If there's one simple French dish you master, let it be tarte flambée. This traditional Alsatian recipe from Chef Michael Toscano of New York City's Montmartre restaurant features crispy bits of fatty bacon called lardons, plus sweet, seasonal summer squash, caramelized onions and tangy crème fraîche. It's a savory treat not to be missed.

Says the chef, "The tarte flambée is a blank canvas for amazing summer vegetables. It's a total crowd pleaser that’s great for snacking on at a picnic or party."

In New York this weekend? Don't miss La Fête Montmartre, a Bastille party where you just might find a great tarte.