picture of lisa longley, author of wine and glue, in a kitchen holding a wine glass with a cutting board in front of her


Hi! I’m Lisa Longley, self taught cook and Milwaukee based hot mess mom. Reading cookbooks, experimenting in the kitchen, learning about different cooking techniques and developing recipes have taught me so much about food and cooking. I have realized that I get such great joy in sharing my love for food.

My goal with Wine & Glue is to create recipes that are easy to follow and really teach something about the recipe and ingredients involved. Cooking amazing and delicious food doesn’t have to be difficult – it can even be enjoyable. I want to spark just a little bit of joy in cooking for you.

I hope I can give you a lot of easy go to dinner recipes that you don’t stress over but feel great feeding your family. If a hot mess mom like me can create home cooked meals for her family, so can you.


  • THE BEST ITALIAN MEATBALLS:  This is my Italian grandmother’s recipe and it is perfection.
  • ROASTED BEET SALAD: Sounds weird, but this is my lunch at least half the time. I can’t get enough of this salad.
  • MINT CHOCOLATE BROWNIES: This was my mom’s recipe and I make it all the time. Everyone always wants the recipe.
  • CRAB PASTA SALAD: Another one of my mom’s recipes. This brings me right back to being a teenager, but in a good way. Ha!


picture of lisa longley and her family sitting on a blanket outside on a fall day


I’m the mom of four amazing kids: Gavin, Elliot, Quinn, and Piper. Gavin, Quinn, and Piper are happy, amazing kids with HUGE personalities who are all involved in about 794 activities each and keep us on our toes all of the time.

Our house is always a mess. We regularly forget to send gym shoes and library books on the right day. At least once a month there is a piece of homework or a project that is being done during breakfast at the last minute. Things, more often than not, fall through the cracks. In other words, it’s a hot mess around here. I’m not a Pinterest perfect mom. Rather, I am a mom trying to teach my kids to be kind, welcoming, and respectful.

And stay humble – they learn (regularly) from my example how to stay humble. ???? 

My husband, Nathan, is my partner in life and this blog. He is my rock in more ways than one and supports all of my crazy dreams.

We lost our second child, Elliot, when he was 8 days old. As you can imagine, the loss of a child is unbearable, and it rocked our worlds. We have fought, very hard, to maintain our marriage and a happy home for our other three kiddos. If you want to know more about Elliot and our story of loss, you can read it here. If you want to read more of my experience of grief, you can read this post.

picture of lisa longley in a red shirt sitting behind her laptop


The name Wine & Glue came from my time crafting at night after my little tiny kids went to bed, a wine glass in one hand and a glue gun in the other. 

These days, it’s more like a glass of sparkling water in one hand and a stack of hand written recipes waiting to be shared with you in the other. I still love crafting, but it pales in comparison to my love of developing recipes for you.


Have a question? I might have already answered it on my FAQ page.

Want to work together? I’d love to hear more! Read all about my work with brands here.

Do you want to know more about living with grief. Email me.

You can send other questions to [email protected].

Reader Interactions

  1. Elaine Volpe says

    Lisa what is the cost to subscribe to your site. Could you let me know thank you Love a lot of your recipes.

    • Lisa Longley says

      No cost at all :)

  2. Stephen Dorrmann says

    Hi…. Maybe you can give me some information. Recently an article on Facebook states leaving a strawberry in salted water for about 1/2 hour will bring our tiny worms that were put there by some insect. I love strawberries but don’t want to eat them if this is true. As a qualified cook have you ever heard about this? Any information would be appreciated. Thank you…Steve

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Stephen! That is not something I do with my strawberries. I have seen the videos though. I think it is a personal choice, but I also think if you knew all the tiny bugs you accidentally ate (and are still totally fine) you might never want to eat again. This might be a great instance of ignorance is bliss.

  3. Teresa Huffman says

    I just clicked onto your veggie quiche recipe and read your post about loss. Funny how things go, I know someone who is experiencing grief. I was actually judging their process. Thank you for reminding me to “Bear Witness” and be a better person for them.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Teresa, Thank you so much for leaving this comment! Also, I just want to add that it takes a pretty incredible person to recognize you could be doing something better, admit, and make a change.


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