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.

Autumn Salad

Autumn Salad

Oct 06, 2008

When summer ceases, salads usually wane as well. I am determined to change that. It' s not so hard to do here in Texas, where there are twice as many growing seasons as up North, but last time I was visiting New England I conceived of a great autumnal mix that manages to lay lots […]

Gorgonzola Honey Bruschetta and Giada de Laurentiis'  Boobs

Gorgonzola Honey Bruschetta and Giada de Laurentiis' Boobs

Oct 01, 2008

I copied this recipe from a certain someone whose breasts I find extremely distracting. I was lucky to pay attention enough during her show to recall the essential details of this extremely basic dish, which involves just 5 steps: cutting a baguette, sprinkling it with olive oil, laying down gorgonzola cheese, drizzling it with honey […]

Mussels in White Wine Sauce

Mussels in White Wine Sauce

Sep 30, 2008

Mussels are one of my favorite things to order at a restaurant. No meal is ever as fun to eat as a big pot of mollusks: the interactive element is what I like best, pulling at the shells, slurping the mussels and scooping the broth. It' s not especially glamorous, but it really is so […]

Apple Cobbler With Vanilla Ice Cream

Apple Cobbler With Vanilla Ice Cream

Sep 28, 2008

Nothing makes my heart ache like fall. It is the most beautiful time of year if only because the passage of time becomes so suddenly apparent and so seemingly spurred. The cool weather makes my blood rush a bit, but before I know it the afternoon light takes that tell tale gold hue and evening […]

Perfect Potato Salad

Perfect Potato Salad

Sep 25, 2008

This potato salad is another dream of Ina' s. I first made it a few weeks ago for a bbq and then again last weekend for what I think will have been my last summer feast. In anticipation of feeding a large group, I made enough potato salad to sate a starving army. I must […]

Panzanella

Panzanella

Sep 24, 2008

I' m always looking for a new twist on the tomato, especially as my favorite summer fruit begins to wane. I had a request for panzanella this weekend and was delighted to find a recipe in Edible Nutmeg, the Connecticut farmer' s magazine that specializes on local food and produce. I quadrupled the recipe for […]

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Sep 22, 2008

I' ve been wanting to make carrot cake for a long time. Cooking in general was derailed for me all last week on account of the lack of electricity brought on by hurricane Ike. As I writhed in the dark and languished over the cream cheese spoiling in my fridge, my urge to make carrot […]

Spicy Buttermilk Cornbread

Spicy Buttermilk Cornbread

Sep 11, 2008

I' ve lived in Texas for a year exactly, but haven' t been able to figure out why Southern belle-dom has eluded me. I' ve tried everything: adopting a lilt, wearing a corset, drinking sweet tea…drinking sweet tea on the porch… drinking sweet tea on the porch with Southern Comfort… but still, Scarlett O' hara […]

FDA: "Send in the Clones"

Sep 10, 2008

A Huffington Post. I’m not sure how comfortable you feel about eating an animal baby Frankenstein. If a man-made bovine doesn’t frighten you, you’ll likely find this article rather unimpressive. Before I launch into my conservative tirade on the FDA’s position on cloned animals, may I say that generally, I am all for progress and […]

Plum Tart

Plum Tart

Sep 09, 2008

I' ve been meaning to make a fruit tart for some time. A few good recipes have caught my eye, but none so delightful as Ina Garten' s plum tart. I made a potato salad of hers for a party this weekend and was absolutely mind-boggled at its goodness. There are two remarkable things about […]

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