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!

 




TASTE Archives

All of my original TASTE blog entries with the new look.

Black Velvet

Black Velvet

Sep 08, 2008

…is more than a passionate love song from 1989. It is also a drink. I didn' t know this until a recent visit to some elders in Hanover, New Hampshire. My friend Chip Demming introduced me to this rich and smooth beverage, which is as aptly named as it could possibly be, though it hasn' […]

Roasted Kale, Sweet Potato and Fennel Salad

Roasted Kale, Sweet Potato and Fennel Salad

Sep 04, 2008

I' ve been wondering how to make good with kale, sweet potato and fennel lately. Then suddenly it dawned on me that I could put them all together: and why not? So I heated the oven up to a steamy 400 and threw down some olive oil. In a large roasting pan I layered kale […]

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 […]

Roasted Asparagus; Arugula and Shallot Vinaigrette

Roasted Asparagus; Arugula and Shallot Vinaigrette

Aug 28, 2008

I' ve mentioned it before, but Patricia Wells' book, “Vegetables Harvest”is one of the best places to look for fresh, simple vegetable dishes. Most of what Wells recommends includes a bit of olive oil, fleur de sel, high quality cheese and organic produce. None of the recipes is more than a few lines long, highlighting […]

Gingered Carrot Soup

Gingered Carrot Soup

Aug 26, 2008

I recently visited an acupuncturist who told me that, according to the principals of Chinese medicine, I have a seriously deficient Qi . To ameliorate the problem he instructed me to eat more cooked, hot and spicy foods including meat and grains. I' ve been following his advice and feel much haler already. You' ll […]

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 […]

Sustainable Lessons from the Vineyard

Aug 22, 2008

Another risk of global warming: befuddlement before the wine list. It’s taken you years to sort through the distinctions between Argentine, Italian and Californian wines. You feel like you might finally be ready to hold court against the combative advice of the French sommelier. You thought you knew what vintages to trust, what terroirs would […]

vanilla ice cream with maple syrup

vanilla ice cream with maple syrup

Aug 21, 2008

If you have never enjoyed this combination, stop what you are doing and buy yourself a pint of high quality vanilla and a bottle of 100% pure maple syrup. I almost lumped this post in as the dessert to accompany the swordfish with pesto menu, but then good sense kicked in. This combination, simple as […]

grilled swordfish with pesto, capers and tomatoes

grilled swordfish with pesto, capers and tomatoes

Aug 20, 2008

Swordfish is my favorite fish. It can' t be eaten too often I' m told, due to the threat of infertility, blindness or death by mercury. Despite the noxious metals that settle in its flesh, swordfish is one of the most delicious dishes ever drawn from the sea. The best swordfish I' ve ever had […]

s'mores

s'mores

Aug 18, 2008

S' mores have never been my preferred dessert. While I think marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate are all spectacular items on their own, together they somehow lose their individual identities, morphing instead into a cumbersome and messy assembly, which undoubtedly suffers from at least one of the following problems: chocolate that is not melted enough; […]

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