2 1/2 quarts chicken stock
2 bay leaves
3 pounds asparagus, cut into 1-inch lengths (tough ends removed and discarded)
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
4 white onions, chopped
5 stalks celery, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
2/3 cup all-purpose flour (approximately, or as needed to create roux)
1 pint heavy cream
1 pound colossal crabmeat
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons freshly chopped thyme leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon, juiced plus 1 or 2 lemons cut in wedges, for garnish
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