Four 3/4-inch bone-in pork chops (about 2 1/4 pounds)
Lemon wedges, for serving (optional)
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Combine the panko, oil, Parmesan, Italian seasoning and 3/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large resealable plastic bag. Put the pork chops in a large bowl and toss to coat with 1 tablespoon water. Place the pork chops in the bag and shake well to coat, pressing the breadcrumb mixture firmly into the meat.
Place the pork chops on a wire rack set on a baking sheet and top evenly with any breadcrumbs remaining in the bag. Bake until the breadcrumbs are dark golden and the internal temperature of the chops registers 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer (avoid touching bone), about 30 minutes. Serve immediately with lemon wedges, if using.
Cook jasmine rice according to package directions.
Meanwhile, heat a deep skillet or wok-shaped pan over high heat. Add oil and crushed red pepper, and let sizzle for 10 to 15 seconds. Add eggplant, and stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic, and stir-fry for 3 minutes more. Add vinegar and soy sauce. Sprinkle with sugar, and toss for 1 or 2 minutes longer.
Remove pan from heat, add basil leaves and toss to combine with eggplant. Serve over hot cooked rice.
In a large bowl, whisk together the pudding mix and 3 cups milk until smooth and well combined. Stir in the chopped chocolate. In another medium bowl, whisk to combine Cool Whip with 1/4 cup milk. In another small bowl, whisk to combine cherry preserves and 2 tablespoons water.
Spoon a tablespoon of the pudding into each popsicle mold and top with a spoonful of whipped topping. Pour the pudding mixture halfway up the molds and add a spoonful of preserves. Top off each with remaining pudding, insert popsicle sticks and freeze until firm, at least 6 hours or overnight.
Unmold and garnish with shaved chocolate and fresh cherries.