Sharing Recipes with Our Neighbors

There is a “Shelter in Place,” order by the Governor of Minnesota Tim Walz. While the Virus Scare has seemed to be more fear than bite we Republicans like always, it seems, have to bend to the will of another Liberal Democrat who wants to dictate to us how we can live. The Virus has been much like the regular Flu where it claims the lives of the frail, and vulnerable.

The best way we can cope is to support each other, pray for each other and our leaders, and to help others when we can. Keep your wits about yourself and to try to live the best you can under the restraints we are placed under.

Sharing Recipes

To help comfort you during this trying time, and to do a little neighborhood outreach, as Chair of HD 66B Republicans I would like to share some recipes you might want to try at home.

In 2018 at the Republican Party of Minnesota State Convention in Duluth MN I brought some cookies I made to share during the long hours of sitting at the convention. I gave each of our delegates a bag of cookies of each kind. In upcoming Shared Recipe Articles I will give those “Convention Cookie,” Recipes out. First in the series will be an economical snack cake.

Double Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

This is from my Betty Crocker Cookbook, soft cover Page 68.

This is a cake I like to make on a weekend for something to eat with coffee. The prep time is about 10-15 minutes and bake time is 35-40 minutes. If you want to add a glaze or frosting that will add another 10 minutes to make it. It is economical as there are few ingredients out of the regular ones I always have in my kitchen (oil, flour, sugar, vanilla, unsweetened cocoa powder, eggs, baking soda, baking powder, salt, etc.). This cake doesn’t require eggs so it might be a good recipe to make after you’ve exhausted your Easter Egg supply. A few ingredients you might not have on hand are chocolate chips, or vinegar.

To avoid too much writing on my 3×5 Recipe Cards, I like to list the ingredient list by letters and then use those letters in the directions.


A. 1 and 2/3 cups Flour (do not use self rising flour)

B. 1 Cup Sugar

C. 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa (1/4 cup = 4 Tablespoons)

D. 1 teaspoon Baking Soda

E. 1/2 teaspoon Salt

F. 1 Cup Water

G. 1/3 Cup Oil (I like to use extra light tasting olive oil, though vegetable oil works fine)

H. 1 teaspoon Vinegar (I use white vinegar)

J. 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

K. 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips (I like to use mini-chips)


    1. Mix Ingredients A thru E together thoroughly with whisk or mixing spoon.
    2. Stir in remaining ingredients except K.
    3. Sprinkle in K into batter.
    4. Preheat oven to 350 F
    5. Pour mixture into an ungreased 8x8x2 pan.
    6. Bake on middle rack position in oven 35-40 minutes or until wooden pick comes out cleanly in the center. Do not overbake.
    7. Cool completely on wire rack
    8. Add topping. It is good without a topping or just a dusting of powdered sugar.

Optional: add flavorings to the mix or if you are a “nut-in-brownies” kind of person you can add cut up pecans or walnuts.Before bakingAfter baking on wire rack to coolWith icing on the cake.

Normally I do a quick glaze which is like frosting except it lacks either the right amount of powdered sugar, or butter, or too much liquid to be considered frosting.

Directions for a Vanilla Frosting

This recipe is for a 13×9 inch pan so you can cut the recipe in half or make two snack cakes and use the second half of the frosting for the second cake.

(For 13×9 inch pan)


A. 3 Cups powdered Sugar

B. 1/3 Cup softened butter–5 and a 1/3 Tablespoons see scale on side of package (you can use a microwave to soften a hard stick of butter but you should avoid completely melted butter, it is hard to judge, it is easier to let the butter stand in your mixing bowl for the time the cake is cooling)

C. 1 1/2 teaspoons of Vanilla

D. About 2 Tablespoons of milk (stir in the first Tablespoon to see how much more is needed. Water can be substituted here if out of milk)


    1. Mix A & B together.
    2. Stir in C & D
    3. Beat with hand mixer until smooth and creamy.
    4. Frost with large Table knife or mixing spatula until even.

Optional add flavorings to frosting or food coloring.

