Hilary was fortunate to grow up believing that eating good, healthy food was simply the norm, since her family regularly cooked delicious meals together. Hilary’s culinary interested was peaked in a nutrition class she took at the University of Colorado at Boulder—one of the top healthy eating areas in the United States. Later, she attended the New England Culinary Institute—an experience that furthered her interest in food. Beautiful weather permitting, Hilary loves spending her time doing anything (from Frisbee to gardening) in the great outdoors of Vermont. She lives in South Burlington, Vermont, with her husband, Russ. During their free time, they enjoy caring for more than 30 (“yikes!”) orchids they grow together.
10 Questions for Hilary Meyer
What is your favorite food?
HM: It changes almost on a daily basis. Right now, I’d have to say avocado, but tomorrow I’m thinking it will be anchovies. I really love anything with anchovies– like a good Caesar salad. Yum!
What is your least favorite food?
HM: I know it’s cool to like wasabi, but I really don’t like it. I wish I did, but I don’t.
What is your favorite EatingWell recipe?
HM: One recipe that I love that I make almost every week is Smoked Trout Hash with Mustard Greens. And then I serve it with a poached egg on top. I love that recipe.
What is your pet’s name?
HM: I have two cats - Lille Pus and Stor Pus. Loosley translated from Norweigian, it means Small Cat and Big Cat. I just got a puppy, too, named Dixie.
What is your favorite thing about working at EatingWell?
HM: All the great food and recipes to make at home and the people of course!
What initially sparked your interest in food and nutrition?
HM: I was really lucky in that my entire family cooked really wonderful meals on a regular basis. I grew up thinking that eating really good food was the norm. As for nutrition, I went to college in Boulder CO, one of the top healthy eating capitals of the west. I took a nutrition class there and I really enjoyed it.
What do you like to do during your time off?
HM: I like to cook, play Frisbee and work in the garden. When the weather is nice I enjoy doing just about anything outdoors.
What is your guiltiest culinary pleasure?
HM: I don’t like sweets very much, so I would have to say sausage. I really like pork sausage of just about any variety. Salty and juicy straight off the grill. I have to let myself have a link or two once in awhile.
What is your favorite international fare?
HM: Yikes! This is hard! I love Mexican food. Good Mexican food – fresh corn tortillas, mole, enchilladas chilies…But I also love Italian, Thai, Lebenese, Chinese—I think I love them all the same. I can’t choose.
What three adjectives best describe your EatingWell experience?
HM: Tasty, nutritious and happy.