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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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. […]

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 […]

Greyhounds and Guacamole

Greyhounds and Guacamole

Apr 04, 2011

I hope you’ll enjoy tonight as I will. Go Huskies. Texas Guacamole Serves 4 1 large shallot, chopped 1 medium, red onion, diced, divided 1 jalepeno pepper, finely diced 1 large, red tomato, diced 2 jumbo avocados (or 4 small) 1/2 c chopped cilantro salt and pepper to taste olive oil lemon juice – Saute […]

Buckwheat Banana Bread

Buckwheat Banana Bread

Mar 15, 2011

A while ago, I though I would have time for salmon gravlax with buckwheat blini. Who was I kidding? I barely have time to butter an English Muffin. It might have been around New Year’s–when I was finishing up a month-long vacation, and when smoked salmon felt ‘seasonal.’  The truth is, sometimes I get seduced […]

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Jan 12, 2011

My friend Mark, dear, amazing Mark, is the gentleman behind the best-ever gingersnaps. He is also the man who discovered this incredible batter, which comes straight from the pages of Saveur. This recipe is the one I make when I need to make an impression. Since carrot cake seems relatively innocuous, nobody thinks you’re being […]

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 […]

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