If one were to list Vancouver’s top dining destinations, Vij’s would no doubt make the top 5. It’s inventive Indian cuisine at its finest, a must-go destination for any visitor to the city. My only advice: if you’re planning to check it out, get there early. Vij’s has a strict “no reservations” policy that it adheres to regardless of who is looking for a table. When we took friends last year, we were told it would be a 45 minute wait. I was inclined to go elsewhere but my friends were insistent on waiting so we had drinks at the neighboring sister restaurant, Rangoli, until a table freed up. Halfway through the meal, I glanced up and noticed Goldie Hawn walk in with her son to inquire about a seating. Then, later, as we were leaving the restaurant, I noticed Goldie and son at Rangoli’s, sitting at the very same table we’d occupied about two hours ago, having drinks, patiently awaiting their table. Rumor has it that when Harrison Ford came to town a couple of years ago, he too was made to wait. And did. The food is that good.

Since Fondy’s sister Grace was in town, we tried going Saturday night but arrived a little late – about 6:30 p.m. – and were looking at an hour and a half wait. We went Korean instead. We returned Sunday night and arrived just before the doors open at 5:30 p.m., in time to get in line for the first seating.

As we sat down and perused our menus, one of the waitresses came by with complimentary snacks including some nice cassava fries (Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that the tuberous root that killed all those people last year? Well, lethal or not, it was very tasty). We kicked things off with three starters: the curried specialty chicken liver pate, the mutton kebabs with Bengali style curry, and Garam masala sautéed Portobello mushrooms in porcini cream curry. Although I wasn’t won over by the curry-liver combination, I thought the Portobello mushrooms dish was outstanding. The mutton kebabs were equally terrific, a personal favorite that have survived the frequent menu changes. When the main dishes arrived, they were accompanied by some back-up nan and fragrant basmati rice. The mains included: grilled short ribs in cinnamon and red wine curry with warm greens, Vij’s signature wine marinated lamb popsicles in fenugreek cream curry on spinach potatoes, and some veggie dish that Fondy insisted on ordering despite my protests (“You’ll thank me when you’re eighty,”she told me). The grilled short ribs were great – tender and incredibly fork friendly. The lamb popsicles (so named because Vij’s affable owner Vicram insists that they be eaten, bone in hand, as one would enjoy a popsicle) are wonderfully addictive. Order them once and you’ll order them again on any return visit.

For dessert, we were offered a selection of five choices and I opted for numbers two through four. The mango-pistachio ice cream topped with edible silver leaf was good but a little too crystallized for my snobbish ice cream taste. I’m not sure how to describe the second dessert – little balls of almond shortbready cookie fudge things – which were also good but not as sweet as I would have liked. Which brings us to the third dessert – Gulab Jamun: dried milk and refined flour dumplings soaked in sugar syrup. Fondy and Grace found them too sweet but I had no trouble polishing them off.

Speaking of sweet, Carl directed me to this great story about a restaurant owner so fed up with lazy parents who refuse to discipline their unruly children, that he made his restaurant a “rowdy kids-free” zone ( http://www.abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=2971198&page=1 ) If I’m ever in Chicago, I’m checking out A Taste of Heaven just to show my support.

Before I forget, a big thank you to Amy Lynn for sending us her walnut cakes (pictured). They were a big hit. Apparently, they’re the perfect brain food because I went on a tear today, writing a whopping ten pages of the first part of the mid-season two-parter, stopping only to watch Ivon Bartok’s (check out him and buddy Alex taking a break from their online surfing) “Behind the Mythology” SG-1 special that will air prior to the premiere’s next Friday. Thanks, Amy Lynn. I am pleased with today’s progress, especially given that it took me well over a week to write those first twelve and a half pages. How pleased am I? So pleased that I’m revealing the working title for episode nine: Miller’s Crossing. I like it. We’ll see if it sticks.

Quick, let’s answer some questions while I’m still in a good mood.

Anonymous #1 writes: “In the past, you’ve expressed your dislike for “ships” on SGA. Is this a general dislike for writing those kind of relationships in general or just those present on SGA?”

Answer: Actually, I was referring to spaceships and, at the end of the day, not the spaceships per se but their all-too-convenient beaming technology.

Anonymous #2 writes: “ I was wondering about the ship that you said carter will come with in season 4.”

