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Perfect Pavlova

Last week’s “Fºd by Degrees" story has turned into an A+ story. My Pavlova failed because I baked it at the wrong temperature (Cº v. Fº). You’ve seen the failure… I thought it only fair to share with you how be...
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Fºd by Degrees

Do you remember your teacher saying: “Read the instructions carefully before beginning your exam?” Well, I remember that. And I try to heed that advice when assembling complicated items like electronics and oth...
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‘Working Girls’ Need to Eat, too.

Pasta Puttanesca. I almost don’t care what it tastes like. I just love saying it. I put a lot of emphasis on the P’s and the T’s and the ESCA! Pretend you are Italian (if you aren’t) and say it with me: Pa-st...
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Chocolate, Port & Velvet (optional)

Serve up romance with home-made chocolate truffles and a beautifully presented glass of port (red velvet underwear optional). Instead of purchasing store bought chocolates that are sometimes not even made out o...
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Souper Bowl Match-Up

The Souper Bowl.... it’s not just about the football, is it? It’s about the food… at least for me anyway. I go to Super Bowl parties to be with friends, eat, drink some, listen to the cheers, eat, enjoy rowdy conversation, eat, and to vote for the best commercials. On occasion, I may catch a play or two. But, frankly, I usually end up missing 95% of the game.
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The Patrician Palette: Lose those “Holiday Hips” Part III

IT’S OKAY TO BE RAW. Another way to save calories is to eat raw! Raw meats can be eaten in the form of a tartare, ceviche, or sashimi and sushi. Tartare is usually associated with chopped raw steak mixed with spices and herbs, and ceviche is thinly sliced fish or red meats marinated in citrus juice and oils. The citrus will actually pickle (cook) the meat.
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The Patrician Palette: New Year’s Eve

Hummus? Guacamole? (Been there, done that.) New Year’s Eve is upon you and your guests have RSVP’d.  What new and unexpected treat can you serve that's easy to prepare, full of flavor, iridescent in color, can ...