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Hawaii in a Snowstorm 
Apr. 20, 2011 4:11 pm 
Updated: Apr. 28, 2011 7:26 am

Over the weekend a friend from childhood and

his wife, who has also become a good friend,

and their little girl came to our house for

dinner.  When we have guests I like to pick a

theme and cook to it.  I usually learn something

new and enjoy going all out and making an

impressive meal.  I like to cook fancy but don't

often get the chance and I admit I have a

tendancy to over do it.  I decided that this time I

was going to aim for some make-ahead type

dishes so that I could spend more time visiting

with friends that I haven't seen in a couple of


I've been wanting to make Pani Popo ever since

Avon recommended it to me on my coconut

blog so I chose to do Hawaiian food as an

excuse to make it.  I did a little bit of checking

around and finally went with a flexible Lua

theme.  I made Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs as an

appetizer mostly because I love grilled

pineapple and I knew that my kids would like

it.  I also served Pina Colada III and made

virgin ones for the kids.  I chose to make

 Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker thinking that it

would make a great main dish that I could just

throw in the slow cooker leaving me free to put

more effort into other things.  I already

knew we were having Pani Popo, which I also

made ahead and just tossed in the oven for a few

minutes so that we could eat it warm.  We ate

the delicious smokey shredded pork on the

buns.  For side dishes I went with

Hawaiian but I did say my theme was flexible, a

very simple Macarroni salad, Tossed greens

with mangoes and strawberries on top, and a

parfait based on this recipe for

heard of haupia but it came up on a recipe

search and since I have lots of coconut milk

kicking around it was the perfect new recipe to


We had a wonderful time with our guests and

since there was nothing for me to stand over and

watch once the kabobs were cooked I was able

to sit and enjoy their company.  Because it

snowed about 6-8 inches the day before the

Hawaiian food was a much needed taste of

summer.  A delicious reminder that even though

it was miserable outside summer IS on it's way


While we were visiting after dinner we came up

with an idea to create a sort of "Dinner Pary

Club".  Everyone who wanted to participate

would come up with a theme and one would be

drawn from a hat.  Then one person would

volunteer to host and everyone would draw

what course to bring from another hat.

Depending on the number of people two dishes

may have to be drawn.  It is very likely that

we'll put this idea into practice later this year. 

It will take time to find a group of people

interested in doing it and organizing it around

all of our busy schedules.

Does anyone else like to cook to a theme?