Answer: Did I say that?

My Montreal Fan writes: “Concerning the tickets for the presidents cup I understood that the unresponsive Joseph Mallozzi meant an unintrested Joseph Mallozzi so I went ahead and invited professors.”

Answer: Sorry about that. Your invitation got lost in the shuffle but it was much appreciated. What is the President’s Cup? Is that golf?

Vikitty writes: “What’s your all time favourite restaurant in Richmond for breakfast? Lunch? Dinner?”

Answer: For lunch or dinner – Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant. I eat breakfast at home.



Sheppard’s Delight writes: “ Here is a link to a pic of a pug that my parents are looking after!!! http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e42/slcz3/whoopy0017.jpg

Answer: That is one CUTE pug! I dare not show the pic to my wife otherwise she’d snap him up.

GW Whumpers writes: “You kindly informed us that Travelers was a gift for those of the Shep whumping persuasion. We would really like to what you mean by that. Is it a gift mainly for either: A) those that like to see Shep getting the whump or, B) those that like to see him doing the whumping?”

Answer: I think there’s actually more Shep whumpage in Doppelganger, both A and B.

Anonymous #3 writes: “You’ve said you have cats!”

Answer: I did?

Lynn writes: “My Puggle was a victim of the tainted food, and I appreciate your take on the pet food companies, it’s certainly well-deserved!”

Answer: Hope he’s doing better and looking at a full recovery.

Tracy writes: “Seeing as you love villains, are there any former SG1 villains / foils that you wish you could bring back? Why? Who was your favourite to write?”

Answer: Baal remains my favorite, but I do miss Yu.

Anonymous #4 writes: “Just wanted to ask if the wraith are going to be in the mid season 2 parter in season 4?”

Answer: Maaaaybe.

Anonymous #5 writes: “Which episodes in season 4 would you say are considered to be “darker” like Common ground (sga) and talion (sg1), if there are any!”

Answer: Off the top of my head – Reunion, Missing, and Miller’s Crossing offer varying degrees of darkness. Doppelganger and Lifelife certainly have their dark moments as well.

Anonymous #6 writes: “The iamscruelty website is a PETA production that has been refuted by organizations like the American SPCA and the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies. Check out iamstruth.com for some information that might make you think twice.”

Answer: Fair enough but it does seem strange that, among the many pet food companies out there, Iams has been targeted numerous times.

Anonymous #7 writes: “I have made the switch to organic foods but am strongly considering preparing homemade food for my surviving pets.”

Answer: Sorry to hear about your cats. Hope your surviving pets are doing well on the organic foods.

Luis Jr. writes: “How many books a week do you read????”

Answer: Two usually.

Kate writes: “Have you read any Jasper Fforde (“The Eyre Afair”)?”

Answer: I read The Eyre Affair several months ago. As someone who loved Jane Eyre in high school, I liked Fforde’s book a lot – but did find it a little OTT.

GrapesofWraith writes: “ How much, if any, of things such as panning, fading in and out, angles of shots do you get to see/envision/write, as opposed to the director? Do you and the director of the episode talk to each other about how you see the scene, or are they 2 completely different proccesses?”

Answer: We try to keep it to a minimum and let the director direct. Occasionally, however, we may specify certain scene transitions or shots.

52 thoughts on “April 3, 2007

  1. When you are writing do you tend to be the still and silent type, the pacing mutterer, or somewhere in between?

  2. Your review of Vij’s actually made me hungry. 🙂

    I don’t know if you know the reason, but why is Carter hooked up to a health monitor machine during the pre-credits scene of “The Tok’ra Pt. 1?” I can come up with no good answer, so I’m hoping you can.

  3. Hey Joe! I’m looking forward to season four; its sounds like its going to be great! About my last question, this is what was said,

    “Anonymous #3 writes: “Can we expect some ground shaking character revelations alla The Gift in season 4?”

    Answer: Yeah, there’ll be more than a few major revelations upcoming in season four.”

    So, how major are we talking? And who’s it going to be about? By the way, thanks for taking the time to answer all the fans questions. Not everyone would do that. Hope you pugs are okay after the menu foods poisining.


  4. You mentioned that there will be some nice “darker” episodes for Atlantis next season. Will there be a some nice lighter episodes (like Irresistible or Duet) as well?

