Clue Crew Kitchen!

(Has anyone ever had/made consomme? It keeps coming up in Nancy Drew stuff and I wonder if it would be worth a try :P)

Recipe #58 - The Sign of the Twisted Candles’ Nut Bread

Yayyy! I got to use my birthday presents already :) I used my new whisk and my new mixer. I took pics of them in-action above.

This recipe was fun and easy, just the kind of baking I like. The only weird part was working with black, thawing bananas (which you can see at the edge of the ingredients photo). The whole time I was peeling and mashing them I was thinking of that line from “Your a Mean One Mr.Grinch” about the greasy, black peel…

Despite the superficial ugliness of the bananas though, they were perfect for the bread, very soft, easy to mush, and packed with flavor. I was pleased by how easy to mix all of these ingredients were. Usually with bread recipes the mixer attachments will get caught in the thick mixture and you’ll have to hand-mix it to soften it up. The recipe I was following had me add the flour in at the very last minute which I think contributed to this. Or maybe my new mixer is just really good haha. 

Anyway, I’ve been eating banana bread for years so the taste of this was no big surprise. Tastes just like my Mama makes :) I can’t stress enough that eating banana bread with peanut butter is the best way to eat it. When the bread is still warm the peanut butter melts and mmmmmmmm so yummy…

Recipe for The Sign of the Twisted Candles’ Nut Bread:

(Yeah “The Sign of the Twisted Candles” is a weird name for an inn…)

Here is my source

-1 1/4 cup flour

-1 tsp baking soda

-1/2 tsp fine salt

-2 large eggs

-1/2 tsp vanilla extract

-1 stick unsalted butter

-1 cup sugar

-3 very ripe bananas

-1/2 cup walnut pieces

I already had the majority of these ingredients so I’m guessing this is a recipe that would be pretty accessible to a lot of you. I recommend you start freezing your old bananas for when you have the time haha. And if you do wanna tackle some banana-nut bread, check out my source page! 

See you next time when I revisit, The Silent Spy :D

Recipe Number 58 - The Sign of the Twisted Candles’ Nut Bread

"The Sign of the Twisted Candles’ Nut Bread" is a recipe inspired by a rather large food order Nancy makes at book 9’s titular inn. The nut bread is included in a meal purchased in order to celebrate a lonely, old man’s 100th birthday. 

There are many types of “nut bread” but my favorite is definitely banana nut bread, so that’s what I went with here. My mom has been making me banana bread every month since before I can remember. We always have some overripe bananas in the freezer just for that purpose. It was high time I tackled the recipe myself.

This was easy and very satisfying. My kitchen smelled fantastic, the loaf came out beautifully shaped (thanks to a loaf-pan we have) and the fresh bread tasted sinfully good with a peanut butter spread. This is a filling, sweet treat that I’d recommend to anyone. It also makes an awesome breakfast! 

cluecrewcookin:

thecrazyhouse said:AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I’M NOT SURE IF THIS IS A GOOD “AHHH” OR A BAD “AHHH” AND FRANKLY, I’M ALARMED 

thecrazyhouse said: ITS A GOOD AHHH I AM VERY EXCITED. I WANT TO COOK EVERYTHING NOW.

Phew that’s good. And in that case, I’ll join you in your enthusiasm. 

COOOOOOKINNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

thecrazyhouse said:AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’M NOT SURE IF THIS IS A GOOD “AHHH” OR A BAD “AHHH” AND FRANKLY, I’M ALARMED 

(You can expect a recipe later today! This will be my last book recipe for awhile. I won’t have time to read Nancy Drew books during school unfortunately. I’ll be returning to game-only recipes for the semester.)

(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