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Astra Libris .. Patient Expert

Atlanta, Georgia
I’ve worked on a sheep farm, on countless horse farms, in a cell biology lab, in an Ethiopian refugee camp, in a bookstore, and in a shipping warehouse. I’ve worked as a caterer, as a waitress, as a prep cook, as an English tutor, as an editor, and as an instructor attempting to... Full Bio
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Chocolate Espresso Bundt Cake with Dark Chocolate Glaze by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking  I think you're supposed to stop caring about fads, trends, and being cool when you're elderly. I stopped caring at age 30. This is much too young, society would ... Read on »
Curried Guacamole by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking  Guacamole is supposed to be one of the simplest of recipes, right? No cooking, just the quick combination of avocado, tomatoes, lime juice, spices, salt and pepper, ... Read on »
Homemade Kimchee by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking    Homemade kimchee! I know, you might think I'm crazy, but I did promise that we made nearly everything from scratch, did I not? While I may be crazy, I am de ... Read on »
Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking   After the Thanksgiving holiday, and all of the glorious, delicious leftovers, what does one cook next? How does one follow the splendor of all the dishes you pre ... Read on »
Four-Berry Sauce by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking   Dear friends, I have already confessed that despite my love for Thanksgiving menu planning, I am far too spontaneous indecisive and easily distracted to have all o ... Read on »
Malaysian-Style Taro Rice and Beans by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking  I enjoy planning the Thanksgiving menu almost as much as I enjoy cooking it. Almost. Thanksgiving is one of my very favorite holidays, naturally - I spend every d ... Read on »
Green Monster Overnight Oats by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking   Given my propensity for stuffing massive amounts of spinach and other leafy greens (like this lovely GIANT tat soi above) in my breakfast smoothies, it's ast ... Read on »
Why Urban Pioneers? by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Why are we the 21st Century Urban Pioneers? Glad you asked!  Cooking in our kitchen, I try to harken back to an earlier time, back when foods were prepared from s ... Read on »
Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking    After all our years together, I no longer really need to ask #besthusbandever (yep, he has his own hashtag ;-) what he would like for dessert. The conversat ... Read on »
French Toast with Pecan Pie Syrup by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Check out the new blog design! I am super psyched. After 7 years (gasp!), it was time for an aesthetic update. After all, even my own style has changed over time (most ... Read on »
Time for an Update! by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking  The "About Astra and Zach" page has been updated, in order to better reflect the current nature of the blog and a bit more updated info about me... So without fur ... Read on »
Eggplant and Butternut Squash Curry by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking  Some people are inherently good at fixing lunches. I am not one of those people. Some people pack diminutive bento boxes with tiny spoonfuls of assorted salad ... Read on »
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking When we moved from Ohio to California, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to stay on board with the community health center I worked for in Ohio, working long ... Read on »
Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Smoothie by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking In case you hadn't noticed (or haven't visited this corner of the world), Northern California has hills. Lovely, rolling hills that look deceptively friendly and gentl ... Read on »
Perfect Peanut Sauce (and a Carrot Salad) by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I just discovered that my husband loves peanut sauce. Given that we have shared 8 very happy years together, one would think I would already be aware of this integral ... Read on »
Savory Bread Pudding with Leeks and Mushrooms by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking The cats have been enjoying the California sunshine... and dear husband and I have been enjoying the incredible fresh, local produce... We alre ... Read on »
Roasted Eggplant with Mustard Vinaigrette by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking This morning I had a conversation that went like this: "Hello, my husband is supposed to PCS to Travis, and we are still waiting on the EFMP office, but wanted to know ... Read on »
The First Nut-Loaf by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Photographing the spring flowers... :-) When my folks were in town for Passover the last two weeks, My parents hand-made matzah ... Read on »
Avocado Salad and Hearty Beans by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Spring has finally appeared in Dayton! After an exhaustively long winter, with cold temperatures and snow persisting even into April, balmy temperatures have finally p ... Read on »