  5. “Miller’s Crossing” hmmm by any chance will Kate Hewlett be back for this episode? I really enjoyed her in McKay and Mrs. Miller and would love to see her back in season 4.

    Do you keep every book you buy or do you resell some of them after you are finished reading them? I find myself hard to part with any of my books. Unfortunately this means I have books stacked all over my house. :p I just bought the second and third books in the Dune series. I can’t wait to get started!

  6. Regarding your mentioning The Shining…the Stanley Hotel in Estest Park, CO is the Overlook Hotel in the film. I visited the place when I was in Colorado last month. There is a pic of it on my blog. I was taken aback at how small the hotel actually is, compared to what it appears in the film.

  7. My Montreal Fan writes: “Concerning the tickets for the presidents cup I understood that the unresponsive Joseph Mallozzi meant an unintrested Joseph Mallozzi so I went ahead and invited my professors.”

    Answer: Sorry about that. Your invitation got lost in the shuffle but it was much appreciated. What is the President’s Cup? Is that golf?

    dear joe,

    Yes, this is an event that is highly praised amongst golf fanatics. Happens every 2 years and for the first time its coming to our hometown, Royal Montreal in ile Bizzard. Its a tournament where Tiger woods and all the golf stars will compete. Since it is a tightly reserved event with very little availability anyone who is someone attends, I thought it would have been a very appropriate way to meet you and your wife. I’m sure you would have liked it not just for the show but also for the possible business contacts of important gentlemen there. I think Jack Nicohlson, Joe Pesci will be amongst us as well. Maybe president Bush too since it is customary that the US president inaugurates the opening of the tournament of the Presidents cup, it is the U.S versus the rest of the world type of event. Anyways, I’m sorry I already told my two professors yesterday at their office hours for the invite, but you and your wife were on top of my list. My dad and mom are going as well so I can’t jack their invitation for you guys but as he says it was the thought that counts.

    yours truly,

    your montreal fan

  8. Ah, Ba’al…my favourite bad guy too. Were you aware he took his shirt off at the Vancouver con, so did Steve Bacic and Dan Shea, Carmen Argenziano, and David deLuis? Good times.

    I’ll be in Chicago in August, I’ll do your Chicago restaurant review for you. Would that be okay?

    Have a great day, Joe.


  9. As someone in the restaurant business I applaud that owner for his rowdy kid free zone. As a mother I have to say that it’s disheartening to see how many parents have absolutely no control over their children. My son is only 5 but he’s had restaurant manners drilled into him since he was old enough to hold his own fork.

    Oh and I know you probably have way more books than you can read at this point but have you ever read the Magic Kingdom series by Terry Brooks? They’re not exactly deep thinkers but they’re great fun.

  10. Nice to hear that your going out to eat extends to Korean. What’s your favorite Korean food? Do you like kimchi?

  11. How often do you sit down and watch episodes of Stargate? When you do, are you taken out of the story by knowing all that went into it, or do you still get so enticed by the storylines that you think only of the characters and plot, without the reality of what went into it stuck in your head?

  12. I would love to visit the Stanley Hotel. It was one of the places they investigated on Ghosthunters. There was so much activity that they went back twice. That Halloween special was CRAZY CREEPY!! I can see how that place inspired Stephen King.

    And I rewatched Sunday that other day and captured a little tid bit I didn’t notice the first time. When Carson goes to see Zelenka at thier little chess club…he says he has already won an anime collection I think it was from Dr. Mallozzi…

    Just thought that was funny. It seems Martin Gero sticks little tid bits like that in many epis he writes.

  13. Dear Mr. Mallozzi,

    I hope your week continues to be pleasant.

    A few weeks ago, you made the following remark:

    “Oh, and poor Katie” in reference to the episode Tabula Rasa. Dr. Katie Brown is the only person named Katie on SGA that I could think of, so I’ll put to you the following question:

    What can you tell us about Katie Brown’s role in season four?

  14. Thanks for the link to that article. I can’t believe people got so upset over it. Seems like he had more right to be upset over the need to actually put a sign up about something that should be common sense. I know kids are great and all, but sometimes I really relate to McKay’s feelings about them.

    Did you hear that they’re apparently blocking that Chinese wheat glutin company from importing any more of their product into the US? I just read that in the paper today.

