Happy Tuesday all!

Guess what? I start my new job tomorrow! Yay! I’m pretty darn excited if you can’t tell. I don’t really want to state out loud where I am working because I know that I have celebrity status around these here parts and don’t need the paparazzi knocking down my door. I saw one in the bushes at Whole Foods the other day and in my best fashion, lugging two huge recyclable shopping bags full of groceries, I somehow managed to casually slip my wide-rimmed Michael Kors shades over my eyes, a la Kim Kardashian. Of course, I was abruptly awoken back to reality as I heard a car horn blaring…it came from one of those “over-eager, I can’t find a spot in the Whole Foods parking lot and I’m on my lunch break, so I guess I will just have to fit my 4×4 Diesel Chevy into the parking spot reserved strictly for small, electric cars.” A girl can dream, can’t she? 

Anyway, we all know that I am no celebrity, because if I was one, I would have sent my assistant to pick up my groceries for me. That’s a total lie. I really enjoy grocery shopping. It’s therapeutic. Speaking of therapeutic, cooking is totally my #1 therapy. No doubt. I cooked practically all day yesterday, Michael Buble’ playing in the background, before I knew it…12 o’clock had turned into 5 o’clock. Let me show you how I do therapy. 

Exhibit A: Pork Chop
Raw meat…lovely.

Make it sexy. Pan sear it.

Ready for the close-up.

Make a sweet, yummy glaze and a side of roasted fruit to go with it.

Pour that glaze on top of the pork, top with the fruit or eat on the side…
I spoil my parents.

Gasp! Call your therapist and tell him you are canceling all of your future sessions.
Pork…it’s the new therapy. You can thank me later! 

Pan Seared Pork Chops with Maple Apple Butter Glaze and Roasted Cinnamon Apples:

Pan Seared Pork Chops:

1 butterflied pork chop (mine was a little over a pound), trimmed of excess fat.
1/4 c. oil (I used olive oil)
salt and pepper, to taste

1. Heat a large saute pan or non-stick skillet with 1/4 c. oil over medium heat.
2. Season both sides of the pork chop with salt and pepper.
3. Add the pork chop to the pan, sear on both sides, about 5-6 minutes.
4. Transfer the pork chop to a plate and let it rest for a few minutes.
5. Serve drizzled with glaze and topped with cinnamon apples.

Maple Apple Butter Glaze:

1/4 c. pure maple syrup
1/4 c. apple butter 
juice of 1 tangerine
1 T. Dijon mustard
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. In a medium sauce pan, combine all glaze ingredients and gently heat until medium warm. Remove from heat and set aside until serving.

Roasted Cinnamon Apples:

2 apples, peeled, cored, and roughly chopped into square pieces
1 T. cinnamon
1 T. brown sugar
juice of 1 lemon

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Toss everything together in a small mixing bowl.
3. Place the apple mixture in a baking dish, cover, and bake for 45 minutes, turning the apples with a spatula every 15 minutes.
4. Serve alongside pork.



  1. I TRULY LOVE your form of therapy!!! And, I like your dreams! LOL!

  2. Totally making this ASAP!!!

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