Grocery List – Week 4

Ok folks, this is a really exciting menu, including my new favorite recipe: The Best General Tso’s Chicken by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt.  The title is well-deserved; this Chinese take-out replica takes a little work, but it turns out amazing.  Savory and a little sweet, with the perfect crispy chicken that doesn’t get soggy in sauce – it’s possibly better than any take-out I’ve ever had.

There are also some authentic Vietnamese grilled pork chops, perfect for summer barbecuing, and my favorite homemade pita bread recipe.  If you’ve never tried making pita bread at home, it’s really worth trying at least once; you get to watch the pitas puff up in the oven and form little pockets, and it’s kind of mesmerizing.  Enjoy!


Vietnamese Grilled Pork Chops with Chilled Rice Noodles from Serious Eats

Chopped Greek Salad from Dinner at the Zoo

Homemade Pita Bread from the New York Times

Classic Hummus from Tori Avey

The Best General Tso’s Chicken Recipe from Serious Eats

Chili Lime Sweet Corn Salad from Lovely Little Kitchen

Shopping List:


Lemongrass – 3 stalks *
Red onion – 1
Cilantro – 1 bunch
Mint leaves – 1/4 cup
Cucumber – 1 (half for Greek salad, half for Vietnamese pork chops)
Limes – 3
Lemons – 2
Carrot – 1 large
Daikon radish – 1 medium
Red or yellow bell pepper – 1
Cherry tomatoes – 1 container
Corn on the cob (2-3 ears)
Fresh ginger (1 inch piece)
Parsley – 1 bunch (optional – salad ingredient, garnish for hummus)



Rice vermicelli (14 oz package)
Unsalted peanuts
Chickpeas (2 cans)
Pitted kalamata olives
Tahini paste
Active dry yeast
Shaoxing wine or dry sherry
80-proof vodka
Chicken bouillon
White rice


Refrigerated / Frozen

1 1/2 pounds (680g) thin-cut pork chops, preferably from the blade end, or boneless country-style pork rib
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Feta cheese


Pantry Staples

baking soda
baking powder
brown sugar
soy sauce
Asian fish sauce
sesame seed oil
vegetable oil
kosher salt
rice wine vinegar
red pepper flakes
olive oil
dijon mustard
red wine vinegar
garlic powder
onion powder
dried oregano
chili powder and/or cayenne pepper
paprika (optional)

* I couldn’t find fresh lemongrass in my produce section, but they did have it in paste form.  It came in something that looked like a toothpaste tube.  This worked great and probably saved a fair bit of prep time.  You can look near the packaged herbs in your store if you want to go this route.

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