White Wine, White Bean Dip, an Artist, a Ballerina and Freddy!


The original Freddy was happy to join the ladies for cocktails and conversation in Shelly’s beach cottage.


Freddy as seen by artist Shelly Valisiades; respledent in a rainbow of color.

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Bright and cheerful best describes Shelly’s nest.

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Me, the writer, my two daughters and the Ballerina!

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Every corner is filled with color and energy.

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Knowing that Shelly’s forte is painting I brought the roasted garlic and white bean dip with French bread toasts.

2 cans of white beans
1 bulb roasted garlic
1/2 onion sauteed in olive oil
olive oil; about 1/4-1/2 cup

Place everything in the food processor until velvety and creamy.

Easy-peasy instant friends!

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Shelly puts her heart and soul in everything she does.

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Every nook is filled with love.


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Cannellini and Toasted Pignoli Spread

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Healthy and full of protein, this bean spread is hearty and tasty.

Not only does it make a great snack on flax crackers or garlic toasted baguette, it works well as a sandwich spread or on a veggie pizza.

I like to keep this in the fridge for a quick, go-to protein pick me up which is high in nutrients but low in calories.

This even works well on celery for a savory nosh.

I recently had this served with toast and wine sautéed onions! It was fantastic!

The sweetness of caramelized onion soaked in red wine with this savory spread was a meal in itself.

I would also garnish with roasted red pepper for a bruschetta style presentation.



2 cans cannellini
¾ cup toasted pignoli
2 Tbsp olive oil
Salt to taste
1 bulb roasted garlic

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Combine toasted pignoli, roasted garlic, and 2 cans of cannellini in the food processor.

Add the olive oil and continue to puree.

Serve and garnish with olive oil and pignoli


Simple Soup on the Run

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I needed healthy, hardy fast food. I am a vegetarian/vegan ( I sometime slip with cheese) so there were not a lot of options as I was running errands today.

I am working on a writing deadline and just needed to fill the growling belly…quick.

That is when, as I was hunting through my pantry, I came across this gorgeous soup idea.

Here is a recipe for a simple soup. This was insanely good and I would serve it to guests.


1 can cannellini beans
2 cloves garlic sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
A handful of fresh spinach
½ cup of veggie stock
2-3 pinches of dried rosemary
Salt to taste


In a medium sauce pan add olive oil, garlic and rosemary

Drain some of the liquid from the can of beans and pour the beans into the sauce pan.

Stir it around a bit. I mashed up my beans, too. That’s how I like it.

Add a large handful of fresh spinach. Let it cook for a few minutes on medium to high heat.

Add ½ cup of the veggie stock and salt to taste.

This was amazing! So simple, so fast and truly filling and delicious!

If you want to get fancy I would puree it in the food processor for a more genteel presentation; however, the rustic look with say a Panini sandwich would also be fantastic.


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