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Hilarybee

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Hilarybee  Meyer Lemon Pizzelle

We’ve always been fans of Hilarybee, but she caught our eye this week with her gorgeous, envy-worthy Secret Swap gifts to vvvanessa. Pepper jellies. Peach and amaretto jam. Crabapple and Damson plum conserve. Cinnamon applesauce. We swoon at the thought of these in our larder, and, so it seems, they are the labors of love; as she tells us on her FOOD52 profile page, Hilarybee spends her weekends on the back roads of Ohio, searching for the best ingredients her state has to offer. A “dedicated locavore,” she describes herself – and from one look at her generous holiday gifts, we’d have to agree.

As promised, Hilarybee’s recipes wholeheartedly embrace the products she labors to find – in fact, many of her recipes have just five ingredients or less. Take, for example, her Vanilla Bean Applesauce, her Blueberry Lassi, her Raspberry Lemon Balm Jam (and, of course, her Poor Man’s Kirsch). Simple yet creative, her recipes spark that “of course!” feeling within us: Of course we should lace our pizzelle with citrus (in her Meyer Lemon Pizzelle, pictured above)! Of course we should cook our quinoa with leftover spinach water! No matter what the season, no matter what the combination, Hilarybee’s recipes are celebrations of flavor, soaring odes to produce; she humbly bows down to her ingredients, and we, in turn, bow down to her. 

Read our profile Q&A with Hilarybee below, and check out her beautiful blog here.

  • What's the strangest food you've ever eaten?
    Rattlesnake

  • What do you cook when home alone?
    Recently, scrambled eggs with salad or toast. Bread with a hunk of good cheese.

  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    Toss up between my vintange hand crank pasta machine and my Kitchen Aid mixer.

  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
    6
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almost 3 years ago vvvanessa

As the recipient of Hilarybee's preserves, I can testify to their deliciousness. The peach jam is simply WOW, and I'm hoping it will magically multiply in the fridge because I will be very sad when it's all gone. What fun to see her in the spotlight!

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almost 3 years ago Hilarybee

Thank you, Vanessa! I'm glad you are enjoying them.

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almost 3 years ago Sonali aka the Foodie Physician

Great write-up- congratulations!

Hilary_sp1

almost 3 years ago Hilarybee

Thank you!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Great spotlight! Way to go Hilarybee! Your creations are really spectacular!

Hilary_sp1

almost 3 years ago Hilarybee

Thank you fiveandspice!

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almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Congratulations on a well-deserved cook's spotlight! Your kirsch makes me want to get my hands on some moonshine!

Hilary_sp1

almost 3 years ago Hilarybee

Thank you! These days, decent moonshine isn't so hard to find in the alcohol section. Hudson makes a great moonshine for just sipping. For the kirsch, I usually spring for the cheaper stuff- Gerogia brand (Kentucky) Moonshine. I've driven across the Ohio/Kentucky and there are definitely some very interesting finds, whisky, bourbon and corn whiskey abound.

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almost 3 years ago enbe

Congratulations :) lovely spotlight!

Hilary_sp1

almost 3 years ago Hilarybee

thank you! And thanks for organizing the secret santa!!

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almost 3 years ago Bevi

Great spotlight!

Hilary_sp1

almost 3 years ago Hilarybee

thanks and much thanks to bstar!

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almost 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Hurrah! So great to see you here - perfect spotlight. I need to try that jam. You really lit your oven on fire?

Hilary_sp1

almost 3 years ago Hilarybee

Thank you!! Yes, yes I really lit the oven on fire making Helenthenanny's Devils on Hatchback- (Devils in her heart for my Beatles Bash). I didn't use a sided pan, and the grease pooled in the oven and ignition!

After a very thorough scrub and running the oven clean cycle three times, it is still in wonderful condition.

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almost 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Lovely write-up of lovely you!

Hilary_sp1

almost 3 years ago Hilarybee

Thank you!

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almost 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

So great to see you in the spotlight, hillarybee!! It's much deserved. Many congrats, and keep cooking all your wonderful food!!

Hilary_sp1

almost 3 years ago Hilarybee

Thank you!

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almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

so nice to see you in the spotlight, Hilarybee!

Hilary_sp1

almost 3 years ago Hilarybee

Thanks, mrslarkin!

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almost 3 years ago susan g

Hilarybee, your recipes have given us great pleasure! The Vanilla & Earl Grey Italian Cream Soda spawned a whole summer of soothing cold drinks, from the original on to adaptations using your model. The Crustless Quiche was served at a New Years Day brunch... thanks for all the inspiration.

Hilary_sp1

almost 3 years ago Hilarybee

I am so glad to hear it and so honored that you would use my recipes! Thank you!

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

So wonderful to see you in the spotlight, you are a wonder!!

Hilary_sp1

almost 3 years ago Hilarybee

Thank you!

Phoenix

almost 3 years ago Phoenix Helix

Congrats, Hilarybee!

Hilary_sp1

almost 3 years ago Hilarybee

Thanks, BlissfulBaker!

Kandm

almost 3 years ago Kristy Mucci

Kristy is an expert at making things pretty and a former Associate Editor of Food52.

HilaryBee also knows how to throw a great party! Remember this fun Holtine thread? http://www.food52.com/hotline...

Hilary_sp1

almost 3 years ago Hilarybee

All possible thanks to the help of wonderful food52-ers! My husband was extremely surprised and everything went well...except for lighting my oven on fire!