July 14 is Bastille Day. Whether you're planning a celebration or simply want to revel in all things Gallic, we think you'll enjoy these French-inspired recipes, crafts, and decor ideas any time of year. Vive la France!
The baguette is probably France's most beloved export. Beneath the crisp, brittle crust of a baguette is an airy crumb and a rich, nutty flavor, making it the perfect accompaniment to any meal.
France's famous kir royale (black-currant liqueur and Champagne) makes a perfect cocktail for your summer soiree.
Perfect Roast Chicken
For tender meat and a crisp, golden brown skin in about an hour, high-heat oven roasting is the way to go.
These easy-to-make baskets look like they were plucked from a French open-air market.
Croque Madame Sandwiches
Didn’t think a great grilled cheese could get any better? Think again! Everyday Food editor Sarah Carey shows you how to make the comforting classic more deliciously dinner-worthy.
Steak with Shoestring Fries
Another bistro classic, this is the ultimate French comfort meal.
You'll never run out of great French wines to try, which means learning about them can easily become a lifelong pleasure.
French Almond Macaroons
Transport yourself to Paris with one bite of these dreamy cookies that have a crisp exterior and slightly chewy center. They almost as pretty to look at as they are delicious to eat.
In the French manner, bouillabaisse is served in two courses: the soup first and then the fish. It is just as good when fish and soup are served together.
Duxelles, named for the seventeenth-century French Marquis d'Uxelles, is an adaptable, delectable mixture of finely chopped mushrooms, shallots, and herbs.
The star ingredient in this summery sip is the herb synonomous with the South of France: lavender.
Flag Berry Tarts
Salute the French flag by making this trio of tarts that will have people guessing if you own your own French patisserie.
French Courtyard Table
Set a thoroughly charming table inspired by French linens and flowers. Flower sack fabric covers folding chairs; small bouquets of roses dot the table. French lemons and bottles of water are the only other adornment.
Shallots, butter, thyme, and white wine give classic flavor to this easy, casual, and traditional dish. Serve with a crusty baguette to soak up the broth.
Repurposed Linen Sachet
This lovely lavender sachet is a great way to recycle an old piece of linen.
These savory tarts are a specialty of Nice, in southern France. Traditionally the pissaladiere has a flaky crust, but this crisp crust gives it a lighter taste.
French Champagne gives this gin cocktail a shot of glamour.
Tuna Nicoise Sandwich
This sandwich, our take on the French pan bagnat, is perfect for outdoor eating. Its flavor improves when you make it ahead.
Numbered Drinking Glasses
These whimsical glasses are ideal for serving Lillet -- a French aperitif with a sprig of mint and slice of orange.
Once you catch the hang of it, the world of crepes is yours. They can inspire a fancy finish to a formal dinner party or the most casual kitchen gathering where guests take turns making crepes, garnishing them however they like, and devouring them on the spot.
Striped Rug Pillows
stripes in faded blues combine with neutrals and black for a room that's modern and inviting. We used the same rugs to make two kinds of pillows: a large one (bigger than a bed pillow) and a smaller one with an envelope-style opening.
Pate a Choux
Use this pate a choux recipe to make mouthwatering French pastries such as profiteroles and eclairs.
Brioche French Toast
This French toast is always a big hit at a Bastille Day breakfast.
French Quarter Cocktails
These rum-and-juice cocktails are our take on a classic New Orleans drink.
Bistro Pomme Frites
These crispy bistro-style fries get their signature texture and flavor from cooking twice; once fried and once in the oven.