Laurie Crowell
Name: Laurie Crowell
TCL Contributor: Good Foods Expert
Hometown: Grew up in Eau Claire WI, now reside in Woodbury, MN
Facebook Twitter Website

Who do you live with: Britt, my charming husband, Ben and Connor, our rascally little boys, and Rooney our sweet little pup that funny enough I got while exhibiting at a Home and Garden show with John Michael Lerma!
Where would you like to live: I do love being here in Minnesota but if I could choose anywhere to have a second home it would absolutely be Paris.
Your favorite occupation: The one I have right now! I am grateful every day that I get to do something I love for my job.
Person you'd like to meet: I have two. I would love love love to spend a little time with Steve Martin. I have liked him since I was a kid in the 70's. His books are always a good read, his banjo playing is fantastic and his movies are always funny. Tom Hanks is another. If a movie comes on with Tom Hanks in it, even if I have seen it a hundred times, I will watch it... Every. Single. Time.
What do you order in a coffee shop: A double shot of espresso with 3 oz steamed cream and 1 packet sugar in the raw (I used to work at a coffee roastery so I am very specific/picky in my coffee choices!).
3 TCL regulars who you'd like to have dinner with: Oooh, it is hard to get it down to 3...I would say Marjorie Johnson because I absolutely love hearing her stories, I just met Sara Bartlett for the first time recently and would love to know more about her, and of course Ted Farrell who never fails to educate me about fine wine or good spirits and he always has a funny story to tell :)
Favorite State Fair food: That is a tough one to narrow down too! Sweet Marthas are mighty fine but I think the "Puff Daddy on a Stick" from The Sausage Sisters is my all time fave.
Favorite TCL moment: I remember how fun it was to be on the very first episode of Twin Cities Live. The studio was buzzing with excitement... it was so cool to see all their months of hard work happening live for the first time!
One thing you can't live without: Good music :)
Dream TCL interview/segment: I would love to interview Ina Garten on the show. I worked for her many years ago and would love for the TCLive viewers to see first hand what a wonderful, talented and interesting woman she is.
What is your motto? "If you don't ask, the answer is always no". I say it to my boys every single day.


Monday Night Meal: Quick Tuscan Chops  

Laurie Crowell was one of our first guests who appeared on Twin Cities Live! She’s now back for her 250th episode to make dinner for our Monday Night Meal Series. She shared how to make “Quick Tuscan Chops.”

Easter Brunch Ideas  

Avoid the Easter brunch crowd and impress your family at home. Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig stopped by with delicious brunch ideas.

Local Chocolatiers  

Valentine’s Day is one week away and one of the most popular gift you can give your sweetheart is chocolate!

Tasty Teas  

The grocery store has a wide variety of teas and tea blends.  But you can easily make your own tea blends. Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig shows us.

Thanksgiving Dressing  

Whether you call it dressing or stuffing you are going to want to make this side dish for your Thanksgiving feast. Twin Cities Live regular and owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell shares a twist on Thanksgiving Dressing by adding bacon and apples.

Sheet Pan Must Make Meals  

Meal prepping sounds time consuming but it's way less of a headache when you can toss all of your ingredients on one sheet pan. It's a speedy dinner and clean –up is a breeze. Owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell shows us some must-make meals and a dessert on one pan.

Cast Iron Skillet Recipes  

Owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell says you can liven up just about any meal by using a cast iron skillet, even steak!

Basil Flank with Sundried Tomato Chimichurri   Back To Top

The Minnesota Beef Council presents…12 Days of Grilling!  Laurie Crowell, owner of Golden Fig prepares one of her favorite recipes.

Raspberry Sour Cream Pie   Back To Top

It’s National Raspberry Cream Pie day.  Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig is kicking it up a notch with her recipe using sour cream!

Strawberry Salsa   Back To Top

Now is the time to start making recipes with strawberries since their they are in season. Here are some fantastic recipes you must make this summer. Owner of the Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell shows us how.

