Sen. Chuck Grassley traded his farmer's overalls for sweater vests and Iowa's cornfields for the Capitol's Brumidi corridors decades ago, but the Hawkeye State Republican keeps a memento of home in his Senate office.
Next to the business cards in his Hart office, Grassley keeps a stack of three recipe cards: for Tasty Meatloaf, French Onion Soup, and Apple Crisp Pie. “Mix all ingredients thoroughly -- hands work best” read the instructions for Grassley’s meatloaf. He also explains that he uses low-fat broth for the soup. Each card is signed, “‘Enjoy’! - Chuck.”
The recipes are Mrs. Grassley’s originals, according to a Grassley aide, who can’t remember a time when the recipes weren’t available. Grassley was first elected to the Senate in 1980.
Mrs. Grassley’s Apple Crisp Pie -- a Thanksgiving tradition -- is the senator’s favorite. But we’re guessing the carnivorous senator would just as quickly recommend the meatloaf.