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Hump Day Snack: Cherry Clafoutis

Every year, ten days after America’s birthday, we again celebrate the red, white and blue, this time for Bastille Day, the French national holiday that marks the storming of the Bastille prison and the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789. Celebrate a few days early with the ultra-seasonal Cherry Clafoutis, a baked French dessert typically made with black cherries covered in a thick batter. The traditional method calls for whole, unpitted cherries because when cooked, the pits release an almond essence into the dish, but feel free to remove the pits (or even swap in plums, apples or pears). The rich, custard-like batter is made on the stovetop with eggs, sugar, flour, lemon zest and vanilla, then poured over the cherries and baked until golden brown. Finish it off with a generous dusting of powdered sugar, pop open a bottle of champagne and channel your inner Francophile. Bon appetit!

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How to Make Escargots for Bastille Day

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When we arrived at Benoit, a French bistro in New York City with a famous sibling of the same name in Paris, for a Bastille Day-inspired escargot lesson, we expected the first order of business to involve removing the little guys from their shells and painstakingly cleaning them. But the restaurant’s chef, Philippe Bertineau, let us in on an escargot secret: Thanks to an extremely intensive and time-consuming cleaning process, “even the best chefs buy them pre-cooked and cleaned.”

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