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Chloe Tuttle

Griffin’s Quick Lunch – a Mom & Pop Icon

Griffin’s Quick Lunch is an Eastern North Carolina Icon Griffin’s Quick Lunch, just like many Mom and Pop diners in eastern North Carolina, is a landmark. Unfortunately, we are losing many of these cafes; Williamston is lucky to still have Griffin’s. If you go to Griffin’s, you MUST try the Banana Fritters. These were first… Click to see specialties of the house at Griffin’s Quick Lunch…

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Biscotti is perfect for those who don’t want a super sweet confection. I like to bundle up a few Biscotti, tie them up with a festive ribbon, and take as a house gift or as my donation to the the Christmas party. [amd-yrecipe-recipe:46] Serving suggestions: Serve with morning coffee for dunking or with afternoon tea… Click to read Chloe’s clever serving suggestions…

Cranberry Salad Recipe Spreads Holiday Cheer

Cranberries – no food says Christmas holiday recipe quite like a cranberry. This Cranberry Salad Recipe is one of my favorites. [amd-yrecipe-recipe:47] Virginia Tuttle gave me this recipe. She was happiest when she was cooking and she loved to share. Her recipes live on and I think of her every time I make this tasty… Click to see Chloe’s insights into this old family recipe.

Picking Peanuts in Eastern North Carolina

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

Boiled Green Peanuts – Southern Style

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

Summer Watermelon Salad Recipe

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 …

Rain Gutter Gardening at Big Mill Bed & Breakfast

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:

Welcome Home to Our Purple Martins

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.

Okra, Corn and Tomatoes Recipe

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’ve Written a Cookbook!

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