You read that right, the very first It’s Not Easy Eating Green giveaway! The lovely people at Cooking Light sent me a copy of their newest cookbook, Lighten Up, America: Favorite American Foods Made Guilt-Free. I’ve been drooling over the pages for a few days now, and I am excited to share it with you too. I have one copy to give away to a lucky reader.
But before we get to the giveaway, I get to share one of the recipes from the book with you here, before the book is even released! When I first looked through the book this recipe jumped off the page, slapped me in the face and said, “make me right now!” So I did; far be it from me to ignore the advice of a fruit crisp.
I love this recipe. It is all the things I love in a good fruit dessert. It is crunchy, sweet and tart. The crunchy top is so thick and crunchy that these almost fall into the category of a dessert bar instead of a crisp or crumble. There is just enough fruit on the bottom to make a sweet yet tart sauce. While the book suggests serving this crunch with ice cream, I thought it was so good straight out of the pan that it was very hard for me to stop picking at it. Before I was done more than one serving was missing just from my nibbles.
It’s also very easy to make. You can make the topping a day or so ahead of time and store it in the fridge. Then all you have to do is throw the rest of the ingredients in a sauce pan and stir for a few minutes until it thickens. Then just let the cranberries pop, pour it in the pan and cover with the topping. After that, its only a matter of letting it bake while you make the rest of your dinner, then you’ll have a fantastic fall dessert ready for a little something sweet after your meal.
One of the reasons I wanted to make this recipe so much is that cranberries are in high season right now. The closest cranberry bog is only a few miles from my house, and just south of me is where a huge portion of the nation’s cranberries are grown and harvested. Massachusetts is second only to Wisconsin as the largest cranberry producer in the US. About 65% of Massachusetts cranberry growers belong to the Ocean Spray Grower’s Cooperative. While those farmers do receive a decent pay for their crops the independent farmer has a much harder time getting a fair price for their crops. Very few crops are as local as Massachusetts cranberries. I like buying them at a farm near me so I know that my fruit is local, and that the money is going directly to the farmer. If you live in the area, I highly suggest you check out places to buy local cranberries near you. To find a cranberry farm near you, check out Cranberries.org.
Now, for the giveaway. I have one copy of the book, Lighten Up, America: Favorite American Foods Made Guilt-Free to send to a lucky reader.
To win, leave a comment to this post telling me your favorite classic American dish you make at home. Entries must be left in the comments section of this post before Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 11:59PM (Eastern/Standard time).
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A winner will be chosen via random number generator on Friday, October 25, 2013. To win you must live in the United States. I will mail out the copy of the book to you within 30 days of the drawing.