As some food lovers advocate a break from recipes, a Web site called NoRecipes.com is following that advice by offering food techniques and inspiration, but no step-by-step instructions. "A lot of people don't learn the technique and rely on recipes as a crutch," said the site's founder, Marc Matsumoto.
Tomatoes, carrots, blackberries, peppers, baby artichokes and other purple heirloom and specialty vegetables add color to the plate and also pack a nutritional punch. Dark pigments called anthocyanins are recognized for their disease-fighting benefits.
Goat is the most widely consumed meat in the world, but has only recently emerged as a top choice among American chefs. The meat is flavorful, low-fat and high in protein, and is particularly good when braised or cooked with moist heat to ensure tenderness. Recipes included.