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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.