    “Miller’s Crossing”? As in Jeannie Miller? Ooh, something to look forward to.

    Speaking of Jeannie, are we ever going to learn more about Ma and Pa McKay? Like, are either of them still alive?

  15. Ah, perhaps you’d like to write my Jane Eyre essay due on Friday 🙂

    I just wanted to say that I’m impressed you manage to blog every single day. I’m currently taking a blogging class, and one of the topics we’ve been discussing recently is keeping up with the blog. Do you ever have a hard time coming up with material for your entries? How would you compare your blog to a personal journal?

    (and if you have the time I’d love it if you checked out my blog- magsters.blogspot.com)

  16. I just wanted to add that your blog consistently makes me hungry. Especially during Passover, when there’s very little Passover friendly selection to eat while at school.

  17. FYI

    I heard a radio ad for the return of the second half of Stargate Atlantis on the radio in the San Francisco Bay Area and thought I would mention it to you. It mentioned that new contest they are running with that concert and did highlight the return of the gates and their website.

    Thought you might be interested to know that Sci-Fi is doing some additional publicity.

  18. Hello Joe,
    I think I remember you saying once that you’re a nitpicker when it comes to the show. And so am I. So, it’d be great if you could just tell anybody from wardrobe (or whoever looks out for stuff like that) that some German fans are really tired of seeing their flag patch upside down. This has happened continuously in Season 3…
    Otherwise, great show!

  19. So while visiting North Vancouver, I came across Burgoo and immediately recognized it from your blog. Only I must have been imagining it because I can not find a single reference to this restaurant in the entire history. So, despite the menu’s lack of foie gras, please go there and write a review so that I can pretend I knew what I was talking about all along. (no, I am not affiliated with them and live on a completely different coast)

  20. hey joe,

    i was watching season 2 on dvd again and i was wondering why FORD got taken out and why you brang in Ronan i know that Ronan is shaping to be a extremely complex character with cool history but why For Why not just have a 5 man team like sg-1 turned out to be.
    And if you ever make a decision to write ford in make it a happy ending.lol


  21. Hi Joe

    Just finished Steven Erikson’s “The Bonehunters”. I’ve read the whole 7 books one after the other and I really got into the characters .. Now I’m going to have to wait until the next book comes out and I’m missing my friends.. Ever feel like that about a book or series? or am I just bonkers, nuts , cracked… Lot of words for that state of being isn’t there?

    Also I note that you have been to Hong Kong. Ever since I read Taipan and Noble House , it’s been a dream of mine to visit there. What were your impressions and is it as beautiful as people say it is? I think there should be a remake of Taipan with Gerard Butler .. That would be marvelous..

    Take care


  22. Miller’s Crossing, huh? Sounds kind of like an episode on Lassie ;D Glad to hear your making some headway.
    I would have to agree. Ba’al is very much my favorite. He’s so snarky, yet really funny. If only he could make it to Atlantis somehow…(hmm). >D

    What do you usually eat for breakfast since you’re at home? Is it all fancy like, or do you just go for the cereal box?

  23. I really enjoy your daily restaurant reviews. If I get to Vancouver one day I will definitelly check out a few of those restaurants.
    My question is:
    When you take pictures of the food in the restaurant, do you ask the owner or waiter/waitress if you could take some snapshots of it? Has anyone been bothered by it yet? You have been to some high-end restaurants as well. What is their stand on the picture taking?

    Thank you

  24. Great blog. Thanks for sharing. I was wondering if there were any such thing as a set or location tour that you guys provide? Other than winning the “Get in the Gate”, which I have, sadly, no luck at…
    Watching the ground hog day ep yesterday (dvd) I noticed (for the first time) the “Latin” book being read by RDA/O’Neill that was written by Joe Malozzi. Made me giggle. Other little gems that might be a favorite of yours?

  25. Joe,

    So you have a copy of the mythology thingie they are showing on Scifi when Stargate finally returns. Have you watched it yet? And as TV Guide has stated do Christopher Judge and Michael Shanks host it? And how do they do?


  26. Hi, Joe!

    Thanks for replying to my question regarding infirmary scenes for Shep! You made my day, thank you 🙂 What I meant by ‘juicy’ is bloodied and bruised Shep (preferably unconscious ;)), but most importantly with his team standing by all worried about him. So…um…any of that? 😉

    Thanks again, Joe! I’m so excited about season 4!


