Yesterday's haul
Yesterday's haul


Braised Lamb Ravioli
Braised Lamb Ravioli
Foie Gras
Foie Gras
Pan-seared Quebec foie gras on brioche
Pan-seared Quebec foie gras on brioche

So, hey, despite the fact that I’ve been cooking at home a lot more of late (I made a roast lamb shoulder last night, braised short ribs today, and it’ll be venison osso bucco tomorrow), I have made it a point to keep in touch with my old friends – namely, the gang at Fuel. I was in on the other evening for yet another wonderful meal. I enjoyed a seared foie gras with apricot preserve, almonds, and fennel served atop a toasted brioche (So melt-in-your-mouth delicious that I could’ve enjoyed it for dessert.), some braised lamb ravioli with cipollini onions, watercress, and pecorino stagionato (Bold in its flavor; a nice addition to the menu.), some ultra rare Albacore tuna served with dandelion greens, crispy semolina, pancetta, and romesco sauce (A really nice, subtle dish.), venison served with bratwurst, choucroute, pink lady apple, and potato croquette (Heavenly!), and, for dessert, the Manjari chocolate terrine with peanut butter ice cream, salted caramel, and concord grape (The perfect meal-ender.).

I spent the day re-reading and polishing the first thirty-five pages of the short story (I actually like what I have. It’s one of THOSE days.) and pressed ahead. Next up: the big confrontation, the shocking reveal, the wrap-up and…we’re out!

Hey, I’ve been thinking of getting back into the whole comics thing. It always happens in waves. I’ll go years without reading and then, one day, the mood will strike me and I’ll pick up one of every title. I’ll drop the ones that fail to engage me and continue purchasing the ones that do – until they do fail me at which point my general interest will peter out and I’ll go another couple of years without reading. Well, I’m considering getting back in. I see that Neil Gaiman is over on Batman while the prolific Geoff Johns brings Barry Allen back in Flash: Rebirth. The Luna Brothers are working on a new series, The Sword, while my favorite merc with a mouth, Deadpool, ventures out in a one-shot titled: Game of Death. The Thunderbolts was a title I always enjoyed back in the day and Brian Michael Bendis explores Nick Fury in the one-eyed one’s new series. I’d prefer to avoid playing catch-up in midstream, so I’m trying to jump aboard with the commencement of new storylines. Anybody have anything to recommend? And, Das, I’m of course talking to you.

Speaking of playing catch-up. Let’s hit the long overdue mailbag:

Deni B. writes: “Do you have any footage of Joel and orchestra that you could post?”

Answer: Alas, I do not. I’ve yet to attend a recording session for the show.

Fathercrow writes: “Hey Joe can we get a QnA with the computer graphics folks sometime?”


Major D. Davis writes: “1. Does the cut include visual effects such as the Destiny?

2. Is Will Waring directing Water?”

Answers: 1. It takes several months to complete work on visual effects. So – no.

2. Yes.

Vincenzo 1992 a ecrit: “1)Peut-on se procurer un objet officielle de la série SG-1 ?

2)Aimez vous un sport ? lesquelles ?

3) Pourquoi il n’y a pas de français sur l’expédition Atlantis ?”

Reponses: 1) Vous devez les chercher sur eBay.

2) NFL, NCAA football et basketball.

3) Il y a des francais sur Atlantis mais vous ne les avez pas vus.

Translations: 1) Check out eBay for the occasional SG-1 merchandise.

2) Sports I follow – NFL, NCAA football and basketball.

3) Sure there are French members of the Atlantis expedition. You just haven’t seen them.

Michael Linn writes: “Hey Joe, Did the gate get a redesign for Universe like it did for Atlantis?”

Answer: Yep, all new gate. Or, actually, all new old gate. I’d say it’s probably the coolest of the three gates, almost steam punk in operation. The SG-1 gate comes a close second. Atlantis’s Vegas design, while certainly nice, doesn’t really compare.

Sappho writes: “Was the General Hammond (the ship) destroyed in Enemy at the Gates or did it survive to fight another day?”

Answer: Oh, it’s still out there.

Kathryn writes: “What is the actual email address to write to Joe?”

Answer: Try

Belouchi writes: “Can you please tell us when are we going to be able to see the Destiny Space ship pictures or concept arts and if you are going to post them on your blog?”

Answer: I’m sitting on an insane amount of pics (behind the scene shots of the sets in various stages of construction, the actors in character and out, art department designs, props, etc.) but, for now, the studio wants to continue to keep things under wraps.

Wm writes: “ Just read on GW that RDA is guesting on Universe. Any chance for a couple of pics? Any more info you can share?”

