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!

 




Cakes

Citrus Avocado & Walnut Salad

Citrus Avocado & Walnut Salad

Feb 08, 2012

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 […]

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 […]

Honey Cinnamon Brownies

Honey Cinnamon Brownies

Mar 28, 2010

Enough with the vegetables. As excited as the smell of roasting cauliflower makes me, there’s nothing quite as nice as the scent of dough rising—especially when I know each bite will yield a few hunks of chocolate. I had been mulling over some ideas on how to make a more interesting brownie, when last Friday […]

Crunchy Ginger Muffins

Crunchy Ginger Muffins

Feb 23, 2010

Cake is a favorite food, though sadly it can come with some baggage. Having cake for breakfast, day after day, is a loaded decision, for example…unless you’re someone who really has no qualms about those kinds of social conventions. I’ll have some cake or pastry from time to time, but reaching for it for a […]

A Few of My Favorite Things: Russian Tea Cakes

A Few of My Favorite Things: Russian Tea Cakes

Dec 25, 2009

Christmas! And I’m staring at a half a plate of Russian Tea Cakes, lips white with powdered sugar. Like ginger snaps, these were not my first choice as a child, although they have moved high up the list of foods to appreciate. First of all, they are not super sweet—don’t be fooled by their coat […]

Maple Gingerbread

Maple Gingerbread

Dec 07, 2009

On Friday, I sat at my desk and watched fat puffs of snow fall from an all-white sky. Ordinarily it would not be such an occurrence for me to be distracted by drifting snow on December 4th. But last Friday, I was really, really mesmerized. At times, completely lost in a faraway fantasy, which may […]

Maple Pear Upside-down Cake

Maple Pear Upside-down Cake

Nov 15, 2009

I have a conflicted relationship with Mark Bittman. Not because I’m jealous of anyone who can actually make a solid living cooking and writing about it, no, no no, certainly I would never hold someone in contempt for that. But what I would hold against someone is writing a cookbook called “How to Cook EVERYTHING,” […]

Maple Walnut Carrot Cake

Maple Walnut Carrot Cake

Sep 26, 2009

I am predisposed to love September. There’s no better season than the onset of fall, I say, with its cool currents slipping in under the warm air; the sound of geese squeaking in the morning, shuttering in their bulbous bodies before they decide to fly away. And nothing beats wild grapes along the side of […]

Blueberry Buckle Cake

Blueberry Buckle Cake

Sep 13, 2009

Waning blueberries are always my  first sign of summer slipping away. I would be sad about it, except that there are so many of my favorite things coming up now, in quantities much larger than I can accommodate… I’m known to overzealously load up on Italian eggplant, heirloom tomatoes, zucchini and basil, so watch out […]



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