February 3, 2014

Amazing Asian Pork Meatballs


When was the last time you found something that made your life a little bit easier?

What was it?  You know you have to share...its only fair!!

Today, I have for you not only a seriously delicious recipe I also have a fun giveaway for something I KNOW you will love and it will make your life a little easier (and more flavorful)!!

You know how often you want to make something and you are like - oh drat!! I don't have parsley, or I don't have basil or where the heck do I find lemongrass or I forgot to buy a knot of ginger!!  I know I am not alone on this- this stuff happens to me allll-the-time! I am such a spur of the moment cook that I am forever improvising to make up for what I don't have on-hand.

Enter Gourmet Garden who make herbs in tubes...yup not a typo...they have over a dozen herbs that come in tubes. Now I know what you are thinking "why the heck would I but herbs in tubes when I can just buy fresh herbs?  I thought the same thing too, that is until I received a sample kit at an event I attended last summer. Honestly, I remember thinking "I am never going to use these...why would I?" But then I did...and I was completely blown away by the results!


I don't even know where to begin here:

No Mess - Seriously...take off the cap, squeeze what you need, put the cap back on until next time!

Convenience - It's always there...just waiting for you.

Time saver - Take the cap off, squeeze what you need, put the cap back on...Bam!

Quality - Grown in Sunny Australia on organic farms, the herbs are picked, washed, chopped & packed within 24 hours - I love that!

No waste - Each tube lasts for 3 months in the fridge and 6 months in the freezer!  How many times have YOU wasted fresh herbs because you didn't use them quick enough or only used a portion...I know I'm guilty of both. Check out just what is in each tube here.

Value - Take a look at just what you get in each tube- it's completely worth the sticker price!

I am completely smitten with Gourmet Garden and their herbs and so is my 9 year old daughter!  She loves making her quick tomato sauce with their basil, oregano and chunky garlic tubes. She adds the garlic to her meatballs and just tonight she added the parsley into her chicken stock which is simmering on the stove as I type....that girl will practically go door to door looking for a chicken carcass to make stock, lol!

I also like the relationship they have with their organic farmers as well as the company's sustainability initiatives (like how they capture over 2 million gallons of water from their factory roof for example).  Put those things together then combine them with a cutting edge product everyone can find a use for that cuts down on waste, saves you time and money...in my opinion, you have a home run!

I use Gourmet Garden Herbs in sauces, appetizers, soups and more!

Now for the fun part!! One of you will win a cooler full of Gourmet Gardens!  You are going to LOVE these! The cooler includes 11 tubes - Chili Pepper, Dill, Garlic, Chunky Garlic, Oregano, Italian Seasonings, Lemongrass, Ginger, Basil, Parsley & Cilantro!


And to make your cooking even more fun, I am throwing in a set of these gorgeous Ganz Measuring Spoons - I am obsessed with how cute they are and so is my 9 year old daughter!! Winner can choose from one of the below...which are just a sample of their offering - aren't they gorgeous??


I like to make these Asian Pork Meatballs as mini's.  They make a fun and easy party food.  They are also great for lunch or a light dinner.  You can eat them as pick-ups, pair them with a salad or you can even use large lettuce leaves to roll them up in, add a little extra sauce and YUM!!!

Disclosure: I was not compensated to write this post, what I have written is exactly how I feel about Gourmet Gardens. Since Gourmet Gardens knows how I feel about their products, I took them up on an offer to do a giveaway to my readers.  I enjoy sharing and talking about things/products I adore.

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Amazing Asian Pork Meatballs

2 lbs ground pork
2 TBS Gourmet Garden Lemongrass
2 TBS Gourmet Garden Cilantro
3 TBS Gourmet Garden Garlic
1/2 TBS Gourmet Garden Ginger
1 large egg
1 cup breadcrumbs (plain or Panko)
Salt & pepper

Lightly oil a baking sheet and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the above ingredients in a bowl until just combined, form into small 1 1/2-inch meatballs.  Bake them on your prepared baking sheet for 13-15 minutes.  Once removed from the oven, allow them to sit on the tray for a few minutes, then place them in the sauce, heat them through once again and serve. *If you are making full sized meatballs bake them for 20-22 minutes.