Answer: Sorry, no pics. See above. However, I can say it was terrific having Rick back. He’s just a good-natured, easy-going guy. A lot of fun to be around. When I told him we had added a French bulldog to the brood since last we spoke, his reaction wasn’t the usual “Are you crazy?!” but a grin and a “Bless your heart.”

Juralas writes: “Is Ivon Bartok directing “Water”?”

Answer: No. Ivon is directing the kino scenes.

Shirt ‘n Tie writes: “Is there any chance (snowball or otherwise) of Mr A doing a JM Q and A Blog?”

Answer: Alas, not in the foreseeable future.

Babancat writes: “On another note, will we see a return of ‘The food purchase of the day’ at some point, Joe?”

Answer: Sure, whenever I come across a weird food item to purchase.

Anonymous writes: “In your years as a professional writer, have you seen one’s college affect his or her chances at a career?”

Answer: Nope. While a good college can certainly help get you in the door, it’s talent that will secure you that staff position.

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martingero – Kristin Booth just won a Genie (the Canadian Oscar) for her role in my film “Young People Fucking”. Congrats!
about 2 hours ago from TwitPic


I saw something that would make a good WFPOTD item, but I forgot what it was.

BTW, did you know that blueberries have a much larger bar than other fruits? It’s true, according to this bag of bluberries.


The foie gras on brioche has my mouth watering, and I’ve yet to try foie gras. Thanks for the pictures. And the mail bag, even if it strikes me as somewhat short. Given the number of questions you’ve been collecting, and your progress on the short story, I stand contented. And I know you’re just utterly relieved to be moved off my “I hate you list”. I just can’t manage to carry a grudge, even when you torture your readers. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and good luck on polishing off your not so secret project.


Glad to hear you like your short story today! Hopefully we’ll get to see it soon!

Your Fuel deserts always sound amazing… the main courses are a bit adventurous for my taste!

What does XXX mean? wink

Sometimes I feel like a dumb blonde… it took me forever to figure out what a “kino scene” actually is! And even now I’m not entirely certain that what I think it is makes sense in the context of SGU. sad

This past week has been one of those weeks where I just can’t bring myself to write, for reasons even I can’t comprehend. So I’m now 5 days behind on Script Frenzy (NaNoWriMo for screenplays) and 7 days behind in my English class. sad *sigh*

jeff ford
jeff ford

Joe: This isn’t a superhero comic, but if you can get Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Kim Deitch, I think you’ll really appreciate the storytelling and, perhaps, the art work as well. I see you’re writing a short story. I missed this development — have had my head in the sand lately. What’s it for?

Lisa S.

Comics: The upcoming ‘Wolverine Noir’ looks good (X-Men Noir was pretty decent with a nice twist. There’s also a Spider-Man Noir and Daredevil Noir but I’ve not read them so I have no idea if they’re worth while.)

‘Astonishing X-Men’ is still on their ‘Ghost Boxes’ storyline. It’s been a good book but there always seem to be two or three months between issues.

‘Uncanny X-Men’ has been pretty good even though I wasn’t real keen on the whole moving to San Francisco thing.

‘Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk’ is apparently (finally after, what, a three year wait) being released in it’s entirety.

I’m bummed about the Ultimate universe ending. I’ll miss Ultimate X-Men especially now that Rogue is finally in the fore-front (and we got a little taste of Rogue/Wolverine–which is my OTP– in Ultimatum: X-Men/Fantastic Four) I think Ultimate Spider-Man is supposed to return (which is good since it’s normally a good book.)

‘Wolverine’ is normally a good read but I’m hating the current ‘Old Man Logan’ storyline.

Wolverine: Origins is a pass though. Daken is a throw-away Gary-Stu character. They already have X-23 to heap on the Wolvy-angst and Daken is no more than a male X-23.

‘New Avengers’ is usually entertaining but if I never hear the word Skrull again it’ll be too soon.


Hey Joe,

Long time lurker… Anyway, I HIGHLY recommend ALIAS by Brian Michael Bendis. It’s a Marvel series he completed a few years ago, and is available in 3 or 4 trades or a single omibus that collects the whole series.

It’s much more drama heavy than Powers, but man… it’s great. In my opinion, Jessica Jones is the best new character added to the Marvel universe in decades.

