Clue Crew Kitchen!

(Cluecrewcookin Mod’s B.Day Haul!
Hey Super Sleuths. Just wanted to share some behind-the-scenes junk. I just celebrated my 22nd birthday and, in support of my blog, my family gave me a ton of new kitchen things that I needed. 
I got:
-A pie dish
-A hand mixer (with 3 attachments :D)
-A citrus juicer (I’ve been using my hands up until now)
-A corn off-the-cob cutter
-A whisk (I didn’t have one believe it or not!)
-2 New oven mitts!
Just wanted to share because this brightened my day and made me excited to do future recipes. I’ll be doing a book recipe next. See you then! :D)

(Cluecrewcookin Mod’s B.Day Haul!

Hey Super Sleuths. Just wanted to share some behind-the-scenes junk. I just celebrated my 22nd birthday and, in support of my blog, my family gave me a ton of new kitchen things that I needed. 

I got:

-A pie dish

-A hand mixer (with 3 attachments :D)

-A citrus juicer (I’ve been using my hands up until now)

-A corn off-the-cob cutter

-A whisk (I didn’t have one believe it or not!)

-2 New oven mitts!

Just wanted to share because this brightened my day and made me excited to do future recipes. I’ll be doing a book recipe next. See you then! :D)

Recipe #57 - Colton’s Cheesy Shrimp Grits

Wow…never thought I’d be doing grits twice on my blog. Yet here I am. 

Actually it was really nice to try grits again. I had a lot left over from my last recipe (they never go bad) and, if I remember correctly, that one was pretty boring and I was in need of a do-over. With more ingredients than just grits, cheese, and butter it was great to try a grits recipe with more oomph to it. 

And oomph it had, this stuff was filling and full of flavor! Strangely, it was the bacon that stood out the most, nearly overpowering any shrimp flavor. As much as I love bacon, I think this would have worked fine without it if you’d like to save some time and dishes. 

The recipe for this says it serves four but in reality it’s more like 4-6. You’ll most likely have leftovers if you make it for a small group. 

Recipe for Colton’s Cheesy Shrimp Grits:

Here is my source

-3 cups chicken broth

-1 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits

-1/2 tsp salt

-1/4 tsp pepper

-2 Tbsp butter

-2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

-6 bacon strips

-2 pounds shrimp

-1 Tbsp lemon juice

-2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

-2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

-6 green onions

-2 garlic cloves

If you’d like to try some “cheesy shrimp grits” for yourself, check out my source page! See you next time and keep on cookin’ :)

Recipe Number 57 - Colton’s Cheesy Shrimp Grits 
"Colton’s Cheesy Shrimp Grits" is a recipe based on Colton’s preferred wedding menu in Ghost of Thornton Hall. Nancy finds a written exchange between Colton and Jessalyn in which the former complains that the food for their wedding is far too fancy. “Cheesy Shrimp Grits,” he suggests, is what the people really want. 
Despite his suggestion that this is a basic, humble food, the recipe I used was pretty involved and had a bunch of ingredients. It wasn’t necessarily hard but messy and time consuming, taking maybe an hour or two to prepare. In the end I had a lot of fun making and eating it with my family. 
I’m a big fan of cheesy things, bacon, and garlicky shrimp so I found this combination to be fantastic. I still think grits are a little strange but they were more of a base here than the main attraction, they added some needed texture and buttery cheesiness. I can see why Colton would call this a crowd-pleaser! :D

Recipe Number 57 - Colton’s Cheesy Shrimp Grits 

"Colton’s Cheesy Shrimp Grits" is a recipe based on Colton’s preferred wedding menu in Ghost of Thornton Hall. Nancy finds a written exchange between Colton and Jessalyn in which the former complains that the food for their wedding is far too fancy. “Cheesy Shrimp Grits,” he suggests, is what the people really want. 

Despite his suggestion that this is a basic, humble food, the recipe I used was pretty involved and had a bunch of ingredients. It wasn’t necessarily hard but messy and time consuming, taking maybe an hour or two to prepare. In the end I had a lot of fun making and eating it with my family. 

I’m a big fan of cheesy things, bacon, and garlicky shrimp so I found this combination to be fantastic. I still think grits are a little strange but they were more of a base here than the main attraction, they added some needed texture and buttery cheesiness. I can see why Colton would call this a crowd-pleaser! :D

Recipe Number 56 - Nancy’s Tomato Salad 

I’ve had so many boring salads in my life. This blog has helped me see the light. It’s so great to start experimenting a little. 

I think what made this recipe work for me is the garlic (which I’m kinda obsessed with) and vinegar. My two favorite kinds of dressings are the fruit-based ones (like pomegranate) and the vinegar-based ones. Vinegar always adds such a kick to what might otherwise be a bland meal. 

I adjusted the recipe I found for this one by majorly cutting back on the basil. I used 1 tablespoon instead of 2 in the dressing and then substituted baby spinach instead of basil leaves at the end. I’ve just never been a fan of basil. The 1 tablespoon was just enough to get that herby flavor without it becoming overpowering. 

This recipe made just enough for my dinner so if you’re making it for a party I recommend increasing the ingredients. 

