Photos: John F.
Earlier this month, we introduced you to the Hartford Whalers 1990-91 cookbook, a Christmas gift given to comedian John Hodgman. When reader John F. saw that story, he was kind enough to to send us another hockey cookbook from his own collection: Capital Cuisine.
Like the Hartford cookbook, Capital Cuisine looks to have been printed around 1992. Apparently “Hockey Dudes Cooking Foods” was a trend back then (a quick Google search shows that Philadelphia and Vancouver also published similar projects).
This cookbook gets everyone in on the action, from the players to the front office, and even then-owner Abe Pollin. Let’s take a closer look and see what these former Caps cooked up.
Each section of the cookbook was two pages, a profile, and a recipe. Capital Cuisine kicks things off with the former owner Abe Pollin. The most important meal of the day is breakfast, and bagels are always a good breakfast decision. This entry suggests Pollin made his bagels from scratch, which is really hard to believe.
No one is left out of the book, even the Assistant Equipment Manager Craig “Woody” Leydig (who still works with the team today.) Craig’s recipe is for Cream Cheese Chicken, which probably tastes better than it sounds.
Another familiar face. Ken Sabourin’s role with the Caps today consists of less skating and more radio-ing. He offers a recipe for lasagna with a special bonus of spinach dip.
The first Russian number eight, Dimitri Khristich shares a recipe for Macaroni Ala Kristich Hotdish, where the secret ingredient is LOTS OF INGREDIENTS. Also, Butter Pound Cake for dessert. Because who doesn’t love butter and cake tangled up in a bundt-shaped bundle of deliciousness?
Not only did Dave Poile give us the great Rod Langway, he also gave this recipe for Creme De Menthe Brownies. They’re certainly better without nuts. Don’t put nuts in your brownies, people.
Cookies and salad are not the staples of a Dale Hunter diet, but here’s some recipes anyway. Guaranteed to give you the strength to get a game seven overtime win. Raisins have carbs and vitamins, so you can have the energy for hockey (if raisins in cookies are your cuppa tea).
Making a return from his Hartford Whalers cookbook debut, Todd Krygier brings to Washington a triad of things to try cooking. Including Raisin Bran Muffins to get things moving early in the morning as well as a simple spaghetti salad.
Thanks for sending these photos our way, John. This has been a nice look back at Capitals history. If any readers attempt these recipes, please shoot us a tweet @russianmachine. We’d love to see what you’ve cooked up.
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