Appetizers Using Brie   Back To Top

Before you break out the cheddar at your next wine and cheese party, don't forget about the bloomy rind cheeses that will no doubt be a huge hit! Owner of Golden Fig Fine Foods, Laurie Crowell shared three unique recipes using Brie cheese. 

BBQ Chicken Crescent Rolls   Back To Top

For the past nine years, Twin Cities Live has prepared a lot of yummy food on the show.  Steve and Elizabeth certainly have their favorites, but they aren’t the only ones who have sampled the food.  Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig recreates our former co-host’s, John Hanson’s favorite recipe.

Make Ahead Smoothies   Back To Top

Pre-packaged smoothies can get a bit spendy and cutting up the ingredients each day to make a smoothie, can take more time than you have in the mornings.  Laurie Crowell, owner of Golden Fig, prepares the makings of smoothies for up to 18 days.

Stovetop Mac & Cheese   Back To Top

We are amping up the regular ol’ macaroni and cheese recipes this week.  Owner of Golden Fig,  Laurie Crowell, gives us her version.

Cauliflower Recipes   Back To Top

Owner of Golden Fig Fine Foods, Laurie Crowell, believes you can get kids to eat anything, even if it is a vegetable. She stopped by with a variety of ways to cook a vegetable all over restaurant menus this year: cauliflower. 

Baked Crab Cakes   Back To Top

Owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell, explains how she cuts 1000 calories from her tasty crab cake recipe just by baking them instead of frying!

"Grandma Rita's" Thanksgiving Dressing   Back To Top

Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig grew up eating her Grandma Rita's dressing on Thanksgiving. She's updated the recipe with her own twist.

Chai Drinks   Back To Top

Chai is the word for tea in many parts of the world.  There has been a big growth in the popularity of chai.  Chai originated in India.  It’s a flavored tea beverage made by brewing black tea with a mixture of Indian spices and herbs.  Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig shows us how easy it is to make at home.

Pumpkin Risotto   Back To Top

Making the perfect risotto can be tricky.  Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig says the trick fro making the perfect risotto comes down to the temperature of a specific ingredient – the stock.

Recipes Using Honey   Back To Top

Guest co-host, Falen from KDWB, shared with us that one of her hobbies is raising bees.  A beehive can produce up to 100 pounds of honey every year.  Owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell, shares some recipes to use all that honey in! 

Cooking with Berries   Back To Top

Now is the time to get out and go berry picking here in the Twin Cities!!  Now that you have bushels of berries what are you going to do with them?  Owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell, shows us how to create a meal all around blueberries and raspberries!   

Cold Summer Soups   Back To Top

We’re celebrating a super summer with cold summer soup ideas!  Owner of the Golden Fig in Saint Paul, Laurie Crowell, shows us 3 soup recipes perfect for the dog days of summer: Cucumber Dill Soup, Grilled Strawberry Balsamic Soup and Chilled Avocado Soup.

Easy Graduation Party Ideas   Back To Top

When you put all the hard work into throwing a grad party you want to enjoy it.  Owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell, shares three recipes for your party so you’re not stuck in the kitchen.  A Grilled Citrus Chicken salad, Strawberry Melon salad and Lavender Berry Lemonade are make a head recipes to keep you out of the kitchen.

Farmers Market Trends   Back To Top

Spring is here and that means that farmers markets all over the Twin Cities are opening up for their regular season hours.  You’ll have fresh produce and flowers and your fingertips!  We’ve brought in our farmers market pro, owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell, to share what trends she’s seeing this year! 

"Ten, Ten, in Ten" Cooking Challenge   Back To Top

We gave TCL regulars Mary Jane Miller, Laurie Crowell, and Rob Barrett 10 kitchen tools, 10 ingredients, and 10 minutes from start to finish, to make a meal. The results of our "Ten, Ten, in Ten" Cooking Competition are wild!