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Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

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Kim joins us after being our permanent sub on the Pomodori e Vino project. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think or The Amy Foundation.

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Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

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Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

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Amy is a teacher in suburban Boston with far too many cookbooks, her Grandmother's meat grinder and canning jars, and a new Wolf stove. She appreciates cuisines from around the world, with a particular fondness for French, Moroccan, Italian, Vietnamese, and Indian cooking. Tweaking her cooking and eating habits resulted long-lasting weight loss and health benefits, proving that living well still tastes good. An old hobby is knitting; and a newer one is canning preserves. Read more from Amy on her blog, Destination Anywhere.

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Sesame Ginger Soup with Pork Meatballs

By Jerry

If you have ever had Italian wedding soup you'll understand what I mean when i say that this soup could be called 'Asian Wedding Soup'. There are some real similarities - delicious broth, tiny meatballs, and healthy greens all show up in the bowl.

I figured that everyone would be doing roast pork or pork chops in some form or another so I really wanted to go outside of the box. The Flavor Bible listed ginger, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, and garlic as good flavours that pair with pork so I started working on an Asian themed dish.

Paul and I made this soup for dinner last night - we were glad that we had doubed the recipe because it was delicious. The ginger and sesame oil in both the meatballs and the broth added a wonderful depth of flavour to the dish.


Sesame Ginger Soup with Pork Meatballs

1 egg
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 clove of garlic minced
2 T minced fresh ginger
1 T low-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 lb ground pork (NOTE: I had some pork chops that had been in eh freezer for awhile so I thawed them out and minced them in the food processor to make my own lean ground pork)

1 T canola oil
1 tsp sesame oil
4 carrots, peeled, diced
2 T minced fresh ginger
6 cups low sodium broth (I was out of chicken so I used beef - chicken would be better I think)
2 cups water
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1 T Sirracha sauce
2 T rice wine vinegar
2 cups thinly sliced bok choy leaves

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.

Mix all of the meatball ingredients together so that all of the ingredients are well-distributed throughout. Shape into small meatballs (about 1 tsp of the mixture per meatball) and place on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes. Set aside. Note if your meatballs are larger you may need to bake them for longer - check the largest one, if it is cooked inside then they are done.

Drizzle the canola oil and second amount of sesame oil in the bottom of a large soup pot. Heat over medium heat. Saute carrots for about 5 minutes. Add ginger and saute for 1 minutes. Stir in broth, water, soy sauce, and Sirracha sauce. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes (the carrots should be tender by this point) and flavours blended.

Add the meatballs and rice wine vinegar. Bring the soup back to a boil.

Stir in bok choy and cook until wilted.

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Comments (4)


Great idea, Jerry. Maybe you'll start an entire new tradition for the weddings of half the globe. ;-)

It certainly looks delicious! Nice choice.


I think I would love this!

What a great idea Jerry!

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