Savory French Toast

It pretty much goes without saying most people, generally, want to be "like everyone else." It makes them feel connected to those in their immediate sphere. It helps them feel they are part of a tribe. With some exception, this is especially true during the formative years of childhood - at least it was for me. And for someone who wanted to fit in so badly, I couldn't have pushed people further away with my need to belong.

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Phoenix Finds - Okra / The Henry

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."

While that may very well be true, getting stronger sometimes really sucks. Big time.

Two weeks ago I'd come through about six months of getting stronger - at least I felt I was on the tail end of it. The shady darkness was retreating and I could see glimmering patches of sunlight. What had been most recently "killing me" was easing up a bit, loosening its choke hold somewhat. I felt cautiously optimistic.

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Spicy Cauliflower Falafel with Beet Dip

Since my weigh-loss surgery last May, my cooking has focused mainly on getting the most protein as I can from whatever I eat. I'm a happy carnivore but if you put your mind to it, you can easily make your protein quota from vegetables and grains as well.

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Spicy Stewed Sausages with Peppers

This recipe, my first attempt at a Paleo lifestyle, is not labeled as such. I like that because it makes me feel I'm just eating a super yummy meal I found on Food & Wine's website, featuring a hearty Italian dish contributed by Mario Batali. This dish comes together quickly after you get all the veg chopped up. It's hard to imagine a dish of sausages and sweet peppers being boring, but Mario bumps up the flavor factor another notch by stewing everything in a bit of red wine.

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