Breakfast buffet
October 22nd, 2010
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday and the most delicious finds on TV.

Can we chow down on mixed nuts and trail mix today? Oh yes pe-can - October 22 is National Nut Day.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, consuming one ounce of nuts per day can help reduce the risk of heart disease. The healthy snack is packed with protein, nutrients and antioxidants, so get cracking.

There’s no need for an open fire. Feel free to eat the dainty snack right out of the can or baked into your favorite treats.

Walnuts, almonds, peanuts, cashews - there are plenty of types to choose from, so don’t be afraid to go nutty.

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Breakfast buffet
October 21st, 2010
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday and the most delicious finds on TV.

Right on schedule for jack-o'-lantern season, October 21 is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day.

A dessert that combines the sweet, earthy taste of fall with the creaminess of cheesecake is our own little version of Halloween heaven. Plus, we’ll take any excuse to eat any pumpkin-flavored dessert before Thanksgiving.

Whether you take yours drizzled in caramel, doused in whipped cream or topped with pecans, enjoy a big, rich slice on this national day of pumpkin-y goodness.

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Chilly weather means chili weather
October 21st, 2010
08:45 AM ET
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Fall holds two certainties in the realm of food - pumpkin-flavored everything and chili. One spoonful of the spicy stew can warm the body from the inside out.

Perhaps it’s the recollections of your grandmother’s dish on a crisp fall day. Or maybe it’s enjoying a heaping bowl while tailgating before a football game. Whatever the reason, chili is a must-have cold-weather dish, enjoyed equally at a cook-out or dinner party - and especially as leftovers.

“The one great thing about chili is the recipes are really kind of guidelines,” said Stephanie Anderson Witmer, author of Killer Chili: Savory Recipes from North America’s Favorite Restaurants. “People can change it depending on their tastes.”

Though many families have hand-me-down recipes, Anderson said there are a few things to remember when concocting your stew. Namely, chili can be as unique as the chef stirring the pot.
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Breakfast buffet
October 20th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday and the most delicious finds on TV.

A whole day for brandy? Well, ain't that dandy! October 20 is National Brandied Fruit Day.

Brandy is a tasty liquor distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice, and its natural sweetness mixes well with many a seasonal fruit.

The concoction may take just minutes to prepare (mix together fruit, brandy, and sugar in a large lidded container), but hours or even days to soak up the flavors. Don’t you worry though - the wait will be well worth it.

The blissfully boozy dessert can stand alone or top off a sponge cake or bowl of ice cream. How's that for multitalented?

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