Breakfast buffet
October 5th, 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.

Just in time for apple picking season, October 5 is Brown Betty Day - but what the heck is a Brown Betty anyway?

Similar to an apple crisp or cobbler, it's all the taste of apple pie without futzing with the crust. Sliced apples are sprinkled and layered with a mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon, chopped nuts and buttered bread crumbs.

The dessert is then dotted with butter and baked until brown. Serve warm with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream and you've got yourself a genuinely sweet ode to autumn that's easy as pie.

What's on TV?

"Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn" - Hallmark Channel, 11 a.m. ET
It's a Jamaican feast with curried chicken, greens, mango chutney and banana daiquiris.

"Julie & Julia" - Starz Comedy, 2:35 p.m. ET
Amateur chef/blogger, Julie Powell, decides to try out every recipe in "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" by Julia Child. Bon appétit!

"Come Dine with Me" – BBC, 10 p.m. ET
Amateur chefs in Newcastle, England, cook and vie for a £1000 prize.

"Chopped" - Food Network, 10 p.m. ET
Four chefs compete for $10,000 – but will their 'Chopped' dreams be thwarted by the secret ingredients?

"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" - NBC, 12:35 a.m. ET
Bad boy chef turned television host, Anthony Bourdain, drops by.

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  1. Natch

    Does that come with a side of insulin?

    October 6, 2010 at 7:37 am |
  2. Kim

    I love cobbler....apple, peach, cherry! I found some really good recipes at http://www.therecipesource.net

    October 6, 2010 at 7:28 am |
  3. JTW

    My mother grew up in the Depression and used to say that all they had was apple pie for breakfast.. I got to love it!

    October 5, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  4. Popeye

    Sounds great. But you need to drizzle some high fructose corn syrup over your brown betty and ice cream for that finishing sugary touch.

    October 5, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
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