My Journey to Recipe Blogging

Hello and Welcome! I’m Deborah Vogts, a Home-Style Country Cook, who enjoys Adventures in Baking and Entertaining. I’m a wife, mom, grandma, recipe blogger, lover of food, baker, and cook!

Here at Country at Heart Recipes, you’ll find my roots in Home-Style Cooking with ventures in Baking and International Cuisine. To put it simply, I love dabbling in recipes and trying new foods. My grandma did too, so I got it honest! 

I grew up in rural Kansas, surrounded by dedicated cooks who knew how to feed hungry farm families. As a girl, I learned how to cook at the side of my mom and my grandma, and when old enough, many of their tasks became mine. It was not unusual, especially in the summer months, for me to start or finish evening meals for the family, or cook them from beginning to end.

Also, with ten years in the 4-H Foods Project (age 7 – 17), I knew my way around an oven and always had some dessert for my family to enjoy, whether a cake, pies, or a batch of cookies.

As a mom (and 4-H cooking leader), I passed on that basic food knowledge to our three daughters and desired a place where I could share my recipes with them and their families. That’s how Country at Heart Recipes was born.

Deborah in her kitchen
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Deborah as a Girl at Grandma's House

On Grandmother’s Front Steps

Deborah as a Toddler Entertaining her Dolls

Entertaining her Dolls

Love for Entertaining

As my interests and skills developed, my culinary world grew to explore favorite cuisines. Like my grandma, who always had a well-used cookbook, magazines, newspaper clippings, and even her own kitchen index of recipe cards close-by, I enjoy learning about other countries, their foods, and their traditions.

Some of these explorations have led to my love for making homemade pasta, cooking with wines, and finding new ways to use herbs and spices. One of my favorite ways to share this knowledge is to entertain family and friends by hosting themed dinner parties. And tea parties!


Besides cooking and baking, my hobbies include reading, herb gardening, and antique shopping. I enjoy spending time with my family and grandchildren and traveling with our daughters, The Vogts Sisters, on weekend performances.

My passions include collecting Polish Pottery, vintage hen-on-nests, ceramic roosters, and tea pots. I also love Dove dark chocolate!