this is a clickable map.

The search for 'Clues to Good Cooking' begins here!

The Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues to Good Cooking

Chapter 1: Time for Breakfast

The Recipes:

  • Hollow Oak Nest Eggs
  • Tapping Heels Griddle Cakes
  • Chief Mc Ginnis' Waffles
  • 99 Steps French Toast
  • Crumbling Wall Coffee Cake
  • Blackwood Hall Muffins
  • George's "Keep in Shape" Grapefruit
  • Ski Jump Hot Chocolate

Featured Recipe: 99 Steps French Toast

There's a note: "Don't worry--it's only a 3-step recipe!"


4 thin slices bread
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon butter


Beat the egg until it is frothy. Add milk to the mixture and beat again.

Melt butter slowly in a skillet. Soak bread slices one by one in the egg mixture and lift them into the skillet with a pancake turner.

Brown on each side. Serve with maple syrup, confectioner's sugar, or cinnamon and sugar. Or try orange marmalade or apple butter on the French toast.

Jenn's Sleuthworthy Recipe Investigation:

I was really worried about the 99 Steps French Toast having 99 steps to it but rest assured, there are just 3! Whew! George's "Keep in Shape" Grapefruit is not on Bess's diet plan--look at all the butter and sugar! Instant coffee or blackstrap molasses in the Ski Jump Hot Chocolate?! Blech!

If you insist on making the Hollow Oak Nest Eggs, I suggest you use butter instead of cooking oil and if you prefer the cooking oil--use olive oil. Olive oil has such a nice flavor for cooking and it's healthy for you too!

When making the 99 Steps French Toast, I suggest adding about a teaspoon or more of cinnamon to the batter--to suit your taste. There are other flavorings such as freshly squeezed orange juice you can experiment with by adding these to the batter. The key is flavor. This is a very basic recipe for French toast. Your accompanying syrup, sugar, or fruit will of course add lots of flavor but cinnamon in the batter is very tasty!

The Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues to Good Cooking

Chapter 1: Brunch for Sleepyheads

The Recipes:

  • Phantom Eggs
  • Nancy's Scrambler
  • Golden Pavilion Pineapple Ham
  • Old Stagecoach Sausage Loaf
  • River Heights Fish Dish
  • Ned's Potato Pancakes
  • Hannah's Cheese Puffs
  • Captive Biscuits

Featured Recipe: Captive Biscuits

(Ok, upon closer inspection, the biscuits do not appear to be held captive anywhere--except perhaps they are momentarily held captive in the oven while baking!)


1 3-ounce package cream cheese
1 stick butter
1 cup flour


Let cream cheese and butter soften at room temperature, then mix them together. Add flour and stir well. Put mixture in refrigerator and let it chill overnight.

Then shape the dough into 8 small biscuits and put on baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake biscuits at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. They will be browned when done.

Jenn's Sleuthworthy Recipe Investigation:

It is noted for the recipe, Phantom Eggs, "Now you see them, now you don't!" That's because your family is so turned off by these eggs they are slipping them under the table to the poor family pet! This has got to be one of the worst most stomach-turning recipes in the cookbook! My apologies to fans of this recipe! To me, tomato soup, bread crumbs, and hard-boiled eggs together in one dish does not sound very appetizing!

If you want to try a tasty ham recipe, then Golden Pavilion Pineapple Ham is the recipe for you! I have not tried this recipe but upon inspection it appears to be good.

Overall Comments:

The first chapter of the cookbook with the exceptions noted above, is one of the better recipe chapters in the cookbook--most of these breakfast and brunch recipes are very basic and seem to go well together.

The search continues for 'Clues to Good Cooking' in Chapter 2...

If you have tried one of the cookbook recipes and would like to submit comments or tips please e-mail here, and your comments or suggestions will be placed in the chapters with the recipes you are commenting on.

Copyright © 2000-2011 by Jennifer Fisher. All Rights Reserved. Nancy Drew® and the Hardy Boys® are registered trademarks of Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved. This site is neither affiliated with nor endorsed by Simon & Schuster, Inc. Any of Simon & Schuster's Copyright material appearing on this site complies with fair or acceptable use principles established in U.S. and International copyright law for the purpose of review, study, criticism, or news reporting.