By Blair Rumley
Updated July 13, 2012

While the French celebrate The Storming of the Bastille, we Americans celebrate by storming the kitchen, in true French fashion, of course. I love any excuse for a French feast, and Bastille Day fits the bill. With these recipes, you can plan a Bastille Day soiree that will make Julia Child jealous.

No French soiree is complete without cheese. Add a sweet start to your celebration with baked Brie dressed in honey. Pair with grapes, apples, and dried figs for a nearly effortless hors d’oeuvre.

And of course, if you plan to eat like the French, you have to drink like them too. A classic champagne cocktail pairs well with the baked Brie. Laced with the sweetness of a single sugar cube, allow guests to indulge before the meal even begins.

Combine your garden’s bounty (or your farmers’ market finds) of summer squash with bacon and mozzarella for a lighter dish on a steamy summer evening. Add shallots, thyme, and black pepper to complete a palate-pleasing quiche.

It’s certainly no secret that the French know their desserts. The coffee and chocolate flavors in these five-ingredient crepes mingle to craft a finale fit for a French bakery. Make both the crepes and sauce ahead, then simply warm before serving.

Tell us how you are celebrating Bastille Day.

Bon Appetite!