Curry Chicken Salad You’ll Fall For…

Posted on October 19, 2011. Filed under: Astoria, Brunch, Indian, Recipes |

One of the things that I like most about food is what I like most about Fall, the ever-changing colors.  The early sunsets blanket the city buildings in a golden glow of pumpkin orange and falling leaves blot the sidewalks like puddles of deep red wine.  Here is a recipe for one of my favorite fall feasts. My “Famous Chicken Salad” is a colorful assault on the eyes as it is a swirling of spices in the mouth. Enjoy!

“Famous Chicken Salad”

About four cups of chicken (I like to buy a rotisserie chicken)

3 celery stalks

1/2 small red onion

1 cup chopped walnuts

1/3 cup chopped cilantro

1/2 cup mayonnaise

Tumeric to taste

Cumin to taste

Mix all the chopped ingredients together, stir in the mayonnaise, sprinkle the spices to taste and fold together. Can be served alone or in the company of bread, wine and good friends.

Finely chop onion, celery, and cilantro...

Add walnuts...

...tumeric and cumin to taste...

... and voila!

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Eating Events in Queens

Posted on October 9, 2009. Filed under: Flushing/Corona, Greek, Indian, Jackson Heights, Off the beaten path |

Oktoberfest and Queens Restaurant Week create a feeding frenzy this month. To add to the gourmet adventures, here are some more events I picked up from Eating in Translation a wonderful blog about food from in and around NYC  and the rest of the world…

St. Nicholas Greek Festival
Continues Friday, October 9
, 6:00 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, noon-midnight; Sunday, noon-8:00 p.m.

Greek Orthodox Shrine Church of St. Nicholas, 196-10 Northern Blvd., Flushing, Queens
Music, games, shopping, and food from both Greece and Cyprus; free admission

Diwali Mela, Jackson Heights
Sunday, October 11, 1:00-6:00
74th St. between Roosevelt and 37th Aves., Jackson Heights, Queens

Diwali Mela, Flushing
Sunday, October 11, 3:00-6:00
Queens Botanical Gardens, 43-50 Main St., Flushing

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Jackson Diner

Posted on January 16, 2008. Filed under: Cheap Dining, Indian, Jackson Heights |

Jackson Diner might be the furthest thing from an actual New York diner. Located in Jackson Heights, this area is known to locals as Little India and rightfully so. Although it is primarily a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities, the Little India section is located between 37th Avenue and Broadway primarily on 73rd and 74th Streets. Jackson Diner serves authentic Indian cuisine in the heart of this area. But it doesn’t matter where you live, the trip is well worth it. A full course meal that includes nan, masala dosa- a crepe filled with potatoes, nuts and peas, chicken tandoori, mango chutney ot achar sauce and lastly, kheer, a creamy rice pudding with raisins and nuts will probably cost you about $25. This is dirt cheap, considering you can get a full meal for about $10, but it’s nice to throw in an appetizer and dessert for the full Indian cultural experience. There is a lot to be desired in the way of decor, but the food is so tasty that you barely notice the sparce walls and 1970s brady bunch highschool cafeteria set-up.

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