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.