Thursday, December 13, 2012

Real Recipe: Cheesy Stuffed Tomatoes

Cheesy Stuffed Tomatoes
Zynga Executive Chef
Matthew DuTrumble
INGREDIENTS (serves 2)
2 medium heirloom tomatoes
4 ounces (113 grams) cooked white bean or canned bean
1 red onion, small diced
3 ounces (84 grams) carrot, small diced
3 ounces (84 grams) celery, small diced
1 ounce (28 grams) garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup (115 grams) dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
4 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  1. Cut a thick slice off the top of each tomato. Leaving a 1/2 inch (13 millimeters) shell, scoop out and reserve pulp. Invert tomatoes onto paper towels to drain.
  2. In large skillet, sauté all the vegetables in oil until tender and liquid has been reduced by half. Remove from the heat. Stir in beans. Add breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, basil and oregano to hot vegetable mixture and give a quick stir.
  3. Stuff tomatoes with the vegetable mixture. Place in a shallow baking dish coated with olive oil. Bake, uncovered, at 350°F (175°C) for 15-20 minutes or until heated through and the tops are slightly browned.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Real Recipe: Chicken Cobb Salad

Chicken Cobb Salad
Zynga Executive Chef
Matthew DuTrumble
INGREDIENTS (serves 4)
8 ounces (230 grams) boneless, skinless free-range chicken breast
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 ounce (28 grams) chopped garlic
pinch salt
pinch black pepper
3 hearts romaine lettuce chopped
2 lemons juiced
2 ripe avocados, halved and scooped from skins with a spoon, then 1 inch (2.5 centimeter) diced
2 vine ripe tomatoes, seeded and 1 inch diced
1 red onion, chopped
2 cups (270 grams) blue cheese crumbled
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
pinch salt
pinch black pepper
  1. Heat a grill pan or nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Coat chicken breasts with 2 teaspoons oil, chopped garlic, salt and pepper. Grill or pan-fry chicken 6 to 7 minutes on each side. Look for some browning. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes.
  2. In a small pot, cover eggs with cold water and bring water to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, cover the pot and turn off the heat. After the 10 minutes, cool eggs under cold running water. Peel and chop.
  3. Brown chopped bacon in a skillet over medium high heat. Drain bacon on paper towels.
  4. Chop 3 hearts of romaine lettuce and place in a large serving platter or salad bowl. Dress chopped lettuce with the juice of 1 1/2 lemons. Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil over lettuce. Season greens with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Toss diced avocados with juice of remaining 1/2 lemon, to prevent browning.
  6. Halve chicken breasts and chop the meat.
  7. To serve, arrange rows of chopped chicken, chopped hard boiled egg, crisp bacon bits, diced avocado, diced tomato, chopped red onion and crumbled blue cheese on top of either 4 individual portions of dressed romaine or 1 large serving platter.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Rainbow Roll

Creating the Rainbow Roll is no easy feat, and yet you are required to complete three of the dishes in the timed quest chain: Become the Master.

After placing and unlocking your Sushi Master Station, you will find that you now have several new dishes that you can create. The Rainbow Roll is the furthest to the right. Select the Rainbow Roll and click Start to get one cooking.

Currently this is a difficult dish to complete, since Tuna is very hard to come by currently. In order to complete the Rainbow Roll you are going to need:

  • 3x Tuna
  • 2x Sushi Roll
  • 3x Salmon

It also takes twelve hours to complete each one. This is just the type of thing I've been saving those Instant Thymes for, and I hope you have too!

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Real Recipe: California Cheese Strata

California Cheese Strata
Real California Dairy Recipe Contest Winner, Sabrina R
INGREDIENTS (serves 4)
12 slices white bread, crust removed and cut into halves
2 cups (230g) grated Real California Cheddar cheese
3 cups (700 mL) nonfat Real California milk
1 cup (240 mL) liquid egg substitute
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon dried sage, crushed
1-1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  1. Spray a 13x9 inch (33x23 cm) baking dish with a nonstick vegetable cooking spray. Line the dish with half of the bread slice, overlapping to make them fit and top with half of the grated cheese.
  2. Combine all remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Pour half of the liquid mixture over the bread and cheese in the dish. Continue layering and cover the dish tightly with plastic wrap. Then refrigerate for several hours or overnight before baking.
  3. Remove from the refrigerator 2 hours before baking. Preheat oven to 325F (170C).
  4. Place the strata in the preheated oven and bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes , or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to stand for five minutes before cutting.

Sushi Master Station

Trying something a little different today. I made a video for the Sushi Master Station, and put it up on Youtube. The video highlights how to unlock the station, and what you have available once it is unlocked. I will probably do similar videos to this in the future, this is the first one, and I might still have some bugs to work out. Please leave me some feedback here, or on Youtube.