After former pastry chef and food writer Leigh Lambert’s Man Catcher brownies caused a stir when she shared the recipe in the Washington Post several years ago, she decided to launch an entire collection of scintillating desserts. And this year, the full line of six flavors will be included in the “Everybody Wins at the Oscars®” Nominee Bag, which is given to non-winning nominees in the five major categories. And that makes Lambert our winner for our Grill the Chef column.
What’s in your fridge or freezer that would surprise people?
Kale. I love to make green smoothies. Life is all about balance.
Last meal you cooked for yourself?
Crock pot chicken pot pie sans crust. I love a hands-off dish that makes the house smell inviting.
Last meal on earth?
A runny egg, crisp bacon and chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream.
Which six people — alive or dead — would you choose to attend your ultimate dinner party? What would you serve?
Ellen Degeneres, Thomas Jefferson, Genghis Kahn, Steve Jobs, Julia Childs and my husband. I’d probably be too nervous to cook and would get Popeye’s chicken. Naughty Bits Brownies for dessert, of course.
What non-food-related things do you do for fun?
I’m an artist and I work in paper collage. I used to do about two marathons a year, but I can no longer devote that kind of time to training. And I love to read pretty much anything printed between two pages.
If you could go anywhere on vacation, where would you go?
I’d go back to Tasmania where I spent a month hiking a few years ago. Bliss.
What’s on your DVR?
I hate to admit it, but I’m shamelessly addicted to The Bachelor/ette. I’ve watched it from its inception. Something about the way it’s masterfully produced and the train-wreck factor captivate me.