Sauce

3 TBS Hoisin sauce
4 TBS rice wine vinegar
2 TBS Gourmet Garden Chunky Garlic
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 TBS Gourmet Gardens Ginger (up to 2 TBS if you want more heat)
4 TBS Chili with Garlic Sauce
1 TBS Gourmet Gardens Lemongrass
4 TBS honey

Make the sauce by combining all sauce ingredients in a small pot. Bring to a boil for a minute and remove from heat. Once you have baked the meatballs, gently toss them in the sauce until ready to serve.  These reheat well.  If you want a thicker sauce add more Hoisin sauce, if you want a thinner sauce add a couple TBS of water.   You can change flavor or the amount of heat in this sauce easily - this is a very adjustable sauce - so customize its heat, sweetness and flavor to your liking.


Colleen's Notes:  If you do not have Gourmet Garden Herbs on hand, you can certainly substitute chopped fresh herbs.  If you do not have access to any type of lemongrass, you can just omit it.  The meatballs and sauce will still be very tasty.

Chili with Garlic sauce is found in your market's ethnic aisle.  This is what it looks like, typically it's about $3.00 in the grocery store.  It is my #1 favorite ingredient!  In my opinion it transforms marinades, sauces and more.  If you can not find it you can substitute with Sriracha, however Sriracha has more of a kick to it, so use 1/2 to 1/3 of what it calls for or to taste.

Enjoy!!

131 comments:

  1. I have never tried chili with garlic sauce, but it sounds right up my alley! I can't wait to try the recipe. The picture looks awesome. Thank you!!

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  2. I really want to try those spices! And the recipe looks delish!

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  3. I like it. I will have to make it for the family to try

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  4. The recipe looks SUPERB and it so easy to make because of the way the herbs are available. I WANT THESE! :-)

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  5. I definitely want to try these herbs now!

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  6. Great recipe! Looks so yummy. I'm also pinning.

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  7. This recipe looks amazing!!!! I am very excited to try it.

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  8. Oh my goodness, I was browsing the internet for recipe ideas and found this. I nearly died. Those Asian meatballs are my kind of dinner! Love it. And those measuring spoons --- gahh! they're mine, Colleen ! Thanks for sharing. Miss you and hope we get together soon :-)

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  9. The meatballs look and sound fantastic... definitely on my list of things to try out. As for the Gourmet Garden Herbs, I love the ginger one and make sure I have a tube in my fridge at all times!

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  10. it sounds great! meatballs are just one of those foods that are so comforting and also can be modified to fit any occasion, any culture, any palette!

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  11. Asian flavors are my favorite. I just came upon the tubes the other day. I picked up the lemongrass. I'm super excited about trying more! I can't wait to try this recipe.

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  12. I had Sweet & Sour Meatballs on the menu for later this week... might just have to move that up a notch with your fabulous recipe! Fresh herbs are hard to come by here sometimes. Tried growing my own, but a "green thumb" just isn't in my genes -- this sounds like the perfect solution! Accolades for encouraging your daughter's cooking skills!

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  13. This sounds like a wonderful recipe. I have been wanting to add more Asian dishes to our dinners.
    Mary Beth Elderton

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  14. I follow on Google+ as Beth Elderton
    Mary Beth Elderton

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  15. I'm in love with lemongrass so I'm sure I'd like these meatballs

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  16. I have 2 pounds of ground pork in my freezer! I guess I know what I'm going to do with it now!

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  17. I love the flavors in these meatballs and hope to win the giveaway so I can make them. I can taste them already...

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  18. Love the meatballs recipe. I use chilli gourmet garden, but here in Spain can only 3 of their whole range, more available when I'm in UK but still limited. Would love to win the cooler and other flavours I not been able to try - is this open to worldwide?

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  19. I like the sound of the recipe have not tried it yet but the garden herbs look great, I have not seen anything like that in my area. I hate buying herbs and spices and have them go bad these would work wonderfully and have a longer shelf life.

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  20. These look incredibly good! Lemongrass is impossible to find where I live. I will look for it in these tubes. Must make these ASAP!!

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  21. I like that it looks easy and yummy!

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  22. The recipe sounds delicious! I would definitely make these.

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  23. This recipe looks delicious...love the lemongrass!

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  24. The recipe sounds, and looks, delicious!

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  25. These look yummy! And I love the idea of the herbs in the squeeze tubes!