**For chocolate frosting add 2 ounces of melted unsweetened baking chocolate (if halfing the recipe it would be 1 ounce). Or a 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (1/2 of the recipe would be 2 Tablespoons)

***For Mocha Frosting stir in the chocolate or cocoa powder for chocolate frosting and add 1 1/2 teaspoons of instant coffee

Calories per serving (1piece of the 9 total pieces is 300 calories unfrosted. With frosting per piece is 365 calories)

–From the kitchen of Tom Polachek, HD 66B Republicans Chair



HD 66B Republicans Tele-Convention 10 AM March 28th

If you are a delegate or alternate to House District 66B Republicans you should have received your Tele-Convention Call by now.

There is an Eventbrite about it sent out by the Republican Party of Minnesota which has a special code created just for you to enter. Then there is a $5.00 fee the State Party is charging to verify who you are.

As the HD 66B Republican Chair I objected to their charging the fee as it violates their constitution of NOT requiring a fee to participate. First the money goes to them not us, and I think they should be able to verify who people are by some other means such as entering your state Voter ID number (yes you have one, it’s listed in the GOP DataCenter database). To allow people to come to their own convention without an impediment. I complained enough as my financial situation couldn’t afford a fee, Chair Carnahan-Hagedorn waived the fee for me. If you would like your fee reimbursed to you as Chair I can authorize it, though at the next bpou meeting whenever 10 or more people can meet we can vote on it. However we have roughly $600+ in the bpou bank account.

Registration Starts on March 25, Ends March 27

Keep in mind to Register for the Convention you need to go to the Eventbrite link There you’ll enter in your personalized code. Enter the phone number you’ll be using, indicate if you need a printed ballot too so you can vote for the CD 4 and State Convention Delegates. So you don’t need the internet to participate just a separate phone number in case you live with another delegate or alternate.

You can self nominate for either the CD4 or State Delegate/Alternates. If you have questions contact our MNGOP staffer Spencer Krier. His number is 507-402-7530.

Follow the Directions on the Call sent to you. The registration period ends 24 hours prior to the convention, which starts at 10:00 am on March 28th.

Party Platform Resolution to Vote On

There was one Party Platform that passed on Caucus Night, February 25, 2020. Delegate Elizabeth “Lizz” Paulson from St Paul Ward 5 Precinct 8 proposed the following resolution:

Property Taxes shall not be used to fund public schools, MN Public school districts and publicly funded education shall be paid for by State and Federal taxes.

Elizabeth Paulson, Delegate St Paul Ward 5 Precinct 8

During the convention if Mrs Paulson would like to explain the scope of this resolution in a 1-2 minute explanation she will be recognized. Discussion if necessary with pro and con speakers then an up or down vote will ensue.

Uncontested Senate District 66 Endorsement

Since there is only one Senate District 66 Republican Candidate Greg Copeland, and we meet as separate House Districts A & B, we can do separate endorsements for Candidate Copeland.

I just called the State Party and asked how this can be accomplished. Chair Carnahan-Hagedorn said we can vote for Greg Copeland here on the B Side. If there are no objections or anyone else running. Then the A Side would have to vote on April 11th. If there are no objections there. For an endorsement from the SD 66 Republicans there would have to be 60% of seated delegates and alternates from the total to be considered endorsed.

So Candidate Greg Copeland should speak on his candidacy briefly on the 28th and at the HD 66A Republicans Convention as well.

Once again we thank the Republican Party of Minnesota for helping us with our convention in the time period of physical distancing during this Chinese Virus period. We thank you for your patience and we pray for your safety.

We will get through this together and be stronger.

Tom Polachek, HD 66B Republicans Chair

HD 66B Republicans Convention will be Via Tele-Conference Call

Our regular bpou convention and planning were cancelled due to the Corona Virus precautions.

Our convention will happen sometime between March 28th and April 21, 2020. The Convention Call will come from the MNGOP. The rules will be simple. Uncontested candidate endorsements will be a yes or no vote via your phone. Make sure if you share a phone with another delegate to provide an alternate number if possible and send that info to

Resolutions and amendments to the platform and Constitutions will be an up or down vote. To speak on an issue or to ask a question you’ll be able to push a few phone buttons and be entered into a queue and wait your turn to be recognized.

CD4 Convention will probably be handled he same way.

In person endorsement conventions such as our SD candidate endorsement will be after May 15, not before.

Thank you for your patience. We will get through this time. I pray for your safety

Tom Polachek, HD 66B Republicans Chair