Sticky Coconut Chicken

Sticky Coconut Chicken is a family favorite at our house - one of our favorite ways to grill chicken.

Sticky Coconut Chicken is definitely a Wilkes Family Favorite. Sticky Coconut Chicken  is one of our favorite ways to grill chicken in the summer.  We really don’t call it Sticky Coconut Chicken at our house though. We call it “Tar” Chicken.  It earned it’s nickname from the sauce that you put on the chicken – you cook it until it is almost as thick as tar but not quite! I originally shared this recipe back in July of 2008 and when my son recently brought a group of 17 friends [Continue Reading…]

Baked Ziti with Spinach and Sausage

Baked Ziti with Spinach and Sausage

This recipe was originally published in November, 2009 and has been updated. Today’s recipe is always a family favorite.  I have taken this dish into lots of family’s when someone was sick or had a new baby and it is always a hit.  The recipe is always requested.  It is also a great dish to make for company or when you are feeding two hungry 19 year old boys. As part of the Mormon faith we have a missionary program.  Our young men and women give up 18 months to [Continue Reading…]

30+ Easy, Delicious, Family Friendly, Slow Cooker Meals

slow cooker meals

Enjoy over 30 easy, delicious, family friendly slow cooker meals.  There is something for everyone! One of my goals for 2015 is to be better about meal planning and to use my slow cooker more.  I love using my slow cooker.  There is nothing better than coming home from a busy, crazy day and walking into the house and smelling dinner cooking away in the slow cooker!  All I have to do is dish it up!  Every time I use my slow cooker my first thoughts are, “why don’t I [Continue Reading…]

Steak Bites

Steak Bittes

Steak Bites are about as easy as they get – just three ingredients. For more pretty and delicious be sure and follow me on Instagram.   Today I’ve got a recipe redo for you.  The photos in the original post were so bad it just had to have a redo.  I had actually taken the original photos at the dinner table as we were sitting down to eat and the lighting was terrible.  I have made these twice in the last few weeks because they are so easy and delicious. [Continue Reading…]

Balsamic & Pesto Chicken Pasta

Balsamic Pesto Chicken Pasta

Last week I was totally craving pasta and cheese.  Not sure if it was the weather or hormones! I thought about making this yummy Baked Ziti with Spinach and Sausage but I didn’t have any sausage and I had some chicken that needed to be used. I also wanted something a little different, not a tomato based dish so I decided to use pesto and balsamic vinegar instead!  With some store bought pesto this dish is easy to put together. I marinaded my chicken in the pesto.  I also pounded the [Continue Reading…]

Asian Chicken Wraps

Asian Chicken Wraps are a great way to use up leftover chicken and crate an easy dinner!

These Asian Chicken Wraps are quick and easy to put together and a great way to use up leftover chicken. I thought I’d start the week out with an easy and delicious dinner idea. Lately I haven’t been very good about planning my meals for the week. I think it is a combination of being out of town, being an empty nester and a little boredom. In fact, my sweet husband, who never complains mentioned after two nights of take out that he was looking forward to a home cooked [Continue Reading…]

Chicken Pot Pie with Crumb Topping

Chicken Pot Pie with Crumb Topping

This chicken pot pie has a fun and yummy crumb topping I have never made chicken pot pie before.  I think it is the pastry part that scares me away.  I am not a big pie maker and usually default to a premade crust when making a quiche or some other recipe that calls for a pastry crust. A few weeks ago I stopped by to visit with my friend Cathy.  She was just having lunch and she asked me if I’d eaten and would I like to join her.  [Continue Reading…]

Oregano Chicken


For years I was strictly a white meat kind of girl.  I always chose the breast over the thigh.  Fortunately my husband enjoyed the dark meat so it balanced out quite nicely. Well, a few years ago I discovered how moist and lovely dark meat can be and started using chicken thighs in my cooking.  Not only are they nice and moist but they are also a lot less expensive! This recipe calls for chicken thighs but for you non dark meat eaters it would also work just fine with [Continue Reading…]

Cashew Nut Chicken

Cashew Nut Chicken

Cashew Nut Chicken just like they serve at your favorite Chinese restaurant. I’ve mentioned before that I am lucky enough to be married to man who pretty much loves everything I make.  So sometimes it is hard for me to gauge how good something really is because he likes everything.  There have been a few rare instances where he hasn’t liked something and believe me I have never made that again. Last week I made an old family standby dinner that I hadn’t made in quite a while.  I think [Continue Reading…]