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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Christopher Does Kafta

Christopher Does Kafta

Jul 10, 2011

Christopher has made kafta a few times, and in different kitchens. The magical outcome is no happy accident. (Though I never doubted him.) I am impressed though, because ‘exotic’ cuisines evade me: my curries are a tad flat, my sushi rolls aren’t tight and I can’t get comfortable with fish sauce to cook Thai–although that […]

Saffron Lentil Soup

Saffron Lentil Soup

Feb 21, 2011

It’s been too long. I am supposed to be doing something else right now, but I just discovered that that feeling never goes away. So if I don’t do this right now, I might not write anything until May 14th. And that would be a waste of many months. It’s been tough in most places […]

Carrot Ginger Soup with Miso Tahini

Carrot Ginger Soup with Miso Tahini

Nov 29, 2010

Recently, I had a chill. Last Sunday, I believe it was. I may have behaved a bit badly on Saturday and warranted it. But whether it was the inklings of an illness, or just a bit of a post-champagne grog, I’ll never know: the soup I made that day cleared all of my troubles away. […]

Asparagus and Spinach Soup

Asparagus and Spinach Soup

May 13, 2010

Someone once asked if I’d seen Goop, that insidious ‘newsletter’ put out by Gwyneth Paltrow. I had not. Now, I get a little note in my inbox every Thursday telling me about all sorts of crazy things I can either: MAKE GO GET DO BE or SEE. All of which regularly return to the theme […]

Roasted Tomato Soup with Basil and Bell Peppers

Roasted Tomato Soup with Basil and Bell Peppers

Apr 27, 2010

It’s not tomato season yet, although they’re coming up soon… here in Houston at least.  I eyeball my little, green fruits every time I come home, weighing them in my mind’s eye, wondering when I’ll have to put up chicken wire to keep the eager squirrels from running off with my loot, as they always […]

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 […]

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. […]

Panzanella

Panzanella

Sep 24, 2008

I' m always looking for a new twist on the tomato, especially as my favorite summer fruit begins to wane. I had a request for panzanella this weekend and was delighted to find a recipe in Edible Nutmeg, the Connecticut farmer' s magazine that specializes on local food and produce. I quadrupled the recipe for […]



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