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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Peanut Butter & Maple Granola

Peanut Butter & Maple Granola

Jul 01, 2012

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, […]

Winter, I: Leeks and a Lane

Winter, I: Leeks and a Lane

Jan 31, 2012

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 […]

Almond Ginger Granola

Almond Ginger Granola

May 31, 2011

Is this the time for ginger granola? Probably not, but I’ll tell you something: it got me through a lot this spring, and it goes great with slivered nectarines. It’s certainly the kind of thing I imagine eating in flannel PJs and slippers, but it has gone just fine with cotton t-shirts and old cut-offs […]

Buckwheat Banana Bread

Buckwheat Banana Bread

Mar 15, 2011

A while ago, I though I would have time for salmon gravlax with buckwheat blini. Who was I kidding? I barely have time to butter an English Muffin. It might have been around New Year’s–when I was finishing up a month-long vacation, and when smoked salmon felt ‘seasonal.’  The truth is, sometimes I get seduced […]

Rice Pudding with Honey and Spices

Rice Pudding with Honey and Spices

Oct 18, 2010

A few nights ago, I conquered the common cold over the stove. It was a long journey to recovery, I realized. As I stirred the nutty, spicy mixture of soy milk, cardamom, cinnamon and honey into a lump of leftover Chinese takeout, I knew that I had finally grown up. That is not a joke. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Golden Granola

Golden Granola

Feb 09, 2010

There’s nothing better than going to sleep in a house that smells like breakfast. Knowing that when you wake up, a nice heap of something will be waiting for you, whether it’s oatmeal from a slow cooker, prunes stewing on the stovetop or muffins, just pulled from the oven. But as wonderful as breakfast can […]

BYO (Build Your Own) Yoga Cookies

BYO (Build Your Own) Yoga Cookies

Jan 20, 2010

Last week, I started a yoga program called “The Forty Days,” pretty self-explanatory, really.  Forty days of yoga, plus a fast and twice-daily meditation. Sometimes my body aches, but mostly I feel extraordinary. Open and calm and centered—qualities I usually admire from afar. When I’m unhappy, I can be a bit of an anxious recluse. […]

Big Sur

Big Sur

Nov 30, 2009

Have you been to Big Sur? If so, you know there are few words to describe its blue-gold beauty. I will say this: walk as much as you can, love the person you are with, and don’t miss the meatball pizza at Big Sur Bakery–a very cozy place for dinner. Go there in the morning, […]

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