sons are men now but they know that they can always come home for a chat at the kitchen table.

The kitchen symbolizes home and comfort to me and I want you to feel welcome at my table.

What’s with The Tomatoes?
My father was a fabulous gardener. He spent 9 decades perfecting his tomato crops. Growing tomatoes was only one of the many life lessons I learned from my dad. To grow a perfect tomato you must be patient, attentive, and nurturing but you also need to find a balance between the elements and learn when to let go and get out of its way. Not unlike doctoring.

I adore tomatoes. Individual tomatoes, like humans, are unique with many colors and shapes. They are delicate and bruise easily, yet some thrive under the stress of adverse conditions. They grow best with fresh air and sunshine. Tomatoes are nutrition power houses and they are used in almost every cuisine. They represent patience and fortitude to me.

Pull up a chair and have a seat at my table. Follow my cooking adventures, blogging mishaps, and my kitchen table wisdom.

Take what you need and savor every bite.



Tracey Delaplain, MD, FACOG

Tracey Delaplain, MD, FACOG

I am a practicing board certified gynecologist at Center for Women’s Health and I am on the clinical faculty of the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

I received my medical degree from the University of Nevada Reno and my residency training at OHSU in Portland, Oregon.

I care deeply about women’s health, especially preventative care. I practice compassionate care for all patients.

I like to write, cook, eat, cycle, sail and laugh.

Visit Center for Women’s Health at

31 responses to “The Story

  1. So nice to meet you Tracey (Doc!).:) No seriously I absolutely admire your passion for women’s health and about your focus on preventative care. I am so impressed that being a gynaecologist with a busy schedule you are still able to blog about food and about healthy living! I agree with you that eating a healthy meal is the first step towards maintaining good health. I am a pharmacist and a researcher and I share some of the same passion about food and health as yourself. I am so glad I came to know you and your blog through Fiesta Friday where I am a co-host this week! Will be following you to learn more from you! 🙂


    • Thank you for taking the time to stop by my little eclectic blog. Blogging has been so much fun and it is a much needed creative outlet. As you say in your blog, cooking at the end of the day is relaxing and eating real food is a priority for me too.


  2. Tracy ( I call her Dr. Delaplain in her office) is my doctor and responsible for making me responsible for my weight. I don’t have any friends who have a doctor that discussed weight with them, and most of them are overweight. I have lost 18 pounds and have discovered a love of vegetables. When we first discussed my weight it was obvious I was a fruit eater and vegetables were missing. Tracy reminded me on the average “fruits 100 calories, vegetables 25” wow! didn’t even think of that. I love trying new receipes and hope that somewhere my Mom is looking down at me (deceased) and after all those years she tried to get me to eat vegetables is smiling and saying “told ya so”. Patsy


  3. Very happy to have found your blog Doctor, I look forward to receiving emails with new posts. I also love tomatoes and my Dad was an avid gardener, we always had fresh vegetables from the garden and my Mom was great at canning/preserving, I wish I had inherited my Dads green thumb. Thanks for stopping by my little blog.


  4. Thank you for visiting my blog and leading me back to yours. Karma, for sure! I had just determined that I need to learn more about my own nutrition and exercise needs (yes, even old ladies can have an epiphany [again]!). I figure that the bulk of my complaints come from the lack of both — nutrition and exercise, that is! So, I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts! And your title is perfect as dinner is the bane of my existence! LOL!


  5. Thank you for following my blog, Tracey! So glad to have found yours. I love that you’re passionate about women’s health and preventive care. Look forward to your posts as I explore more of your blog!


  6. PK's KitchenEquations

    I am glad to have found you, myself being a food blogger I have numerous queries regarding health and nutrition, so looking forward to you for all my questions 🙂 Do stay connected 😀


  7. Hello doc – food and art and health and women – good passions all – as a doc too but not working as a clinician I salute you!


  8. Thank you for visiting my blog–I am glad it helped me to discover yours. I also love the importance of talks that happen at the kitchen table!


  9. My dear GYN gave me a huge belly laugh when I told her excitedly… “I’M OVERWEIGHT!!!”. She understood because I had been in the OBESE category for 10+ years. Now I’m WNL. HA! Old age and fortitude wins!


  10. Hi Tracey – I love your story and looking forward to reading more in your blog. Your background made me think of another great blogger, Carrie Rubin, she is also a physician and writer. You can find here here –

    One thing I feel good about is that my kids always knew that dinner time meant sitting down together to eat as a family and talk about the day. We never missed it – if one of us couldn’t be there, it was OK, but it has always been a big part of our family life. I hope it’s something that they continue as they start their own families.

    Take care,


  11. I love what you share about the “kitchen table talks.” And the fact that you encouraged your children to keep them going. During all of our growing up years and well into our early married years, my sister and I had the same kind of influence in our lives.Those hours and hours and hours of family time are some of my most cherished memories now. And still, to this day, in both of our homes, a lot of what’s important is experienced around our kitchen tables.

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  12. Hi Tracey,
    I found your blog through Fiesta Friday, all your recipes are too good, healthy recipes. Do stop by my blog in your precious time 🙂 Nice meeting you.

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  13. Hi Tracey, so lovely to come across your blog via #BlogBattle today. I love the way in which you described your father’s fondness for tomatoes. Looking forward to reading more of your blog.

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  14. Hi Tracey, good to meet you.
    I will probably not spend any time on your eating advice (just being honest) but I will read your flash fiction.
    I think you are an excellent writer, with powerful tales to tell.
    Good luck.

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  15. What a great little eclectic blog. I am interested in all the different paths it takes!


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