Cookbook Reviews

When I was young and just starting to learn how to cook, I always gravitated to cookbooks based on children’s books that I enjoyed.  The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, the American Girl cookbooks, The Secret Garden Cookbook and the Nancy Drew Cookbook were some of the first I ever read. However, an attempt to recreate… Continue reading Cookbook Reviews

Phantom Eggs (Now you see them, Now you don’t)

About the Name: I’ll be honest.  I’m not entirely certain where this name comes from.  I think it comes from the 42nd Nancy Drew book, The Phantom of Pine Hill.  Because of the four Nancy Drew books with the word Phantom in their titles, that was the only book released at the time the cookbook was… Continue reading Phantom Eggs (Now you see them, Now you don’t)

George’s “Keep in Shape” Grapefruit

About the Name: This one is named for one of Nancy’s best friends, George Fayne.  George made her debut with Bess in the 1931 book, The Secret at Shadow Ranch.  The book specifically states that her first name is George, not Georgia, Georgina, or any feminine form of the name and that she is proud of… Continue reading George’s “Keep in Shape” Grapefruit

99 Steps French Toast (Don’t worry, it’s only a 3 step recipe)

About the Name: This recipe is named for the Nancy Drew book #43 Mystery of the 99 Steps.  There is only one version of this book.  While it begins in America much of it takes place in France. _______________________________________________________________________ About The Recipe:  This is a very simple recipe for French toast.  The recipe contains more suggested toppings than… Continue reading 99 Steps French Toast (Don’t worry, it’s only a 3 step recipe)

Chief McGinnis’s Waffles

About the Name: This recipe is named for the Police Chief of River Heights, Nancy’s hometown.  Fun fact about Chief McGinnis:  He doesn’t appear in the Nancy Drew series until Book 26: The Clue of the Leaning Chimney (1949).  Before this point, the police in the Nancy Drew series tended to be rather unhelpful or incompetent. In one… Continue reading Chief McGinnis’s Waffles