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!

 




Soup

Today’s Gazpacho

Today’s Gazpacho

Jun 12, 2011

Gazpacho is always a surprise. I’ve never made the same batch twice, because the market and my mood are never the same. I am a big fan of blending my gazpacho, although I also like it chopped. It depends on the goal: if avocado and lots of herbs or a green pepper are part of […]

Curried Squash Soup

Curried Squash Soup

Dec 27, 2010

Green on Greens will teach you to do incredible things with vegetables, one of which involves stuffing a chicken with a celery root… Imagine! I haven’t done it yet, but I will let you know when I do. Quite a few pages are dogeared with irreparable creases, but none is more worn than the page […]

Carrot Ginger Soup with Miso Tahini

Carrot Ginger Soup with Miso Tahini

Nov 29, 2010

Recently, I had a chill. Last Sunday, I believe it was. I may have behaved a bit badly on Saturday and warranted it. But whether it was the inklings of an illness, or just a bit of a post-champagne grog, I’ll never know: the soup I made that day cleared all of my troubles away. […]

Curried Zucchini Soup

Curried Zucchini Soup

Sep 19, 2010

I have loved a lot of zucchini this summer. Never, even when it took over my garden and would not stop showing up in heaps and piles at the market, did I stop collecting it. I can pretty confidently say that I’ve eaten summer squash and zucchini every day for the last two and a […]

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Sep 04, 2010

I love a late summer pepper. There are so many iterations: hot, not. Red, orange, yellow…. My favorites are multi-colored, those that haven’t graduated from one stage to the next. The fact that peppers change color as they age really excites me. Also, the older they get, the more I like them. I appreciate that. […]

Cantaloupe Gazpacho

Cantaloupe Gazpacho

May 26, 2010

I recently saw a mendicant at the corner of US 59 and Chimney Rock Road, beneath the highly trafficked underpass where the homeless often rest and beg. He was begging. Fortunately, I was prepared, half a bag of unwanted tortilla chips waiting in my passenger’s seat, crisp yellow and ready for the jowls of the […]

Asparagus and Spinach Soup

Asparagus and Spinach Soup

May 13, 2010

Someone once asked if I’d seen Goop, that insidious ‘newsletter’ put out by Gwyneth Paltrow. I had not. Now, I get a little note in my inbox every Thursday telling me about all sorts of crazy things I can either: MAKE GO GET DO BE or SEE. All of which regularly return to the theme […]

Roasted Tomato Soup with Basil and Bell Peppers

Roasted Tomato Soup with Basil and Bell Peppers

Apr 27, 2010

It’s not tomato season yet, although they’re coming up soon… here in Houston at least.  I eyeball my little, green fruits every time I come home, weighing them in my mind’s eye, wondering when I’ll have to put up chicken wire to keep the eager squirrels from running off with my loot, as they always […]

Butternut Squash and Sage Soup

Butternut Squash and Sage Soup

Jan 05, 2010

You know those people who resolve piety in the New Year, embracing soups and fruit juice and brown rice baths? Well I’m not one of them. But I do love soup. It makes me feel warm and clean and hale. This year I was especially in need of some elixing. It started, as with all […]

Smokey Shrimp and Chorizo Stew

Smokey Shrimp and Chorizo Stew

Dec 14, 2009

It’s not really fair for me to have to write about shrimp and chorizo stew right now. I’ve just bent backwards, twisted my innards in a hundred directions, fallen forward, lifted halfway and generally wrung out my body and all of its angles. And why does all of this movement make a soup so unfair? […]

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