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

Summer Watermelon Salad

Ingredients

  • 6 cups seedless watermelon, cut into cubes
  • 1 sweet yellow bell pepper cut into thin strips
  • 1 sweet onion like Vidalia or 1 red onion, cut into very thin rings
  • 4 ounces of Feta Cheese (or goat cheese), crumbled
  • Juice of 1 lime (about 3 Tablespoons)
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • This is a “make now and eat now” salad. If you dress it, you eat it. You can cut the parts of the salad early, but do not amalgamate it until you are ready to eat it.

  • Cut the watermelon into large chunks and lay it out on a plate lined with paper towels to remove some of the excess water. I do that when I am making watermelon skewers for my B&B guests. It keeps the watermelon from weeping into the dish.

  • Cut watermelon again into cubes about 1½" large. Put cubes of watermelon, pepper strips and onion rings into each salad bowl. Add crumbled cheese. For each salad, cut 1 basil leaf and 1 mint leaf into very thin strips and place on top of each salad.

  • Wisk together the lime juice, honey, salt and pepper.

  • Garnish with an edible flower like a begonia or nasturtium. Dress salad just before serving.

  • Instead of individual salads you can make one large salad if you prefer. Also do not dress this until just before serving.

  • This salad recipe is adapted from a Watermelon Salad in "Our State" magazine.
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In eastern North Carolina, we do many things with watermelon. We also are very picky about where we buy our watermelons. Folks around here swear by Rocky Hock watermelons and cantaloupes. Rocky Hock is a small, rural area of the Chowan River – folks say the sandy soil is the reason these melons are so good.

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I’ve Written a Cookbook!

I have always wanted to write a cookbook that told the stories behind the recipes.

Innkeeper at Big Mill BB Chloe Tuttle has new cookbook of Southern Recipes

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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 of the food. I do love to photograph food – it doesn’t whine or wiggle or complain that the picture makes it look fat.

Friend Jody has helped me FINALLY produce a wee digital cookbook that features some of my favorite Southern recipes; we call it Chloe Ann’s Farm Life Recipes. My folks grew up in an area very close to Big Mill B&B called Farm Life, so that seemed like a lovely homage.

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While we were pulling this book together I was happy that I took the pictures. I’m guessing all these recipes will hold memories for those of us who grew up in the South.

I hope you enjoy it and I promise there are more to come.

Chloe Tuttle Big Mill Bed and Breakfast near Greenville NC

 

 

Luscious Candied Figs Are the Food of Kings

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.

Luscious figs fresh from the orchard at Big Mill Bed and Breakfast near Greenville, NC

For Chloe’s Candied Figs Recipe, click here.

Pesto Genovese Recipe from Innkeeper at Big Mill B&B

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.

Basil is easy to grow and fresh Basil is perfect for making Pesto Genovese | https://chloesblog.bigmill.com/pesto-genovese-recipe-innkeeper-eastern-NC

Fresh Basil from Chloe’s Cook’s Garden

Pesto will keep a long time in the freezer. It can be frozen in ice cube trays — handy if you only need a small amount of pesto.

Basil is also easily rooted if you want to try to keep a pot inside over the winter. I just put a stem in a glass of water, then plant in soil once it shows roots. Click to get Chloe’s Pesto Genovese Recipe

Spiced Mulled Cider Recipe

Hot, Spicy Apple Cider Warms the Heart

Warm mulled cider is a great way to please a crowd on chilly days. It is easy to make and doesn't cost much. A great way to start the holidays! @bigmill | https://chloesblog.bigmill.com/spiced-mulled-cider-recipe

Spiced Hot Apple Cider tastes great and you can kick it up with a shot of brandy

A great way to welcome fall and the chill in the air is to make up some hot, spicy cider. If you live where apples are grown, then you can use fresh-pressed cider.

The rest of us can pick up some great cider in the store and create our own brewing spices. North Carolina apples are the best – I see a road trip coming!  Click to get the easy spiced apple cider recipe!

Fig Jam Is Just So Southern

Figs are so special – they are a real delicacy.  

