One of the glories of America is that immigrants at first are seen as outsiders, but end up assimilating and enriching the culture. The result is not the flat sameness that many Europeans discuss in their haughty newspapers, but a mosaic of cultures that contrast and blend in sometimes astonishing ways.

In the US, anything goes. This includes marriage between ethnic groups and religions, and a mixing of food.

This means anything from Kosher Pizza cooked by a Lutheran chef, to the local Walmart that stocks Mexican vegetables, Patis, and Lutefisk, to the Perogi Palace that served Pizza and Tacos in an old Apalachean coal town where I once lived.

This rich mixing of traditions can be seen in this year’s Pillsbury Bake Off.

Epicurious Blog writes:

While I applaud the American “can do” spirit, some of this year’s recipes sound like fusion gone terribly wrong:

Samosa Taquitos with Apricot Chutney Sauce

Huevos Rancheros Pizza

Thai-Style Mexican Chicken Wraps

Actually,  he missed a few, like the PeanutButter Mole Enchaladas or the Creamy Chicken Marsala Pizza.

But for those with more traditional tastes, the Bake Off has the variations of more traditional recipes such as ooeygooeyTurtlebars.

YUM.

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket. 

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