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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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. […]

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 […]

Butternut Squash and Sage Soup

Butternut Squash and Sage Soup

Jan 05, 2010

You know those people who resolve piety in the New Year, embracing soups and fruit juice and brown rice baths? Well I’m not one of them. But I do love soup. It makes me feel warm and clean and hale. This year I was especially in need of some elixing. It started, as with all […]

Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Crostata

Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Crostata

Dec 10, 2009

Last weekend, we feasted in the snow. We were drawn to warm foods—spicy shrimp and chorizo soup, a cheesy crostata and maple gingerbread. It was a real winter meal, save for the cherry tomatoes, which begged to be picked up with their winking green stems and shiny red orbs. They looked like tiny Christmas bulbs. […]

Steak; Mushroom Ragout and Caramelized Onions

Steak; Mushroom Ragout and Caramelized Onions

Sep 02, 2008

I' m not a big red meat eater, which I think makes the occasional steak all the more delicious. Sometimes I can literally feel myself filling up with energy when I eat a piece of meat—like Popeye with a can of spinach. I' ve lost a lot of nice shirts over unexpectedly bulging biceps. That […]



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