Crustless Coconut (Haupia) and Chocolate Pie in a cup
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Apr. 20, 2011 5:05 pm
Your meal sounds great! I love to cook a nice meal and enjoy it with family and/or friends. I wish I lived closer - I'd love to be in the Dinner Party Club! What fun!
Apr. 20, 2011 5:36 pm
A dinner party club is a fabulous idea! Like Mother Ann, I wish I was closer to you, I'd definitely participate. Your party sounds wonderful. Good food, good friends,family: it's what life is all about:)
Apr. 20, 2011 5:47 pm
Loved the pie in a parfait dessert! Did you only make one recipe of the pie for 4 parfaits?
Apr. 20, 2011 6:29 pm
oh my gosh Sarah! Everything looks wonderful! The first time I ever made the pani popo I also made the kalua pork for a luau themed dinner. Isn't it good? I love having themed dinners and getting together with friends too, but sadly that doesn't get to happen as much as it used to. Perhaps it's something I really should try and organize with our little group and just make the concentrated effort to JUST DO IT. If I lived closer to you, you can bet I would be crashing the party and joining your group. Nice job as usual missy!
Apr. 20, 2011 7:14 pm
Mmmm.... de-lish! I love the pie! We dont have a dinner club but with all the family and assorted friends around it looks like a restaurant most of the time! LOL We have done a "theme" on obscure holidays and built a menu around the day or if the kids are studying a certain state/country/period of time we will research foods to make a meal for and look for fun facts to share at dinner. Our main dinner club type of thing though is family cook night where everyone picks a different recipe we have not made before and we all cook together. Might have to put a new spin on it now and create a family cook THEME night! Sounds like fun! Thanks for the idea.
Apr. 21, 2011 5:01 am
I, too wish we lived closer. I've thought a dinner club would be a great idea for a long time. Much nicer than eating out with better food. Several people thought it was a great idea if I did the cooking :). Food looked great to have in a snowstorm! Come on summer!! Or how about just having some spring weather?!
Apr. 21, 2011 6:58 am
Thanks Mother Ann, I thought of that, how awesome would a recipe buzz dinner club be? We'd all get really fat ;).
Apr. 21, 2011 6:58 am
Thanks Mangel :D.
Apr. 21, 2011 7:01 am
Thank-you Bibi, yes, one recipe did 4 parfaits, I double the recipe and made 8 but I'm sure i used a little less whipped cream than it called for. Also I used a lesser amount of chopped up baker's chocolate instead of chocolate chips.
Apr. 21, 2011 7:05 am
Thanks Avon. The pani popo isn't just good it's great! I cut back a little on the sugar as I was serving it with meat but I could see a sweeter batch being a great dessert! I was surprised at how good the pork was too, I may never cook a stardard pork roast again :). You wouldn't be crashing if you lived close though Anne, you'd be invited :D.
Apr. 21, 2011 7:10 am
Thank-you What's For Dinner, Mom?. I love that you cook as a family. Right new we're limited to baking, it's really hard to keep track of 4 kids under the age of 6 "helping" to cook. But when they get bigger I'm going to borrow your idea of a family cook night. It sounds like lots of fun :).
Apr. 21, 2011 7:13 am
Thanks Cat Hill. I'm hoping I can find a big enough group who are willing to join, even if they just buy their dish pre-made! I'm with you, come on Summer.
Apr. 21, 2011 7:55 am
I love the Hawaii theme, Sarah and I would join you in a theme night if we lived closer as well. I was on a theme burn when I quit being a Cub leader. Every camp I took the cubs to, would have a theme for badges and I would incorporate all the foods into the same theme. It was a lot of work, but very enjoyable. I think I could finally think themes again
Apr. 21, 2011 10:39 am
I love the idea of a theme, but don't do that on a normal basis. Maybe I should!
Apr. 21, 2011 7:40 pm
Thanks Gramma :D. I can imagine you'd get burnt out after a while. I love doing it but all of the time might feel sort of limiting.
Apr. 21, 2011 7:41 pm
Thanks Sueb! It's lots of fun.
Apr. 22, 2011 9:06 am
Such a sweet (literally)and fun blog. Your pics are beautiful as usual too. Have a nice holiday weekend!
Apr. 22, 2011 10:47 am
Hi Sarah! what a great idea for a themed dinner... I love them too and would love to do a Hawaiian but hubs can be a stickler for Hawaiian food (just like he doesn't like Mexican...sheesh), so I will just have to experience it vicariously through your blogs :) I may try the pani popo though on my own, you never know, he does love bread...hmmmmm.... maybe he would eat it if he didn't know what it was :D
Apr. 22, 2011 9:09 pm
Thank-you Sweet Basil! The food, aside from the pork, was all quite sweet :).
Apr. 22, 2011 9:10 pm
lol Gitano, I bet you could trick him if you told him it was a form of sticky buns :D.
Apr. 23, 2011 2:52 am
Hi Sarah-May! I am basically new here on all-recipes as far as posting my own recipes. I was curious how people get to view one of your creations...there are so many different versions of everything so i'm curious how people can actually find the one you've contributed. The meals you created looked nothing short of perfect. I loved the desert with the whipped cream, that looks beautiful:)
Apr. 24, 2011 9:43 pm
Hi, how do you use the pears in your recipe for pear, balsamic chicken in the slow cooker?
Apr. 25, 2011 6:00 am
Thank-you edt :). You can click on my picture to view my profile and along the right hand side my published recipes are listed. I have a bunch that have not been published but they are not so easy to find. You can go into my recipe box and click on "type" twice, it will arange my recipe box and show you weblinks first (I just checked and there are 6 pages of those) and then all of the personal recipes I have saved. Not just my personal recipes, those are in there too, but everyone's that I've kept to try :).
Apr. 25, 2011 6:00 am
Hey Rugosa, the pears go in on top of the chicken before the aspargus. I've written to allrecipes and asked them to fix the insructions :).
Apr. 25, 2011 12:08 pm
There is nothing better than cooking to a theme. If a meal has no theme to it, to me it is not as enjoyable.
Apr. 25, 2011 5:01 pm
I once had a party where each guest chose a different country and made a dish unique to that area. We had quite interesting and excellent food.
Apr. 26, 2011 11:04 am
Thanks for dropping by Justin :D.
Apr. 26, 2011 11:04 am
That sounds like a lot of fun Donna V!
Apr. 27, 2011 9:22 pm
I loved reading your blog. I live in Hawaii on Oahu and I think you did great sticking to the theme. Haupia is very popular here, even McDonalds has haupia pie (like the apple pie)! At Thanksgiving, kalua turkey is also popular and sooo good!
Apr. 28, 2011 7:26 am
Thanks a.granados! I may never cook a pork roast any other way again! The kahlua pork was that good, not to mention easy to make.
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