Gluten Free Double Chocolate M&M’s Cookies

Chocolate, Cookies, Dessert | September 27, 2016 | By

These Gluten Free Double Chocolate M&M’s Cookies are so delicious, fudgy and chewy that you’d never know they were made with gluten free flour!

Gluten Free Double Chocolate M&M's Cookies | Sugar and Wine

This weekend, I hung out with my 8-year-old niece. She’s amazing…and she loves to cook and bake. Every time I make a meal (or anyone does), she wants to help or she wants to do it herself and doesn’t want anyone else to help. So, when we had a weekend wide open, I decided to have a big baking weekend. We made pie crust from scratch, pureed pumpkin, made tacos, and baked these Gluten Free Double Chocolate M&M’s Cookies. Now, I didn’t tell her that they were gluten free until she ate one and loved them…. And I’m not sure she understands what it actually is. Do any of us?


Fig, Goat Cheese and Bacon Pizza

Appetizers, Dinner, lunch | September 20, 2016 | By

This Fig, Goat Cheese and Bacon Pizza is light but absolutely delicious. The creaminess of the goat cheese is paired with the sweetness of the figs and the savory taste of shallots. This whole wheat, thin crust pizza is topped with crispy bacon and a honey balsamic glaze. Yum!

Fig, Goat Cheese and Bacon Pizza | Sugar and Wine

Figs are absolutely amazing. They are sweet without being too sweet. They are soft and pair well with cheese. Plus, they look gorgeous and really class up any dish. For the last few weeks, I’ve seen all of these fig recipes around the internet and I couldn’t resist a few of them. I loved them so much that I decided to pair them up with some of my favorite ingredients and make a light, creamy, so delicious pizza.

I want to make pumpkin recipes. I really do. I LOVE fall so much but it’s still hot as heck here. I’m writing this post and it’s 87 degrees and humid…in the Midwest. This isn’t Florida, folks. Where is this fall that I’m promised and that I long for every single year? I mean, the leaves are falling, some of my pumpkins are done, and PSL is everywhere. But, yet, I can’t layer. Actually, if I wore a cardigan I might die from heat exhaustion.


Israeli Za’atar Frittata with Spiralized Zucchini, Tomato, and Feta

Breakfast, Gluten Free, Healthy | September 6, 2016 | By

This Israeli Za’atar Frittata is absolutely delicious with spiralized zucchini, tomato, and feta. Ready in 30 minutes, this frittata is the perfect healthy, gluten-free breakfast or brunch.

Israeli Za’atar Frittata with Spiralized Zucchini, Tomato, and Feta | Sugar and Wine

I have a thing for frittatas. I admit it: I kinda love them. They are easy to make, delicious, and filling. I’m a serious breakfast person. I can’t miss it. If I do, I’m so cranky. That’s probably why you see so many breakfast recipes on Sugar and Wine. I’m always thinking about breakfast.

Adding fresh summer vegetables to my frittatas has become a signature move of mine. This frittata will not disappoint. I think this is my new favorite frittata.

With summer ending, I’m trying to use up every last bit of summer produce from my garden. I want to savor every last tomato, zucchini, and cucumber while they are still in season.


Homemade Blackberry Toaster Strudel with Vanilla-Lime Glaze

Breakfast | August 29, 2016 | By

This easy-to-make Homemade Blackberry Toaster Strudel recipe is ready in under 30 minutes and is absolutely amazing with its light, refreshing Vanilla-Lime Glaze. They are the perfect weekend brunch pastry that will surely impress your guests!

Homemade Blackberry Toaster Strudel with Vanilla-Lime Glaze | Sugar and Wine


Fresh, hot-out-of-the-oven homemade pastries are absolutely amazing. They are flaky, sweet, and light. I started experimenting with homemade breakfast pastries when I went through a period of time where I had a bunch of house guests. I really like to roll out the red carpet for house guests. I also tend to bring goodies when I’m a house guest. Hint hint. 🙂

But, seriously, what better way to wake up your friends or family than the smell of fresh baked pastries? I’m pretty sure there aren’t many other ways. Maybe a side of crisp bacon is up there at the top of the list but not much else.

As we head into fall and all the wonderful family-centric holidays, it’s always good to have a few good recipes on hand to make for guests. This Homemade Blackberry Toaster Strudel is so delicious. When I made a test batch, I didn’t want to stop at one pastry. Unfortunately, my pants said, please stop. Metaphorical pants because it is still way too hot to even consider wearing pants here.


Easy Zucchini Skillet Lasagna (Gluten Free)

Dinner, Gluten Free | August 15, 2016 | By

Substitute fresh summer zucchini for lasagna noodles and turn your standard lasagna recipe into a delicious, gluten free meal! This Easy Zucchini Skillet Lasagna is the perfect weeknight dinner!

Easy Zucchini Skillet Lasagna

This summer’s weather has been absolutely amazing for my garden. I have had an abundance of tomatoes, summer squash, and cucumbers so far and much more coming. With all of the recipes coming up with zucchini and tomatoes, I may have to give them each their own week on the blog!

