Hello, Welcome to Culinary Hill!

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I’m Meggan, a classically-trained chef and professional writer. I was born and raised in Wisconsin and now live in sunny Southern California with my husband and 3 kids.

I love to combine my Midwestern food memories with detailed tutorials and meticulously-tested recipes to create my own delicious take on modern family fare. There’s nothing I love more than helping cooks find success and confidence in the kitchen. Food is love on Culinary Hill, and I know you feel the same way in your own home.

Around here, your favorite foods, from home-cooked Lasagna to Sloppy Joes, from Deviled eggs to Lemon Bundt Cakes, taste even better than you remember! This is modern home cooking with a Midwestern heart, the kind of food that helps you connect with loved ones.

It’s All About the Recipe

I love to make recipes that are delicious and meticulously-tested without sacrificing an ounce of their authenticity. No matter what your skill-level, a good recipe means success in the kitchen. I attended a 2-year Culinary Arts program in Southern California and graduated in May 2018, and that’s where I met Jana, our CH Food Editor.

We are both obsessed with developing the best possible recipes. We try to anticipate your questions during the development process so you have all the information you need right from the get-go. We geek out on all the details, especially things like technique, ingredient substitutions, yield, serving sizes, and any relevant make-ahead instructions. We both received our ServSafe Food Manager certifications in culinary school, and we take food safety very seriously. When we talk about how long to store your leftovers, we know what we’re talking about! We are so excited for you to level up your culinary skills with tips and tricks for ingredient prep, cooking ahead, menu planning, entertaining, making pantry staples, and using up leftovers.

I also take my job as Editor-in-Chief very seriously. I have a vision for how the site should be and how all the recipes should relate to each other. Our Best Mashed Potatoes are the same mashed potatoes that appear on our Shepherd’s Pie and are the basis for Colcannon (it’s the best recipe after all, right?). All the fruit cobblers should be made mostly the same way (fruit should be interchangeable if the method is solid). Ingredient and technique tutorials need to be extremely clear with all necessary granular details. I know the site backwards and forwards and I use this knowledge to try to serve you as best as I can. I also know brevity is a virtue, so I try to say things with as few words as possible.

Where to Start?

If you’re new to Culinary Hill, here are some great places to start.

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I’m so glad you’re here and I’d love to get to know each other better!

Fun Facts

  • Education: I have degrees in Communications, Accounting, and Culinary Arts. I previously worked in software, branded products, healthcare finance, and international rights administration.
  • Family: I have 3 kids, Calvin (12 years), Charlotte (9 years), and Julian (4 years). The rest of my extended family is in the Midwest. My husband is from Aguascalientes, Mexico. We met in 2004 when we were both working at a family restaurant in Milwaukee, and he eventually solidified his path to the USA on a K1 visa (90-day fiancé-style, and after we hadn’t seen or spoken to each other in 12 years). 
  • Test Kitchen: Our physical test kitchen space is in Valencia, California. We use this space for testing recipes and other collaborative work. It’s fun!
  • Sister site: “Loma Culinaria” is Culinary Hill in Spanish, and that’s exactly what LomaCulinaria.com is. When recipes appear on both sites, you’ll see a link between them. Loma is the brain child of my husband because his Mexican family and friends want to cook our recipes, too. The recipe posts are translated by Aurelia, a good friend of mine who lives in Mexico City. 
  • Gamer: I am a life-longer PC Gamer who has logged countless hours playing the Elder Scrolls games, Minecraft, and Roblox (I play Bee Swarm Simulator with my kids).
  • Favorite recipe: It’s impossible for me to choose a favorite recipe, but some of my favorite ingredients include cheese (especially gouda, smoked Provolone, and Parmesan), arugula, poblano peppers, mushrooms, mayonnaise, potatoes, lemons, and bread. 

I make these recipes all the time:

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Questions or comments about a recipe?

If you have questions or feedback about a recipe, the best place to say something is on the post. That way everyone can see and benefit from our interactions. I love answering reader questions!

However, I don’t have any expertise in specialty diets and I’m not a registered dietician. I provide nutrition information within the recipe card, but those are generated by a program and may vary.

For anything else, please email me at hello {at} culinaryhill {dot} com

Culinary Hill is a registered trademark of Meggan Hill.