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!

 




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Curried Chicken Salad with Apples, Dried Cranberries & Walnuts

Curried Chicken Salad with Apples, Dried Cranberries & Walnuts

Sep 11, 2011

It’s fall, so I rush around a lot. I’m getting used to not having time to linger over lunch. I have to bring it with me most days, and eat it while I read about hearsay or the Fourth Amendment. Despite the rigors of daily life, Sundays are sanctified by a roasted chicken. Christopher and […]

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Jan 12, 2011

My friend Mark, dear, amazing Mark, is the gentleman behind the best-ever gingersnaps. He is also the man who discovered this incredible batter, which comes straight from the pages of Saveur. This recipe is the one I make when I need to make an impression. Since carrot cake seems relatively innocuous, nobody thinks you’re being […]

Classic Southern Pecan Pie

Classic Southern Pecan Pie

Nov 16, 2010

The best pecan pies come from south of the Mason Dixon line, and different states have their own style. I am really fond of the Texas version (especially the pie from Good Company), but I also have an affinity for Georgia pies. As a kid, I spent a lot of summers near Macon. We used […]

Herb Roasted Chicken

Herb Roasted Chicken

Aug 29, 2010

We’ve taken to roasting a chicken on Sundays. It may not seem like the most practical thing to heat up a tiny kitchen when external temperatures exceed 100 degrees on most days, but there’s nothing like the taste of freshly roasted chicken—especially when it gets an encore as tarragon chicken salad or as the base […]

Classic Blueberry Muffins

Classic Blueberry Muffins

Aug 21, 2010

Today, I got a taste of the end of summer: no more Texas blueberries at the grocery store. They stopped showing up at the farmers’ market a while back, but even the farmers in cooler stretches of the state have ended their season as well. I’ve stockpiled a few frozen pints, and can honestly say […]

Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche

Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche

Jul 30, 2010

This blog post is an apology, and an attempt to explain that I really can cook a main dish. I am so sorry that I only ever post about salads, sides and baked goods. You must think I have a really, really strange diet. Although the assumption is not entirely untrue, I must tell you […]

Pea, Pecorino and Pistachio Salad

Pea, Pecorino and Pistachio Salad

May 19, 2010

Christopher and I like to cook on Fridays: cozy up to the stove, cool ourselves down with a few glasses of wine, and then dance in the middle of the living room when all’s said and done. It’s a pretty great way to date—and it shaves a lot of time off primping, waiting for tables, […]

Simple Hummus: An Ode to the Garbanzo

Simple Hummus: An Ode to the Garbanzo

May 03, 2010

There are few things that make me full after a few tastes, but hummus is one of them. It’s so filling, I can only eat it at lunch, with most of a day’s digestion ahead. I’m no good at a bite or  two, you should know: when I say “tastes,” I mean generous spoonfuls. Mystery […]

Golden Roasted Cauliflower

Golden Roasted Cauliflower

Mar 18, 2010

I realize that many people will not give this post much attention and that makes me sad. I feel that cauliflower is much maligned—or at least wildly underappreciated. How is it that such a beautiful thing can be considered so unglamorous? Is it because they look a little bit wan? I’ve thought that myself, I […]

Herb Dip with Feta and Greek Yogurt

Herb Dip with Feta and Greek Yogurt

Mar 08, 2010

Our parsley has become a rather intimidating shrub. I go out to the garden every day and trim it back, but its leaves only seem to multiply, bushier by the day. Before this year, I had only ever seen parsley in little diminutive stems, often contained by tiny terra cotta pots. I felt bad plucking […]

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