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Zynga CEO Don Mattrick sent the following email to employees today regarding the addition of Dr. Regina E. Dugan to Zynga’s Board of Directors.

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Team,

I am pleased to share with all of you that Dr. Regina E. Dugan, Vice President of Engineering and leader of the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group at Google Inc., has joined our Board of Directors.

I have admired Regina’s work and visionary thinking for years. I believe she will be an incredible addition to our Board of Directors and a true catalyst for creative thinking at Zynga. Regina is a dynamic leader and industry pioneer who embraces new ideas and inspires teams to reimagine how technology and tools can positively disrupt the world.

Regina’s impressive career includes becoming the 19th Director and first female leader of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the principal agency within the U.S. Department of Defense for research, development and demonstration of high-risk, high-payoff capabilities for the future combat force. As Director of DARPA, Regina advanced strategic initiatives in cyber security, hypersonics, social media, and advanced manufacturing.

Regina excels at managing internal and external teams focused on the invention of new technologies that have the power to positively impact industries around the world. Today, Regina runs Google’s ATAP group, which is charged with creating breakthrough innovations in mobile computing and accelerating the development of promising technologies to market. ATAP is currently working on projects as diverse as tablets that can see in 3D, a modular mobile phone, digital tattoos for authentication and new formats for storytelling in mobile.

On our Board, Regina will chair the Nominating and Governance Committee as well as join the Product Committee alongside Bing, Mark and me. As we focus on growing and sustaining our leading franchises and creating new hits, Regina’s expertise and counsel will put us in a better position to deliver consumers next generation entertainment experiences that span categories, platforms and devices.

Please join me in welcoming Regina to the Zynga Board of Directors.

Best,

Don

Regina Dugan

Real Recipes Inspired By FarmVille 2: Country Escape

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In celebration of FarmVille’s 5th Birthday and the Summer of FarmVille, we’re excited to share real world recipes that are now available in FarmVille 2: Country Escape. You can now bring FarmVille to the dinner table with recipes from Zynga’s Executive Chef! All recipes are made with locally sourced, sustainably produced, organic ingredients.

Woof Woof! We couldn’t forget about our furry friends at home! In celebration of dogs coming to FarmVille 2: Country Escape we’ve created the most delicious doggie treat that even a human might have a hard time resisting – a Bacon Peanut Butter Dog Biscuit! We hope you’ve enjoyed receiving real-world recipes inspired by the game – let us know what you think by tweeting your favorite recipe with #FV2Table at @FarmVille2.

Bacon Peanut Butter Dog Biscuit

BACON PEANUT BUTTER DOG BISCUIT
Serves: 1 Dozen Dog Treats
Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:
4 Egg Yolks
5 tbs Vegetable Oil
1 tbs Honey
3/4 cups Cornmeal
3/4 cups All Purpose Flour
5 1/4 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 cup Water or Chicken Stock
1 cup Peanut butter
1/4 cup Oats
4 strips bacon, cooked

Directions:

  • Preheat over to 350 degrees
  • Mix together the yolks, vegetable oil, and honey
  • Whisk together the cornmeal, all purpose flour and whole wheat flour
  • Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients
  • Add water or chicken stock first, then the peanut butter and oats, and mix until a smooth dough is formed
  • Roll the dough to about an inch thick and cut into desired shapes.
  • Brush with egg whites and bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes until golden brown
  • Brush the baked cookies with more egg white and sprinkle with the bacon pieces. Return to the oven for 1 minute, just to allow the bacon to stick to the cookies

Download the PDF Here

Real Recipes Inspired By FarmVille 2: Country Escape

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In celebration of FarmVille’s 5th Birthday and the Summer of FarmVille, we’re excited to share real world recipes that are now available in FarmVille 2: Country Escape. You can now bring FarmVille to the dinner table with recipes from Zynga’s Executive Chef! All recipes are made with locally sourced, sustainably produced, organic ingredients. Check back throughout the week, as we will continue to release new recipes from the game that you can cook right at home.

Ahoy Farmers! Today’s recipe is a great “catch”: Blackened Catfish! Inspired by Pike’s Landing in FarmVille 2: Country Escape, you can now enjoy this simple dish right at home. Beef up this dinner with a delicious Loaded Baked Potato or Pan Fries for the full Farm experience at home.

Blackened Catfish FarmVille 2 Country Escape: Blackened Catfish inspired by the game! Download the recipe at: https://zynga.app.box.com/files/0/f/2100261268/1/f_18199418310

BLACKENED CATFISH
Serves: 1
Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
1 Filet of Catfish (3 lbs)
2 tbs of Sauté Oil

Seasoning:
1 tbs smoked paprika
2 tsp celery salt
1 tbs garlic powder
2 tsp of sugar
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp coriander
1 tsp mustard powder

Directions:

  • Mix together the smoked paprika, salt, garlic powder, sugar, onion powder, ground cayenne pepper, black pepper, coriander and mustard powder in a small bowl
  • Pat the catfish dry and apply mixed spices liberally on the catfish fillet
  • Heat the sauté oil in a skillet or sauté pan on medium-high until hot
  • Place seasoned fish in pan and sear each side for 3 minutes

Download the PDF Here