  27. “Starr writes: “1) have you read Terry Goodkind’s ‘The Sword of Truth’ series – if so, what do you think? 2) have you read Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ series – and again, what did you think? 3) have you eaten at West Restaurant? Did/do you like it there?”

    Answers: 1. Not yet. 2. I tried. 3. Love it. Great oxtail.”

    Ok… to continue:

    1) are you planning on reading them? 2) What didn’t you like? 3) have never had oxtail… hmmm…

  28. Hi Joe,
    I found a problem in your words.

    Yesterday, you said : “Everything about the script was a gag. Except the part about killing off McKay in Adrift.” But, on March 31st, to the question : “Can you tell us the name of the episode that the pictures are from?” you answered : “Lifeline.” However, in these pictures, we can see McKay in the jumper.
    How do you explain that?

  29. Joe,

    Can you tell us what the credit order will be for Ark of Truth and Continuum? Will Richard Dean Anderson be billed first?

  30. “Anonymous #2 writes: “ I was wondering about the ship that you said carter will come with in season 4.””

    Joseph Mallozzi writes: Did I say that?


  31. The Save Beckett fans have now begun garnering bad publicity in major trade magazines. Is this really what we need at a time when ratings are so important? Is there some way to shut them down or something, geez. I was embarrased to be a SGA fan after readign that article.

  32. Can you tell us how many episodes of Atlantis Michael Beach has been in so far, or how many you guys hope to have him in? Thanks!


  33. Thanks so much for giving us the great tidbits on season four. I am really looking forward to it and the changes sound very exciting. Glad the ptb are reducing Weirs’s role as it seemed she was just being forced into scenes just to give her something to do. Can you tell me if Colonel Ellis will be featured prominantly in season four as it was a joy to watch him and Shep interact.

  34. Can we exept that this question will be answered or at least mentioned in season 4? Thanks. 🙂

    – What was Caldwell’s Goa’uld name? Baal? Who sent him there? Baal, Nerus or Athena?
    – Can Caldwell remember to anything?
    – Why doesdMcKay never mention his time in Siberia? What is Lorne opinion about the Unas?
    – Why were light aliens in SG-1 4×19 Prodigy and in Atlantis 1×12 Defiant one too?
    – What happened with Asgard? Is there a protected planet in Pegasus too? Does the Asurans know them?
    – Why don’t call nobody the Ancients as Alterran?
    – If the Tauri was called “Avalon”, what happened with them? Why was the Wraith completly forgotten in Earth history? The Goa’uld never called the Tauri as Avalon too.
    – What happened with Janus? Is he travelling to the future?
    – Where happened the first Ancienst ascension? MW or Pegasus?
    – Can the Ori vs. Alterran war change the life of Ancients of the Pegasus too in the other higher level?
    – Has the Nox an Ancienst cityship too?
    – Will the Midway Station change the distance of MW and Pegasus? Will they begin to trade with each other by ships?
    – Does the Asurans know about Reese, Fifth and RepliCarter?
    – Is there any connection between the black cloud (1×03 Hide and seek) and Anubis?
    – Is there any secret passage between the galaxies (chrystal skull, AU mirror, small one person stargate etc.)?

  35. Hey Joe,

    Are we going to see more of Mrs. Miller in Season 4? David and Kate Hewlett have some amazing on screen chemistry!

  36. Do you celebrate Easter, Joe? And if so will you be doing the customary tradition of eating a tonne of easter eggs in a day? And what sort of eggs would you normally go for? Given your love of chocolate does anyone ever buy you an Easter egg?

    On a seperate question, when you mentioned ‘extreme whump’, How extreme are we talking here? Coma, life threatening? On life support? Whumped to oblivion? 😀 all of the above *vbg*

  37. Anonymous said…
    The Save Beckett fans have now begun garnering bad publicity in major trade magazines. Is this really what we need at a time when ratings are so important? Is there some way to shut them down or something, geez. I was embarrased to be a SGA fan after readign that article.

    Um, it was one trade magazine, variety. And, check out Lowry’s other reviews:


    Most notably:


    In which he talks about ‘internet nuts.’ So, it’s not like he’s singling out the SCB people; he’s just not fond of fans, period. So, let’s get the facts straight.

