As I have stated previously, we Americans, if we want to live successfully in our new America, must become more like our European neighbors. Since I lived first hand in Italy and have traveled and lived as the locals do in both England and France, I think I have a slight bit of an advantage in an adaptation of combining both the American and European flare. The easiest place to start is: the food!
Last night I prepared a passaladiere, which is French Pizza. The crust is the same as the Italian version but filled instead with carmelized onions, anchovy and black olives. You don’t have to stick to the traditional recipe (click here). Once you have mastered this dish, you can become quite creative. In my version I saute the onions in olive oil and a teaspoon of home-made brown sugar (white sugar and molasses). This technique browns the onions quite nicely. I omitted the anchovy. I dolloped with French goat cheese. I substituted the home-made pizza crust with a store-bought version from WalMart (.88!!!! and from a local Bronx, NY bread store.)
If we are to face a new life with higher taxes and less discretionary income, we should learn from those who have mastered this lifestyle for many decades before us. We have to live on less energy, smaller cars and homes, more mass transit, less ample wardrobes and hold firm to our American heritage (as the French, for example, hold true to theirs). The differences, however, from us and say, Greece, is that The United States prints its own money. It may become worthless in Europe and abroad, but will retain some value on its own shores.
This is the life the majority of many Americans voted for. My advice is to accept it and make do. When I traveled throughout Europe I found most people to be happy and content. I’ve been studying and emulating our European neighbors since I was 16 years old. Now, the facade is over. The concept has become the reality. I welcome the new America.
Next stop: Barcelona. I’m currently working on planning a trip to Spain.