A little taste of Minnesota hit the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
Sen. Al Franken hosted the first Minnesota congressional hot dish cook-off, where six of the state’s congressional offices submitted hot dish for a blind taste test.
Five Democrats and one Republican, Rep. Michele Bachmann, who wore a Minnesota Twins apron, headed over to Franken’s office for a contest judged by former Minnesota Reps. Vin Weber and Gerry Sikorski and MinnPost reporter Derek Wallbank.
Hot Dish, naturally, was on hand for the hot dish festivities.
The members in attendance, Franken, Bachmann, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Reps. Tim Walz, Betty McCollum and Keith Ellison, shared some lighthearted laughs the day after they all had a late night for the State of the Union.
“If there’s a tie, we’ll have an eight month recount,” Franken joked before the judging began.
But no recount was necessary: Sen. Amy Klobuchar was declared the winner with her “Taconite Tater Tot Hot Dish,” while Rep. Tim Walz took second.
Franken’s office said they hope to make the hot dish cook-off an annual competition.
While the event was planned before the Arizona shooting took place, it was in the same spirit of bipartisanship that’s taken hold of the Capitol this week. In addition to the seat maneuvering at the State of the Union, the delegation joined together Tuesday for lunch for the first time in four years.
Of course, this is still Congress. When Franken and Klobuchar had to leave halfway through for a vote, Bachmann gave the Democrats some parting advice: “Vote right,” she said.
You can read everyone’s recipes here.