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Not so much a river otter as a desert otter these days since I moved to the Gila Valley as a mail order bride to a miner. I am a stay at home wife and mom for the time being so I have been using cooking as a creative outlet and way to occupy my suddenly vast ammounts of free time. I have an old, ancient copy of the Joy of Cooking that I swear by for the basics, but recently found the Martha Stewart recipe annuals to be very much to my liking. Since I am living in the Sonoran desert, I am inclined to all things spicy. I am fascinated by machaca burritos at the moment which are typical of mining fare.
I love food that tastes like something, the bland and tame do not appeal to me. I like to make classic dishes, but add little twists, like putting green chiles in my macaroni and cheese or smoked gouda in my salmon croquettes. Curries have gained favor with me as well as jerked meats. I don't like gimmicky or pretentious food. One of my favorite things is ham steak glazed in coke with greens and mashed sweet potatoes. Chai Tea is my favorite thing in the world and I have become something of an expert on it.