Ah, Bastille Day, how to celebrate it? One could, of course, go storm a Paris prison full of political prisoners, but there are so few of those left these days. Besides, plane flights to Paris are really expensive right now. Better to buy a baguette and some stinky cheese, open a bottle of French vin, and start singing La Marseillaise.
To get you in the proper Parisian spirit, here are five fine bottles from five different French wine regions to check out.
Five Wines for Bastille Day
Liberté, égalité, fraternité, brûlée!
Celebrate Bastille Day, the beginning of the French Revolution, with the classic dessert: crème brûlée.
The accent marks in the name alone can be intimidating to the non-classically trained home cook, but a quick look at the recipe reveals it's nothing more than some homey staples - vanilla, sugar, eggs, cream and salt - allied with a little know-how.
Grab a torch (or befriend your oven's broiler), don your "other" red, white and blue, and follow the lead of Chef Rogers Powell of the French Culinary Institute. It’s so good, heads will roll.
For many, summer means vacation, sports, camping or just time off to relax, but not for millions of kids living in poverty in the United States. There are few camps or beach trips for them, and sometimes not even three meals a day.
During the school year, public schools provide breakfast and lunch to millions of students in the United States. But when summer arrives, parents struggling to feed their children can no longer rely on those meals.
More than 21 million children receive free or reduced-price lunches at school. But in the summer, the number of kids participating in food programs drops to fewer than 3 million, despite efforts to raise awareness and increase community support, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
To help fill that gap, one community in suburban Atlanta is delivering food - and hope - in brown paper bags.
Read the full story: "Feeding kids when parents, schools can't"
Talk about an out-of-this-world meal.
NASA is inviting everyone to join the crew of the space shuttle Atlantis for an "All-American Meal" Thursday afternoon.
"We thought it would be fun to have a typical summer meal often enjoyed in our backyards with friends and family," said Michele Perchonok, a NASA food scientist and manager of the shuttle food system.
While most of the food the astronauts will be eating will come in thermostabilized pouches, Earthbound picnickers can put together their own meals based on NASA recipes, which are posted on the space agency's website.
Read Enjoy an "All-American Meal" with Atlantis
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