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The Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues to Good Cooking

Chapter 5: Nancy Shares Her Holiday Secrets

The Recipes:

  • New Year's Day: Mrs. Fayne's Famous Rice
  • Valentine's Day: Broken Locket Meringues
  • Washington's Birthday: George's Cherry Cobbler
  • St. Patrick's Day: Moss-Covered Mansion Fruit Gelatin
  • St. Patrick's Day: Haunted Bridge Log
  • Easter: Spider Sapphire Spiced Cherries
  • Easter: Jewel Box Easter Eggs
  • Mother's Day: Mysterious Mannequin Casserole
  • Father's Day: Attorney Shrimp Sauce
  • Father's Day: Chocolate Riddle
  • End of School: Aunt Eloise's Graded Coleslaw
  • Fourth of July: Old Attic Stuffed Tomato
  • Fourth of July: Flag Cake Symbol
  • Halloween: Witch Tree Apples
  • Halloween: Ghostly Popcorn
  • Thanksgiving: Effie's Pumpkin Soup
  • Thanksgiving: Cranberry Surprise
  • Christmas: Pine Hill Punch
  • Christmas: Hidden Window Dessert
  • New Year's Eve: Mrs. Nickerson's Holiday Cookies

Featured Recipe: Haunted Bridge Log


1 package chocolate wafers (round type for icebox cake)
1 pint heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla flavoring
Green food coloring


Whip cream until it forms peaks. Fold in sugar, vanilla, and a few drops of green food coloring.

Stack 3 or 4 wafers together at a time, putting a teaspoonful of green whipped cream between each one. Save one wafer for later. Place the stack sideways on a dish to form a log. Cover the log with the rest of the cream.

Crumble the wafer you have saved and sprinkle on top. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Cut diagonally at a 45 degree angle.

Serves 10.

A Mint Help:

Add a teaspoon of mint extract to the cream while whipping.

Jenn's Sleuthworthy Recipe Investigation:

Why is Mrs. Fayne's Famous Rice famous? What is the riddle in the Chocolate Riddle? I hope the Moss-Covered Mansion Fruit Gelatin isn't really moss-covered!

Is vinegar really the right taste of intrigue we're looking for in the Spider Sapphire Spiced Cherries?

I would substitute regular corn for the creamed corn in the Mysterious Mannequin Casserole!

Overall Comments:

With the exceptions noted above, this is one of the better chapters in the cookbook! I'd recommend Mrs. Fayne's Famous Rice, Broken Locket Meringues, George's Cherry Cobbler, Haunted Bridge Log, Jewel Box Easter Eggs, Witch Tree Apples, Ghostly Popcorn, Hidden Window Dessert, and Mrs. Nickerson's Holiday Cookies.

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