Memorial Day Family Lunch

Rounding out my 3 day weekend was lunch at sister-in-law #1’s and hanging out poolside at their townhouse on Memorial Day. The weather was overcast in Kaneohe, but that didn’t stop the boys from jumping in the pool. After working up our appetites we returned to their place for lunch.

I made penne with garlic and fresh tomato sauce, topped with basil and parmigiano reggiano. It came out pretty darn good I must say – it got my nephew’s seal of approval. I think the secret to good Italian food is olive oil. Lots of it.

052509 family pasta

and vegetables with an Italian bagna cauda inspired dipping sauce made with anchovies, garlic and olive oil. (Can you tell I’m still in Italian mode since our dinner at Arancino’s?)

052509 family bagna cauda

Sister-in-law #1 provided these delicious Angus sirloin cheeseburgers (the secret? they’re the kind from Costco you just microwave), chips & dip, and her signature tomato and mozzarella salad which I love.

052509 family plate

But the real highlight was the mini cherry cheesecake cups sister-in-law #1 baked. These bite size treats have a Nilla wafer cookie at the bottom, delicious cheesecake in the middle, and a single cherry on top.  One is just not enough!

052509 family cheesecake

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4 Responses to “Memorial Day Family Lunch”


  1. 1 Er May 28, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    All looks so yummy! Thanks again for bringing some of the goodies to our “Bachelorette party”! 🙂 I didn’t realize the cheesecake had a Nilla wafer on the bottom! Cute! It wa all good!

  2. 2 papamonkey in Tokyo May 28, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Cherry cheeze cake looks very delicious ! I wanna have had some.

  3. 3 Sister-in-law #1 June 8, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Wow, my cherry cheesecakes made it into your blog! That makes me so happy!
    All of your photos came out so beautifully–the colors are gorgeous. Your penne pasta was so delicious! I keep thinking about that and will put in an order next time you come over for dinner. The bagna cauda was also very rich and decadent.

    • 4 honolulueats June 9, 2009 at 10:09 am

      Your cherry cheesecakes were so delicious, and they were so cute! I had to put my finger in the photo just to show how tiny and bite-size they were.


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