It's spring! My local farm just sent me an email to say that they have strawberries and asparagus. Every blog and food person around is going on about ramps and fiddlehead ferns, and the magic that is the fleeting presence of weird early spring veg.
This isn't that. This is cocktail meatballs. You could make them any time of year. You could probably buy them in the frozen section of your local megamart. My recipe probably isn't all that different from your mom's.
I have always done this with pre-packaged veggie "meatballs" but they're made out of meat* this time. So don't despair, vegetarians, you too can have this sweet and spicy deliciousness that should probably be reserved for parties, but can still be dinner, because hell, you work hard, and you deserve a cocktail meatball now and again.