Sen. Franken, Rep. Cravaack tie to win 2nd Annual Minnesota Delegation Hotdish Off

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Washington, D.C. — Minnesota’s Congressional Delegation today (Wednesday, March 7) came together for U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s (D-Minn.) second annual hotdish competition. Sen. Franken started the friendly “Hotdish Off” last year as a way to bring the delegation together to put partisanship aside and celebrate a Minnesota tradition.

Sen. Franken and Rep. Cravaack tied for first place with their “Mom’s Mahnomin Madness Hotdish” and “Minneosta Wild Strata Hotdish.”

“If there’s one thing that can bring a bunch of Minnesotans together, it’s hotdish” said Sen. Franken. “I want to thank all of my colleagues for participating in today’s competition, andit’s always great to be able to put partisanship aside and focus on the things we have in common. And a hearty congratulations to Rep. Cravaack for the an amazing hotdish.”

“Thanks to Senator Franken and his staff for a job well done and a great afternoon.” said Rep. Cravaack. “I want to thank my colleagues and their staffs for all the hard work that went into today’s event.”

“While Ted the Turkey didn’t get pardoned at Thanksgiving, he lives on as the inspiration for this fine hotdish,” said Klobuchar. “Congratulations to this year’s winners, Senator Franken and Representative Cravaack. Thanks for working out your tied scores without a recount.”

“While I personally prefer lutefisk and lefse, I think this meat and potatoes dish has the ability to garner bipartisan support,” said. Rep. Peterson.

“Our recipes are as diverse as our politics, but we can all agree that a good hot dish is a staple on kitchen tables across Minnesota,” said Rep. Bachmann. “Today is a bipartisan opportunity to celebrate our great state and last week’s bipartisan success on passing the St. Croix River Crossing legislation.”

“I always look forward to getting together with my colleagues and sampling the many versions of Minnesota’s signature dish,” said Rep. Ellison. “What a great way to highlight the state’s produce and enjoy a little taste of home.”

“I’m proud to feature SPAM, an iconic product made right here in the First District, in my hotdish this afternoon,” said  Rep. Walz. “Today we come together to share our hotdish recipes, tomorrow let’s continue to act in a bipartisan manner and share ideas on how we can work together to get things done for all Minnesotans.”

“Today’s friendly competition gave us all a chance to continue building on the relationships that helps get things done in Washington,” Said Rep. Paulsen. “All of our hotdish recipes would make Minnesotans proud. I look forward to continuing our collaboration on recipes to reform the tax code, develop American energy sources, and create jobs.”

After blind taste testing each member’s hotdish former Congressmen Vin Weber (R-Minn.) and Reverend Patrick Conroy, the House Chaplain, decided that Sen. Franken’s “Mom’s Mahnomin Madness Hotdish” and Rep. Cravaack’s “Minneosta Wild Strata Hotdish” just couldn’t be topped and declared them co-winners of the 2012 Hotdish off. The other members prepared the following hotdishes:  Sen. Klobuchar made Ted the Turkey Memorial Hotdish; Rep. Peterson made Pølse and Potet hotdish; Rep. Bachmann made St. Croix River Crossing hotdish; Rep. Paulsen made Double Barrel Pheasant hotdish; Rep. Ellison made Minnesota Meat on Your Bones Shepherd’s Pie; and Rep. Walz made Spam Town Special hotdish.

Minnesota State Society members Dan Meyer and Denny McGrann acted as emcees.

Participants’ recipes can be found here.


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