I am not a world traveler. Our trips tend to be taken in a car and not a jet. I am told that many people around the world find us Americans arrogant and cocky. I find that interesting considering that America is filled with people of all nationalities. There are millions of people trying to get into this country. There are millions of people who recognize the value of the freedoms available in this country. And, there are millions of people who want the opportunities that are available in this country. So, we can’t be all that bad, right?
I am of Persian, Polish and Lithuanian decent. My father is first generation American on his side. My mother is a naturalized citizen. So is my husband. From this, I think I can clearly speak for others that just because I am proud to be an American, it does not make me arrogant or a snob. In fact, I have friends of Bolivian, Filipino, Chinese, Mexican, Israeli, Arab, Iranian and French decent, to name a few. I embrace many cultures and their traditions.
And then, of course, there is food.
I love trying food from all over the world.
Most cities in the U.S. are filled with restaurants and markets of different countries. We have Little Italy, Little Saigon, Chinatown, Tehran-geles… In fact, our local governments are so accommodating to our immigrants that we offer ballots in different languages to those citizens who haven’t learned English yet.
How about confident and proud. That can perceived as arrogance, but it’s not.
We need to be reminded that the leaders of countries (who should be honored to be in these positions) and their personalities do not represent the millions of people that they serve. Because all of us are individuals, with our own opinions, quirks and oddities. And, that’s what makes this country so great. We have the freedom to be what we want to be without fear of persecution, jail or death.
You can’t say that for many other countries on our planet.
And, now, off my soap box. Let’s turn to food.
I don’t usually post red-white-and-blue recipes, but here are a few I came up with to celebrate our Independence Day this July 4th.
Red, White & Blue Jello
This is made with yogurt.. okay, and whipped cream!
Red, White & Blue Sangria
Talk about international, we’ve got lychee fruit in our this patriotic Spanish specialty.
Red, White & Blue Poke Cake
This is truly American: 1 box of white cake mix, 2 boxes of Jello & 1 can of white frosting!