Wasis Diop’s “Everything is Never Quite Enough” is playing in the background, you can hear laughter, glasses clinking, and the aromas of rosemary and roast beef are swirling in the air as you enter my kitchen.
Welcome to A Kitchen in Vegas, where the music is always playing and something is always cooking. My name is Hilda Anwyl and I mainly cook for two, unless my husband and I are entertaining. My roots are deeply rooted in Mexican cuisine, but I favor a varied style of cooking, preparing uncomplicated dishes that are both delightfully easy and good. I also have an inclination for California cuisine, meaning I prepare foods that are low in saturated fat, high in fresh vegetables and herbs, and incorporate organic proteins and fish.
My husband and I are fairly new residents to Las Vegas and after living in Santa Monica for 20 years, the desert is a drastic change. The move has had its ups and downs and trading the ocean for the desert has been interesting. At times, I feel like Jeremy and I are starting all over. The last time I made a significant change was when I moved from Chicago to Irvine back in ’93. How about you? Have you recently made a significant change in your life?
When it comes to eating, I have always adopted traditional values, starting the day with breakfast, where we discuss the day ahead, and later bringing the day to a close with a cocktail and a home-cooked dinner. I believe the heart and soul of a home is the kitchen, just as my grandmother did. In the kitchen, life events are celebrated and intimate and boisterous conversations take place. When family and friends visit, the kitchen transforms into a social hub. But most importantly, the kitchen is where great meals become a reality. I emulate my grandmother’s kitchen as being a place of inclusiveness, warmth, and love.
I don’t have any formal culinary training, but I do have over twenty years of cooking experience. I believe that a fundamental aspect of cooking is knowing what you like and dislike. Once your likes are established, it becomes a lot easier to add a little of this and little of that, and more of that, which will enable you to customize any recipe to your specific taste. Also, I use a recipe merely as a guideline and, more often than not, I only include flavors that I like. I also don’t tend to measure ingredients as I developed an eye unless I am baking.
If you are a novice in the kitchen, I will show you step by step how to prepare delicious meals without anxiety. I will also share my cooking techniques to simplify or enhance your cooking style. If you are an experienced cook, join me in the kitchen and let’s get started!
I want to inspire you to cook by sharing my experiences, because by sharing you will create memorable moments with your family. When you cook, your family will eat together more frequently, setting lifelong examples for your children. Plus, you’ll have control over what goes into your food and thus eat more healthily.
I would love to hear from you at Hilda@akitcheninvegas.com or follow on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
Thanks for visiting!