New York Culinary Experience- April 28-29

On April 28–29, 2012, at The  International Culinary Center in New York City, passionate food-lovers will  enjoy an intimate weekend of hands-on master classes, cooking and conversation  with more than 30 of the culinary industry’s most respected talents.

The New York Culinary Experience offers you the chance  to cook side-by-side with some of the world’s most renowned chefs.

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Fogo de Chão to Feature Special Dinner Package Benefitting Junior Achievement-Baltimore MD Apr. 26

In celebration of Financial Literacy Month, Fogo de Chão ( will feature a special dinner event to support Junior Achievement of Central Maryland (JA).

The Brazilian steakhouse’s InnerHarborlocale (600   E. Pratt St.) will offer a discounted “JA Dinner Package” on Apr. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Mexican Avocado Torta

This recipe comes from Avocados from Mexico, a company who likes us on facebook .

Pick your favorite meat. This is a Turkey Torta


1 Ripe Mexican Avocado – halved and pitted

1 Tablespoon lime juice

1/2 teaspoon salt -divided

pinch ground red pepper

1/2 teaspoon of cumin

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1 pound flank steak

1 loaf of Italian Bread

1 Cup torn salad greens

1 ripe large tomato


Preheat broiler, Scoop out avocado pulp with a spoon ; place in a small bowl.  Mash avocado with a fork; stir in lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and the red pepper; set aside.  In a cup, combine cumin, chili powder and reamining 1/4 teaspoon salt.  Rub seasoning mixture over steak, 2 to 3 inches from heat source, until cooked as deired (about 5 minutes on each side for medium).  Remove to a cutting  board; let rest for 5 minutes; cut diagonally in thin slices.  Slit bread horizontally almost through.  Spread avocado mixture on top half;  layer  salad greans, beef and tomato on bottom of loaf; close sandwich.  Cut crosswise in 4 pieces.

Serves 4 portions

Peanut Butter Bran Shake

Looking for a healthier peanut butter that does not lack flavor though not packed with sodium?  Try Laura Scudder’s brand, claiming simply peanuts and a pinch of salt as the ingredients.  Recently, I tried a Peanut Butter Smoothie from Denny’s which was great.  Like all good recipes there comes a desire to try the recipe at home.  Laura Scudder Bran has a healthy Peanut Bran Shake recipe, great for the pre-workout protien.


  • 1/2 cup apple juice, chilled
  • 3 tablespoons bran cereal
  • 1/3 cup  Laura Scudder’s® Old Fashioned Nutty Peanut Butter
  •   Ground cinnamon to taste
  • 1 cup frozen vanilla yogurt

See Directions

If you want chocolate peanut then substitute chocolate frozen yogurt.