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Croque Monsieur & Asparagus Salad

International travel minus the melatonin and compression socks. This humble hero (with a fancy name) is a great classic to add to your cooking arsenal. Also, a wonderfully snarky recipe to bust out when that one *special” friend can’t (won’t?) stop talking about their trip to Paris.


Start to finish: 30 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 3 cups (6 ounces) gruyere, shredded, divided
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • Pinch of nutmeg (optional)
  • 8 slices white bread
  • Dijon mustard
  • 6 ounces ham, sliced


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottom saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the flour and stir constantly for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Whisk in the almond milk until incorporated. Let this cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, or until thickened. Remove from the heat.
  4. Stir in 2 cups of the gruyere and all the Parmesan cheese. Add the salt and pepper and optional nutmeg. Set aside.
  5. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Place the 8 slices of bread on it and bake for 3 minutes. Flip the bread and bake for another 3 minutes, or until the bread is toasted. Remove from the oven.
  6. Slather four slices with Dijon mustard. Divide and layer the ham on top.
  7. Sprinkle each of the slices with the remaining cup of gruyere, and cover them with about 1 tablespoon of sauce each. (This helps melt the cheese.)
  8. Cover with the remaining four slices of toast.
  9. Spread the remaining sauce on top of the four sandwiches.
  10. Bake in the oven for 5 minutes at 400 degrees.
  11. Turn on the broiler and bake for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until they are bubbly and golden brown.


Asparagus Ribbon Salad

Prep time: 25 to 30 minutes

Makes 1 quart


  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 1/2 cup radishes, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 tablespoon cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup mint, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Remove the tough ends of the asparagus by cutting them with a knife or snapping them off. Shave the asparagus stalks with either a knife or a peeler to make ribbons, and place them in a bowl. Add the radish sticks.
  3. In a separate bowl, toss the almonds with 1 tablespoon olive oil, sugar, salt and pepper, and place them on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Place on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 5 minutes. When toasted, add the almonds slices to the asparagus bowl.
  4. Toss the vegetables with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the apple cider vinegar, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  5. Garnish with chopped mint.