Breaded Vinegar Pork Chops


  • 4 bone-in pork chops (about 2 pounds total), pounded to 1/2′ thickness
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • Zest from half a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Arrange pork in a single layer in a large baking dish and cover with vinegar. Let sit 1 hour at room temperature.
  • Set up your dredging stations: one small baking dish with flour; one with eggs; and one with panko, zest, thyme, and oregano.
  • Heat a large cast-iron or heavy nonstick skillet over medium heat and add 3 tablespoons olive oil. Season each chop generously with salt and pepper.
  • Use a fork to dredge each chop first in the flour, then in the egg, then in the panko mixture; make sure they coat the sides as well as the tops and bottoms, as every inch of crust is crucial.
  • Put them into the hot oil. Working in 2 batches, cook pork chops—wiping out skillet with a paper towel after the first batch and adding the remaining 3 tablespoons oil—until crispy and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side.

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Free Weekly Meal Planning Download

meal-planningAfter a quick perusal of our budget, it was obvious that a big expense that we had that we could save money on was food.  With both of us working with long commutes, it was often easier to just go out to eat every night.  This was especially made easier by the fact that we lived in San Gabriel Valley where there was an overabundance of cheap and good asian food.  But of course over time, this expense started to add up.  Plus, eating out is not as healthy as cooking your own meals at home.  The hard part for me about cooking though was going grocery shopping and having planned meals with recipes.  You really need to be organized and plan out your grocery shopping so that you only have to go once a week to make it efficient.  So the first part of getting organized is coming up with a weekly meal plan.  You can download a simple template with grocery shopping list that I made on excel by clicking below:

Free Excel Weekly Meal Planning Template Download

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Broiled Pineapple Mahi Mahi Recipe

photo 1So I decided to make this for dinner last night and it was a really healthy meal.  It’s a great tropical themed dish that is relatively fast and easy to make.  It helped that the mahi mahi was on sale too.  This pairs well with a Caesar salad.  Hope you enjoy the recipe!

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Mother’s Day Restaurant Deals and Freebies

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Boston Market – Moms eat free at Boston Market. Buy one individual meal, sandwich, salad bowl or market bowl and get one free. Offer available Sunday only. No coupon needed.

Steak Escape – Moms eat free at Steak Escape with a coupon. Buy one sandwich, salad or smashed potato and get one free. Coupon expires May 31.

Outback Steakhouse – offering a 3-course meal for $19.99 (a 30% savings). The meal includes a soup or salad, entrée and side (entrées include a Bone-In NY Strip or a 6 oz. Victoria’s Filet) and cheesecake or carrot cake for dessert. This offer is valid 5/6 to 5/11.

Starbucks – Buy one, get one free Teavana Oprah Chai on Mother’s Day in Starbucks stores. Starbucks will make a donation for each Teavana Oprah Chai Tea product sold in participating Starbucks and Teavana stores to benefit youth education through the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation.

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Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry Recipe

chicken and vegetable stir frySo one of my staple dishes is chicken and vegetable stir fry.  It’s an easy dish to make and relatively fast.  I usually just use a bag of the frozen stir fry vegetables from Costco.  I had this for dinner last night and it was delicious.

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