From Too Many Chefs -

April 2, 2004
Gather Round the Trough

This is just too goofy to pass up for a Friday afternoon link.

Congress Cooks! collected recipes from current members of Congress. The recipes range from the ridiculous (Ohio Congressman Steven C. LaTourette's Grape Dogs) to the disturbing (North Carolina Congressman Howard Coble's Favorite Breakfast "Brains and Eggs") to the just plain strange (Former Senator and current Attorney General John Ashcroft's recipe for Very Chocolate Brownies that calls for using brownie mix in "a pan two-thirds the recommended size. This will make the individual portions thicker and chewier!" )

All the politicians are very careful to make sure they use humble ingredients appropriate to their region (hence potato recipes from the Idahoans, seafood dishes from the coasts) and where appropriate, give us regional/ethnic recipes like Senator Dick Durbin's Hungarian Butterhorn Cookies, Senator Olympia Snowe's Baklava or even Senator (and possible Vice Presidential candidate) Mary Landrieux's Oven Jambalaya.

The recipe from Senator Mark Dayton from Minnesota is notable for one reason. Although Mary Landrieux's Oven Jambalaya asks for sausage, Senator Dayton's Sausage and Wild Rice Casserole is the only recipe on the site that comes right out and calls for pork.

Posted by Barrett in Maryland at April 2, 2004 4:10 PM | TrackBack

With the exception of the Hungarian cookies, all the recipes seem to be about on par with the kind produced by my school district in the seventies. They always seem to involve mixing canned soups and jellies with real food...scary!

Posted by Meg in Paris on April 3, 2004 at 10:41 AM

Actually, that Baklava recipe looks pretty good...might have to try it one of these days...

Posted by Meg in Paris on April 7, 2004 at 6:57 AM