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!

 




Seasons

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, […]

Quinoa with Sweet Potato & Pine Nuts

Quinoa with Sweet Potato & Pine Nuts

Apr 23, 2012

This has been a long year. Sometimes I feel quite tired. So tired that my body aches–from sitting. I have various perches: swirling classroom chairs, straight, wooden library chairs, crumb-covered bistro chairs, soft sofas, (which are the worst for aching) dining room chairs, bar stools. The floor. I sit everywhere, but somehow, never for rest. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Late Fall, Vermont.

Late Fall, Vermont.

Nov 13, 2011

Thank God I am still in Vermont! It gets better and better, if a bit colder. We had dinner recently, with new friends who have lived here a while, and the gentleman said he didn’t mind the cold because the sky tends to stay blue. That’s been true. In the morning, though, it’s often pink. […]

Fall, Vermont.

Fall, Vermont.

Oct 19, 2011

I love fall. I haven’t had a lot of time to cook for myself, but I immensely enjoy eating things other people make, especially if those things involve apples. Also, I love cider donuts.  I’ve even found a recipe to try, someday…when I graduate from law school, start my career, have children and watch them […]

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 […]

Raw Zucchini Salad with Parrano & Toasted Pine Nuts

Raw Zucchini Salad with Parrano & Toasted Pine Nuts

Aug 18, 2011

Zucchini, summer squash: crunchy, crisp, soft, charred, somewhat sweet, sometimes runny, best salted. I love these things. I hear a lot of people moan about how much is coming out of the ground. Too much, some say. Too much?  I’ve eaten a lot of zucchini this summer, but it feels like our affair just got […]

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 […]

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 […]

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