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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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 […]

Honey Cinnamon Brownies

Honey Cinnamon Brownies

Mar 28, 2010

Enough with the vegetables. As excited as the smell of roasting cauliflower makes me, there’s nothing quite as nice as the scent of dough rising—especially when I know each bite will yield a few hunks of chocolate. I had been mulling over some ideas on how to make a more interesting brownie, when last Friday […]

A Few of My Favorite Things: Peanut Butter Buckeyes

A Few of My Favorite Things: Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Dec 21, 2009

Until my Aunt Lorraine brought buckeyes into our home, food was just food. Discovering the finer flavors in life doesn’t usually come via a plate of peanut butter and chocolate, but this is precisely how it went for me.  As a child, I lusted for the simple, forbidden things: Lucky Charms; McDonald’s chicken nuggets; Charleston […]

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. […]

Scharffen Berger Chocolate

Scharffen Berger Chocolate

Sep 01, 2009

Chocolate Cupcakes; White Icing

Chocolate Cupcakes; White Icing

Aug 25, 2008

This weekend I had my cake and ate it, too—in so many ways. I was having difficulty deciding whether to make chocolate cupcakes or a chocolate cake for a birthday. Since the celebrant would likely be taking his gift to the office, I was torn. There' s something not so festive about lighting candles in […]

double chocolate peanut butter brownies

double chocolate peanut butter brownies

Jul 24, 2008

You read right: dark chocolate, milk chocolate, smooth and crunchy peanut butter are supplemented by chocolate wafer cookies, graham cracker crumbs and old fashioned oats to make these dense, but crunchy-topped brownies. My relationship to these squares is one of a mother to an accidental babe. At first, they seemed cursed by the seed of […]

chocolate macaroons

chocolate macaroons

Jun 13, 2008

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. -Al E. These evolved as the center of a ball of time. My evening of baking was like recreating the Earth in edible layers: at the inner core were […]

perfect chocolate chip cookies

perfect chocolate chip cookies

May 28, 2008

Yesterday evening my sister and I went to the Mexican restaurant I mentioned in my Memorial Day posting. We had a good time. We drove there, but took a cab home. Between stumbling up the steps of my house and stumbling into bed, we checked the fridge for more food—because that' s the best thing […]

yoga cookies

yoga cookies

May 08, 2008

I was first wooed into practicing yoga regularly by cookies. I agreed to accompany my mother to a Saturday morning class when she told me that the instructor rewarded her yogis with treats after practicing. Few things are more enticing for a twelve year old that then scent of hot dough, packed with chocolate and […]



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