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Burned bottoms? Hockey-puck cookies? Doorstop loaves? No need for early morning hours, hot ovens, and burned fingers here. Catch Kate Jansen as she steps out of the heat and gives the latest in the lecture series “Women of Excellent Taste,” where D.C.’s finest women chefs discuss what fired their ambitions, touch on the art of food, and muse on their rise to success. Jansen is a pastry chef and founder of Firehook Bakeries, a round of five retail bakeries in the area. Her culinary education included studies in France and Italy, readily apparent in Firehook’s assortment of sweet delectable treats and savory yeasty goodness, including crusty, hearty, country-style breads and panello dell’uva, an innovative sweet focaccia. At 7 p.m. at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $9. For reservations call (202) 783-7370. (Liz Eckstein)