Pork Chops and New Beginnings!

I’m a thin-cut, bone-in, pan-fried  pork chop kind of girl!  Always have been, always will be.  Some things will just never change. Ever. 🙂  Then there are things that seem to constantly change and those things we must change….

Never did I ever think I’d say, “I’m going to Target to pick up milk, a gift box, veggies and pork chops.”  What!? It took me a while to get used to the idea of picking up fresh produce and dairy items at Target, but I’m still having trouble purchasing my meat there. This is a hang-up that I’m going to have to overcome. With my sister losing her job at Raley’s as they try to do away with union contracts, cutting many of their long-term employees in order to hire at a lesser pay scale, my family and I have stopped shopping at Raley’s and their affiliated stores altogether.  Shopping at Raley’s for over 30 years, shopping elsewhere is a change for all of us and at times a bit of a challenge.  Hitting up Raley’s on my lunch hour was convenient. I was familiar with their products and their aisle placement. Change is not always fun, but sometimes it’s necessary.

Although being unemployed is no fun, I know this from experience, I’m excited for the new beginnings that await my sister. She’s been studying to get into the medical field for a few years. Raley’s swift kick in the ass will hopefully hurl my sister into a rewarding career path that she’s been working so hard towards.  Bah bye, Raley’s!  Moving on… 

In the spirit of change, I thought I’d veer from the usual, but always hit pan-fried pork chops, and try something a little different. Although these chops don’t get the  delicious caramelization achieved with pan frying, they were certainly not lacking in the flavor department!  The tangy’ness of the soy with the lemon and garlic is superb!! 

Baked Soy Lemon Chops!

Baked Soy Lemon Chops

1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
4 pork chops

In a shallow dish, combine soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, lemon juice, pepper and oil.  Add pork chops, and turn to coat evenly.  Cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Place marinated pork chops in a roasting pan, and bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, basting meat often with marinade.

For the record, my Target didn’t have any pork chops, so I picked up my chops at Safeway. The green beans, which were beautiful by the way, was a Target purchase. I guess giving into my hang-ups and purchasing meat at Target will have to come another day!  Stay tuned. 😉

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