Lighten Up, America!

We sent Cooking Light's tireless contributing editor, Allison Fishman Task, on a mission: to crisscross the country in search of favorite regional foods and to lighten them for a country that is starting to think hard about what it eats. Buy the Book: Lighten Up, America!

Lighten Up, America: Desserts

A lot of people feel that desserts should be indulgent—that cutting the fat and calories in a three-layer cake isn't worth the effort. And that's true, if you follow a lot of typical light recipes. But the desserts here are far from typical.

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Pumpkin Pie with Vanilla Whipped Cream

Lighter American Desserts

Some things in life should be anticipated, and dessert is definitely one of them. These recipes are every bit as indulgent as their high-fat counterparts; they just won’t blow your calorie budget.


King Cake

America's Favorite Regional Baked Goods

Get some lovin' from the country's ovens. Baked goods are a favorite no matter where you go in America.


Fresh Blueberry Sauce

Regional Favorites: Fruit Toppings

Dress up a bowl of ice cream or slice of pound cake instantly with one of these favorites from across the country.


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Harvesting Cranberries

Harvesting cranberries is a farming experience unlike any other.

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