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!

 




Fall

Dark Chocolate Fudge with Walnuts

Dark Chocolate Fudge with Walnuts

Oct 31, 2010

I grew up in an old farm house, deep in the woods of Northern Connecticut. It was built in 1787 and hasn’t been modernized much since, except for the addition of electricity and plumbing in the 1950s. My father, who grew up in the house with his mom and brother, remembers getting his backside stuck […]

Roasted Butternut Squash with Apples, Arugula and Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Roasted Butternut Squash with Apples, Arugula and Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Oct 25, 2010

I really miss local apples. I got spoiled as a kid—we grew up within walking distance of an apple farm, and in October came the McIntosh. First pulled from the low hanging branches of their little, scraggly trees; then dropped into baskets; then stuffed into pockets, into mouths. Some of them made it to the […]

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. […]

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 […]

Plum and Walnut Galette

Plum and Walnut Galette

Oct 04, 2010

I really like a late summer plum. We’re into fall now, but still on the cusp, and stone fruit gets better and better from now until its dearth. I made a rustic plum galette recently, which is a nice way of saying that I made a dessert with permissibly crumpled edges and uneven folds. Every […]

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 […]

Berry Jam & Walnut Bars

Berry Jam & Walnut Bars

Sep 12, 2010

If you want to make nice, make these. It’s amazing how people will fall for dessert in the morning if you tell them what they want to hear. In this case, “Jam.” Muffins are one of my favorite modes of deception (un-frosted cupcakes), although bars are equally versatile. If you added chocolate or toffee, your […]

Herb Roasted Chicken

Herb Roasted Chicken

Aug 29, 2010

We’ve taken to roasting a chicken on Sundays. It may not seem like the most practical thing to heat up a tiny kitchen when external temperatures exceed 100 degrees on most days, but there’s nothing like the taste of freshly roasted chicken—especially when it gets an encore as tarragon chicken salad or as the base […]

Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche

Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche

Jul 30, 2010

This blog post is an apology, and an attempt to explain that I really can cook a main dish. I am so sorry that I only ever post about salads, sides and baked goods. You must think I have a really, really strange diet. Although the assumption is not entirely untrue, I must tell you […]

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jul 06, 2010

I like to push my desserts to the edge of imperfection, cookies especially. A dough that has been taken to its richest point is typically on the verge of crumbling, fragile and delicious with the weight of so much butter and sugar. These latticed cookies are a mighty fine example of what can happen when […]

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