Quotes from The Virago Book of Food: The Joy of Eating
Under the pseudonym of Carolyn Keene, Mildred Wirt Benson wrote twenty-three of the first twenty-five books in this ever popular girl-detective series devised by Edward Stratemeyer, but the fact was kept from public knowledge for over fifty years, coming to light only when Benson testified in a 1980s' court case. The Nancy Drew Cookbook postulates Benson's influence, but reflects the style of the books she wrote.
Late one afternoon Nancy was hurriedly called to the home of Mrs. Russo, a neighbor, to help her find a valuable heirloom ring. The piece was strangely missing just before she was to give it to her niece at a birthday dinner party. No one else had been in the house all day. Mrs. Russo, who had selected the ring from her jewel box that morning, was positive she had not worn it in the kitchen while preparing dinner.
Nancy, however, refused to overlook a single possibility. After Mrs. Russo had gone upstairs to dress, Nancy began a search. She figured that if the woman had unknowingly dropped the ring into some food she was preparing, it would have sunk to the bottom. First Nancy examined the aspic salad, then the cream of mushroom soup. No ring! Next she looked at the blueberry muffins. Still in their twelve-cup pan.
'If the ring's in a muffin.' she thought, 'it would have been spooned up last, so the jewelry would be in one of the end cups.'
Nancy began to break open the muffins. No luck on one, two, three. Then she halved the fourth.
The next moment she cried out, and raced up the stairs. 'Mrs. Russo, the ring was in a muffin! Your gift is safe!' As the woman thanked Nancy profusely, the girl added with a smile, 'How about my whipping up another batch of muffins for your party?/
The Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues to Good Cooking