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There are few fried foods that are truly worth the fat and calories to me. This is one of them. The filling can be made ahead of time for convenience, assembly is best done with multiple helpers. Serve with soy sauce and/or apricot jam for dipping.

1 lb. ground pork
1 pkg. shitake and/or portabella mushrooms, chopped
½ c. diced water chestnuts
1 ½ c. bamboo shoots
2 c. napa cabbage-add last
chives
shredded carrot
garlic
2 tbs. soy sauce
1 tbs. cornstarch
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
1 pkg. eggroll skins
1 egg
vegetable oil
Cook pork, drain. Add onion, chives, veggies, spices, cornstarch towards the end of cooking.
Use 2 tbs. filling per eggroll, roll up, seal with beaten egg. Fry in hot oil and drain
The perfect winter meal: warm, creamy potato soup with sweet ham, corn, and bacon. Be sure to use good quality ham, thick cut.

6 c. diced potatoes
8 strips bacon
½ onion, sliced
1 c. celery, sliced
2 c. honey ham, chopped
3 tbs. butter
6 tbs. flour
2 c. milk
2 cans chicken broth
1 ½ tsp. thyme
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
¾ can corn
chives
cheese

Fry bacon. Empty most of grease. 
Sauté onion and celery until tender, slowly add broth and milk with flour to create a nice roux.
Add remaining ingredients and simmer on medium until potatoes are done.

From: Daniel
These meatballs are a little time consuming, from the onion prep and the sauce simmer time, but the meat mixture can be made ahead of time if needed. The flavor is well worth it; savory and lemony with a bit of sophistication from the wine sauce. Serve with plain rice (cooked in 1/2 broth, 1/2 water) and vegetables.

Meatballs:
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 small yellow onion, finely diced
Extra-virgin olive oil
Salt
1 pound ground pork
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons chopped fresh sage leaves (~1-1.5 tb dried sage)
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme (~1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves)
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Freshly ground black pepper
Lemon Thyme Sauce:
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
3/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (from one lemon)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme (~1 tsp. dried thyme leaves)
Zest of one lemon, to garnish
Roughly chopped thyme, still on stems, to garnish
Put the milk and breadcrumbs in a small bowl and mix with a fork. When the crumbs have softened squeeze out the milk and discard it.

Gently sauté the onion in a little olive oil until it is soft but not colored. Season with a pinch of salt and set it aside to cool.

Combine in a medium bowl the pork, breadcrumbs, onion, egg, Parmesan, sage, thyme, cayenne, black pepper, and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix with hands thoroughly. Shape the mixture into walnut-sized balls. This can be done several hours or even a day ahead.

To cook, heat a skillet large enough to hold all the meatballs in one uncrowded layer. Add a little olive oil. When the skillet is heated, add the meatballs, shaking the pan to keep them from sticking. Using tongs to turn so they brown evenly, cook the meatballs until they are no longer pink in the center and lightly browned on all sides. Remove from the pan to a plate and immediately make the sauce.

Alternative cooking method: bake meatballs in the oven at 375 for 8-10 minutes & then brown in skillet.

Lemon Thyme Sauce:
Remove meatballs from the pan, and deglaze it over medium heat with the chicken broth and wine. Simmer until reduced by at least a third. Add the lemon juice and thyme, then add the meatballs back in again as well.

Simmer until ready to serve - at least 10 minutes, but up to half an hour. Serve meatballs with the sauce poured over and garnished with lemon zest curls and thyme sprigs.

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