December 17th, 2006

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December 17, 2006

Well, winter here in the Pacific Northwest dealt us a chilly blow this last weekend, downing trees, electric lines and power, and internet access all over the Puget Sound. As a result, the cookbook will be released a day later than expected, but it will be available come terrifying space monkeys or high water on Tuesday the 19th. We know that's a bit late for Christmas, but we'll also make make available custom Big Damn Chefs post cards announcing the purchase of a cookbook for your Christmas present recipient(s) so they know their presents are on the way! Books from CafePress ship in a minimum of 5 days.

And here's more exciting news for y'all...

Clare Kramer, aka Glory/Glorificus from Buffy season 5, joins the Big Damn Chefs team!

We've received a recipe submission from Clare Kramer and producer husband Brian Keathley for the charity cookbook. Clare and Brian recently helped out with the Flan-That-Wasn't (aka "B3", "Flanstock", etc) by holding the Saturday, December 9, 2006, party for the disappointed attendees of the cancelled Flanvention2 convention. The party took place at their restaurant, La Cantina, on Hollywood Boulevard.

Clare is best known by Joss Whedon fandom for her role as "Glory" in 13 episodes of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" during season five.

Brian says, "Here is our recipe for our La Cantina Ceviche. It happens to be Clare's FAVORITE! GOOD LUCK with the book, I wish you much success!" Many thanks to Clare and Brian!

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And on the 13th:

Niska joins the Big Damn Chefs crew!

We're pleased to announce that we've received a recipe from Michael Fairman, who played Niska in the episode War Stories.

Overheard from a woman at the Saturday night party at Flan B, upon meeting Mr. Fairman: Thank you so much for coming... I just had to meet you! You're the only actor who has ever made me scream in terror at a Hallmark commercial! What could be scarier than Niska selling Hallmark? :)
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How do you evaluate whether a con is run by a good company or not?

The Browncoat cruise was recently announced, and I would love to go. I've never actually been to a Browncoat gathering of any kind; I'm basically a con virgin. Reading about everything that happened with Flan has me feeling understandably hesitant. I'm really looking for tips and ideas from other Browncoats. How do you usually evaluate whether a con is run by a reliable company or not? What do you look at and how do you protect yourself (and the hard-earned money you spend on attending a con)? Basically, are there any ways you know of to avoid getting ripped off?

Thank you.


In case you might be interested . . .


My LIVE WEB TV Tsci-fi/fantasy/TV/movies/pop culture/geek stuff series, entitled FRIDAY FANGIRL FAN-TASM, begins today at 5:00PM Pacific with an episode about Firefly/ Serenity/B3 (Browncoats' Backup Bash).

I'll be chatting informally with fellow Browncoats, showing photos and possibly videos from B3, and (and
here's where all of you lovely folks come in) INTERACTING WITH THE AUDIENCE LIVE VIA INSTANT MESSENGER (you can send in comments, questions, ideas, total nonsense, completely unrelated thoughts, whatever you want).


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The Recipes Roll in... Camden Toy Joins Big Damn Chefs!

The Recipes Roll in... Camden Toy Joins Big Damn Chefs!

Camden Toy, best known to Whedon fans as the main "gentleman" in the Emmy-nominated episode of Buffy in season 4, "Hush" (also playing other roles in the series, including Gnarl, the Übervamp and Turok-Han from 2002-2003), has submitted a fabulous recipe to the charity cookbook.

Camden attended Flan B last weekend and spent many hours meeting Firefly and Buffy fans, graciously chatting with them at length (as a gentleman should!) on many and widely varied subjects including special effects, makeup, cooking, and sobriety.

Camden's recipe for "Ling Cod In Lemon Cream Sauce" is sure to be a hit with flans who purchase the cookbook!

"Big Damn Chefs" is a collaborative charity project, a collection of recipes submitted by fans (also known as Browncoats, or "flans") and celebrities associated with of Joss Whedon's Firefly television show. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to Freedom From Hunger, an international development organization working in seventeen countries across the globe, helping hardworking women win life-saving victories against chronic hunger and build healthy lives for their children. Freedom from Hunger brings innovative and sustainable self-help solutions to the fight against chronic hunger and poverty. Together with local partners, they equip families with needed resources to build futures of health, hope and dignity. (

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Firefly Christmas story!

A little background: my school's music department holds the December concert on two different nights, which means that I have to stay there for four and a half hours for the concert. So, my friends and I wandered the halls when our ensembles weren't performing.

On the first day of the concert, we were wandering near the drama rooms and on the door of one of the drama rooms, we found a sign that said:

"Dear Santa: All We Want For Christmas Is...," and then had space to write in things. There wasn't anything written on it, so I wrote Sean Maher in on of the spaces and didn't give it any further thought.

The next night, we walked past the sign to find a lot more writing on it. Next to where I'd scrawled Sean's name, someone had written, "(a Simon fangirl! "*squee*", eh?)." Lower on the sign, someone else had written "a pony and a plastic rocket."

Anyone else have a Christmas Firefly story?
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