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.

The view from our downtown Indianapolis apartment

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!

The view from our downtown Indianapolis apartment

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

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  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

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20 Responses to Marinated Baked Pork Chops

  1. Amy says:

    Aw, I’m glad the moving process is almost over! You’ll be settled in at your new place in no time 🙂 Trust me, I officially unpacked my last box yesterday and it feels so good, hehe. I’ve never heard of movers who pack your stuff for you…that’s interesting.

    These pork chops look delicious! A perfect hearty and satisfying meal.

  2. Not to sound too sappy, but you’ll love it. All you need is each other. Indy looks cool! Great recipe too. Good luck with the rest of the move.

  3. Donna says:

    Best of luck to you! I know it’s hard moving and starting again – just think if the fun you will have exploring your new place!

  4. Lexy says:

    Recipe sounds great but I don’t think that’s the right picture….it looks like a mini-meatloaf.
    “Home is where you hang your hat”, or so they say. Enjoy, you will make new friends and it will be a new experience for you both.

    • Christina says:

      Hahaha….it does look like a mini-meat loaf! 😀

      • Lexy says:

        I must apologize. Yes, it is a pork chop…..a picture that makes it look like a gigantic one. I really did think it was the wrong photo….but I do see it now as a pork chop. Sorry about that.

  5. We are doing that weird, parallel life/blog posting thing again. lol We just moved on the 16th, on our 2nd out of state move. This time to the Detroit area from Washington state. It was, and continues to be, overwheming. Our rental house isn’t ready until the 8th, so we’re hotel living with 4 kids until then. Its been a LONG few months, I tell ya! I didn’t have packing done, but this time around we did have movers come to load the truck. That was a weird experience. I can’t imagine having packing service too. I’m actually looking forward to it for our next move, whenever that will be.

    Good luck with everything!

  6. I wish you much good luck but I know you are going to be fine!

  7. muppy says:

    Oh my this looks delicious. It is always strange when moving, such mixed emotions, hope everything goes smoothly for you.

  8. Lucie says:

    Best of luck in peoria! If your new view looks anything like the one you had in Indianapolis, I’d say you’re off to a good start!

  9. Caroline says:

    Your view in Indy was spectacular, I’m extremely jealous! My view on both sides of my apartment is of other apartment buildings. I’m sure once you get settled in, you’ll adjust and grow to love the new place just as much. 🙂 I miss Columbus, OH too, I need to visit family there soon!

  10. Moving is so hard! I hope you learn to love your new home as much as the old one. Enjoy the adventure of exploring your new community!

  11. Jessie says:

    Hi Christina,
    Just wanted to tell you that I really enjoy reading your blog and trying your recipes! Also, I am from Peoria, IL and I hope you will like living here!! I’m sure it will be a big change from Indianapolis. Peoria has it’s pros and cons like every city, but for the most part it is a nice place to live. I think you would love Cyd’s Gourmet Kitchen and Cafe ( in Junction City. They have some really great food!! Good luck with everything 🙂

    • Christina says:

      Hey neighbor! Nice to meet you! 🙂 I think that Peoria will be a great place for our family. We have just started to explore the city and I think it will be a good fit. You are right, I think it will be a big change from Indy, but Indy is not that far away (and neither is Chicago). Cyd’s was actually one of the first places that I went to when my husband and I came here for interviews. It is incredible! 🙂

  12. Erin says:

    One of my favorite restaurants in Peoria is Seven. In Peoria Heights, there is also a cute boutique an coffee shop that I really like too. I hope you enjoy Peoria!

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