Homemade Blueberry Bread Recipe with Blackberry Cream Cheese Spread

I grow blueberries and blackberries here on the farm and I love to use them any way I can.

Easy Blueberry Bread Recipe from fresh blueberries has a secret ingredientHomemade Blueberry Bread with Blackberry Cream Cheese Spread from berries grown on the farm at Big Mill B and B in Eastern North Carolina. Recipe on Chloe's Blog | http://chloesblog.bigmill.com/blueberry-bread-recipe/

Homemade Blueberry Bread with Blackberry Cream Cheese Spread from berries grown on the farm at Big Mill B&B in Eastern North Carolina

Blueberry Coconut Bread with Blackberry Cream Cheese Spread

My mother Chloe used self-rising flour, but I never did. Lately I have been experimenting with her recipes and some of my own and now I am a believer, especially if I am pushed for time. I am the innkeeper at Big Mill Bed & Breakfast on the farm where I was born. Sometimes this wee bit of saved time is a life saver! Can you spot the secret ingredient? [click to continue…]

How to Make Strawberry Jam – Step by Step

Canning Jam for Dummies – Step-by-Step How To Make Strawberry Jam

 Easy Strawberry jam recipe from innkeeper at Big Mill B+B near Greenville, NC | www.chloesblog.bigmill.com/strawberry-jam-recipe/ #strawberryjam #jamrecipe

How to make strawberry jam – start to finish: Of course, fresh berries are better for the jam, but you can use frozen berries.

Canning strawberry jam recipe from innkeeper at Big Mill B+B near Greenville, NC | www.chloesblog.bigmill.com/strawberry-jam-recipe/ #strawberryjam  #jam

Spring is berry pickin’ time, so get ready to make Strawberry Jam.

My father taught me how to raise a garden and how to cultivate an orchard; my mother taught me how to can this home-grown produce and to make jam. [click to continue…]

Making Pull Candy – the Old-Fashioned Way

Pull Candy Recipe – Old Time Stewed Sugar 

Try this recipe for old-fashioned Pull Candy -- just like your grandmother used to make. Make fun kitchen memories with your kids  |  chloesblog.bigmill.com

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 recipe in the New Year seems appropriate for me – it brings back memories of winter on the farm in the kitchen with my mother who was also named Chloe. She told me that when she was growing up, folks in the neighborhood would have a Candy Pulling party and they had so much fun. [click to continue…]

Homemade Eggnog Recipe – Yes, it is safe!

Eggnog is the perfect holiday toddy

Try this Homemade Eggnog Recipe made with real eggs - tested to be safe from salmonella bacteria | chloesblog.bigmillcom

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! We now have a recipe that uses fresh eggs – it is great tasting and safe to drink.

You have to make it early and let it “mellow.” [click to continue…]

Holiday Recipe Roundup 2013

The holiday season brings up memories of holidays past

Love, love, love these 7 fabulous recipes for the holidays from the innkeeper at Big Mill Bed and Breakfast | chloesblog.bigmill.comFor me, they are often memories of wonderful food and recipes from my farm bed and breakfast. I have been writing Chloe’s Blog since 2007 and have gathered some great old family favorites and some new and exciting recipes that my mom never heard of.

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Explore New Tastes and Textures — It’s Vegetarian Awareness Month

It is Vegetarian Awareness Month. Find these vegetarian recipes and try out a few on your family this month.  |  www.ChloesBlog.com
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 textures of vegetarian recipes.

Here are eight recipes from Chloe’s Blog to make it easy to dip your toe in:

Rutabaga & Rice Soup

Gazpacho – Chilled Tomato Soup

Good-For-You Couscous Salad

Zucchini Grape Tomato Quiche

Okra, Corn & Tomatoes

Barney’s Killer Salsa

Hayman Sweet Potato Fries

Chloe’s Sweet Potato Soup

Bon Appetite!

Okra, Corn and Tomatoes – A Southern Recipe

I love growing okra – it reminds me of late summer on the farm

You'll love this Okra, Corn and Tomatoes recipe from North Carolina innkeeper. It is the perfect southern dish to use all those great vegetables. | http://chloesblog.bigmill.com/innkeeper-recipe-with-okra-corn-tomatoes/….

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. [click to continue…]

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!

Enjoy this recipe for Fig Bread using Figs fresh from the gardens at Big Mill Bed and Breakfast in Eastern North Carolina | chloesblog.bigmill.com

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 figs get ripe, they come in great profusion, so I needed some recipes to use all these great fruits of the gods. I make fig jam and fig bread. [click to continue…]

Citrus Party Punch Recipe

Do you need a easy punch recipe for that special summer party?

Easy citrus punch recipe from innkeeper at Big Mill B&B in eastern NC - great for parties

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. [click to continue…]

Washing Berries in a Vinegar Wash

Does washing strawberries in a vinegar wash keep them fresh longer? 

Want your fresh berries to last up to a week longer? Here's the recipe for a vinegar wash used at Big Mill B and B near Greenville, NC  |  bigmill.com

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 product. I also use it as a fabric softner.

So if you want to try the much-lauded and oft denied vinegar wash, here is the recipe: [click to continue…]