  38. Hi Joe,

    A friend directed me toward your blog (which I’m loving btw!). Anyway, she said you were wanting to try some real southern BBQ – here you go – strait from central Appalachia!

    Lists, then instructions:

    2 Tablespoons salt
    2 Tablespoons sugar
    2 Tablespoons brown sugar
    2 Tablespoons ground cumin
    2 Tablespoons chili powder
    2 Tablespoons black pepper — freshly cracked
    1 Tablespoon cayenne pepper
    4 Tablespoons paprika
    Apple cider vinegar

    2 tbsp veg oil
    1 large red onion – chopped
    1/2 c. sugar
    2 tsp paprika
    1/2 c. cider vinegar
    1 c. molasses
    1 tbsp Worcestershire (veg Wor. works well also)
    1 28oz can crushed tomatoes in puree
    3 tbsp mustard
    1/4 c. Tobasco sauce
    1/2 c. ketchup
    minced fresh garlic, asst peppers

    Pork picnic shoulder, Boston Butt, or ribs
    *Lots of stuff works well with this! We use Tofu O_o

    Step one: Rub the pork with the “rub spices” and vinegar. You want enough vinegar to make it a paste – and it has to be apple cider vinegar, the other types won’t work (and as good as white vinegar is for other stuff it’ll make your Q smell like feet. Eww).

    Step two: Cooking the pork. If you have a smoker you’re set! Get some applewood chips, set the smoker up, and smoke low and slow until the shoulder bone can be easily rotated in the socket. Don’t let the temp get above 212’F (100’C). Let rest. If you don’t have a smoker you can do a number of things – depending on how understanding your family is. The best option is to plan early! Have a bunch of people over, ply them with Guinness, and when everyone starts smiling (about 3/4 of the way through the first one) talk about how good some real Southern BBQ (TM) sounds. Drink more. Mention Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie. By the time you’re on round three you should have enough volunteers to help dig a hole in the back yard. Dig a big hole – if you’re making a pit you might as well do a whole hog, “If you’re going to do something you might as well do it right – and the first time” and all. Fill the hole with coals, light them, stand back. Toss in some applewood chips that have been soaked in cider vinegar and water. Wrap the hog in fresh clean burlap (uh huh, soaked in cider vinegar), lay it in and cover with more chips and coals. Put a sign so no one falls in. go drink – it’ll take a while (do this late the night before you want to serve it). Barring this option, you can also do a good facsimile in the oven with this method:

    Place the roast, fat side up, on a rack in a large pan. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 24 hours (this drains water). Remove plastic and coat with cider vinegar, then dry rub (rub the paste into all crevices). coat with about 1/4 c. veg oil – again rub thoroughly. Replace wrap and chill overnight. Remove from fridge, drain pan and rinse out. Place roast (still on the rack) into the pan and pour 1 c. cider vinegar into the bottom of the pan. Make sure roast is skin / fat side up! Place in a cold oven – then set the temp to 180′-200’F; 90-100’C (Do *not* let it reach boiling ie: 212’F; 100’C!). cook until the connective tissue melts (about 9-11 hours) overnight is a good estimate. The roast is done when the bone can be easily jiggled – or one of the “fingers” of meat is easily twisted from the roast. Remove from the oven, and lightly cover with tinfoil. Allow to rest at least 10-15 minutes.

    Step three: Resting and pulling. The longer it rests the more juices the meat will re-absorb. Plus. you won’t burn your hands while pulling it. Once it has rested, remove the skin and fat (this can’t be rendered b/c of the vinegar). Pull the meat apart into thumb size pieces (or strip finer). Pour hot bbq sauce over meat and allow to absorb (the best way to mix this is with your hands). Serve with addtl sauce on the side.

    Step four: Sauce. In a heavy bottomed pot – gently heat the oil and onions until onions are translucent. Raise heat and add sugar, when it begins to caramelize add the vinegar and stand back a bit. Stir well and add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, then lower to simmer and allow to cook down 30-40 minutes.

    This is better when fixed the day before you plan to serve it. It is a basic sauce, to get the exact flavor your family enjoys change the following to taste: sweeter = molasses or honey; tarter = vinegar; saltier = Worces.; hotter = peppers; thinner = water; tomatoey = ketchup or tomato paste. It can be manipulated into any bbq sauce except the yellow mustard/vinegar of North Carolina. The best way to do this sauce is to make the base sauce, let it cook down for half hour, and taste it – then add a little at a time of the ingredients until it suits you.
    BBQ is highly subjective, so mess with the four main flavors until it’s just right – you’ll know when it is instinctively.


