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Immigration, Poutine, and Other Good Things

Hello dear ones. πŸ™‚ It’s been a gorgeous weekend, sunny and beautifully peaceful. I spent many happy moments snoozing and reading in the sun, breathing deeply of fresh, clean air.

I had more energy than I’ve had in months and am so thrilled to have a clean and tidy house again. There’s nothing quite like walking across newly vacuumed floors and slipping into pristine clean sheets to make this girl happy. πŸ™‚

Today I am off to US Immigration to renew my Permanent Resident card. It’s nice to have graduated from Resident Alien to Permanent Resident. πŸ™‚

Thank you so much for your many kind emails, calls, texts and comments regarding my Grandpa. He is still hanging on, seems to be waiting for the last of his kids to get there. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking of him this weekend. He grew up on the Canadian Prairies and loved taking us grandkids out to wonderful abandoned homesteads where he’d tell us stories of when he was a youngster as we explored every nook and cranny. In the winter he’d take us out onto the frozen prairie and somehow find hills steep enough for us to slide down. We loved it. I’m so grateful for such good memories of this lovely man.

I was so sad when this weekend started, but dear friends invited me over for a dinner and movie night and it ended up being the best thing for me. How good it was to be with safe, loving people, to share delicious wine and scrumptious vittles. I made one of my favorite comfort food dishes from my homeland of Canada: poutine. It is not even remotely healthy but oh, it’s so very good. πŸ™‚ Simply pile piping hot French fries on your plate, sprinkle with grated cheese (we used Swiss) and top with peppery roast beef gravy. If you want to be TRULY Canadian, finish it off with a drizzle of white vinegar.

What is your favorite comfort food from your homeland?

Canadian Poutine


1 bag frozen French Fries
2-3 cans roast beef gravy
2-3 cups grated cheese (Swiss, Monterey Jack or Mozzarella work best)
salt and pepper to taste
Optional: white vinegar


  1. Bake French fries according to directions on bag.
  2. While fries are baking, heat gravy in saucepan. I like adding lots of freshly ground black pepper.
  3. When fries are done, salt to tasted then pile them on individual plates, sprinkle with cheese, drizzle with gravy and eat.
  4. Add a few shots of white vinegar to make it truly Canadian. πŸ™‚
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Andrea and John - Haha, it’s a fried or crumbed chicken breast covered in ham, tomato sauce and cheese – delicious!

Krista - lol! You crack me up, Ayngelina. πŸ™‚ Yes, I know it’s supposed to be cheese curds but, like you, I NEVER have any in the house. πŸ™‚

Krista - You said it, Corinne! Definitely something you only want a couple times a year. πŸ™‚

Krista - I keep hearing about chicken parma, Andrea! Now I have to find out what it is. πŸ™‚

Ayngelina - I won’t be a pretentious Canadian and tell you it’s cheese curds not just cheese because I make it at home but never with the curds – who keeps those in their fridge?

Corinne @ Gourmantic - Looks like a decadently wicked indulgence – one that requires a jog the next day πŸ™‚

Andrea and John - New York diner-style cheese fries and gravy is right up there for me! On my Aussie side, I always miss a good chicken parma when I’m on the road =) ~Andrea

Krista - Oh mercy, your comfort food sounds fantastic, Vanessa!!! I love British pub food SO much. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you, Brenna! It IS a hassle, but I’ve got the papers in hand now and all is well. HOORAY! πŸ™‚ So glad you’ve wanted to make Poutine. It’s so badly yummy. πŸ™‚

Krista - They sure do, Faith!! πŸ™‚ Just got home and papers are all in order. Hooray! πŸ™‚

Krista - It is SO good, Anna! The perfect sort of thing to have on a Friday movie night. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for the hugs!!!

Annajohnston - Now this here dish does look yummy, not so healthy, but tasty me thinks. Awesome ur a resident now, and even more your keeping well lovely. Hugs from ur Aussie pal. X

Faith - What a wonderful weekend! The poutine looks so warm and comforting…foods from our childhood taste the best don’t they? πŸ˜‰ Congrats on your immigration status!

Vanessa@Luxuria - Oh my God!!! that Canadian Poutine looks so “naughty but nice!”
I will have to give it a go πŸ™‚
My favourite comfort food from the UK, has to be Shepherds Pie and apple crumble with custard or
Bangers &Mash (sausages with creamy mash potatoes, onions and gravy), even fish and chips (wrapped in paper!!) with lots of
salt and vinegar . Hmmmm.
There are many many more I could list, but it’s making me hungry thinking about it, so I will stop there πŸ˜‰

Fabuleuxdestinbrenna - Congrats on your residence! I used to work for immigration – I know how tricky that can be to get. Also, I have been hearing about this yummy Canadian dish recently and been wanting to try it! Thanks for the recipe πŸ™‚

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