About Beth

Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

About Irene

Irene loves to think, read and dream about food. She enjoys cooking & eating in general. Although she demures about her talents, Irene has a finely-tuned palate that her friends envy. She bakes on occasion. The rest of the time she's creating memories with her family and friends. . . or she's learning a new needlecraft technique.

About Deborah

Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

About Doug

Doug lives in Eastern Ontario in a farmhouse built in 1903. He is a retired teacher with four adult children, a wife, a son-in-law, two Irish step-grandchildren and one grandson who he is lucky to hang with a lot. He has way too many books. Doug also blogs at To Slow Time Down.

About Cindy

Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

About Sandi

Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Jan

Jan, a serious home cook, has owned “Essentials” since 1992. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about her travels (next trip Italy May/June of 2010) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

About Palma

Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Kim

Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.

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Gratinéed Asparagus with Parmesan

We like asparagus & have it fairly often. I have tried to grow it in the past, without much success. It is one of the few vegetables that we buy at the store year round, although there are definitely better times of the year to go shopping for asparagus.

A small number of ingredients - asparagus, salt, butter and parmigiano-reggiano cheese. And a very simple recipe to prepare. The asparagus is trimmed, boiled .....


and then baked, dotted with butter and topped with the cheese.


Ready for serving.


A very short post this week - not a lot to add.

What I liked about this recipe:

Well, this must be one of the easiest recipes to prepare in the book.

.... Hey, I think somebody likes me!

OK, OK, I know it's not Marcella, but somebody does.

What I didn't I like about this recipe:

No problems.

Would I make it again?

Yes, always great to have another way to prepare asparagus

Comments (4)


Doug, that looks great!

I'm so happy I found this site. I look forward to reading the post everyday. I find myself cooking with Marcella (that’s how it feels when reading her book) and I hear myself saying “Okay, I trust you.” In the past I read other recipes and tweaked them to my idea of what will taste good but you guys & gals have taught me to trust and let me tell you it’s worked every time!


Marcella Hazan:

Doug! Why should you think I don't like you? I recall some very complimentary remarks that I directed at you. You do have an inclination to kvetch, to use an expression I learned when I lived in New York. The recipe is indeed an easy one, but it requires attentive cooking, which it is evident you bestowed on it. What is not easy is growing asparagus. It was the least successful crop we raised on my father's farm.


That's one of the reasons we all love Marcella. Strong, principled and intelligent views based on deep traditions and a lifetime of experience combined with an extremely high standard.

I enjoyed reading this quote I found on the internet:

"I love Marcella--I'm just terrified of her! I always get the feeling that if she showed up in my kitchen, she would tell me that all of my ingredients are actually inedible."

Keep keeping us all honest Marcella. We are better cooks because of it.


What an incredible blog! Just found you! Is there anyway that I can follow you through google reader? I didn't see a follow button. I'm a full-blooded Italian American who has every Marcella Hazan cookbook since the 1970's and just about any Italian cookbook in and out of print there is, even my family's and my own personal Italian cookbook. Just a great blog theme that I want to read over and over again! I hope that you stop by and visit my blog too! Ciao, Roz at La Bella Vita!

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