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Recipes to Boost Focus in Meetings: Slutty Brownies #RBFM

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By Fausto Mendez

    Pitching to a hungry audience is shooting yourself in the foot, so bring along some tasty treats - preferably sugary stuff - to boost client focus and mood. It WILL make a significant difference in the success or productivity of your meeting. This week’s #RBFM sugar spell: Slutty Brownies!

    Who doesn’t love a well-made dessert smashed into some Oreos, which is then smashed into another delicious, delicious dessert? If you don’t love that, I suggest you leave now because we’re about Frakenstein a brownie, a blondie and some Oreos into one amazing concoction, otherwise known as the “Slutty Brownie.” Let’s start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 0 - What You’ll Need for 15 to 20 Slutty Brownies

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+ The blondie mix: 8 tablespoons butter, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 1/4 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, pinch of salt, 1/2 cup chocolate chips (add more chocolate chips, if you want). 

+ The brownie mix: 1 1/2 cup sugar, 3/4 cup cocoa, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 2/3 cup butter, 1/2 boiling water, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 eggs, 1 cup flour, pinch of salt, 1/2 cup chocolate chips (add more chocolate chips, if you want). 

+ One package of Oreo cookies

+ One 9” x 9” brownie pan

Step 1 -  Make the Blondie and Brownie Layers (No Baking Yet)

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+ The Blondie mix: Add melted butter and brown sugar into a bowl. Beat that mix until she’s smooth and ready. Add eggs and vanilla extract. Beat some more. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt. Next, mix both mixtures together. Stir in your chocolate chips. 

+ The brownie mix: Add sugar, cocoa, baking soda to a clean, empty bowl. Then, slowly mix in the melted butter. Add the boiling water. Stir, stir, stir. Next, add the vanilla and eggs. Stir some more. Add the flour and salt. Keep stirring. Finally, add the chocolate mix.

Step 2 - Stack the Layers in the Baking Pan

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+ Line the baking pan with aluminum foil, which you’ll grease with baking spray.

+ Slutty brownies are, of course, made of three layers. Start with the blondie mix at the bottom of the baking pan. The middle layer is just cracked and broken Oreos, and you can use as many cookies as you prefer. The top layer is the brownie batter. If you’re feeling extra sinful, add another layer of Oreos at the top of the brownie batter. 

Step 3 - Let’s Get Baked

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+ Bake the dessert for 35 minutes. The key is underbaking in order to achieve a soft, almost gooey texture, so be careful not to overbake. 

+ Eat your masterpiece. Then, take a nap. Wake up. Repeat until all Slutty Brownies have been vanquished. 

+ I conveniently forgot that we made these brownies for an upcoming meeting or pitch. You may need to make another batch if you took my above advice to eat all the brownies. 

+ Thank Julia’s Album for the original recipe!

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Bring-Your-Own-Lunch Recipe: Chicken Broccoli Supreme (Casserole) #BYOL

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By Fausto Mendez

    Every week, we suggest a fascinating, unique and delicious dish that is easy to make or reheat at your office lunchroom. This week’s #BYOL recipe: Chicken  Broccoli Supreme (Casserole.) 

    If you’re a fan of the blog, I’m sure you know that I’m a fan of a well made casserole, and the best casseroles, in my opinion, are always based on traditional dishes. This delicious concoction transforms the traditional chicken, broccoli and cheddar dish into a deliciously crumbly casserole that daunts everything your co-workers bring for lunch the next day, but enough talk. Let’s cook. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 0 - What’s Cooking?

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 + One pound of broccoli, chopped and steamed for 2 minutes

+ Three cups of chicken breasts, chopped 

+ One and a half cups of grated cheddar cheese

+ Two tubes of good-ol’-fashioned Ritz crackers

+ One stick of butter

+ One tablespoon of poppy seeds

+ Sauce: 1/3 cup melted butter, 1/4 cup cornstarch (dissolved in 1/2 cup cold water), 1/3 cup chicken broth, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper, 2 cups milk, 1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese. 

