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The Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues to Good Cooking

Chapter 3: Time for Dinner

The Recipes:

  • Sleuth Soup
  • Coded Steak Rolls
  • The Case of the Smothered Pork Chops
  • Ringmaster's Secret Chicken
  • Ivory Charm Shrimp Curry
  • Dave's Deviled Potatoes
  • Casserole Treasure
  • Mystery Corn Pudding
  • The Cousins' Special Cauliflower
  • Double Jinx Salad
  • Crooked Banister Corn Bread
  • Mrs. Marvin's Magic Muffins
  • Fire Dragon Spiced Fruit
  • Twisted Candles Peach Crisp
  • Old Clock Ice Cream Pie
  • Invisible Intruder's Coconut Custard
  • Tea Leaf Message
  • Lemonade Disguise

Featured Recipe: Twisted Candles Peach Crisp


1 stick(4 ounces) butter
2 16-ounce cans sliced peaches
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon


Heat the oven to 375 degrees.

Let butter soften outside the refrigerator. Drain peaches and dry them on paper towels.

Mix sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a bowl. Put the softened butter into this mixture. Combine ingredients with a fork until well mixed into a dough.

Place peaches in the bottom of the baking dish. Spread the dough over them. Bake on the bottom shelf of the oven for 50 minutes.
Makes 6 servings

Detective Dynamite:

For an extra delicious taste, add a scoop of ice cream to each serving. This recipe can even be used as a birthday cake. Insert a tiny candle in each portion and light before serving.

Jenn's Sleuthworthy Recipe Investigation:

I have searched high and low for the code in the Coded Steak Rolls and found that the secret is the bacon for flavor!

What is the mystery in the Mystery Corn Pudding? I think it's probably the Worcestershire sauce!

I have tried to figure out what is so "special" about The Cousins' Special Cauliflower, and I'm still stymied!

I really do not think olives and pears mix well in the Double Jinx Salad! Maybe that's why this recipe salad is jinxed!

Mrs. Marvin's Magic Muffins are not so magical--flour, mayonnaise, and milk?! These sound really magically sour!

Curry powder mixed with fresh fruit in Fire Dragon Spiced Fruit?! Blech!

A tasty alternative to Dave's Deviled Potatoes : use red potatoes, leave out the mustard, sugar, and green onions. Add grated cheddar cheese, finely chopped chives, freshly cooked bacon cut up into small pieces to the sour cream, salt, freshly ground black pepper, potatoes, butter, and milk. Around here we call this alternative New Orleans Style Potatoes. Why chives over green onions?! In this recipe, chives work better because they are less pungent and just as flavorful!

Again, "intrigued" by the Worcestershire sauce in Casserole Treasure...

I'd substitute fresh peaches or frozen fresh peaches for the canned peaches in the Twisted Candles Peach Crisp.

Overall Comments:

With the exceptions noted above, there are some fairly good recipes in this section. I'd recommend Crooked Banister Corn Bread, The Case of the Smothered Pork Chops, Coded Steak Rolls, Twisted Candles Peach Crisp, Old Clock Ice Cream Pie, Invisible Intruder's Coconut Custard, and perhaps even Lemonade Disguise.

The search continues for 'Clues to Good Cooking' in Chapter 4...

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