TODAY's Takeaway: Carson takes a 'groupie' pic; fans follow along with Fresh Cooks Live

The anchors smile for a groupie, Corbin Crawford recalls his ordeal and Laura Vitale leads a cookalong.

1. This morning was full of delectable spring dishes thanks to rising food star Laura Vitale. The “Laura in the Kitchen” host joined Carson to launch our Fresh Cooks Live: TODAY’s Spring Cookalong series, demoing her recipes live on

On the menu: risotto primavera, vegetable and mozzarella salad and blueberry turnovers.

2. When Barbara Crawford got the news at work that her two boys were stranded on an ice sheet last week, she was “petrified.”

“[I] got in my car as soon as I could,” Barbara Crawford told Savannah, of the incident in which her sons were stuck for nearly an hour before firefighters rescued them. “It seemed like eternity before I got there, but it was probably between five and 10 minutes, honestly.”

3. Kim and Kanye’s Vogue cover has drawn a ton of criticism, but Al doesn’t get why exactly.

“I don’t quite understand this controversy,” he joked — referring to his and Willie’s spoof of the magazine. “This is a gorgeous cover.”

4. “Blacklist” star Ryan Eggold revealed an embarrassing secret during TODAY's Take — thanks to some intense interrogating by Al.

5. Natalie’s leading TODAY’s NCAA bracket battle. How does yours stack up? 

6. In honor of the wave of "groupies" sweeping the Web — from Ellen's at the Oscars, to Jimmy Kimmel's with the Clintons — Carson got a new toy for the Orange Room: a selfie stick.

The stick allows the user to hold the camera camera further away, offering more range than the average selfie. Naturally, Carson and the rest of the TODAY team decided to take the selfie stick out for a test run, resulting in this glorious group shot:

Carson showed off the results of a 'groupie' selfie shot.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!