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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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Brownie Cookie Cupcakes by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I did it, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I combined brownies and chocolate chip cookies - in a cupcake. These cupcakes are world altering, time stopping, crazy goo ... Read on »
Cauliflower Mac N Cheese by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking We've discovered a macaroni and cheese revolution. It all began when I set out to fix the cauliflower Mac and cheese recipe from the most recent Vegetarian Times magazi ... Read on »
Weekends... by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I'm guilty of over-analyzing weekends. After a long work week, the idea of one or two days of freedom seems like such a Big Event that I plan entirely too many events and pr ... Read on »
Recreated Cruise Ship Oatmeal Cookies by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking  We didn't bring many purchases home from our cruise trip - in fact, we only brought one small one - can you guess? Something food related, of course... Vanilla! I'd previ ... Read on »
Stuffed Acorn Squash by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking   I should really stuff vegetables more often. I always imagine the creation of stuffed vegetables as a huge Production, perhaps awakened by the visceral stress reaction a ... Read on »
Quick Wintertime Super Bowl Salsa by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking The Super Bowl is stereotypically associated with rich, caloric foods, as recipe magazines make a startling shift from January's light recipes to February's Super Bowl and ... Read on »
Vegan Chocolate PB Truffle Pie by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Chocolate peanut butter pie? That's vegan? And made with tofu instead of tons of cream and saturated fat? And tastes crazy blissful over the top delicious? YES!!! (can yo ... Read on »
Life changing mobile blogging by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I've been contemplating ad nausim the various reasons I've been blogging less recently, but the most honest, non-existential, unglamorous reason is that I'm simply not home ... Read on »
Honeymoon at Sea... by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Where have we been? On our honeymoon! Yes, we did get married 7 months ago, but at the time Zach's military schedule didn't allow him enough time off for a wedding and a ... Read on »
2011 Favorite Recipes by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Drumroll please... The 11 most-popular recipes of Food for Laughter in 2011! (Determined in a completely unbiased way by the number of page views, in case you were wonder ... Read on »
Sweet Potato Gingersnap Pudding by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking  The close of 2011 has been somewhat eventful for our household. I had surgery on my toe, which is a rather insignificant body part in terms of undergoing an operation but ... Read on »
Whole Wheat Gnocchi with Rosemary Cream Sauce... by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Zach loves gnocchi. After we first discovered them at a tiny Italian restaurant located all too dangerously close to our old house in Georgia, Zach went through a period o ... Read on »
Happy Chanumas! by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Last  weekend Zach and I celebrated both Christmas and the 6th night of Chanukkah, on Zach's precious one night off from work which was worthy of celebration in itse ... Read on »
Red Velvet Soup! by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Merry Christmas and Happy Chaunkkah! Last night while Zach worked at the hospital, I baked pecan pies for Zach and his co-workers, baked muffins for the next morni ... Read on »
Baked Mashed Potatoes and Work vs. Life by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I wonder if I could run a statistical analysis on how many of my blog posts have begin with the words "Zach is working night shift this week..." It's only Zach's first ... Read on »
2011 Musings by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I haven't written for quite some time - a whole 8 days, to be exact, which is possibly a record in the blog's 4 year history. Partially, I haven't posted for holiday-flurry ... Read on »
Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Blossoms by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking These are the healthiest holiday cookies I've made so far this season. Note I said healthiest, not healthy. These are holiday cookies, mind you, not granola bars. ;-) Stil ... Read on »
Salted White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking By nature one who likes to celebrate, who fully supports baking a cake and raising a toast on a Tuesday just because it's Tuesday, I am, as one would expect, always excite ... Read on »
Onion Cream Gravy and Thankfulness by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Many holiday season recipes feel like they are thematically appropriate for any of the festive occasions celebrated this time of year, so on I continue sharing holiday rec ... Read on »
Pumpkin Cheesecake Souffles by Astra Libris .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking This year we were blessed with not just one Thanksgiving celebration, but two! A potluck event at a friend's house, for which I was busily cooking on Thanksgiving day, and ... Read on »