I love my work and feel blessed to have built a career that serves up good food to others.   Developing recipes that use quality products from The Old Mill is a pleasure, and styling them for photography is just plain fun. Writing about the food from The Old Mill Restaurant and Pottery House Café and Grille makes me happy;  with my Southern roots, there is no better fare than what you can find at The Old Mill.

I learned to cook from my Aunt Cora, 100 years old in April 2014.  My family is a clan of Florida crackers;  Aunt Cora taught Home Economics for years and took me on at an early age.  Because she passed on her love of cooking, I graduated from VA Tech in Home Economics and set out to work at Southern Progress Corporation in the Southern Living Test Kitchen and as Food Editor of Creative Ideas for Living Magazine.

Food editorial, marketing, and communication was then in my blood.  After some years of freelance recipe development for books and magazines, like The Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook by Fannie Flagg, I wrote 3 of my own.

Working at The Old Mill is my dream job.  Blending editorial work with the website, recipe development using the superior products sold online and in the Farmhouse Kitchen, and producing photography for the website and catalogs ties my career together.

I’m always available to answer your questions and I welcome your suggestions.  And please send me your recipes!

Happy Cooking!

Debby Maugans


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  1. Rosemary Vanhoozer March 20, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Would love to receive some of your recipes

    • Debby March 24, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      And I’d love for you to have them! I’m continuously adding recipes to this site. Would you like to be added to our recipe enewsletter?

      Happy Spring! ~Debby


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