TEFL/TESOL Certification with ITTT

Happy Sunday, everyone! I wanted to share that over the past few months, between work, literary events, and remote schooling for my son, I worked on reaching a goal I’d wanted to achieve for a long time, and am now officially TESOL certified! TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages! This pandemic has required so many people, including parents, to restructure their … Continue reading TEFL/TESOL Certification with ITTT

Thank You For Your Support of La Masa A Casa!

My whole heart goes out in gratitude for your support of my fusion cookbook, La Masa A Casa (The Dough at Home-An Italian-Latina Cookbook), whose Kindle version is currently an Amazon Best Seller in Spanish Cooking, Spanish Cooking, Food & Wine, and Italian Cooking! For your intimate new year’s gatherings, smaller for the greater purpose of health and safety, shape some dough with the ones … Continue reading Thank You For Your Support of La Masa A Casa!

Season’s Greetings and Literary News

Hello, everyone, As the winter solstice arrived yesterday, Saturn met Jupiter after nearly 400 years and we entered a new Age of Aquarius. Indeed, it is a time of change, individually and collectively, for our nation and ourselves. My hope is that the upcoming year, and those that follow, will bring us health in every respect after this global pandemic. On a personal note, losing my … Continue reading Season’s Greetings and Literary News

Get La Masa A Casa for Christmas!

For the foodie, home cook, or avid reader in your life this holiday season, get your copy of La Masa A Casa (The Dough at Home-An Italian-Latina Cookbook), an Amazon Best Seller in Spanish Cooking, Food & Wine! Readers have described this book as a, “Great Storytelling Cookbook!” “Easy and delicious! Perfectly timely!” and “Delicious and Comforting!” Arrives before Christmas if ordered today! (Bow not … Continue reading Get La Masa A Casa for Christmas!

Holiday Thoughts

Happy Friday and Happy Hanukkah to all celebrating! This holiday season is different in many respects in light of the backdrop of the pandemic and the necessary restrictions put in place for the sake of everyone’s health and safety. We sacrifice the large gatherings of the past for the greater good of a future with those we love hopefully still by our sides, especially those … Continue reading Holiday Thoughts

The Book of Judith, Cheese, and Hanukkah

Good Monday Morning! I learned some interesting facts about fried foods, cheese, Hanukkah, and feminism this past weekend. In my research, I’ve learned that cheese is sometimes included among fried foods prepared for Hanukkah in honor of Judith, whose story appears in midrash (not in the main canon of the Talmud) and in the Catholic bible, which includes the Old Testament. According to the story, … Continue reading The Book of Judith, Cheese, and Hanukkah

5-Star Goodreads Review of La Masa A Casa

Happy rainy Saturday, everyone! I was thrilled to read this new, 5-star review of my cookbook, La Masa A Casa (The Dough at Home-An Italian-Latina Cookbook) by Sandra Proto, founder of Girls Read to Write, today on Goodreads! The review says, in part: “Stephanie Laterza wrote this book during the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic to provide a comfortable space during this unprecedented time. La … Continue reading 5-Star Goodreads Review of La Masa A Casa

Friendship and the Holidays

Thinking of last holiday season, when we gathered at my amazing friend Tania’s annual tree trimming party. I brought brigadeiros and enjoyed catching up with our friends and meeting new people. This year, we’ll celebrate at a distance in the hope that someday, after this global pandemic has passed, we’ll all see each other again to share good food and create new memories. 🎄 I’m … Continue reading Friendship and the Holidays

Memories-Small Business Saturday

In the recipe-developing stages for my cookbook La Masa A Casa I contributed a tray of my empanadas de queso to the Fall Festival at the 615 Green Community Garden in Park Slope two Octobers ago. I’m sure my Abuelita would have been pleased to know that the cooking and life lessons she taught me as a child were put to good use. The gooey, … Continue reading Memories-Small Business Saturday

LA MASA A CASA FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Last holiday season, my family and I celebrated in beautiful Cologne, Germany, where the holiday markets were glittering, magical thoroughfares with the scent of sweet toasted almonds, wood fired chestnuts, and spices from all over the world wafting through the bustling crowds. And, at night, lamps in the shape of stars and moons lit the way as bright lights glowed from the food stands and … Continue reading LA MASA A CASA FOR THE HOLIDAYS