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!

 




Sandwiches

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 […]

Tarragon Turkey Salad

Tarragon Turkey Salad

Nov 26, 2010

If you get tired of turkey with stuffing, chutney and green beans (in a few days), give this a whirl. It makes the bird fresh again. Tarragon Turkey Salad 1  lb turkey meat, shredded 3/4  c mayo 2 ribs of celery, chopped 1/2 c chopped tarragon Sea salt and fresh pepper – Place shredded turkey […]

Chicken Salad with Herbs and Vegetables

Chicken Salad with Herbs and Vegetables

Oct 10, 2010

I just finished licking all ten of my fingers and am feeling like Sir Kay from The Sword and the Stone. For some reason, one of my most vivid childhood memories involves watching him take down a drumstick in a single lippy bite… and wincing in embarrassed self-recognition. I may have been disgusted then, but […]

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 […]

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 […]

Moons of Honey I: Tartine

Moons of Honey I: Tartine

Oct 12, 2009

About midway through my last post and this one, I grew up a little bit. I grew up a lot, actually, more than I ever have in a single day. Who would have thought that putting on a dress, taking a short walk, and eating a piece of cake could be so significant? It seems […]

Basil Baba Ghanoush

Basil Baba Ghanoush

Sep 15, 2009

The time has come, the gardener said, to talk of many things… of shoes and ships and ceiling wax, of eggplants and kings. Ok, so, eggplant may not be the most poetic of vegetables, but really, they are fit for kings. There’s nothing an eggplant couldn’t do, I think, spongy wonder that it is. You […]

(Mortar and) Pesto, Three Ways

(Mortar and) Pesto, Three Ways

Jul 09, 2009

This spring, I worked as an organic gardening teacher at a Houston public school. It was at once inspirational and terrifying, as most new experiences are. My sister, who has been assisting at a summer camp, recently theorized that children grow up by sucking the life out of everything around them. A haunting way to […]



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