Hi. I’m Isabel, I cook and scribble. I make a lot of food and do a lot of writing, and Bread & Courage is what I have to show for it. It started as a simple food blog called TASTE but evolved into something more—a place where I express my love of food, community and the environment. Thanks for spending some time here—and be in touch!


Peanut Butter & Maple Granola

This post is supposed to be about angel food cake covered with a blueberry and raspberry coulis. The cake is supposed to be resting on a white porcelain plate with a huge tuft of whipped cream beside it. I wanted  to be festive. The cake was eaten yesterday and none remains for photos. Even so, […]

Quinoa with Sweet Potato & Pine Nuts

This has been a long year. Sometimes I feel quite tired. So tired that my body aches–from sitting. I have various perches: swirling classroom chairs, straight, wooden library chairs, crumb-covered bistro chairs, soft sofas, (which are the worst for aching) dining room chairs, bar stools. The floor. I sit everywhere, but somehow, never for rest. […]

Citrus Avocado & Walnut Salad

I have a bit of a trek from Norwich to South Royalton, and sometimes when I drive home in the late afternoon, I get a little dozy. Not so much that other drivers should avoid me, but just enough to want to lie down on the couch when I get home, which can’t always be […]

Winter, I: Leeks and a Lane

It’s a bit late to begin writing about winter, but I have been hibernating. Still and quiet, but whirling with ideas. Many come up when I sleep.This morning I got up quite early and did some stretching and had some coffee and my sleepy thoughts took shape. The best thought was that I need to write […]

Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili

Nov 23, 2011

Mmmmm, big bird. I’ll be like you tomorrow–plumped up, sleepy, sedated… I’ll have wine running through my veins, though, and tryptophan. I’ll listen to the 49ers and Ravens concuss each other, and I’ll be only half conscious. I’ll fall asleep, finally, on the couch, in my in-laws living room. Imagine! Falling asleep too stuffed and […]

Late Fall, Vermont.

Late Fall, Vermont.

Nov 13, 2011

Thank God I am still in Vermont! It gets better and better, if a bit colder. We had dinner recently, with new friends who have lived here a while, and the gentleman said he didn’t mind the cold because the sky tends to stay blue. That’s been true. In the morning, though, it’s often pink. […]

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