Phone to Table: FarmVille Releases Recipes You Can Make at Home

06/24/2014 at 05:26 PM ET

FarmVille Vanilla Mint Cupcake
Courtesy FarmVille

Haven’t tended to your FarmVille crop in a while? It’s time to get cooking — literally!

To celebrate the game’s 5th birthday (yup, you’ve been procrastinating with plowing fields and raising livestock for five full years), game creator Zynga is rolling out a series of in-game dishes made with your virtual harvest — along with corresponding real-world recipes.

Starting Thursday, whip up a virtual feast of foods — blackened catfish sweet potato fries, raspberry ice pops — in a summer cook-off in FarmVille 2: Country Escape; then, hit your home kitchen to make the same dishes for dinner.

The recipes, from Zynga executive chef Matty DuTrumble, will be featured in the upcoming FarmVille to Table cookbook (clever, guys), but DuTrumble gave PEOPLE the scoop on a few highlights.

The vanilla cupcakes, pictured above, are made with cake flour for maximum fluffiness and topped with a homemade mint buttercream frosting.

The grilled cheese, served on a homemade biscuit, looks nothing like the virtual grilled cheese, but we won’t complain. It’s an easy, cheesy fix (and can even double as breakfast).

Whip up both tonight for a dinner-dessert one-two punch!

FarmVille Grilled Cheese
Courtesy FarmVille

Grilled Cheese
Makes 10

3¾ cup flour
2 tbsp. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup butter, cold cubed
1 cup buttermilk
10 slices tomato
20 slices cheese (cheddar or Gruyère)
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly; add buttermilk until moistened to become dough.

3. Roll out dough on floured surface and cut into desired size and shape (roughly the size of an English muffin).

4. Place on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Once cooled, cut the biscuits in half and toast so that the inside is lightly browned

5. Create a sandwich using a slice of tomato and two slices of cheese as “bread.” In a non-stick pan, sauté each side just like you would a grilled cheese.

6. Once the cheese is melted, salt and pepper each side and place between the toasted biscuit halves. Repeat with other 9 sandwiches.

Vanilla Mint Cupcakes
Makes 12

2 eggs
½ cup butter, at room temperature
⅔ cup + ¼ cup sugar, divided
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1¾ cups cake flour, sifted
2 tbsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup milk
⅛ tsp. cream of tartar
Mint frosting (recipe below)

1. Separate eggs when they’re cold. Cover and let them come to room temperature. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat butter until soft. Add ⅔ cup sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy. Slowly add egg yolks and vanilla. Mix until fully incorporated.

3. With the mixer on low, alternately add flour, baking powder, salt and milk, beginning and ending with flour.

4. In a clean bowl, whisk egg whites and cream of tartar until they hold soft peaks. Gradually add ¼ cup sugar and continue beating until they hold stiff peaks. Using a spatula, fold egg whites into cake batter.

5. Pour batter into lined cupcake tins and bake for 20 minutes. Once fully cooled, frost with mint frosting.

Mint Frosting

½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3-4 cups confectioner’s sugar
¼ cup milk
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
⅛ tsp. pure peppermint extract

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter until smooth and creamy, 2-3 minutes.

2. With mixer on low speed, add 3 cups sugar, milk, and both extracts; mix until light and fluffy. If necessary, gradually add remaining cup of sugar to reach desired consistency.

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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