At a restaurant, I recently encountered a dessert called an "Apple Crisp".
Funny thing was, it was just a slightly fancier version of the baked apples my mom (and her mom) made for dessert when I was a child.
Has anyone else encountered this phenomenon? I mean old fashioned ranch house recipes being presented as new items in restaurants.
I have encountered this phenomenon frequently. What irritates me is the attempt to rebrand or upgrade fairly standard items. Most recently I ordered chicken pot pie. What I received was not a pie at all or even remotely resembling one. It was a vegetable blend with some chicken bits in it and some sort of doughy matter astride it.
I just shrug it off as a generational shift. For young people, restaurants are the equivalent of a rock concert now, so it has to feel new and artistic. A bartender is now called a "mixologist", stew becomes "pho", sandwich becomes "panini", and so on.
This isn't quite what I've been experiencing. I appreciate vittles that have names that go with their geographic or ethnic origins, viz. pho. It's when I see things like enchiladas re-labelled as "wet burritos" that I wonder. I know of one chain restaurant that insists cobblers are "fruit crumb-cakes". That's the sort of relabelling I wonder about. I've seen the "panini", and it is, at least in my area, a new variation of a toasted sandwich, with a specific type of bread, toasted in a specific manner. An variant of the sandwich, sort of like the sub or the po'boy, not a mere relabeling of something your grandmother used to make all the time.