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!

 




TASTE Archives

All of my original TASTE blog entries with the new look.

Roasted Carrots

Roasted Carrots

Nov 17, 2008

Carrots are one of my favorite vegetables to roast because they always turn out well—especially if you don' t burn them. But even so, the sweet starchiness can withstand being a bit brown around the edges. Another absolutely delightful carrot-charistic is that they don' t get juicy when you bake them, as often occurs with […]

Prosciutto Sandwich With Parmesan and Olive Tapenade

Prosciutto Sandwich With Parmesan and Olive Tapenade

Nov 05, 2008

Someday, I will become a professional sandwichmaker. Until then, I will continue experimenting with combinations—a variety of cheeses, herbs, spreads, temperatures, meats, veggies, fruits, nuts, you name-its. On Sunday, while stewing over my bubbling pot of vegetarian split pea soup, I considered what ham-based side dish I could make to accent the vegetarian soup. I […]

Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup

Nov 04, 2008

Sundays are for soup. Good soup takes time, and time is rarely more available than on Sunday afternoons. Spending a couple of hours over an evolving pot is probably one of the greatest pleasures in life: first of all, a simmering soup or stew makes the whole house smell delicious—in that cozy and comforting way. […]

Pasta With Spaghetti Squash and Vodka Sauce

Pasta With Spaghetti Squash and Vodka Sauce

Oct 30, 2008

My friend Molly has a talent for great food in a flash: Rachel Ray would benefit from a lesson over this gal' s stove. Even though I' ve never had any of Ray-Ray' s reportedly YUMO stoup, I would be totally un-inclined to visit her home for thirty minutes of meal preparation. All that chatter […]

Football Party: Sides, Salad and Dessert

Football Party: Sides, Salad and Dessert

Oct 24, 2008

Another thing I realized last Monday: football parties are not about salads and side dishes. Unless you' re having lots of persnickety women over who might worry about eating too much chili or potato skin, then don' t fret too much about having lots of healthy options…they will be outdone by your pot of beef […]

Potato Skins

Potato Skins

Oct 22, 2008

I made a lot of these. An entire 10-pound bag' s worth. And here is what I learned—if you' re going to make potato skins, be sure to do it the day before making mashed potatoes. The innards are cheap, but it' s always a sad sight to waste food. I must have thrown away […]

Football Party: Spicy Beef Chili

Football Party: Spicy Beef Chili

Oct 21, 2008

I realized something last Monday night: football parties are a huge gamble. The damage that mine incurred could only have been worse if there had been more Giants fans in the room. I might have prevented that by inviting people who favored the opposing team, but I don' t really know a lot of football […]

Farm-To-School Programs: Growing a Healthier America

Farm-To-School Programs: Growing a Healthier America

Oct 16, 2008

Read the full post at Huffington. Food needs a piece of that seven billion dollar pie. For fortunate Americans, food is as much a source of entertainment as it is nourishment. Yet despite the lore of culinary shows and specialty markets, there remains a deep, gastronomical divide: some demographics have trouble finding or affording basic […]

Lebanon vs. Israel in Fight for Falafel

Oct 10, 2008

Read the original at findingDulcinea.com. Lebanese Lawyer Makes Culinary Accusations A Lebanese businessman is planning to sue Israel for stealing vital elements of his culture' s cuisine, including hummus, kubbeh, fattoush, falafel and tabbouleh, which the Lebanese have considered trademark dishes from before the creation of the Jewish state. Fadi Abboud, president of the Lebanese […]

Golden Zucchini and Parmesan

Golden Zucchini and Parmesan

Oct 09, 2008

I am fully aware that not everyone shares my passion for zucchini. But some people do, and for those sophisticated palates, I have something simply remarkable (or remarkably simple) to present. And for those wary of delicate yellow squash and its green equivalent, this dish just might convert you. Let me open by asking: how […]

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