About Me

My name is Hil. I have a full-time job, a tiny kitchen, a carnivorous husband and toddler. As a matter of survival, I’ve learned to cook fresh, healthy, tasty meals that don’t take forever.

This isn’t your standard food blog with glossy pictures and carefully tested recipes.  This is the story of one human being’s journey toward balance and wellness, one meal at a time, with as much honesty as I can muster.  This is a labor of love:  love for food, for health and wellness, for writing, and love for the people IRL and online who will cherish those things with me.

I started this blog as a way to reflect on my cooking and eating during the stresses of law school.  After almost 10 years, I always seem to find my way back here.   Being thoughtful about food is both important and rewarding, and taking the time to write about what I eat helps me to do that.  I want to share my kitchen experiments and to offer some ideas for fitting real, healthy food into a hectic lifestyle.  I’m also interested in other wellness related topics, like exercise, body image, and stress management.

The Lemonator

The aforementioned carnivorous husband shows up around here from time to time under the name of “the Lemonator,” which he got from his unholy love for lemonade and all things lemon flavored.  He is the baker of the house, and I have convinced him to use his baking skills for the forces of good by testing and creating lots of delicious whole grain recipes for everything under the sun.  By day, the Lemonator is a scientist working in a lab that studies complex diseases, and he enjoys debunking bad science relating to nutrition and health.

My Food Philosophy

Healthy cooking does not have to be bland, complicated, or involve a lot of number crunching.   It’s really about learning to love fresh, healthy ingredients and then not being afraid to venture into the kitchen and get your hands dirty.    It’s about thinking about the foods that you love and learning how to combine them into meals that satisfy body, mind and taste buds.  I am not a nutritionist or a chef, nor do I aspire to be.  I aspire to get dinner on the table at night!

  • I believe in eating real, fresh, seasonal foods: beans, pastured meat, thoughtfully prepared whole grains, fruit, nuts, and, above all, vegetables.  I avoid processed food as much as I can.
  • I believe food should taste good.  If you do not walk away from a meal feeling completely satisfied, your meal has not done its job.
  • I believe in eating all things in moderation–rich desserts and cream sauces will definitely be making appearances on this blog from time to time.
  • I believe that food should not be a source of guilt, stress or anxiety.
  • I believe in the power of low glycemic index eating to promote health and control hunger.
  • I believe in eating with my eyes open.  To me, that means being informing myself about what is in my food and where it comes from and making my food decisions accordingly.


  1. LOVE your blog and your philosophy! What are you studying in grad school?

    I am adding you to my blogroll- you are a great role model for us all!

  2. Thanks so much for the compliment and for adding me to your blogroll! I enjoy your blog, as well. 🙂

    In answer to your question, I am a law student.

  3. Being a law student is much better than being a lawyer, so enjoy it while it lasts:)

    I just came across your blog, I love your thoughts on healthy eating.

  4. Thanks for your advice you gave to me on Kath’s blog. You were very kind to offer your support to me! I love your blog and may have to try poached eggs now. Have a wonderful day!!

  5. I really enjoyed looking over your blog! As a grad student myself, I know how busy life can get, but also know I feel a thousand times better when I eat well. I’d love to add you to my site:)

  6. Are we related? I’m married to a bottomless pit too – and I’m a grad student in psych. I’m unfamiliar with the SB diet so I’m excited to see what your food choices look like. 🙂

  7. Hi! just came across your blog and really enjoy it! To make it more fun, not only do we have the same name but I am currently in the process of applying to law school! Any words of wisdom are appreciated!

  8. Hey!! I am glad I found your blog! I am a graduate student as well, in nutrition not law, but I love blueberries and love that your blog is blueberry hill!

    Most of alll… I love your Food Philosophy too- I follow the same ideas as well.

  9. hey!
    love your blog and i can’t wait to keep reading!
    i recently made my own and i would love it if you could check mine out!

  10. Great philosophy and great blog! What attracted me to your blog was your title (Blueberry Hill = a Fats Domino song, but you probably already knew that :P). Hope to be reading some more posts from you soon ^^

  11. Tina: I did know–I love that song! You’re the first person whose mentioned the song pun, believe it or not.

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