Picking peanuts reminds me of growing up in eastern North Carolina. My nephew Barney and I loved to play hide-and-seek in the peanut fields. Back then, the peanuts were dug and stacked on poles to dry. There is a certain earthy smell that is everywhere. We loved to hide behind these stacks and to climb… Click to see video of Peanuts being Picked
Young, just-dug peanuts are called green peanuts. Here in the South, we boil these peanuts in the shell with a lot of salt. In late August or early September, you can find these green or boiled peanuts at farm stands and some grocery stores like Piggly Wiggly. As the Georgia bumper sticker says, “It is… Click to learn more about Boiled Peanuts
Calling all watermelon lovers!! This Watermelon Salad is a beauty. I adapted this recipe from one in the June, 2017 issue of “Our State Magazine,” the same magazine that did a wonderful story about Big Mill in their August issue. [amd-yrecipe-recipe:44] In eastern North Carolina, we do many things with watermelon. We also are very… Click here to read more …
I heard about this new gardening idea – it is called the Rain Gutter Grow System (RGGS). Being a real southern farm girl, I love farming and gardening. Once I read about this innovative growing system, I couldn’t wait to start. Basically the Rain Gutter Grow System is a self-watering container gardening system “on steroids.” … To see Chloe’s Rain Gutter Garden click here:
Folks in eastern North Carolina love Purple Martins and I am one of those folks. My dad taught me to treasure these special birds. Every spring he watched for his Martins to return. And now I do the same thing. In March, a Purple Martin scout would come and sit on the bird house –… Click to read more about these spectacular birds.
I love growing okra – it reminds me of late summer on the farm [amd-yrecipe-recipe:37] With all the great summer produce, sometimes we just want to make something that takes us back to the farm and to Grandmother’s cooking. In coastal North Carolina, this recipe is an expected summer treat. Big Mill Bed and Breakfast… Click to read more about Corn, Okra and Tomatoes
I have always wanted to write a cookbook that told the stories behind the recipes. One time, I took a month off and house-sat for my friends in the Florida Keys. Well, as usual, I was sidetracked with the beauty of the area. I would make a recipe and spend all my time taking photos… Read More
Dig for Fossils in Aurora, North Carolina Big kids and little kids like to dig in the dirt. When I was growing up on the farm here in eastern North Carolina, if we dug deep enough we could find a fossil. It was so exciting to get those remnants from the past and to know… Click to read more about Fossils and the Fossil Museum in Aurora, NC
One of the great things about late summer is that we have luscious figs. And when they ripen, they all ripen. I have 8 little fig trees so I am always looking for new fig recipes. Friend Nancy gave me this recipe for dried figs. I fiddled with it and came up with Candied Figs… For Chloe’s Candied Figs Recipe, click here.
Every summer I grow Basil and it thrives here in eastern North Carolina.What can you do with all this basil? Well, I make Pesto and freeze it to enjoy all year. Pesto will keep a long time in the freezer. It can be frozen in ice cube trays — handy if you only need a… Click to get Chloe’s Pesto Genovese Recipe