Interview: Local Girl Makes Good Food! #Petaluma’s Laurie Figone is the World Dessert Champ

Two of Laurie Figoness favorites local habanero sauce and wild mushrooms
Two of Laurie Figoness favorites local habanero sauce and wild mushrooms (A word of caution do not pick wild mushrooms for consumption unless you know what to look for)

Figone’s enthusiasm for cooking knows no bounds and, as she says, she is a “cook-a-holic.” She loves cooking and sharing her food with others but hates making the same dish more than once. Figone explains, “As long as I have people to eat my food I keep cooking and cooking and cooking nonstop. So I think that’s what I love most—sharing my food with people.”

As another way to share her food, Figone will be releasing a cookbook of 30 original recipes locally this spring. There is no release date yet but we can look forward to a variety of recipes including gluten-free, desserts, entrées, soups, and healthy-eating. Additionally, there may also be a volume two following shortly, as many people have requested recipes that are not in volume one. In addition to her cookbook, more recipes and demonstrations can be found on Figone’s website and YouTube cooking show Cooking with Laurie.

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Laurie Figone's Baked Corned Beef with a Kick
Laurie Figone’s Baked Corned Beef with a Kick
Laurie Figone's Crowd Pleasing Slaw
Laurie Figone’s Crowd Pleasing Slaw
Laurie Figone's Crowd Pleasing Slaw and Corned Beef with a Kick go perfectly together
Crowd Pleasing Slaw and Corned Beef go perfectly together

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh ingredients for the Crowd Pleasing Slaw
Fresh ingredients for the Crowd Pleasing Slaw

Local foods and farms are important to Figone, so she buys mostly local products. After returning from her time in Scotland, during which she visited London and Paris as well, Figone recalls thinking that Sonoma County still has the best food she has tasted so far. “People … want to have their food local,” said Figone, “There are so many local farmers markets and … so that’s what I think is so wonderful about Sonoma County honestly.”

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