Mariet’s Bean Salad

So I come home one day from a catering gig, and my mom was so excited about a new recipe she came up with recently. She looks at me with big eyes, nephew on hip, and says, “Look what I made today! It was so good everyone loved it. You should make this for your next event.”

So of course I did and what do you know? Everyone loved it. So credit to my mama for this delicious and very easy salad.

Serves 6-8 people


. 2 – 15.5 oz can of red kidney beans, rinsed

. 2 – 4 oz can of sliced mushrooms, rinsed

. 1 onion, thinly sliced

. 1/2 bunch of Italian flat leaf parsley, coarse chopped

. 1 tsp paprika

. 1 tsp dried oregano

. 1 tsp dried thyme

. 1 tsp salt


1. Put all ingredients in a bowl and massage into the onions, mushrooms, and beans. Place in bowls and serve.

Special People//Special Occasions

When I was 6 years old, my parents enrolled me into an all Armenian music conservatory. I learned everything about music and studied classical piano, choir, and dance. One of my best friends, Alik (my sister from another mother really…) was the Founder’s daughter. Her family has been my second family since I was a little girl. They have invested in me in every way possible and have taught me so much. The Barsoumian’s are a family of fine gems, each one beautiful in their own way.

Baron Vatsche (Alik’s dad, Baron means Mr. out of respect and because he’s always been my teacher), had his birthday this week. Alik, her brother Shahe, and I thought, “How great would it be if we had a nice dinner with the family and close friends for his birthday?” So I got to work and came up with a menu. I decided to make stuffed figs (they’re in season, and my favorite thing to make), filet mignon rested on top of a sweet potato and brussel sprouts puree, and my chicken and pesto lasagna. Come to find out later those are actually Baron Vatsche’s favorite dishes!



We all had an amazing evening. Every time I am with them we have amazing conversations about art, politics, spirituality, and many deep life concepts.

Happy Birthday Baron Vatsche, I hope for many more beautiful times in life. Cheers