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Cooking With Friends {Recipe: Bush’s Beans White Bean Bruschetta}

A little girlfriend therapy can go a long ways in getting your mind, energy and spirit back on track.

That’s how I felt after spending last weekend with my friend, Amy. Late nights with wine, good conversation, laughter and great food. Really, really great food. And, really great conversation. And probably too much wine, but that’s ok, right?

Amy and I spent the weekend at her house simply lounging, chatting, cooking, and vegging. It was everything I needed to re-charge. Her southern hospitality made it really hard for me to not go grab my family and move to South Carolina right away. It was a perfectly perfect weekend in every way.

And of course, since Amy and I are both part of the Bush’s Beans Team, it was only natural that we’d get busy cooking together in the kitchen, whipping up some Bush’s Beans recipes.

Amy’s dog Jake, giving Duke a bit of run for his money, joined us in the kitchen as well!

Amy began with Bush’s Beans Cucumber and Chickpea Salad while I chose to make their White Bean Bruschetta. Both recipes were amazing… like “skip the crackers and bread and just give me a spoon and I’ll eat the whole bowl” kind of amazing. The fresh herbs and vegetables from Amy’s garden were the perfect touch for both dishes.

If you are looking for a couple of great recipes for the upcoming 4th of July holiday, both the White Bean Bruschetta and the Cucumber and Chickpea Salad would make great statements for your summer table.

And, if you are looking for a quick re-charge for your soul this summer, I suggest getting in your kitchen and cooking with friends. It’s sure to do the trick!

Bush’s Beans White Bean Bruschetta

Bush’s Beans White Bean Bruschetta

This simple appetizer from Bush's Beans is ready to serve in less than ten minutes. If you like easy, nutritious and delicious, this recipe is for you!


  • 2 (15.5 ounce) cans BUSH’S® Cannellini Beans, drained *
  • 1 large tomato, cored and diced
  • 2 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Box of Flatbread Crackers


  1. Place half the beans in a medium bowl; mash gently with a potato masher or the back of a fork. Stir in remaining whole beans, tomatoes, basil, lemon juice and cheese.
  2. Spoon bean mixture evenly onto flatbread crackers. Serve immediately.


Recipe dapted from Bush's Beans.

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As a lifelong fan of Bush’s Beans, I am proud to be a brand ambassador for them. All opinions expressed are my own.


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  1. I love that picture of the 2 of you cooking away! What a fun time!

  2. Oh, Kristen, that looks amazing. And, that photo is just beautiful. I must admit…when I saw the Instagram pictures, I was wishing that I was there cooking and chilling on the big porch with you sweet ladies.

  3. I had such a great weekend. Fun times! You must come for another visit, and bring the rest of your family next time.

  4. How fun! Love you both and love this recipe! And Caleb loves Amy’s dog:)

  5. how fun for you two to get together like that! i love this bruschetta idea too.

  6. so jealous……..I think we need a Bush’s reunion this year at Amy’s house!!

  7. Looove that kitchen! And well, the both of you. ;)

  8. I love that you two were cooking together, with sweet Jake looking on (I just want to hug him!) This bean mixture looks like the perfect thing to spread in my sandwich wrap today.

  9. These photos are too fun!

  10. Cooking with friends who love to cook is so wonderful…I love this! I’m seriously craving that bruschetta….YUM

  11. This is such a great idea. Love these flavors, and it’s always fun to cook with friends!

  12. What a perfect way to spend the weekend, wish you both lived closer so we could have a girls weekend too!

  13. That pup is such a cutie! This looks fabulous.

  14. Absolutely perfect way to spend the weekend. You know we’d welcome you and your family to the South with open arms and probably some pie or cake, or both. :)

  15. this looks and sounds amazing!

  16. I totally agree with you. Having a girlfriend beside you and doing things that you guys love both can really blow all negative feelings away. It seems that everything is perfectly fine. I usually end up at my girlfriend’s crib whenever I have problems or something really great happened to me.

  17. Love it. I have all the ingredients in my pantry/fridge too!

  18. Awww…you two are the cutest! I’m so glad that you were in the Carolinas chilling with Amy :D xoxo
    PS: Love the recipe as well.

  19. Kristen, this is such a healthy and fun idea for bruschetta.

  20. Cooking together with a friend is really nice. For sure you and your friend will have a lot of chatting while cooking. I love that idea.


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