Easy, homemade Fig Jam recipe with fresh figs from the farm (or your local Farmer's Market) is a favorite of guests at Big Mill Bed and Breakfast, near Greenville, NC. Uses less sugar and is Southern comfort food in a jar! | @bigmill | www.chloesblog.bigmill.com/homemade-fig-jam-recipe-has-less-sugar

Fig Jam is oh so southern and such a treat!  This fig jam recipe actually uses less sugar than you’ll typically find, so that is good for every body.

I had fun making it because this is the first fig jam I have ever made using figs I grew! I have seven fig trees in several varieties — the oldest is five years old and two are not quite a year old. I remember most of their names, but there is one that has slipped my mind.

With this recipe (as with a few others on Chloe’s Blog),  Don’t Double the Recipe! And be sure to make enough jam so that when holiday entertaining is in full swing, you can wow your guests with your Creamy Brie & Fig Preserves Appetizer – what a treat! Click to get the Recipe for my Fig Jam with Less Sugar and some great photos too …

Summer Punch – Perfect for Hot Summer Days

Refreshing Summer Punch is Perfect for Those Lazy Summer Days 

This pretty citrus punch is a real crowd pleaser - Big Mill Bed and Breakfast guests love it. Recipe on Chloes Blog | @BigMill | www.chloesblog.bigmill.com/summer-punch-recipe-nc-bed-breakfast

This Citrus punch is perfect for your summer parties

Ah, the Halcyon days of summer are coming to an end at Big Mill Bed and Breakfast and that saddens me. When the green leaves turn to gold and then fall away, you can hear the whine of the train and the lonesome whippoorwill. There are fewer whippoorwills; that too is sad. And you just know that is a country song.

So on these last balmy nights of summer, grab a cool glass of Summer Punch, loll in the hammock and listen to the sounds of the changing season. You can hear the quiet except for the cicadas. Click to get Chloe’s Summer Punch Recipe

Easy Blueberry Jam Recipe with Cinnamon & Lime Zest

Blueberries are a gift – they speak “Summer”

Just picked blueberries make the best jam. Easy recipe on NC innkeeper's blog| www.chloesblog.bigmill.com/easy-blueberry-jam-Recipe-with-cinnamon-lime-zest

Just Picked Blueberries from the farm at Big Mill B&B

If you can pick your own blueberries that is the best. I have blueberries growing right outside my kitchen window and I try to use them any way I can. Local farmers’ markets also have good berries.

I love cooking with fresh blueberries and this is the very BEST jam recipe I have ever made – and it is EASY. If you don’t like the cinnamon and lime, then I have another Blueberry Jam recipe for you. And remember – Don’t Double the Recipe! Click to get Chloe’s Blueberry Cinnamon Jam Recipe

Strawberry Bread Recipe Made with Fresh Strawberries

This easy Strawberry Bread recipe uses self-rising flour

Fresh strawberries make the best bread. Get the easy Strawberry Bread recipe from innkeeper at Big Mill Bed and Breakfast in eastern NC on Chloe's Blog. | www.chloesblog.bigmill.com/easy-strawberry-bread-recipe/

Fresh strawberries make the best bread

I just love this photo – I was outside getting ready to take a picture of these berries when a rainstorm made me take cover in my Old Red Truck. While I waited out the storm, I took this photo — the lighting was perfect. It is one of my favorites.  To get Chloe’s Strawberry Bread Recipe click here

Southern Molasses Pudding Cake Recipe

Molasses is a staple in the south – we use molasses for everything.

Molasses pudding with Bourbon Sauce is a southern staple | https://chloesblog.bigmill.com/southern-molasses-pudding-cake-recipe

Molasses Pudding with Bourbon Sauce is a southern tradition

It seemed like everybody’s grandmother made Molasses Pudding and it was always a treat. In some parts of the country, it might be called Molasses Cake, but southerners call it Molasses Pudding. Once you add the Bourbon Sauce, it does seem more like a pudding.

Friend Nancy and I set out to recreate this old-fashioned southern recipe and we did it! We added the Bourbon Pecan Sauce to spice it up. Southerners love molasses and use it everywhere. Read more about Molasses and Chloe’s Molasses Pudding Cake