Asparagus Gratin; puppies

After spending almost six weeks cooking for three or four or six or thirteen it’s going to be hard to adjust to cooking for two again.

I don’t count the puppies.

After almost six weeks of having a house full of people (to varying degrees) it will be very empty.

Except for the puppies.

And now I have been informed that we have to run off to the train station to try to do some travel rearranging.


I’ll leave you with some puppy pictures and, for those of you still getting asparagus. a delicious asparagus gratin.

Here’s Guapa, weighing in at 14 kilos (30lbs) – the little piggy….


And Bonita (Bonnie) at a svelte 12 kilos (27lbs)

Bonnie’s getting into trouble….

Fortunately for their humans, they still do sleep very soundly and very often.

Week12-sleepingAsparagus Gratin

12oz (350gr) asparagus
2/3 cup milk
1 tbs butter
1 tbs flour
2 tsp Dijon-style mustard
1/4 cup shredded cheese
1oz (30gr) shredded Parmesan

Asparagus:  Trim asparagus spears but leave whole.  Bring 2″ (5cm) water to a boil in a pan large enough to hold the spears flat.  Blanch the asparagus spears for 2 minutes.  Remove and refresh in cold water.  Place in a baking dish, large enough to hold them all flat.

Béchamel:  Melt butter in a small  saucepan. Add flour and cook, stirring with a whisk or fork (making a roux). Slowly add milk, stirring constantly until you have a thick sauce. Stir in  cheese, mustard and heat until bubbly. Pour over asparagus.
Bake, 350F (175C) fpr 15 minutes.  Top with Parmesan and bake 5 minutes longer.


I made this just before we left for Italy….

I miss asparagus season.

13 thoughts on “Asparagus Gratin; puppies”

  1. Asparagus gratin… mmmmm…. we just cooked the last of the asparagus in the fridge on toast with goat’s cheese sauce. It looks like we may neeeeeed to get more asparagus.

  2. Katie,
    So cute!
    I think the asparagus is finished here and I got to the green market today too early to pick up any greens. Oh well, my garden chard and kale are just about big enough to harvest and I know that momma would love a swiss chard or kale gratin. Of course there are also those several pounds of garlic scapes to incorporate somehow…
    Good luck with the babies. 🙂

  3. Mother Nature made puppies cute so people wouldn’t kill them for their antics. Always fun, and so adorable when sound asleep. 🙂

  4. Elizabeth, asparagus with goat cheese…. yum! I hate it when the season ends.
    brassfrog, my chard is only an inch high – goofing off in Italy! The puppies – yeah, cute…. what did I get myself in to?!
    Dave, yeah, comes to my mind as well…. I can’t believe how much they eat at their tender age.
    Meredith, at the moment they’d just want to play ;-))
    Zoomie, Pam, Joey – yeah, cute, definitely trouble on 8 paws.
    maningroad, Ina, Peggy – the gratin was delicious… puppies didn’t get any!
    Lannae, I think I would have more work with only one… At least, I tell myself that…

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