Monthly Archives: April 2013

Beans and Baske…

Beans and Basketballs Dip

In honor of Wichita State going to the final four, I thought it was only  appropriate to post a game time dish!  Enjoy and Go Shoxs!

Makes 16 appetizers or 6-8 main dish servings


1 pound lean ground beef

1 1.25 ounce envelope of taco seasoning mix

1 16 ounce can re-fried beans (pinto or black)

1 cup (8 oz) fat-free sour cream

1/2 cup salsa

1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Round tortilla chips


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Brown ground beef in skillet, drain grease
  3. Add taco seasoning mix and beans to ground beef, stir thoroughly
  4. Spray a pie plate.  Spoon beef mixture in plate and spread evenly
  5. Mix sour cream and salsa in a small bowl.  Spoon mixture over beef and spread evenly
  6. Sprinkle cheese on top
  7. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes, or until heated thorough
  8. let stand for 5 minutes before serving
  9. serve hot with tortilla chips and hot sauce and salsa.

Getting Growing

I forgot to come in and water all the newly planted seeds over the long weekend…oops!

Luckily, it doesn’t look like much harm was done. Everything was just starting to come up, and the germination is about what I typically expect. The tomatoes are almost 100% germination (I counted 3 pots without a plant in them) and the peppers and eggplants are lagging behind and slightly spottier in germination. The ‘Big Bertha’ peppers that we are using 3 year old seed aren’t coming up yet…which isn’t too surprising. Both eggplant and peppers like nice warm conditions for germination, so I usually expect worse (or slower) germination. There is only one variety (‘Rosa Bianca’ eggplant) that has no germination evident yet. I’ll probably give it until the end of the week before replanting.

So far, so good!