Alyssa Cooks Catering: How to Make Pasta

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Who invented pasta? As a kid, you learned it was the Italians. As a slightly older kid, you found out that it only became an “Italian thing” when Marco Polo returned from the Far East with these unusual things called “noodles”, so it was probably the Chinese that invented pasta. Maybe it was the Arab invaders who brought a pasta predecessor to The Boot during the 8th century, or the Greeks who settled in Naples before Polo was even alive. Whether Italians invented pasta or not isn’t really my point. The point is, once the nonnas got their hands on pasta, it was game over.


How to Master a Cheese & Charcuterie Board

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Cheese. It’s so simple, but sort of the best thing ever.  Especially when paired with a glass of wine and a cured meat or two. Cheese and charcuterie boards make a great centerpiece for any get together and they’re relatively easy to pull together: All you have to do is cut some cheddar into cubes, unwrap a round of brie then toss it on a cutting board and scatter Triscuits around everything. Right? Wrong. Don’t do that. From the knives to the actual board, there is a lot of way to screw up a cheese and charcuterie board. Luckily, my cousin, Anna, is the master of cheese and charcuterie boards. So we sat down with her to learn some tricks and tips.


Perfect Stir-Fry

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On any given weeknight, my go-to meal is a stir-fry.  There was a point when we were always buying dry mixes to make our stir-fry, you know those little packets that you find down the international aisle that you add just add soy sauce and water to?  That is until we forgot to pick a packet up one night and I was forced to be resourceful.  Let me tell you, we were not disappointed with outcome.  In fact, we have never gone back to those little packets.


Nutella Peanut Butter Cookies

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To celebrate the New England Patriots advancing to the NFL championship game, I decided to make Nutella Peanut Butter cookies.  I mean, what says “I’m so happy that the Patriots are making their 9th Superbowl appearance” better than Nutella and peanut butter combined in a cookie. Nothing.   Nutella Peanut Butter Cookies   Ingredients   1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1 egg 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1 3/4 cups flour 3/4 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 cup Nutella   Directions Preheat the over to 350 degrees Beat together the butter, peanut butter and sugars by hand or using an electric mixer, until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes) Add in the egg and vanilla and beat until well combined In a separate bowl, combine the flour baking soda and salt Using the mixer (or…