Poutine, a Quebec Delicacy of the Common Man


Poutine a popular dish that had its beginning in Montreal. A restaurateur at a trucker stop had tried to find a dish that would take care of his clients. He tried to find a dish that was easy, cheap and fast to make that he could have available for his clientele. Furthermore, a dish that they could bring on their deliveries. Through the truck drivers, Poutine spread quickly throughout Quebec. It eventually was brought all across Canada.
So let us make our Poutine.


First, Poutine needs blanching, so here is how we do it.
Then cut and rinse the fries to get rid of any excess starch or sugar and then place the cut fries in cool water. Some people also put some concentrated lemon juice in the water. One tablespoon of lemon juice is used per gallon of water is the ratio usually used. Once the fries has spent some time in the cool water. Drain the water, and then place the fries in the fryer until the fries has taken a glazed look and are still a little limp. Pull the fries out and place the fries in uncovered in a tub. Then cool the fries to room temperature and then refrigerate. Put lids on the tubs until you are ready for the final frying.



  • 1-quart vegetable oil (for frying)
  • 1 (10 1/4 ounce) can beef gravy ( I prefer sauce packets from St Hubert Bar-B-Q and Chalet Bar-B-Q
  • 5 medium potatoes, cut into fries
  • 2 cups cheese curds (Quebec curds or Wisconsin curds are the best)


  1. Heat oil in a deep fryer or deep heavy skillet to 365°F (185°C).
  2. Warm gravy in saucepan and continue to stir until the gravy is dark and has thickened.
  3. Place the fries into the hot oil,  be careful of any splashing and cook until light brown, about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove, place on a plate with a paper towel on top to absorb any of the oil dripping.
  5. Place the fries on a serving platter, and  curd cheese over the fries to your taste
  6. Pour your hot gravy over the fries and cheese, melting the cheese and serve immediately.

Get ready for a fantastic meal. Goes great with a beer. You will keep coming back for more.



Jan. 22, 2017 <https://idahopotato.com/dr-potato/blanching-french-fries>

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Souvlakia ( Σουβλάκια ) in Pita Bread

Souvlakia ( Σουβλάκια )in Pita Bread

Souvlakia ( Σουβλάκια ) in Pita Bread

Souvlakia is a well known international dish. Even though there is a small difference in the recipes this is the one that I like the best. It is also called a Gyro when you place the Souvlaki in a pita with Tzatziki sauce.

Allow 1/2 lb. lamb, pork, or beef per person. Cut meat into slices about 1″ thick.


1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup wine
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/8 t pepper, freshly ground
1 t salt
1/2 t oregano
1 bay leaf
1/4 t rosemary (optional)
juice of 1 lemon
lemons, sliced in quarters

Combine olive oil. wine, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano,
rosemary, bay leafs, and lemon juice. Marinate meat for
two to three hours. Turn at intervals so all sides of the
meat come in contact with the marinade.

Thread the meat closely on 8” cane skewers. If broiling,
place about 6” from heat for about 10 minutes. Turn
frequently. If grilling or barbecuing, cook over hot coals.
Turn frequently and baste with marinade.

Serve with lemon wedges and bread.

Souvlakia  in Pita Bread

1 onion, chopped
I tomato, chopped
tzatziki or 1 cup yogurt with 1/4 cup yogurt with 1/4 cucumber, sliced pita bread.
Split pita bread on one side towards the top, or shape into a cone.
Fill with souvlakia as prepared in the following recipes. Add onions, tomatoes, and tzatziki. You may substitute cucumbers and yogurt for the tzatziki.


3 to 4 cucumbers
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, grated
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup yogurt
Peel cucumbers and grate. Place in serving bowl and add garlic and onion. Toss. Salt and pepper to taste. Add yogurt. Mix well. Chill well before serving.

Still, my favorite Greek cooking book for Greek recipes by far is ” Greek Cooking For Everyone“. To get it click on the banner. It is still the most popular dish eaten at any Glendi (church festival) today.


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Mouthpieces And Their Uses

Mouthpieces And Their Uses. The symptoms of teeth grinding include:

  • dull headaches
  • jaw soreness
  • teeth that are painful or loose
  • fractured teeth

What are some steps we need to do to correct the problem? Protect your teeth. Let’s start at the beginning. To protect your mouth!

Damage to your mouth can come in numerous forms. Whether the damage is to the mandibular bone. mandibular condyle, root fibers that connect the root and bone and hold the tooth in place via your gums or the jaw itself.

The damage could have been caused by trauma or it could be congenital in nature. Either way, it must be attended to at the earliest opportunity before it becomes irreversible without major alterations to the mandibular area is needed.

Mouthpieces And Their Uses

In many cases, some form of mouth protection or mouth guard is needed. The ideal mouthpiece need to just to mention some key points,

  • Allows speaking and does not limit breathing.
  • Stays firmly in place during the action.
  • Provides a high degree of comfort and fit.
  • Is durable and easy to clean.
  • Is resilient, tear-resistant, odorless and tasteless

Some of the key mouthpieces are and their usage,

Stock mouth guards:

are the least comfortable. They can be bought at sports shops, drugstores just to mention a few places. Normally, they are used in athlete sports because they are mandatory especially in sports for the youth. They are normally made of a preformed hard plastic that is bulky and normally does not fit properly. The athlete usually cannot speak easily without the fear that the mouth guard would fall out. That’s why in some sports you see the mouth guard attached to the mask.

Better is the Mouth-formed mouth guards:

It can be either a shell liner or a boil and bite kind. It could be lined with acrylic gel or rubber that will mold around the teeth and will set to keep its shape. The second kind which is usually made of thermoplastic, is placed in boiling water then with it still soft it will form and be molded to the contours of your teeth using your fingers, your lips, your tongue and your biting pressure. Boil and bite mouth guards can be reheated and refitted if you feel that the fit just isn’t right or comfortable.

Custom-fitted mouth guards:

Custom-fitted mouth guards are usually made by a dentist and the dentist will cast a precise fit that will fit your teeth, will be more comfortable and will be more protective of your teeth. This is normally done by a dentist and a dental laboratory technician. Equally important, the procedure is done in a dental office or the impression is done by the dentist and then the dentist will send the impression to a laboratory to create a perfect custom fitted mouth guard. Of course, this is more expensive but this mouthpiece does a better job of protecting your teeth.


 In addition, a lot of the damage to the mouth and your teeth are done while you sleep through teeth grinding. Which can damage teeth and literally grind them down to the nerve of the teeth causing pain? According to the American Dental Association:

Teeth grinding can be caused not just by stress and anxiety but by sleep disorders, an abnormal bite or teeth that are missing or crooked. A study in the November 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association suggests that teeth grinding are also associated with alcohol and tobacco use. People who drink alcohol and smokers are approximately twice as likely to grind their teeth.

So to try and protect our teeth while we sleep and cause unconsciously damage to our teeth. Not to mention, some people must use a special form of mouth guard to keep the person from grinding their teeth while they sleep. This is a typical situation that happens during sleep apnea. The main difference between night guards and other types of splints is that night guard should only be worn at night and splints are usually worn full time.

In addition, some dentist may also prescribe a mild relaxant for sleep to relieve anxiety which should help to decrease the involuntary clenching of the jaw.

For the proper mouthpiece and its usage please contact a medical professional or your family dentist.


”Dental Health Mouth Guard” Jan. 2017 <http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/mouth-guards#1>

“Teeth Grinding” Jan. 2017 <http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/t/teeth-grinding>

Nayda Rondon “Mouth Guards: Types and Advantages” Jan. 2017 <http://www.yourdentistryguide.com/mouth-guards-cost/

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