recipe: pork chops with apple cider gravy

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Have you guys heard of Plated? It's a food service that delivers fresh ingredients to your door once a week based on recipes that you've chosen from their weekly menu. I discovered Plated back in February, and every couple of months I'll treat myself to something from them.

I don't want to give away the entire recipe for this, but I wanted to share it with you because it was easily the best thing I've ever ordered from Plated. I'm not giving away the salad today, and I'm keeping the ingredients and directions to a minimum, but with a little cooking knowledge you should be able to recreate this without too much trouble.

pork chops with apple cider gravy

Boneless pork chops
Apple cider
Apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper
Olive oil

Finely chop the shallot. Pat the pork chops dry and season with salt and pepper. Cook on medium-high heat with olive oil until cooked through, and then let rest on a plate. Keep the pan juices, and saute the shallot in them. Once the shallots are translucent, add the apple cider and vinegar. Reduce heat and stir occasionally until the gravy reduces.

Serve with an awesome salad and enjoy…and check out Plated for more awesome weekly recipes to order.

book review: #GIRLBOSS


Sophia Amoruso, the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, released #GIRLBOSS earlier in 2014. I'm all about girl power business books, so I dove head first into what turned out to be a celebration of Sophia's unorthodox route to success. Don't get me wrong, I love it when people follow the less traveled route to success, but for me a lot of this book just wouldn't work in my life. Obviously I wasn't expecting Lean In round 2, but I was hoping for a little more substance in Sophia's book, such as really getting an understanding of business acumen and jargon when you're not a school-trained business person.

#GIRLBOSS is a fun, quick read, and it does have some nuggets of information for the younger crowd out there who haven't started their careers yet. However, if you're in a my position this book is a good chance to see business from a different perspective, which is always good.

Either way, do yourself a favor a check out this book.

goals for november

Goals november

You guys, I've been so lazy this last month. It's terrible. All I've wanted to do is read (non-school) books, eat pasta, and watch Sons of Anarchy. Even now I'm sitting on the couch under a blanket, waiting on pizza, and watching the NYC Marathon. Yes, I'm literally watching people run.

Needless to say, I only met one of my October goals. I need to get out of this funk asap.

goals for november

Continue to read for pleasure. It sounds counterproductive, but my school activities are winding down and I'm nearing graduation. Reading for pleasure helps keep my stress down and gives me something outside of binge-watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix.

Cook three times a week. Preferably not pasta.

Run. I have a 5k right after Thanksgiving, and the weather is finally perfect.

Spend time outdoors every night I'm home. Because I totally didn't do this last month.

The laziness will go away with the time change and the cooler weather, I just know it will.

PS: The picture is my class notes for my capstone project. We're so close to being done.