Step 1 - Lay It Down and Cook It Up

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+ Grease a 13 x 9 pan. Layer the breast pieces and broccoli how you’d like. 

+ Now, let’s make some sauce. Add to a saucepan over medium heat: butter, cornstarch, chicken broth, seasonings, milk. Stir until the sauce is rather thick. 

+ Reduce the heat. Throw in the cheese. Stir until the cheese completely melts. 

Step 2 - Drop it Like It’s Hot

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+ Drop the delicious sauce over the chicken and broccoli.

+ Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the chicken and broccoli. 

+ Crush the Ritz crackers into crumbs.

+ Melt the butter stick. Butter burns easy, so be careful. Add the poppy seeds to the butter. Add about the crumbs to the butter.

+ Drop the mixture of butter and crumbs onto the cheese and broccoli. 

Step 3 - Get Baked

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+ Do not cover the pan, and bake at 350 degrees for thirty minutes, or until bubbly. 

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Bring-Your-Own-Lunch Recipe: Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole #BYOL

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By Fausto Mendez

    Every week, we suggest a fascinating, unique and delicious dish that is easy to make or reheat at your office lunchroom. This week’s #BYOL recipe: Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole!

    Chicken cordon bleu is great, but the way it’s normally prepared is kind of a pain in the ass. Plus, if you like evenly dispersing the taste of each ingredient throughout each bite, it’s hard to eat chicken-stuffed anything that way. That’s why I love a well-made casserole.

    Casseroles taste just like their original counterparts, but the ingredients are mixed together in a way that allows you to taste most, if not all, of the ingredients in every bite. I love that. Now, let’s cook; start by preheating your oven to 375ºF.

Step 0 - Pull a Chicken Out of the Freezer, and Gather Your Ingredients

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+ 6 oz pack of chicken flavored stuffing mix (or your own recipe)

+ 10 3/4 oz can of cream of chicken soup (condensed)

+ 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

+ 3 to 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into bit-size strips)

+ 3 cups broccoli florets

+ 2 cups cooked and chopped ham

+ 6 slices of Swiss cheese

Step 1 - Prepare Some Stuff in a Bowl

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+ You need to prepare some stuff(ing) before we can start baking, so make the stuffing as the package recommends. Alternatively, you may use your own stuffing recipe, but this tends to be the easier (and still very delicious) way. 

Step 2 - Mix Some Other Stuff in Another Bowl

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+ If you love stuffing, be very careful with this next part: Place the stuffing to the side - out of sight and mind. It’s better to hide it to prevent yourself from snacking it away as you finish the recipe, or you can do what I do to prevent this problem. Make a second batch of stuffing strictly for snacking purposes.  

+ Mix the mustard and soup in a separate bowl. Add the chicken, ham and broccoli to the same bowl.

Step 3 - Bake Stuff

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+ Grease, a two-quart casserole dish, or use your favorite cooking spray.

+ Gather all that stuff that you just prepared - minus the stuffing stuff - and chuck it all into the casserole dish. Top the mixture with Swiss cheese slices.

+ Finally, add whatever stuffing you didn’t eat to the top of the casserole. 

+ Don’t forget to get baked bake it. Stick in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes.

Step 4 - Eat Stuff

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+ If you didn’t snack on too much stuffing, you might have some room for the casserole once you’re done cooking it, but don’t forget the whole point of the recipe: it’s an easy dish to reheat at your office lunchroom. Save some for tomorrow’s lunch!

+ You can thank Six Sisters for the original recipe.

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How to Make the Ultimate Cake Pops

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You probably know that giving out food, especially sweets, is an easy way to boost potential clients’ focus on your sales pitch, but it also helps to provide exceptional delights in the meeting room for added emotional effect. After all, the more emotional a moment, the more memorable it is.

    We love this tutorial on baking and making the “ultimate” cake pops, courtesy of the Frugalette. I warn you: use this power wisely. Everyone that eats these pops may come back to you for more, so don’t give ‘em to anyone you don’t want to see again! 

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