Eat– for Good Health

My husband Gerry has a dinner request.  Using my Hawaiian nickname, he says, “Kakalina, let’s have spaghetti with beef meat balls.”  What could be better? Gerry likes Ragu sauce because that’s what his mother used, but he likes spaghetti noodles left long.  He will probably remind me not to break them in pieces like his mother preferred.  I miss my mother-in-law, one of those genuine and caring special people.  

Easy Meatballs


  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl combine egg, water, bread crumbs, onion, salt and pepper and combine. Add ground beef, broken into chunks, and mush with your hands to combine. Form into meatballs about 1″ in diameter and place on a broiler pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until meatballs are no longer pink in center.

6 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. Friends, after baking the meatballs, I drain any fat but use very lean ground beef. Since we’ve been married (since 1984) he has learned to twist long spaghetti noodles around a fork with the help of a spoon. It’s cute how appreciative he is.

  2. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Janessa, I know how the Kakalina nickname was discovered. Gerry bought Kathleen a keychain in Honolulu with Hawaiian name translations. The nickname has stuck.

  3. Kathleen Rowland

    Ladies, it’s totally funny. I noticed it first and said it must have been fun for Hawaiians to come up with translations, especially THIS ONE.

  4. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    I just googled a few names at a translation site, English names to Hawaiian:
    Jan– Kana
    Rebecca– Lepeka
    Mary (my name)– Malia
    Ours sound pretty, but they are not funny (like Kakalina).

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