Welcome to A Curious Palate

I'm delighted to introduce A Curious Palate, a blog dedicated to the happy pursuit of good things to eat.  

I will be spending most of the summer at our home in Ogunquit, Maine.  In the spring, with the help of my landscaper, Rachel Wakefield (www.wakefieldfinegardens.com), I expanded the potager from one raised bed to three, in anticipation of fresh summer meals and several weekends of house guests.  There are lots of vegetables -- including an entire bed just for tomatoes -- plus greens and herbs.  This past weekend, the first picks from the garden were inspiration for some delicious dishes, including a cilantro pesto for scallops, basil and oregano for grilled pizzas, and mint for ice cream, which I served with Maialino's olive oil cake and rosé champagne.

THE MAINE POTAGER

THE MAINE POTAGER

FRESHLY PICKED CILANTRO

FRESHLY PICKED CILANTRO

GRILLED SCALLOPS WITH CILANTRO PESTO AND WILTED BEET GREENS

GRILLED SCALLOPS WITH CILANTRO PESTO AND WILTED BEET GREENS

GRILLED PIZZA WITH LOTS OF GARDEN FRESH BASIL

GRILLED PIZZA WITH LOTS OF GARDEN FRESH BASIL

  

HOMEMADE MINT ICE CREAM WITH MAIALINO'S OLIVE OIL CAKE (https://food52.com/recipes/26709-maialino-s-olive-oil-cake)

HOMEMADE MINT ICE CREAM WITH MAIALINO'S OLIVE OIL CAKE (https://food52.com/recipes/26709-maialino-s-olive-oil-cake)