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Fishing And Stewing Oysters, Snowbirds, Shake-Up Cocktail

Today, we fish for wild oysters in Nicaragua and give chickens a break from laying eggs. Daniel Orr shares a cocktail recipe perfect for holiday entertaining.

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Photo: Meryl (Flickr)

Chickens need 16 hours of continual light to lay eggs, so chances are they will take a break from laying during the shortened winter days.

The most important part of this dish is not to overcook your oysters. You want to cook them until they smile. The little edges around the oysters are going to start to wrinkle up and smile at you.

And your guests will smile when they try this oyster stew. Chef Daniel Orr makes it sound so easy.

We go oyster fishing in the Pearl Lagoon basin of Nicaragua, where tons and tons of wild oysters are a short paddle away.

Then birds! Harvest Public Media looks at the disappearing habitat for Midwestern pheasants.

And, our resident chicken farmer Jana Wilson talks about why she thinks it’s important to give her hens a break from laying eggs.

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Pheasants Losing Habitat To Farmland

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As farmers across the Midwest have plowed up grassland to grow more corn and soybeans, habitat for grassland birds has become increasingly scarce.

Oyster Soup Fresh From Pearl Lagoon

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Even if you can't get your hands on oysters fresh from the ocean, this soup from Pearl Lagoon will be a tasty dish to warm you during the cold months.

Months With An “R”: Winter Oyster Stew

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Here in the Midwest we don't have many oysters around so we wait until the winter months when the oysters are at their best for shipping to the Midwest.

Waiting For The Eggs

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While it's normal for chickens to take a break from laying this time of year, there are other factors that may be reducing the number of eggs you're getting.

Holiday Cocktail: Cranberry Apple Shake-Up

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Encourage your guests to shake the night away with this Ball jar cocktail. Create several of these drinks in advance and then let your guests do the mixing.

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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