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How to Make Strawberry Jam – Step by Step

Canning Jam for Dummies - Step-by-step How To Make Strawberry Jam How to make strawberry jam - start to finish: Of course, fresh berries are better for the jam, but you can use frozen berries. Spring is berry pickin' time, so get ready to make Strawberry Jam. My father taught me how to raise a [...]

Making Pull Candy – the Old-Fashioned Way

Pull Candy Recipe - Old Time Stewed Sugar  My mother called this wonderful confection pull candy or stewed sugar. Some folks call it taffy. When she described a child's pretty blond hair she would say it was the color of stewed sugar -- a gorgeous translucent white color with a faint golden tint. Making this [...]

Homemade Eggnog Recipe – Yes, it is safe!

Eggnog is the perfect holiday toddy Is it safe to drink eggnog made with raw eggs? Eggnog used to be part of every holiday party. Then we heard all the bad stories about raw eggs so we didn't use raw eggs anymore. And eggnog just wasn't the same. Well, cheer up and worry no more! [...]

Holiday Recipe Roundup 2013

Holiday Recipes, old and new, from the innkeeper at Big Mill B&

While waiting on the plane to carry me back to Big Mill B&B, I decided to dash off a quick blog post in honor of Vegetarian Awareness Month (October).  I've been 95% vegetarian for decades, so it is second nature for me. But it can be quite a fun adventure to explore the tastes and [...]

Okra, Corn and Tomatoes – A Southern Recipe

I love growing okra - it reminds me of late summer on the farm .... The flowers are gorgeous, okra is tasty and the dried okra make great craft projects.  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. Okra [...]

Fig Bread Recipe with a Nip of Grand Marnier

If you like figs, you will love this Fig Bread - I bet you will like it even if you don't like figs! I love figs and fig trees; I now have four fig trees planted in my orchard. That might be a bit obsessive, but this is a farm and I can share. When [...]

Citrus Party Punch Recipe

Do you need a easy punch recipe for that special summer party? This great-tasting party punch is quick and easy to make and pretty - and you can do most of the prep ahead of time. Here is the recipe. Citrus Party Punch   (From Debbie Vickery of Old North Durham Inn) •    6 ounces [...]

Washing Berries in a Vinegar Wash

Does washing strawberries in a vinegar wash keep them fresh longer?  Everyone has an opinion.  I think you should at least give it a try, then decide. I know the vinegar wash works for me, but then I think white vinegar is “gold.” We use it here at Big Mill B&B for an eco-friendly cleaning [...]

Innkeeper’s Suet Recipe for Bird and Breakfast

Innkeeper's Suet Recipe Our special Earth Day gift to birds here at Big Mill Bird & Breakfast Earth Day 2013 is just around the corner, so it seemed like a perfect time to celebrate the birds we love with a suet recipe they delight in eating. When I am cooking for the bed and breakfast [...]