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Chloe Tuttle

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. Cranberry Almond Biscotti The biscotti will keep for several weeks if stored in… 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. Cranberry Salad Recipe Spreads Holiday Cheer 1 orange (washed)1/2 cup orange juice12- ounce bag cranberries (washed and picked over)1 cup sugar1/2 cup celery (diced)1/2 cup pecans (chopped)1 teaspoon key lime juice or lemon juice3… 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. Summer Watermelon Salad 6 cups seedless watermelon (cut into cubes)1 sweet yellow bell pepper cut… 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 Okra, Corn and Tomatoes Recipe • 1 large sweet onion or 2 small onions (peeled and chopped)• 4 Tablespoons butter• 2 cups fresh (tender okra (about a double hand full))• 6 large ripe tomatoes (or a 28-ounce cans whole, peeled tomatoes… 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

Fossil Hunting and the Fossil Museum in Aurora, N.C.

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