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Childhood Memories of Samosas

Bangalore Karnataka
jerald07

Rising up on my toes at the age of three to catch a glimpse of what was causing such happy commotion at the dinner table is my earliest memory of the samosa. Being an only child in the group, I was disadvantaged.... Read more

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Whether by necessity or for fun, lots of people have started cooking and selling out of their home kitchens this past year. Here are 9 to try in Queens.

The Rise of the Home-Based Kitchen in Queens

Selection of delicious diverse foods found in the home-based kitchens of Queens

Every other day I seem to learn about another new home-based kitchen or chef in Queens—someone with or without professional cooking experience making something delicious for sale out of their apartment. Some of these home cooks are more organized than others, with a set menu, active social media presence, a physical food stand and/or delivery options. Others are more word-of-mouth: an email address and an undisclosed pickup location.

 

Certainly home-based chefs and kitchens existed, particularly in the immigrant communities of Queens, well before the Covid-19 pandemic. But this past year’s restaurant closings and skyrocketing unemployment rates have contributed to a surge of home-based kitchens, and I for one am here for it. Not to detract from our wonderful brick-and-mortar restaurants or established street vendors, but in a perfect world of the curious and the hungry, there’s room for everybody. And new variety on the dining scene only makes our existing diversity more exciting.

Here are some of the home-based kitchens we’ve been following closely in Queens.

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Central Jersey
  • Trenton tomato pie

    Trenton tomato pie, for all intents and purposes, is like the traditional round pizza you get from your local pizzeria, with one notable exception: Cheese and toppings go on first, and then the sauce....

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North Jersey
  • Chicken Savoy

    Synonymous with the Belmont Tavern in Belleville, New Jersey, and found exclusively in the region, chicken Savoy is a locally iconic comfort dish of skin-on, bone-in chicken pieces rubbed down with garlic,...

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New York City
  • Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray Soda

    This kosher soft drink from a bygone era was originally referred to as Dr. Brown’s Celery Tonic and marketed as a therapeutic to calm the nerves. (Alas, the FDA ultimately wouldn’t allow...

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  • Childhood Memories of Samosas

    Bangalore Karnataka

    jerald07

    Rising up on my toes at the age of three to catch a glimpse of what was causing such happy commotion at the dinner table is my earliest memory of the samosa. Being an only child in the group, I w…    Read more
  • Discovering My Favorite Cameroonian Dish

    Douala, Cameroon

    guineapig

    Eru is my favorite street food. It is a spinach dish cooked in palm oil with pieces of cow skin inside. I fell in love with it the first time that I ate it in Douala. We were having a lunch in ch…    Read more
  • What to Eat in Killarney, Ireland

    Ireland

    owla

    You’ve arrived in Killarney and you want locally sourced quality food. Here's where to go: Yew Tree: For chef John O’Leary, local ingredients are de rigeur – house cured s…    Read more
  • Paneer Pakora

    India

    janvi10

    Paneer Pakora is a vegetarian dish that is made for parties, functions and weddings. The ingredients are simple: cottage cheese cubes, chickpea powder, salt, pepper, mango powder. The pakoras are…    Read more

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