It and Alan Moore’s Miracleman are my all time favorite comics, and that’s out of print and very difficult to track down due to legal issues…

My Name Is Scott
My Name Is Scott

Hey, if you are interested in the volume 4 of Green Lantern, which is essentially Geoff Johns Wonderland, I have written a detailed-yet-brief catch-up on all you need to know about GL before jumping into volume 4, which is a fantastic jumping-off point for a GL newbie (much like season 9 of SG1!). With it includes full-color pictures and an up-to-date list of all GL comics and side-series in publication order starting from the top of volume 4. I’ve actually done this for a number of franchises for various friends who felt overwhelmed at the prospect of approaching something with such an intense amount of backstory. If you’re interested, I can either email you the file or ship it up to Vancouver.


one of my gust where i work handed me a new book. Its called “Deep Storm” by Lincoln Child. I have never read any of his work before but i must have admit I am looking forward to finishing this one and checking out another one of his books.
Deep Storm is bout an under water lab looking for somthing that has been at the bottum of the ocean for at lest 600 yr. As they drill to get to it and bring it up every one is getting sick.
So far its been really good. If you have not read it you might want to ck it out. Have fun reading the comics. I know i alway did. I like the old ones mom want let me see them any more she put them in the attic. I hope and pray to god they are not rotting. Alot of them are first prints.

Any way latter.


Hey Joe,

Are you enjoying the nice Florida Sunshine I brought with me. I know I am. wink

I got to see where your office is today. I also saw John’s office (as in N. John Smith). It has lots of doggie toys in there. I am wondering, do your dogs ever spend time in John’s office?

@DeniB: I hate to tell you this but I completely forgot about kissing Michael Shanks for you. I have shamed Florida. oops I apologize. I did get a nice hug from Paul McGillion, however. lol And Joe Flanigan. I’ll be going to Dragon*Con in September and Michael is supposed to be there. So maybe THAT will be my chance to kiss him? Deal? grin



Hello Joseph!

ça va? moi super! Hier on à était au cinéma regarder “Monstre contre Aliens” ^^ Trop funny, les graphique était trés réussi, je suis impatiente que les lunettes 3D arrive chez moi. En plus un personnage à était doubler par la même personne que Rodney sauf que le personnage lui,n’avez pas de cerveaux lol.

Bonne journée!
Bisou, Bisou

Daniel Willis
Daniel Willis

Does anyone know how behind the mail bag is?

I’m eager to get a response from Joe…

Thanks, Daniel


Geez Joe, its been YEARS….no actually DECADES since I last read a comic book and I have NO idea whats out there any more and quite honestly I don’t think I have enough room for any, my bookshelves are bulging at the seams as it is and there’s still shed loads in the attic that I just can’t quite bear to part with so for now I’m going to have to deny myself that pleasure. (its a bugger being grown up!)
Right now I’m back to parking wars witht he neighbours. most of whom have at least THREE cars to their households whilst I have only one. Happy days:)

Becketts Patient
Becketts Patient

if youre looking for a weird food purchase of the day I’d say you should definitely try German Leberwurst. Especially the chunky kind looks pretty weird wink

But you probably don’t get Leberwurst in Canada and me sending one isn’t an option either. But ..well… just an idea smile


OMG, i told those folks at gateworld long time ago in october 2008 that the show will have a steam punk design!

it was the only way to steer away from atlantis’s design. but no one cared.

ummm, you can go for the Duneknight comics, they are cool, its about a guy who does nothing all day. interesting.

Craig MD
Craig MD

Would love to read Flash: Rebirth but comics are always late getting here (Newfoundland) and it looks I’ll have to wait until Monday to pick it up. What did you think of the first issue?


Is dandelion nice to eat? I tried it when I was younger but only cos my rabbit ate it and was curious (I also tried paper cos my cat ate it, odd)

I’ve been getting more into graphic novels at the moment, doing a project designing a wordless graphic novel and hoping to get some printed at some point. In my research my favourite ones were : ‘Robot dreams’ a sweet story about a robot who gets separated from his friend, and ‘We3’ about a dog, cat and rabbit that get changed by the government into fighting machines, break out of confinement and try to be free. The graphics in the last one are very good.


Richard Dean Anderson!!!!!!! I maybe slightly over excited that he’s going to be in Universe. Just slightly…
Comic book wise… I reccomend steering clear of any of the new Wolverine stuff. It may just be my stubborness, but it seems like a bit of a fad and the originals are just so much better. Plus, hated the films, which could have something to do with it. Apart from that, I tend to stick with Star Wars (the X-wing comics are worth a read), Dan Dare, and TMNT. (Not a big comic connoiseur, more like an occasional fan.)
The fois gras looks surprisingly good. I don’t object on ethical grounds, although I’m sure I should, I’ve just never really liked it. Go figure. The chocolate terrine, on the other hand, sounds amazing.
I love how most elements of SGA which haven’t be in the show that perhaps fans would like to have been can be explained with ‘they’re there, you just haven’t seen them’. It actually makes good sense.
I think I’ll go and try to work on *my* short story… I haven’t got past the opener yet…


When are we going to see pictures of your culinary collection?


Johnny E!
Johnny E!