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  26. I think this looks terrific. I can't wait to try it!

    Samantha (samdaleo)
    jamesmadison1974@gmail.com

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  27. The recipe looks fabulous! I would probably do 1/2 and 1/2 beef and pork though.

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  28. I think the recipe sounds super easy and very delicious. Lemongrass! I will have to try this in my meatballs, it's a new one for me. I LOVE the idea of herbs in tubes!

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  29. I follow you on G+ as rust hawk. Thanks!

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  30. Looks like a very tasty recipe. I will have to make it for my family soon!

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  31. It looks delicious. Especially since i am super hungry right now. Great flavor combinations!

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  32. A always see these tubes of herbs in the grocery store, but am always hesitant to try them. Thanks for sharing a recipe to give me an excuse!

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  33. I did (essentially) prepare this recipe on Super Bowl Sunday (a party of 8 - plus 1 college age son/ aka eating machine - not sure if that counts! They were VERY well received (and devoured.)

    I did make a few adjustments: I happened to have a lot of fresh Cilantro and some Trader Joe's Garlic Sauce on hand that I wanted to use up. I had been meaning to try the Gourmet Garden Herbs for a very long time - especially because I use fresh (if possible) herbs all the time.

    So I want to say THANK YOU x (times) 3! For the very good recipe, nudging me to try the Gourmet Garden Herbs - AND (of course) the splendid giveaway.

    Most of the herbs are indispensible in our recipe repetoire and it is so much easier, more convenient and less expensive (and less wasteful!) Now I just wish they would add a few more of my favorite herbs to their offerings: Sage, Rosemary and Thyme for instance. Thanks again!

    Jesselyn A/Jesstinger
    jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

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  34. P.S. I also pinned it :

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/534239574518905596/

    Jesselyn A/Jesstinger
    jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

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  35. I think the recipe sounds like one my family will love! Can't wait to try it!

    andysavi.mom@gmail.com

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  36. I really like the combination of spices and seasonings... also, I usually use a ground pork ground beef mixture when I make meatballs, so this will be interesting to try.

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  37. Well I'm sure it is delicious if you eat meat...which I don't.

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  38. While I don't eat meat, I would definitely still make that sauce for fish! I always use Gourmet Garden products, they are my favorite!

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  39. This recipe sounds amazing! I really want to try it. Thanks.

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  40. The recipe sounds great. I would love to try these. thanks

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  41. I am SO excited to try this! It sounds amazing!!

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  42. Sounds amazing, but if i were to make it I would adapt it to be chicken meatballs :)

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  43. I look forward to trying the recipe. I like foods w/ an Asian twist.

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  44. Follow you on Google+ and added you to my Foodies Circle.

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  45. Love the recipe - love using ginger and lemongrass in recipes

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  46. I'm drooling, sounds absolutely amazing!

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  47. This looks incredible. Love ground pork recipies and love Asian food so it's a perfect fit. Will probably use agave nectar instead of sugar though. Thanks for posting.

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  48. My mouth is watering. I may try it out myself.

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  49. I think these sound tasty. I would try them for a potluck.

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  50. The recipe sounds great and I could easily substitute another ground protein for the pork. Thanks!

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  51. This recipe sounds and looks delicious.

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  52. I love how it uses ingredients that are easy to find or substitute!

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  53. The recipe look delicious but I'm not a big pork fan but may try it with ground turkey.

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  54. Your recipe looks and sounds delicious! This is such a unique idea for herbs too!

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  55. I love meatballs, and this recipe looks and sounds delicious!

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  56. I think the recipe sounds delicious and is one I will try!

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  57. I like it! I think i'm going to try it this weekend.

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  58. there never seem to be any fresh herbs in my area, so these seem super convenient.

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  59. It sounds great and I haven't tried asian inspired meatballs before. I love all of the herbs that are in this recipe!

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  60. The recipe sounds great, nut I'll have to tone down the heat for my husband. This is a fabulous giveaway! Can't find fresh herbs at my local grocery store. Live in a very small town.

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  61. Sounds delicious - always looking for a new recipe for parties.

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  62. It sounds delicious, I will definitely give it a try!

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  63. The recipe sounds yummy! Do you think it would work with beef?

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  64. This recipe sounds perfect for my next potluck!

