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

Okra, Corn and Tomatoes – A Southern Recipe

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

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.

Okra, Corn and Tomatoes – A Southern Recipe

Okra, Corn and Tomatoes – A Southern Recipe

Ingredients

  • • 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 - canned tomatoes are fine)
  • • 3-4 ears of fresh, mature corn
  • • 1 teaspoon sea salt or regular salt
  • • Pepper, if desired
  • • ½ cup water

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a large saucepan. Cook chopped onion for a few minutes until transparent, not browned.

  • While the onions are cooking, blanch the tomatoes for half a minute. Drain and cool tomatoes. Peel, remove the cores and cut into chunks, making sure that you save the juice. If using canned tomatoes, cut the tomatoes into large pieces, saving the juice.

  • Wash the okra. Cut stem ends off and cut into ½ inch round pieces.

  • Shuck corn and cut corn off the cob. Older or mature corn works best for this recipe.

  • Add the tomatoes and juice, okra, corn, salt, pepper and water to the cooked onions. Cook covered over medium to low heart for one hour or until the ingredients are all done.

  • Serve with homemade cornbread.

  • Yield: 7-8 one-cup servings
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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

Chloe’s Easy Homemade Suet Recipe

Big Mill B&B birds need special foods in the cold winter. 

Woodpecker at Big Mill eating innkeeper's Suet | https://chloesblog.bigmill.com//easy-homemade-suet-recipe

Woodpecker enjoys suet meal at Big Mill B&B

I was snowed in so I created this easy, new Suet Recipe with foods I had on hand in the pantry. The birds LOVE it! And children love helping you make it.

Read more about Chloe’s Homemade Suet