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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Today’s Gazpacho

Today’s Gazpacho

Jun 12, 2011

Gazpacho is always a surprise. I’ve never made the same batch twice, because the market and my mood are never the same. I am a big fan of blending my gazpacho, although I also like it chopped. It depends on the goal: if avocado and lots of herbs or a green pepper are part of […]

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 […]

Chicken Salad with Herbs and Vegetables

Chicken Salad with Herbs and Vegetables

Oct 10, 2010

I just finished licking all ten of my fingers and am feeling like Sir Kay from The Sword and the Stone. For some reason, one of my most vivid childhood memories involves watching him take down a drumstick in a single lippy bite… and wincing in embarrassed self-recognition. I may have been disgusted then, but […]

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Sep 04, 2010

I love a late summer pepper. There are so many iterations: hot, not. Red, orange, yellow…. My favorites are multi-colored, those that haven’t graduated from one stage to the next. The fact that peppers change color as they age really excites me. Also, the older they get, the more I like them. I appreciate that. […]

Cantaloupe Caprese

Cantaloupe Caprese

Jul 26, 2010

My melon vine went crazy this spring. Or maybe I’m mad, to project a state of mind on a plant. But there must be one. How else could plants send their tendrils and curlicues out into the firmament to find makeshift trellises? It took my melon vine a matter of days to reach and climb […]

Cantaloupe Gazpacho

Cantaloupe Gazpacho

May 26, 2010

I recently saw a mendicant at the corner of US 59 and Chimney Rock Road, beneath the highly trafficked underpass where the homeless often rest and beg. He was begging. Fortunately, I was prepared, half a bag of unwanted tortilla chips waiting in my passenger’s seat, crisp yellow and ready for the jowls of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Roasted Tomatoes with Herb Oil

Roasted Tomatoes with Herb Oil

Oct 17, 2009

Where I come from, the weather is pretty cool and the seasons are rarely vague. The transition from spring to summer to autumn to winter and back again is tidy, without a lot of fuzziness in between—except for those May days still plagued by freezing rain or the all-too fleeting Indian summer afternoons that sometimes […]

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