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  65. It sounds great. Im going to try it at my next party

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  66. Sounds delicious!! This recipe has a lot of flavor going on.

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  67. These meatballs sound amazing. I've been wanting to try gourmet garden since i saw them in the store. I am always throwing out wasted fresh herbs. Thanks!

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  68. That recipe looks *amazing* and I would only try it with the Gourmet Garden Herbs. I mean, if I were to buy lemongrass I would end up wasting a bunch of it. "Squeezy" herbs for the win!

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  69. Already Follow you on Google+ Jesselyn Andersyn - 2 Circles

    Jesselyn A/Jesstinger
    jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

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  70. It sounds good, though I would substitute beef for the pork

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  71. Looks and sounds amazing, right up my alley : )

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  72. The recipe sounds good. I would try it.

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  73. I loooove meatballs so the recipe sounds amazing!

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  74. They look yummy! The spoons are adorable!,natbelinsky@verizon.net

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  75. It sounds delicious! I think I am going to make it!

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  76. I don't eat pork, but would use turkey instead. Looks amazing!!!!!

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  77. The recipe looks amazing, and I love the option to add more heat with garlic and not peppers or something odd

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  78. I'm always looking for a unique way to spice up something original! This is perfect! Thanks for sharing!

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  79. Recipe looks great. The herbs like that look great to work with,

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  80. I have never tried Lemongrass before; but this recipes sounds so delicious I all for giving it a try.

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  81. This looks so flavorful! I'm always looking for new taste combinations, and this one must be delicious.

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  82. This sounds delicious-I wonder what it would be like with some lamb instead of beef though. Could be quite tasty that way too!

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    1. Agreed! I have been thinking about making a lamb meatball (and burger) for about 2 years...I better put that on my to-do list, thanks for the reminder!!

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  83. I love it and going to recreat it over the weekend

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  84. The recipe sounds and looks delicious. I haven't tried lemongrass before and would love to see what it taste like. dwelchert at yahoo dot com

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  85. I think it sounds good!

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  86. The recipe sounds great!

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  87. This recipe looks so simple yet delicious.

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  88. The recipe sounds delicious! I'd really LOVE to try this! This would be perfect! I hate it when I have to waste fresh herbs!!

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  89. Oh my gosh, this sounds so good. I would love to make this recipe for my family.

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  90. I think my husband would love this recipe

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  91. My mouth is watering! Is love to try it!!!!!

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  92. My mouth is watering! Is love to try it!!!!!

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  93. Google plus follower-Teresa Thompson

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  94. Im always looking for new ways to make meatballs. This one looks amazing.

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  95. I think the recipe sounds fabulous! I have pinned it & hope to have an opportunity to use it soon. I'm thinking maybe I'll make them for my next women's council meeting at church!

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  96. I usually prefer ground beef to ground pork, but they look absolutely delicious.

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  97. Sounds delicious!!
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

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  98. This recipe sounds delicious! I am going to have to try it soon.

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  99. I love your recipe. I think it would be delightful as an appetizer or an entree!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  100. Mmmmm ... it sounds delicious to me! I'll be printing it out and trying it soon.

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  101. Sound fabulous! I will definitely be making them this weekend! I love anything with an Asian influence, its such a great flavor!

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  102. Recipe looks awesome! I love the simplicity of it

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  103. The meatballs look amazing. I love these herbs and love to cook with them. I am a real foodie who spends much time in the kitchen. Thank you for the nice giveaway!!!

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  104. Oh man....I think that those meatballs look so yummy. And the herbs look amazing as well.

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  105. It looks great. I love all the flavor those herbs would provide.

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  106. The Asian meatballs look delicious—I think I'll try to make them with my sister; she would like them, too!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  107. I think the recipe look delicious - I love all the spices in it, I hate bland, boring meat balls!

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  108. This recipe looks so simple yet delicious.

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  109. The recipe looks delicious and my kids will eat anything I serve on a toothpick.

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  110. this recipe is something i think my husband and I would LOOOOVE!

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  111. Sounds amazing! We love anything with a Asian flavor and with them being meatballs, I don't have to hear anything about my "weird" ingredients!

    Holly Storm-Burge

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  112. I already follow you on G+ as Holly Storm. Thanks!

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  113. Looks delicious but i would sub turkey meat!

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  114. I never thought of using pork to make meat balls, but it sounds good.

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