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Hello! I'm Tony. I'm a Husband, Father, Friend, Blogger, Country Radio DJ, and proud Dance Dad. Faith, Family, and Technology...this is what matters to me and it's what I write about here.

Easy Homemade Black Bean Burgers

My youngest daughter is a big fan of black beans. She could eat them right out of the can. So when she asked if we could make black bean burgers I knew she wasn’t kidding.

We researched some recipes online… and then did what we usually do. Adapted and mashed them all together into a recipe that was our own and that we thought we would enjoy. This recipe is what we came up with.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 ¼ cups quick oats
  • 1 half onion, finely diced
  • 1 half yellow pepper, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup shredded cheese
  • 2 tbls. Worchestershire sauce
  • 2 tbls. BBQ sauce
  • ¼ tsp seasoned salt

What you do:

Bake the beans on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet at 325° for 14 minutes. While the beans are baking sautee onion, garlic, and pepper until tender. You can sautee them in butter or your favorite oil. I went with bacon grease for flavor.

Mix the beans, onion, garlic, and pepper in a bowl. Stir in the quick oats, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, cheese, and eggs. Mash all over with a fork. Stir one final time and put in the refrigerator to chill for 15 minutes.

Form into 4-6 patties… depending on how big you want your burgers.

Grill on lightly oiled foil over medium heat for 15 minutes, flipping halfway.  You could also bake, pan-fry, or air fry them.

Black Bean Burger
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Review: School of rock the musical at Des Moines civic center

Pure fun! If I was tasked to write the shortest review possible of School of Rock The Musical, playing April 30th thru May 5th at Des Moines Civic Center, “pure fun” would be it.

I’ve never seen the hit movie this musical is based on but that really didn’t matter. The story felt familiar and the music was incredible… which you’d expect with Andrew Lloyd Webber being responsible for the score.

The School of Rock is a show that starts as a musical and ends as a rock concert. Along the way is the story of Dewey, a “wannabe” rocker, that finds himself becoming the substitute teacher at a prestigious school. He teaches his students how to rock and be themselves… and they help him achieve a personal goal.

The scene where Dewey turns his class into a rock band and assigns each student a roll in it is one of pure joy. I couldn’t help but smile… and be amazed knowing that each of these young actresses and actors was playing their own instruments.

School of Rock is the perfect show for anyone that loves music… and loves to laugh. Even though it’s based on a movie that’s more than 15 years old, there’s plenty of updated and timely references. Including one near the beginning that was as a “shout out” to a popular Des Moines area eatery.

This show would also be the perfect introduction to musical theater for any tween or teen. They could certainly relate to the story and will be drawn in by the young talent on the stage.

School Of Rock The Musical is part of the 2018-2019 Des Moines Performing Arts Willis Broadway Series. Get tickets and learn more about the show here.

***I was provided with press night tickets for the show to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.***

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Cast Iron Skillet BBQ Pizza

This isn’t going to be one of those posts where I share a specific recipe. It’s one where I share a basic recipe idea… and then you can take it from there and get creative in your own kitchen.

To make this BBQ pizza I started with 3 pizza crust mixes. You’re probably familiar with the ones I’m talking about. The kind that come in a pouch where you add 1/2 cup of hot water per mix and then stir them all together.

(How many mixes you use depends on the number/size of the pizzas you’re making and how thick you want the crust. Through trial and error, I determined 3 was perfect number to make a small, medium, and large pizza in our cast iron skillets.)

I followed the direction on the package and let the dough rest while I got the rest of the ingredients ready. This included draining a can of mushroom stems and pieces, thinly slicing an onion, and thawing out some leftover crock-pot root beer pulled pork that we had in the freezer.

I coated each skillet with some leftover bacon grease and then rolled out the pizza dough. Then it was time to assemble our BBQ pizzas.

For the sauce, you can use your favorite BBQ sauce and then top it however you want. I used pork, onions, mushrooms, spinach, and cheddar jack cheese. They baked at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes and turned out great!

Cast Iron Skillet BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza

For toppings you can use whatever leftover BBQ meat you have on hand. BBQ chicken would be really good. I think peppers, jalapenos, and chopped tomatoes would also be good additions.

What would you put on your BBQ pizza?

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