Marinated Baked Pork Chops
The past two days the movers have come to pack up all of our belongings and load them onto a semi truck to be delivered to our new house. This experience is so strange to me. In the past when we have moved I have spent days, even weeks boxing up our own things. When moving day came we would have a few friends over for pizza and drinks after loading it all into the U-Haul truck. However, that is not how it has been going the past two days. All of our stuff is being packed and loaded for us. We pulled aside a few belongings to take in the car with us. I feel completely worthless sitting and watching three people box up what I have called home for the past three years. Have any of you ever had this experience? It is truly strange!
I am having mixed emotions moving to another state. Five years ago Andrew and I left Columbus, Ohio so that he could start his pathology residency in Indianapolis. At that time, moving to Indy was a huge ordeal for me because I had never left “home’ before. When we came to Indianapolis we had only visited there twice and we knew no one. For the first year it was very stressful and depressing for me. It wasn’t unusual for Andrew and I to go back to Columbus every other weekend to hang out with friends and family. The first two years we lived in a suburb of Indianapolis called Avon and while that is a wonderful place for many people, it was not the place for me. The neighborhood we lived in had no sidewalks and we were surrounded by the big name stores such as Wal-Mart and Best Buy. Finally, Andrew and I made the move to downtown Indianapolis where we have lived for the past three years.
Moving from a suburb to downtown was incredible! Suddenly I loved everything about Indianapolis! We lived on the canal right in the heart of downtown Indy!
So now I as I am watching the movers pack up our belongings I am anxious about our move to Peoria. Just like when we moved to Indianapolis, I have only been to Peoria two times and we know no one there. I am excited and just a bit nervous, but here’s to new places and new experiences! Wish us luck!
The past few days in Indy have been rainy and cool for this time of year. So instead of firing up the grill like I typically do on a summer night, I made these succulent Marinated Baked Pork Chops. Pork chops are baked in a delicious tangy marinade. Serve over rice with a big slice of corn bread for a meal everyone will love.
Marinated Baked Pork Chops
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoon minced garlic
- 4 tablespoons ketchup
- 6 pork chops, trimmed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, thoroughly blend soy sauce, vegetable oil, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar, garlic and ketchup. Divide sauce in half placing in two separate containers. Place pork chops in a medium baking dish, spread with 1/2 the sauce and let marinate for at least 1 hour.
- Cover with aluminium foil and bake pork chops 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Turn and spread with remaining sauce. Continue baking 25 minutes, or until internal temperature of the chops has reached 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Remove foil and broil 3 minutes.
Yields: 6 servings
Source: adapted from Allrecipes.com