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!

 




Summer

Blueberry Buckle Cake

Blueberry Buckle Cake

Sep 13, 2009

Waning blueberries are always my  first sign of summer slipping away. I would be sad about it, except that there are so many of my favorite things coming up now, in quantities much larger than I can accommodate… I’m known to overzealously load up on Italian eggplant, heirloom tomatoes, zucchini and basil, so watch out […]

Classic Ratatouille

Classic Ratatouille

Sep 08, 2009

If you love the idea of savory summer vegetables steaming in a deep bowl, the scent of herbs and spices rising to your nostrils, you’ve likely tried your hand at ratatouille. But, for as many delicious summer stews you’ve enjoyed, you’ve probably also faced many a limp blob of hot, mushy mass inappropriately called ratatouille. […]

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 […]

Peach Clafoutis

Peach Clafoutis

Aug 25, 2009

If a peach in the hand is worth ten in the bush, then a few peaches in a Clafoutis are worth the haul of an entire basket. Usually, I’m unable to drive away from a farmer’s market without devouring at least half of the peaches I’ve procured. I arrive at home, appetite spoiled, lips sticky. […]

White Bean Purée With Garlic and Rosemary

White Bean Purée With Garlic and Rosemary

Aug 20, 2009

There’s something about carrots in the summertime that brings out the bean lover in me. So while I’m on the subject of my favorite legume dishes, let me recall a classic for any season: Cannellini bean dip with garlic, rosemary and a hint of lemon. White beans—bum bum bumbumbum, you make my heart sing. You […]

Blueberry Crumble

Blueberry Crumble

Jul 29, 2009

Baby when you call me, you can call me Sal. When I was young, I had the good fortune of living up the hill from a blueberry patch that belonged to a place called March Farms. Just passed the farm was a pond called Long Meadow, where my family went from morning until evening in […]

Grilled Corn with Spiced Butter

Grilled Corn with Spiced Butter

Jul 27, 2009

Pour warm butter over corn and serve immediately.

Roasted Rosemary Potatoes with Garlic Olive Oil

Roasted Rosemary Potatoes with Garlic Olive Oil

Jul 23, 2009

There' s a little nub, dug from the earth, covered in dirt, hard, humble and unremarkable. Or so it seems. The potato. Pot. Ate. Oh! Sometimes I like sounding words out. I' m not a big believer in onomatopÅ“ia, but in this case I think it does apply. Pot: a simple sound. Ate: what I […]

Summer, Frittata

Summer, Frittata

Jul 19, 2009

There' s something about summer days: long, lazy and ripe. Today I feel like a juicy peach, though not of the courtesan variety. I' m just that happy, rosy and full. Let me tell you why: I woke up to no dog begging for breakfast. That is to say, I woke up when my body […]

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