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Enter, Your Newest Recipe Database

Yet another recipe aggregator has arrived on the scene, this time cutely named Yummly, which has over half a million recipes compiled from Epicurious, the Food Network, RecipeZaar, Martha Stewart, CHOW, and other websites. Users can filter through multiple criteria, including food, course, diet, price, nutrition, and source. If you're an "ovo vegetarian" who's had problems searching other recipe sites, wait no longer. For those of us who want ever more virtual friends whom we can creepily stalk but never meet, you can now have TasteBuds! (Get it? Awww.) These fellow users create profiles including information about cooking skill/experience and their food likes/dislikes. If "bakergirl" tends to make food you like, you can choose to share recipes with her.


How to Turn Your Kettle Grill into a Smoker

How to Turn Your Kettle Grill into a Smoker

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Beginner’s Guide to Summer Smoking

Beginner’s Guide to Summer Smoking

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Babies Are Lightweights

How many years of prison are appropriate for a babysitter who gave a nine-month-old baby a wine-filled sippy cup in a bid to quiet the tot down?

Eight, as it turns out, according to CBS News Crimesider. Babies, notable lightweights, don't know the meaning of moderation—the tot in question had ramped up to a Rip Torn-esque .33 blood alcohol level by the time his grandmother arrived to pick him up.


Oklahoma Style ’Que and Barbecued Bologna

What to get at Bonnie B's Smokin' Barbeque Heaven, specialist in Oklahoma-style barbecue: beef brisket. "It's tender, smoky, and their house-made sauce is good," says WendyT.

Their beef ribs are fine, too. "I've got two words to describe their ribs ... rib perfection!!" says mrshankly. "Definitively the best ribs I've had anywhere aside from taking ribs fresh out of my own smoker at home."

The most bizarre thing you can get here: barbecued bologna. It's an Oklahoma thing, and it's strangely enjoyable, says WendyT. Other great things: fried catfish, greens, and moist, delicious cornbread. Folks seem to love their beef dishes and be middling on their pork dishes.

Bonnie B's Smokin' Barbeque Heaven [San Gabriel Valley]
1280 N Lake Avenue, Pasadena
(626) 794-0132

Discuss: New BBQ Place in Pasadena: Bonnie B's Smokin' Barbeque Heaven

Expensive Yet Awesome Malaysian

Some folks have been complaining that Manja's too expensive. It's true that the dishes here run in the $15 to $25 range, say other hounds, whereas the dishes at a night market in Singapore run about $2 to $3. But that's overseas, and this is here, in a high-rent neighborhood in Los Angeles, with fancy digs and, most important, first-rate ingredients, some of which are flown in from Malaysia. "The dishes are more Malay than Chinese/Malay," says bulavinaka.
"There's a brightness in the spicing of the foods that is noticeable, particularly in the curries."

An appetizer of cucur udang is perfectly fried and toothsome. "My wife and I simultaneously had one of those 'AHA!' moments when we dipped the house-made roti into the curry sauce. Had this been outdoors, with 90 percent humidity and the funk and noise of a hawker center, we could have closed our eyes and assumed we were in [Kuala Lumpur]," says bulavinaka.

Nesi lemak is outstanding, and the sambal has nice big chunks of meaty squid and no cheap-squid funk. Bandung drinks are wonderful as well, says bulavinaka.

All in all, "pretty good food," says the less satisfied bsquared2. "Was it worth the price of the bill? Not sure."

Manja Malaysian Cuisine [Mid-City]
8165 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood

Discuss: New Malaysian-Manja-Restaurant in WeHo

A French Gem in Venice

Lilly's French Cafe and Bar is a neighborhood gem, says westsidegal. Everything she sampled was a delight.

The daily fish special was, one day, a very generous portion of pesto-encrusted white fish with white wine sauce. It was "terrific all the way around," says westsidegal: fresh fish, flavorful preparation, crispy on the outside and moist inside. The details are all proper, right down to the hot plate keeping the fish warm all meal long.

Steak frites is excellent, particularly the fries. They are, says westsidegal, far superior to normal fries, with crisp, perfect outsides and exceptionally dry, flaky insides. Lemon tart may not be tangy enough for some, but the crust is terrific.

Lilly's French Cafe and Bar [Westside - Beaches]
1031 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice

Discuss: Lilly's French Cafe and Bar (short review)

Overheard on the Los Angeles Board

"Just a well-built burger where every ingredient added something significant to the end result. Tang and a touch of sweetness from the balsamic-caramelized onions, a layer of umami from the mushrooms, another umami layer and smoke from the bacon, luscious mouthfeel from the generous portion of Swiss cheese, and the coarse-ground beefiness of the patty." – bulavinaka on Bite Bar & Bakery's new burger

"This Sunday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., the Progressive Buddhist Association of Asuza (a Burmese Buddhist Temple) is holding a fund-raiser at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte. The money raised is going toward repairs and new sections of the temple. If it's anything like the New Year's celebration they held a few months back, this is an event that is not to be missed by those with an interest in Burmese food." – maiweezy on the Nibban Zay Festival

"The burger was legit. Two thick patties, perfectly grilled, cheese, and the perfect mayo-tomato-pickle-onion mixture that makes or breaks burgers." – upstarter on Glencrest BBQ's burger

9 Cooking Apps Worth Downloading to Your iPhone

iFart once ruled the land of iPhone apps, but now with 200,000 available apps and counting, the process of filtering for value can be daunting. Where's a cook to turn when she finds herself in the kitchen in need of some guidance? We believe the fewer the better, and have come up with this bare-bones list of apps all serious home cooks should have at their flour-and-sauce-covered fingertips. Culinary school for just over $20? We like. READ MORE

Homey Pleasures in a Korean Stew Pot

Lau had a good feeling about Jong Ga as soon as the banchan hit the table. Tender octopus in gochujang (chile bean paste) and raw crab marinated in chile sauce stood out in a huge spread of fresh side dishes at this newish Korean restaurant on Flushing's Northern Boulevard strip.

Main dishes didn't disappoint. A gu jjim, a monkfish stew that few New York restaurants do well, was terrific: tender chunks of fish in spicy, well-balanced sauce with bean sprouts and scallions. It comes in a big pot and feeds four or five. Charcoal-grilled kalbi (beef short rib) was among the best Lau's had in the city. And a side of kimchee pajun (pancake) was on target, flavorful and crisp.

Aside from skippable naeng myun (buckwheat noodles), Lau says, Jong Ga is a hound-worthy destination for home-style cooking. "Way better than most other Korean restaurants in NY," he promises.

Jong Ga [Flushing]
194-03 Northern Boulevard (at 194th Street), Flushing, Queens

Discuss: Jong Ga BBQ Restaurant - one of the best Korean restaurants in Flushing