Recipe for Nancy’s Tomato Salad:

Here is my source

-3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

-1.5 Tbsp white wine vinegar

-1/2 tsp salt

-1/4 tsp ground pepper

-1 garlic clove

-2 Tbsp basil *(I used one)

-4 medium heirloom tomatoes *(any sized tomatoes are fine)

-1/3 cup small basil leaves *(I used baby spinach)

-1/3 cup goat cheese *(I used 1/4 cup) 

If you’d like to try this salad for yourself, check out my source page! See you next time when I revisit The Ghost of Thornton Hall

Recipe Number 56 - Nancy’s Tomato Salad 

"Nancy’s Tomato Salad" is a simple recipe Nancy throws together while helping Hannah around the house in book 8. Hannah and Nancy are waiting for Carson to come home so they can discuss the latest mysteries. 

This is another easy, healthy recipe that anyone could manage. It does require an hour of marination so it takes longer than you might guess but prep only takes about 5-10 minutes. It includes a homemade, vinaigrette dressing that soaks into the tomatoes and brings out their fresh, crisp taste. Then it is topped off with creamy, crumbled cheese. Deeeelicious!

I used goat cheese instead of cottage cheese but I think they’re the same or almost the same thing? I’m sure my savvy followers will let me know :) 

(Edit: Ok. Followers informing me that goat cheese and cottage cheese are completely different. My bad, I’m sorry! I’ll try to be more accurate with my recipes in the future.)

Recipe #55 - Chocolate Covered Cherry (Milkshake) 

I don’t think I’ve ever tried this combo before but I was pleasantly surprised by how yummy it was. I downed that glass you see in the photo in a few minutes. 

This recipe isn’t rocket science so, to be honest, I don’t have a lot to say about its preparation. Sometimes it’s the simplest of concoctions that are the most delicious. While I usually prefer more of a challenge, this was a nice quick treat to make after a long day at work. 

As with most blended recipes I’m sure you could adjust this one to your liking. Adding/leaving out ingredients or changing the thickness can both be done. I was satisfied with my prep, I made the shake super smooth, only slightly thicker than chocolate milk, and added plenty of “whip cream” and chocolate syrup. The syrup ended up being the MVP actually, don’t forget to top your shake with some syrup if you make this!

My only disappointment with this recipe was that I couldn’t get the cherry-flavored whipped cream to “whip” properly. Messed up my presentation slightly but it still tasted fantastic so not too-too bad. I might make this again next time I have friends over :D

Recipe:

here is my source

-2 1/2 cups chocolate ice cream

-1/2 cup milk

-20 cocktail cherries

-3 Tb juice from cocktail cherries

-1/2 cup whipping cream

-1 1/2 tsp sugar

If you’d like to try this shake for yourself, check out my source page. See you next time and keep on cookin’ :) 

Recipe Number 55 - Chocolate Covered Cherry (Milkshake) 
"Chocolate Covered Cherry" is a recipe based on a chocolate/cherry milkshake from Alibi in Ashes. Like the other 26 flavors, Nancy can order this treat in-game as many times as she’d like. (And rack up a huge tab for the credits!) 
This was simply delicious. I purchased a new blender recently and this marks the first recipe I’ve made with it. It’s a shake I would recommend to anyone. It takes about 10 minutes (tops) to make and only requires about 4-5 ingredients. If you’re a fan of chocolate ice cream, give it a try :)

Recipe Number 55 - Chocolate Covered Cherry (Milkshake) 

"Chocolate Covered Cherry" is a recipe based on a chocolate/cherry milkshake from Alibi in Ashes. Like the other 26 flavors, Nancy can order this treat in-game as many times as she’d like. (And rack up a huge tab for the credits!) 

This was simply delicious. I purchased a new blender recently and this marks the first recipe I’ve made with it. It’s a shake I would recommend to anyone. It takes about 10 minutes (tops) to make and only requires about 4-5 ingredients. If you’re a fan of chocolate ice cream, give it a try :)

One Week Hiatus

No recipes this week because I’ll be going on my annual, family camping trip until August 3rd :) See you next week!

Anonymous said: Hi! I love your blog :D Do you think you could include the recipe titles in your recipe archive so that I can more easily find things? Thanks!!

Sure Anon! Took me awhile but Recipe Archive updated. 

Honestly I don’t know why I didn’t add the titles in the first place! This makes a lot more sense. 

Recipe #54 - Deviled Eggs

I consider deviled eggs a family recipe. At almost every family reunion my grandma brings her homemade deviled eggs. I’m pretty sure she’s perfected her method of making them and could do it with her eyes closed.

Me on the other hand, not so much. The end results were fine but I struggled working with these eggs. I’m sure there are people who eat boiled eggs everyday who’ll laugh at me but I’ve never been very skilled at peeling egg shells. Luckily, you can’t tell too much in the photos but my eggs came out very lumpy and dented.

Another thing that presented itself as a challenge was scooping out the yolks. With some egg halves the yolk slipped clean out of the boiled shell but with others I had to scrape at the inner edges and couldn’t manage to get the whole yolk out.

However, this is another one of those recipes that’s very forgiving. Despite my clumsiness with prepping the eggs they still looked, and more importantly, tasted great when I was done. I’ll just have to get my grandma tutor me in peeling egg shells the next time I see her.

I made these with and without capers and they tasted amazing both ways. Feel free to experiment with different garnishes!

Recipe:

Here is my source 

-6 large eggs

-2 Tbsp mayonnaise

-1 1/2 Tbsp sweet pickle relish

-1 tsp mustard

-1/8 tsp salt

-Dash of pepper

-Paprika garnish

This is a quick recipe anyone can make. If you’d like to try it for yourself, check out my source page. See you next time when I revisit ASH.