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Good morning GUSmenscherino/as!!!  I'm still on my Christopher Guest high and realized I have more boyfriends than I can count (ok, I can count them).  There's ericlewis0 , Phil S 33, silkie, paulitics!!!, Steve Buscemi and Eugene Levy.  (there's a few more but they aren't famous)

I'm now most recently stalking Eugene Levy (online and in my video collection).  I find him very, very, very accessible to my wiles.  Thankfully, effey posted a video of a song I love that he did with Catherine O'Hara (my rival) in "A Mighty Wind."  The full song didn't make it to the final cut of the movie -- but it is too gorgeous to miss.  And it explains why I am in love with Eugene Levy (and my other boyfriends understand).

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I love the essence of true talent and I love many Canadians.  What the hank?  We have gotten k.d. lang and Leonard Cohen from Canada.  We just don't want their effing tar sands.  I love the camping trip in a '76 Pinto (exploding machine)  I took in '77 across Canada from British Columbia to somewhere -- but it included Alberta -- Banff and heaven.  Actually, the trip started in Connecticut -- went across to the wrong coast, then up the wrong coast into Canada and then . . . .

Baby Eugene Levy:

Youtube sucks at finding truly marvelous Eugene Levy stuff -- crappy videos.  My last diary had the best of his genius.  Ok, then there's the Levy/Steve Martin/Queen Latifah/Betty White movie that was hilarious at moments in "Bringing Down the House," a B movie which I still find endearing.

What I love about Eugene Levy is -- well, Eugene Levy.  He is an amazing talent.  He can act, sing and play the guitar.  And -- did I say, SING?  He has a gorgeous voice.  And he inspires me to post a really good Canadian Jewish recipe.

Jewish Colcannon

Colcannon is a traditional Jewish/Irish potato dish. It's unique and simple recipe has become popular around the world. It normally includes chopped kale cabbage of green cabbage mixed with hot floury mashed potatoes.

This simple recipe is an ideal one to make with the kids. The word colcannon is from the [Yiddish] Gaelic cal ceannann' which literally means white-headed cabbage.

In the past charms were mixed in with the colcannon. Depending on what charm you found it was seen as a portent for the future. A button meant you would remain a bachelor and a thimble meant you would remain a spinster for the coming year. A ring meant you would get married and a coin meant you would come into wealth. Others filled their socks with colcannon and hung them from the handle of the front door in the belief that the first man through the door would be their future husband.

Colcannon Recipe

Ingredients

4 lbs (1.8kg) potatoes, or about 7-8 large potatoes (‘old’ potatoes or russet potatoes are best, waxy potatoes won’t do)
1 green cabbage or Kale
1 cup ( 7 fl oz, 240 ml) milk (or cream)
1 stick (4oz, 120g) butter, divided into three parts
4-5 scallions (green onions), chopped
Salt and Pepper
Fresh Parsley or chives *Not everyone adds scallions to colcannon, but they do add something worth having in my opinion.

Method

Peel and boil the potatoes. Remove the core from the cabbage, slice it thinly, and put into a large saucepan. Cover with boiling water from the kettle and keep at a slow rolling boil until the cabbage is just wilted and has turned a darker green. This can take anything from 3-5 minutes depending on the cabbage. Test it and don’t let it overcook, if anything it should be slightly undercooked.

When the cabbage is cooked, drain it well, squeeze to get any excess moisture out, then return to the saucepan. Add one third of the butter and cover. Leave it covered and in a warm place, but not on a burner, with the butter melting gently into it while you continue.

When the potatoes are soft, drain and return the saucepan, with the drained potatoes in, to a low burner, leaving the lid off so that any excess moisture can evaporate. When they are perfectly dry, add the milk to the saucepan along with a third of the butter and the chopped scallions if you are using them. Allow the milk to warm but not boil – it is about right when the butter has fully melted into it and it starting to steam.

With a potato masher or a fork mash the potatoes thoroughly into the butter/milk mixture. Do NOT pass through a ricer or, worse, beat in a mixer as it will make the potatoes gluey and disgusting.
Mix the cabbage thoroughly through the mashed potato.

Before serving season with a little salt and sprinkle with fresh parsley or chives. Most importantly, make a well in the centre of the mound of potato and put the last third of the butter in there to melt.

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