Recipe Keeper #10: Diana's Shortbread & Linda's Sloppy Joes

Got a question for you: Do you have a rat pack at work? You know, your "people"? These are people who you look up to professionally, and have wild conversations with. I know I'm not alone. We all have people.

Two of my people are Linda and Diana. And they rock! Linda is a special education teacher and we work very closely together on a daily basis. Diana is a Spanish teacher, and she's a native speaker. We also carpool together about three days a week. Diana and Linda make some great treats at work potlucks, and at the end of every school year Linda and her husband host a little party to celebrate the start of summer.

To do them some justice, I want to share a few of their recipes with you.

Linda's Sloppy Joes
You'll need: 
1/2 lb of ground beef
1 finely chopped onion
1 finely chopped green pepper
2T sugar
2T mustard
1T vinegar
1t salt
1c. ketchup

Brown meat and veggies. Add remaining ingredients and simmer 30 minutes. Serve on toasted buns. Enjoy!

Diana's Shortbread
You'll need: 
2 c. flour
1 c. butter
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. baking powder
1 t. vanilla or almond extract
2 T. sugar (for the top)


  • Mix flour, salt and baking powder.
  • In another bowl, mix butter, vanilla and powdered sugar. When soft, add cup-by-cup the dry ingredients until all are incorporated.
  • Put in a pie mold and extend it. With a fork, poke a few holes and sprinkle the sugar.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in a 375 degree oven, or until golden brown. Enjoy!

Over and out.

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