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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Tomato Sauce, By Way of Italy and Vermont

Tomato Sauce, By Way of Italy and Vermont

Jan 28, 2010

If I were asked to name some of my favorite things, great tomato sauce would quickly come to mind. So would traveling and staying someplace just for the sake of staying: as my friends Caleb and Deidre did on their honeymoon. Caleb and Deidre also happen to be cooks—mostly of the Italian variety, though they […]

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. […]

A Few of My Favorite Things: Russian Tea Cakes

A Few of My Favorite Things: Russian Tea Cakes

Dec 25, 2009

Christmas! And I’m staring at a half a plate of Russian Tea Cakes, lips white with powdered sugar. Like ginger snaps, these were not my first choice as a child, although they have moved high up the list of foods to appreciate. First of all, they are not super sweet—don’t be fooled by their coat […]

A Few of my Favorite Things: Chocolate Chip Cookies

A Few of my Favorite Things: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Dec 18, 2009

I’ve been baking a lot of cookies lately, recreating my past. It’s funny how many cookies there are out there—and which ones happen to remind me of being a small thing at Christmas. Sneaking batter from something unfamiliar, no matter how good it tastes, just doesn’t bring me back to where I want to be. […]

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, […]

Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

Nov 03, 2009

I have just finished a short, intense love affair. I am afraid my lover will not be visiting again soon—he’s just too much for a girl to handle. He makes me do crazy things, like sit in the kitchen for hours, hot and red-faced. He takes his time. He makes me sit inside the house, […]

Roasted Tomatoes with Herb Oil

Roasted Tomatoes with Herb Oil

Oct 17, 2009

Where I come from, the weather is pretty cool and the seasons are rarely vague. The transition from spring to summer to autumn to winter and back again is tidy, without a lot of fuzziness in between—except for those May days still plagued by freezing rain or the all-too fleeting Indian summer afternoons that sometimes […]

To Wed; To Eat: Olive Oil Cake

To Wed; To Eat: Olive Oil Cake

Sep 05, 2009

Nobody tells you that when a boy gets down on one knee and asks you to be his bride that you will become a slave, slave to the nuptial process. Don’t get me wrong, if ever there were occasion to be indentured, this is it, but it is a big, big time suck. You end […]

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

Aug 30, 2009

Another advancement in scurvy prevention took place in my home this week, with the creation of not one, but two key lime pies. The first was made and served as a welcome gift to my friends Billy and Katherine, who have joined the Lonestar crew from Manhattan–and just at the right time! Welcome to triple […]

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