Now that the Fourth of July is behind us, it's fair to say we've gotten the rah-rah American patriotism out of our systems. The apple pies and flag cakes have been polished off, the grill scraped clean of cheeseburger drippings. But what to do with all this leftover red, white, and blue flatware?
If you're looking for an excuse to party that's a bit more, shall we say, European, Bastille Day is for you. You'll have subtle but classic dishes: Français in spirit, if not in name (or in some cases, Français in name, if not in preparation). You'll have salad, but you'll have frites, too. And best of all, you'll get some extra mileage out of all those patriotic accessories you were about to pack up 'til next summer. A bit of tradition, a bit of irreverence: sounds like a French-inspired American party to us.