Growing Up Trixie

Originally published 9/13/09

My first strong female literary character was Trixie Belden. She rocked. You have to be a woman, and probably a woman of a certain age, to be a hardcore Trixie fan. A friend’s sister gave me my first Trixie Belden book when I was in the hospital for surgery. By the end of the first chapter, I was hooked.

It is fitting then, that I begin the series on Food in Fiction with Trixie Belden and one of the first recipes I tried on my own, cooking for my parents, adapting  and experimenting, even then.

Perfect Hamburgers

  • 1 slice bread, crusts removed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste

Soak bread with milk for 5 minutes, mix all ingredients together completely. Form into 4 patties and grill or fry to desired doneness.

This works especially well with extra lean ground beef, keeping it moist and flavorful, even if you like them cooked to medium-well.

Burger week begins right here…

5 thoughts on “Growing Up Trixie

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  2. I remember Trixie Belden! Unfortunately her books were scarce at the garage sales where as a kid I found boxes of Nancy Drew and (ugh) Bobbsey Twins, so I’ve only read 2 of her mysteries. Thanks for the recipe, I’ll try it.


    • @semlyng – thanks for stopping by. I remember the Bobbsey Twins – I loved them, but I read them when I was very, very young, so expectations were not high.

      I’m sorry to say, one of the reasons that Trixie may be difficult to find at yard sales is because the publisher who put the books out in the 60’s & 70’s used an inferior binding and many of the books did not survive multiple readings. I don’t think they were printed in the 80’s but late 90’s they had a reprinting. 😀 I know way too much about these books!


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