Behind the recipe: Mary’s Pork Chops

OThe best kind of recipes have a great story/person behind them. When the things you’re eating have a rich history and characters behind them, they just taste better, right?

These pork chops come from a very formative person in my life, Mary. Mary was not only a family friend and my daycare provider, but she was also my Confirmation sponsor. She is definitely one of the reasons I had such a fun childhood…she came up with these amazing theme days, like Western Day and Christmas in July. I still remember waking my parents up early in my cowboy hat for Western Day…I was excited to grill hot dogs. Nothing really has changed with me.


She’s one of those people who knows what children want so well, she’s actually a kindergarden teacher!

Mary shared this recipe with my parents, and to this day, it’s an absolute family favorite. It’s my favorite way to marinade pork…all it takes is a few ingredients you probably already have in your arsenal.

Two summers ago, my parents had my best friends family, the Sturz’s over for dinner and made this. When I went over to their house the next day, Sue Sturz was already marinading pork in this recipe for their dinner that night! It’s that good.

Mary’s Pork Marinade

(from Mary Donnellan)

3/4 cup oil

6 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup vinegar (I’ve used cider vinegar with great results)

1 tbsp mustard

1 tsp salt + peppers

3 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp parsley

1 tsp garlic


Marinade pork chops overnight, and turn once while marinading. Grill and enjoy!


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