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!

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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Apple & Brandy Sauce
Photo: Oxmoor House

East: Apple & Brandy Sauce

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add 1 1/2cups sliced peeled apple; cook 5 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Add 1 tablespoon sugar, 3 tablespoons brandy, 1/4  teaspoon lemon juice, and 1/8 teaspoon ginger; cook over medium-low heat 2 minutes or until apple is tender, stirring occasionally.

SERVES 6 (serving size: 1/4 cup)

CALORIES 43; FAT 2g (sat 1.2g); SODIUM 17mg

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