|Melissa's awesome deck with a view of downtown Toronto. More photos can be found on her lifestyle blog, The Sweet Escape.|
Like any good houseguest I came equipped with a bottle of wine and a side dish - homemade potato salad. I took a chance with the latter since, oddly enough, I'd never eaten potato salad before. This may seem crazy, especially considering I grew up in the southern United States where this dish was at pretty much every barbecue I'd ever attended. But the gloopy, mayo-heavy consistency always turned me off.
That's why I decided to try my hand at making a more gourmet version that looks and tastes lighter. I started with purple potatoes (I just love their rich color), whipped up a buttermilk and sour cream dressing, and threw in a few pieces of bacon for good measure.
Paired with Melissa's delicious rosemary-garlic chicken and roasted brussel sprouts, our al fresco dinner was a success. Good food + good friends = great memories.