Hey Joe! Great to see you are back on comics, it is a great time! Flash:Rebirth will definitely be worth the read, as well as Geoff Johns Green Lantern. Also Deadpool’s one shot as well as his regular ongoing series are DEFINITELY worth the check out, as they are reminiscent of the Deadpool series of old. Just my 2 cents. Let me know what you think.


Hmmm…..35 pages and it’s still not finished. I think your definition of short and mine are totally different grin

With regard to some recs, have you ever checked out the website, comics worth reading? I stumbled over this website the other week. Or perhaps listen to the podcast at Comic Geek Speak. They have their own BOTM club.

Cheers, Chev

Deni B.

Good morning Joe smile Re Joel again, does he give you (the collective “you”) various music choices for the show’s theme? Does he view an episode or scene and then add the music (and then, who decides if the music fits the writer’s intent)? Can you explain the process to me (and ignore my naivete in such matters)? I can’t imagine how long it takes to bring everything together for one episode. It’s amazing how we, the viewers, just take the end result for granted smile

Otherwise, kickass lasagna for my son’s birthday lunch here today – wish you lived nearby! My maternal grandfather was Italian, so this recipe’s been around forever and is always a huge hit. Maybe next time, hey? Have a great Sunday!

Michael A. Burstein

Joe, I read a lot of comics, mostly DC, and if you’re looking at what’s currently going on, here’s a few suggestions:

Superman is spending the year off Earth and living on the planet New Krypton, in the comic book Superman: World of New Krypton. The books Action Comics and Superman are covering other characters taking over for Superman on Earth. James Robinson, who wrote the acclaimed Starman series in the 1990s, is writing some of these stories, so that’s worth picking up.

It looks like you’ve got the first issue of The Flash: Rebirth in your photo. It’s the return of Barry Allen, who has been “dead’ in the DC Universe since 1985. I have no idea how it’s going to be, but Geoff Johns is writing it, and he’s usually good.

Neil Gaiman is only writing two issues of Batman story; but right now we’re in the middle of Battle for the Cowl, which may or may not end up being really cool.

Booster Gold is a great series, especially if you’re into time travel stories. The premise is that he’s fixing time anomalies throughout DCU history.

For some great nonsuperhero stuff, pick up Fables. The entire series back to the beginning is available in trades, and I highly recommend it.

I’ll probably have more to recommend later…


Foi Gras …is that like a steak or something….


“Anybody have anything to recommend?” Well, looks like you’re on the right track with Scalped. Though I have not read it (seeing as I have enough trouble keeping up with my regular books), I’ve heard nothing but praise for it (as I have for BMB’s Alias that Brian recommended). Personally, I am loving Jason Aaron’s work at Marvel right now. He really helped turn Wolverine’s image around after several years of the character being a tad too watered down. Starting this month (this week!), Marvel is launching a new Wolverine book called Weapon X, with Aaron on as writer. I have high hopes for it. Another new book that’s just started up with Bendis on it (three issues in) is Dark Avengers, with Norman Osborn as leader of the team, as well as leading what used to be S.H.I.E.L.D., and is now H.A.M.M.E.R. If you’re interested in this one, I’d certainly try to get the first three issues, and not start with #4. I am liking this one a lot. (New Avengers, starting with the Dark Reign issues, is a good companion book to this one – also written by Bendis.) I’m also enjoying Invincible Iron Man, though that one is about a year in. But it’s good because it’s showing the flipside of what’s going on with Osborn & Co. Now Stark is the hunted, and Osborn in complete control of everything. X-Force is a bloody mess, and I love it! A killer X-Men team, what more could you want? Again, this isn’t a new book (about a year or so in), but it’s written by Kyle and Yost, and – like Aaron – they are not afraid to get down and dirty and show the raw side of heroism – as much that can be shown without making it a MAX-style title. You have to like Wolverine, clones, and claws…but otherwise the book is pretty damn good. I see you have Amazing Spider-Man – not sure if you know what’s going on there – but the character has undergone a major retcon – and I am loving it! No Mary Jane dragging him down. Lots of people are upset by it, but the last year of Spider-Man has been GREAT! The on-going story has been really tight, and I find it the most entertaining book I read – well-balanced with story, action, drama, and humor. Uncanny X-Men is always a good read, but in order to really appreciate what’s happening there, I’d suggest looking into picking up Messiah CompleX, since it is basically the re-set for mutants, and establishes why things are currently as they are (the X-Force team, for instance). It was also a pretty decent story. Those are the ones I have personal experience with, but since you don’t just like superhero books, I’d also recomment a completed series now in trade is Y: The Last Man. I have not read it, but plan to pick it up for my husband since I’ve… Read more »