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Braised Pork Shoulder

For this dish, I wanted a warm and lightly spiced, hearty winter meal. I settled on the flavor aspects of orange peel and chocolate for the highlight. I used a chocolate stout beer during the cooking process and then as a finishing touch, added a few blocks of dark chocolate to melt into the finished sauce.

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Fresh Ingredients In Firenze

After months of anticipation I have finally made it to Florence, Italy!! This first week has been a whirlwind of non-stop activity and orientation to the winding roads, unfamiliar people and exciting marketplaces. One of my very first stops was the mercato centrale, a large indoor market that houses vendors selling everything from fresh fish and produce to dried herbs and fruit.

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