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Veganize Your Holiday, Christmas Tamales, Mighty Microbes

We cheers with eggnog and get our handy dirty making tamales. Harvest Public Media examines soil microbes. And, have yourself a merry little (vegan) Christmas.

vegan cookie baking

Photo: Susánica Tam (flickr)

What makes vegan baked goods so delicious? Natalie Rae Good speculates it's the lack of eggs, which gives them a light, airy consistency that can't be beat.

If you’re trying to ‘veganize’ a family recipe or holiday favorite, there are a number of different egg alternatives that people use. You can use pumpkin or banana or applesauce.

Or have you heard of a flax seed egg? Natalie Rae Good gives us plenty of tips for integrating some vegan recipes into our holiday traditions.

Microbes in the soil can fight plant diseases and increase a farmer’s yield. Harvest Public Media looks at how scientists are trying to harness this knowledge.

It’s the eggnog and tamale time of year. Two tasty and festive recipes in the second half of our show.

And Vicki Basman is back to give us suggestions for being a sustainable food tourist if you’re traveling over the holidays.

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Under The Microscope: Microbes Can Help Farmers

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Some microbiologists are focused on how to harness the good things microbes can do, with the goal of increasing farmers’ yields.

Eggnog, A Holiday Favorite

eggnog cheers

This stuff is rich, but you’re only going to have a couple times a year, around the holidays, so you might as well make the real thing.

Sounds Like Tamales

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From the thwack of the masa to the jingle of pennies in a pot of boiling water, Vicky Thrasher says sounds play an important role in Mexican cooking.

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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