Asparagus + Cannellini Bean Crostini

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I’m a purse gal. Always have been. Shoes don’t get my juices flowing like a giant, leather handbag does. I was the girl that had like 8 Dooney & Bourkes in middle school. You know, the colorful ones with the ducks all over them? I was so popular.

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I’ve been carrying around a ginormous, brown leather Michael Kors suitcase purse for the past 3 years. It’s a hot mess. The straps break daily & my junk flies everywhere. It’s time to lay her to rest.

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Perfect opportunity arose yesterday when I was at a fundraising luncheon that was auctioning off hundreds of purses. No excuses, Rachel, get a purse! So I’m walking around, studying the bags, playing it cool – when suddenly, our eyes meet. The bag to end all bags. A Texas-sized, structured, yellow Marc Jacobs. Come to mama. I bid lots of dollars.

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I take my eyes off of it for ONE SECOND and it’s gone. GONE. Someone bought it out right. I finally find her strutting around the room with my bag on her arm. I think about stealing it. I think about tripping her. I think about writing her a very large check. As you can probably guess, I did nothing but eat my salad quietly & give the money I wanted to use on a purse to the charity. I’m so thoughtful even in times of grief.

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However, I did pout the rest of the day & refuse to get over it for at least 72 more hours.


Time: 35 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4 crostini (depending how big your bread is)


  • Sourdough bread
  • 1 bundle of asparagus
  • 1 can of cannellini beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp. of parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 oz. of fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste
  • Balsamic vinaigrette, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • On a lined baking tray, lay out the asparagus
  • Drizzle with olive oil + sprinkle with S+P + 1 tbsp. of parmesan cheese
  • Roast for 10-12 minutes
  • Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine cannellini beans + onion + crushed red pepper + S+P
  • Mash the beans with the back of a fork
  • On the same baking sheet, lay out bread + spread bean mix evenly over each piece
  • Add asparagus + some mozzarella
  • Put back in the oven until cheese is melted
  • Serve with extra parmesan + balsamic vinaigrette
  • Impress the masses!



9 thoughts on “Asparagus + Cannellini Bean Crostini

  1. Cristina says:

    Yum, so easy and delicious! I hear you about the purse. For a second, you imagine your future with it. The things you’ll do, the places you’ll go, and how awesome you two will look together… I understand your heartbreak 🙂


  2. Lety C says:

    This is delicious! By the way, I am a purse gal too! Just yesterday I took all my bags out and I was showing them to my daughter! She was trying to choose one for her, sometimes I am so lazy to be switching them! 🙂


  3. Dana Fashina says:

    LOL @ “get my juices flowing”
    Love it!
    I had to stop saying it because other girls would literally get offended by it. Whatever.
    This looks yummy as all hell and reading this, I was thinking to myself going from , “I can’t wait to see that bag!” to “She better post a picture of that bag!!”

    My heart grieves for you loss babygirl but eating this had to have helped.
    Just a liiiitle bit?


  4. Debbie Spivey says:

    Sorry you didn’t get your bag… Michael Kors should donate a bag to the desperately needy like you… crying shame… 😉
    I’m all about this crostini! Tis the season for asparagus!!! 😀


  5. Danika Maia says:

    I’ve never been an accessory girl and I constantly tell myself I need to get a new bag but then I get to the store and get sidetracked by dresses and tops and underwear. Sigh, oh well. But hey fantastic photography lately!! Loving the looks of that sandwich. YUM!


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