Butterscotch pudding has moved beyond childhood comfort food, with elegant variations on the menus at restaurants throughout the Dallas area. Dali Wine Bar and Cellar, for example, serves butterscotch pudding in a martini glass, layered with a graham cracker-almond crumble and topped with cinnamon whipped cream. Recipes included.
Two Web sites, Foodista.com and the recipe section of Wikia.com, are creating wiki recipes by allowing users to post recipes and change existing ones. The goal is to create a consensus, but Christopher Kimball, the editor of Cook's Illustrated, says the recipes won't always work because "variables affect other variables," and each change calls for re-testing the entire recipe.
More than 500 restaurants in New York City have closed so far this year, including many that are high-end and well known. Experts say restaurants must change with the times, and diners seem to be moving toward comfort food and less formal venues.
Gourmet magazine closed at a time when people are increasingly taking recipes and cooking cues from the Internet, TV shows, and the books and magazines of celebrity chefs. Recipes that are fast, healthful and inexpensive seem to be most popular.
Rick Bayless has become a success while keeping his restaurant empire in Chicago and his prices reasonable. As he opens Xoco, a restaurant committed to Mexican street food, his frenetic pace seems unlikely to slow.