Gardening is one of my favorite activities. I’m still a beginner and learning all of the ins and outs of it but I’m having fun and enjoying eating the results. I really started gardening in containers on my balcony a few years back. I wanted fresh veggies on hand and love starting something from essentially nothing and having tangible results. I have since progressed from a garden plot to a full garden. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not easy work when you get to the point where you have a bigger garden. I probably took on more than I should have and may scale down next year.


Easy Skillet Blackberry Cobbler

Dessert | July 21, 2016 | By

In the height of summer and blackberry season, there’s nothing better than a blackberry cobbler. This Easy Skillet Blackberry Cobbler has fresh blackberries and shortcake biscuits that create a delicious summer dessert.

Easy Skillet Blackberry Cobbler | Sugar and Wine

I’ve been waiting for blackberry season for months. I couldn’t wait for them to be here. See, I froze some blackberries so I would have some in the off-season but didn’t save back nearly enough. And, honestly, although they were great, eating fresh berries right off the vine is where it’s at. Essential summer right there.


Garlic, Tomato and Basil Goat Cheese Crostini

Appetizers, Snacks | July 19, 2016 | By

These Garlic, Tomato and Basil Goat Cheese Crostini is easy to make, ready in under 20 minutes, and is essential summer food.

Garlic, Tomato and Basil Goat Cheese Crostini | Sugar and Wine

One of the best parts of summer is the fresh produce. I personally am lucky enough to have a garden so I can walk outside and grab ripe tomatoes, fresh radishes, green beans, zucchini, etc.

But, I love a good farmer’s market. Local farmers are growing amazing food and they are often doing it organically and GMO-free. Plus, it feels good to support local businesses growing food right and putting local people to work. Even though I have a bigger garden, I can’t grow everything. Sometimes certain crops just don’t work out. So, for me having a garden and visiting local farmer’s markets is how I can eat healthy, local, in-season produce.

Speaking of in-season, tomatoes are here! Is there anything better than in-season tomatoes? I’m pretty sure there isn’t. This year’s weather has been cooperative which means, I may get to actually can tomatoes and salsa but still, nothing beats a fresh tomato. Add a little salt and pepper to it and that’s all I really need.


Homemade Bubblegum Ice Cream

Dessert | July 1, 2016 | By

Steeping ice cream to make exciting new flavors is fun. Homemade Bubblegum Ice Cream is so easy to make and absolutely delicious. Your party guests or family will love every bit of this ice cream!

Homemade Bubblegum Ice Cream


I absolutely love birthdays. It’s a chance to celebrate another year of your loved one or friend. One of things I’ve really got into doing lately is making a special treat for birthdays. I like to take birthday girl and guy’s favorite flavors and come up with a dessert. Well, lucky you, my 8 year old niece loves bubble gum. I mean seriously loves gum. So I thought that it would be super fun to make a bubblegum ice cream for her birthday party.

Having never made a candy based ice cream before, I sought advice from a chef friend who has a lot of ice cream experience. Turns out, its pretty simple. The bubble gum actually mostly melts into the base. But, what doesn’t melt, is simply strained out. The same goes with candy. You can steep any candy you want–licorice or jolly ranchers–whatever you can think of. Now, I can’t promise you that it will taste good but I bet at least those two candy based ice creams would be delicious!


Rosemary Garlic Mozzarella Stuffed Soft Pretzels

Appetizers, Snacks | June 29, 2016 | By

Rosemary Garlic Stuffed Soft Pretzels are filled with gooey mozzarella cheese, full of flavor, easy to make and will impress your dinner guests. They are so delicious that you might want to double the recipe!

Garlic Rosemary Mozzarella Stuffed Soft Pretzels | Sugar and Wine

Since starting my herb garden, I’ve found myself experimenting with more herbs. I usually have some type of herb garden every year but this year is by far the biggest. The best part is that I planned ahead and put them all in pots so that I can keep them going year round. I’ve got a lamp ready to go for the cold midwestern months for the first time ever so cross your fingers that I can make it happen!

Usually when I experiment with soft pretzels, it’s all about paring them with an amazing dip. However, when I go to one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago, I’m always drawn to the cheese stuffed soft pretzels–mostly after a few drinks (ha!). If you can’t tell by the number of soft pretzel recipes on this blog, I LOVE soft pretzels. So much carb-ey goodness.


Pesto Artichoke and Goat Cheese Thin Crust Pizza

Dinner | May 4, 2016 | By

This thin crust pizza is topped with pesto, artichokes, creamy goat cheese and chicken. It’s the perfect pizza for dinner al fresco with a glass of wine. You will love it!

Pesto Artichoke and Goat Cheese Thin Crust Pizza | Sugar and Wine

The inspiration for this pizza came from a recent night out at a wine bar. It was a beautiful evening to sit outside with a bottle of wine (ok, there may have been two bottles), eating delicious pizza and catching up with some friends. We easily ate the whole thing. The original pizza had olives and pine nuts and was vegetarian.

I loved the original pizza so much that I decided to recreate it at home. The pizza has this light but rich flavor that I absolutely love. It isn’t covered in cheese like traditional pizza but the goat cheese gives you plenty of cheesy goodness. Now, if you don’t like goat cheese, you can swap it out for feta cheese but it won’t be as creamy. Still delicious but the texture and the taste will be different.