    An old Southern Pecan pie (predates the ‘corn syrup’ variety)

    9 inch pie crust
    4 large eggs
    1 1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
    1/3 c. wildflower honey
    1 tsp vanilla
    dash cinnamon
    pinch salt
    5 tbsp melted unsalted butter
    1 c. pecan halves

    Heat oven to 350’F
    Whisk eggs and brown sugar until completly smooth. Whisk in vanilla, salt, and 4 tbsp of the butter. Pour mixture into pie shell. Place pecans in concentric circles on top. Bake 50 minutes to 1 hour (test with silver knife).
    Coll on wire rack, after 20 minutes brush top with remaining butter. Serve warm (especially with cream or molassas!)

    Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie Variation

    Drop 1/2 c. of the sugar from the recipe. Mix in 1/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips before baking. Hot out of the oven sprinkle the pie with Ky bourbon (about a 1/4 cup). Set aside and let cool. Serve just above room temp with bourbon sauce.

    Bourbon Sauce:
    1/2 cup butter
    2/3 cup sugar
    5 tablespoons bourbon
    1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    1 egg yolk, beaten

    In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine butter, sugar,and nutmeg; stirring occasionally until bubbly around the edges. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened.Off the heat, blend remaining into hot butter mixture. Stir well and serve.

  39. dear joey,

    I was wondering about the alliance of 4 great races. Are we going to be learning new stuff about the nox and furlings in detailin season 4 atlantis.

    Also, according to your knowledge on the stargate saga which is 1)the most powerful ship and 2) your favorite in the stories. The choices are the following: Ancient Aurora class warship, Ori ship, Wraith Hive, Asgard O’Neill Class, Tauri Odyssey( Suped up), Anubis’s Hatak, Regular Hatak, Apophis’s Hatak, the alien ship from Grace episode, the travellers genrational ship. The Ancient city ship is not included because its overkill.

    Thanks a lot,

    Your Moroccan fan

  40. few questions lol

    any idea what episode number doppelganger will be yet?

    will we learn anything about sheppard’s past in season 4, even just a few hints here and there?

    will we get any scenes with shep and teyla sparring in season 4? we havent had one of those in ages!

  41. Yesterday, you said : “Everything about the script was a gag. Except the part about killing off McKay in Adrift.” But, on March 31st, to the question : “Can you tell us the name of the episode that the pictures are from?” you answered : “Lifeline.” However, in these pictures, we can see McKay in the jumper.
    How do you explain that?


  42. Baal’s your favorite bad-guy? I’m awfully fond of the guy, myself. It was kinda funny–in Psychology class a week or so ago, we were doing a word-association exercise (where you write the first thing that comes to mind when you hear a word) and sure enough, when the teacher said “ball”, I wrote “Stargate”. LOL He later lovingly declared me a freak. It was great.

    As for Carter and the ship, I, personally don’t recall you mentioning it, but Amanda Tapping did in an episode on Gateworld.net

    Also, I want to second anonymous 1’s (I guess it would be) question: How do you approach your writing? Personally, I fidget when I hit a block, but am otherwise quiet.

  43. Dear Joe,

    Will the question of ‘who does John Sheppard have feelings for?’ been answered in any respect this coming season?


  44. Me again with just one last question (well, for this time anyway):

    In the beginning of “Sunday” when Teyla and Hewston are talking, who is the “he” they are referring to? Or, if you won’t tell, do we ever find out?!

  45. where do you get inspiration from before you start to write or brainstorm an episode

  46. Since you’ve been mentioning all the Shep-whumpage, I have to ask: any McKay whumpage planned in season four?

  47. I live within walking distance of “Taste of Heaven”, and it’s a fabulous place. Truly heavenly. Tiny, though, and you can imagine what it’s like with screaming kids in there. I love that the owners took a polite stand on the issue, and that they received a huge amount of support after the incident. It made me very happy. Definitely worth a visit! Go for the raspberry chocolate mousse cake. And the scones. Every flavor of scone. And that other cake, with the frosting and the stuff and the fruit…


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