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Hotdish #1: The Bachmann Recipe

2013 April 26

Nick Gann is a Researcher in the Ratings Department at Project Vote Smart. For more information about the Ratings Department at Project Vote Smart, please call 1-800-VOTE-SMART or email  Go here to see what special interest group ratings we have.

What comes to mind when you think of Minnesota? Hockey? Lakes? Maybe the movie “Grumpy Old Men”? How about Hotdishes? Although I grew up in Michigan, I was born in Minnesota, and therefore felt an obligation to understand the significance of hotdishes. I remember growing up and being told that a hotdish “ain't something you throw in the microwave”, but that was long ago, before the Mitten State and all things automotive had become my life.

Having been inspired by some of Minnesota's legislators, I decided to dive into the culture of my birth state and give it a try.

Ben Raker, one of our project managers, previously wrote a blog post about this competition. After reviewing this post, I settled on trying Representative Michelle Bachmann's recipe because I had never heard of tater tots being used as a major ingredient in a hotdish.

While the recipe was easy to follow, it turns out that planning ahead and making sure you have all the ingredients before you start cooking is generally a good idea. This being said, my hotdish wasn't exactly the same as Representative Bachmann's, because we didn't have any chicken. No worries though, because we had regular sausage and chicken sausage.

While preparing ...

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