Pork Chops with Apple Chutney

In an effort to maintain what little sveltness I have during the gorge-friendly holiday season (and also because I never met a deal I didn’t like), I signed up for a month of unlimited classes at The Bar Method.  I stupidly neglected to do any research about what the exercises were like – I just heard it was a kick ass work out and that was good enough for me.  I walked into the fully-mirrored room for my first class earlier this week, sporting some loose-fitting running shorts and a t-shirt (my usual non-basketball workout attire) and quickly noticed everyone else was wearing fitted yoga pants and tanks.  I quickly dismissed this observation, attributing it to everyone being much more girly than my tomboyish self.

However, once the instructor started barking exercises, I immediately realized why fitted pants were a necessity.  One or both of my legs were either up in the air or on a ballet bar connected to a mirrored wall almost the entirety of the most embarrassing sixty minutes of my life.  I tried to hold my shorts against my leg, but the instructor kept calling me out for not having my arms in the right place or having bad posture as a result of being paranoid about the free show I was giving my Bar Method classmates.

Yes, I was THAT girl.  I did not know any better, and am forever ashamed.

As a last ditch attempt at salvaging my evening, I decided to make a nice dinner for myself.  After a quick perusal through good ol’ Martha’s  recipes, I found instructions for Pork Chops with Apple Chutney.  I used my nifty meat thermometer (that I tried to double as a candy thermometer a few months ago) to make sure I didn’t overcook the pork.

Browned Pork Chops Before the Oven

The chutney came out a bit on the acidic side due to my heavy-handedness with the apple cider vinegar, but I evened it out by adding some table sugar to it.

Pork Chops with Apple Chutney

Thanks, Martha.  You never let me down!

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