If Washington politics seem especially heated these days, then at least some of the credit or blame might go to U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, who gave each of his fellow freshman members of the House tiny bottles of Tabasco sauce from Avery Island with their names on the back.

We call that lagniappe, or a little something extra, Landry spokesman Millard Mul? told The New York Times.

Landry's gesture came to the Times attention because the newspaper recently published a feature story about local culinary specialties that are cherished in congressional offices on Capitol Hill.

Florida congressmen offer citrus juice to visitors, and quite a few Southern lawmakers offer peanuts grown in their districts. The office of U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., has a large model of the U.S. Capitol fashioned from boxes of Peeps, those marshmallow treats so popular at Easter.

Alas, not every member of Congress can hail from Louisiana, where our local and quite distinctive brands of coffee and other delicacies give visitors to congressional offices a taste of the Pelican State.

If this kind of food sharing among lawmakers promotes civility and bipartisanship, we?re all for it.