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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Peach and Cherry Crumble

Peach and Cherry Crumble

Sep 03, 2011

I’m greedy with my time, and I hate to feel rushed. I find Labor Day intrusive. It’s nice to have this Monday off, but the weekend leaves me cheated. I wish I could celebrate the end of the season on its proper closing date: September 23rd. Nearly a full three weeks after our premature goodbye. […]

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 […]

Classic Southern Pecan Pie

Classic Southern Pecan Pie

Nov 16, 2010

The best pecan pies come from south of the Mason Dixon line, and different states have their own style. I am really fond of the Texas version (especially the pie from Good Company), but I also have an affinity for Georgia pies. As a kid, I spent a lot of summers near Macon. We used […]

Spiced Nuts with Turbinado Sugar

Spiced Nuts with Turbinado Sugar

Apr 18, 2010

One of my favorite things about visiting home is my mother’s zest for cocktail hour. When she’s not working, she’s waiting for five o’clock. Until recently, my father, sister and I joined her, dutiful but sometimes disinterested, sipping wine and waiting for the sun to set over the water. Don’t get me wrong…I love to […]

Crunchy Ginger Muffins

Crunchy Ginger Muffins

Feb 23, 2010

Cake is a favorite food, though sadly it can come with some baggage. Having cake for breakfast, day after day, is a loaded decision, for example…unless you’re someone who really has no qualms about those kinds of social conventions. I’ll have some cake or pastry from time to time, but reaching for it for a […]

A Few of My Favorite Things: Russian Tea Cakes

A Few of My Favorite Things: Russian Tea Cakes

Dec 25, 2009

Christmas! And I’m staring at a half a plate of Russian Tea Cakes, lips white with powdered sugar. Like ginger snaps, these were not my first choice as a child, although they have moved high up the list of foods to appreciate. First of all, they are not super sweet—don’t be fooled by their coat […]

Candied Pears with Bleu Cheese and Pecans

Candied Pears with Bleu Cheese and Pecans

Aug 25, 2009

If I were a 19th century poet, I would spend my summer afternoons on the outskirts of an orchard, watching the clouds pass, nibbling fruit, and limning the virtues of their juices. Alas, I am a modern eater, relegated to her blog—but at least there’s someplace to extol the sweetness of summer. After all, I […]



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