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Two oysters walked into a bar, heaved themselves up onto stools, and breathed hefty sighs of relief. One looked at the bartender and said, “At least we’re safe!!” and the other said, “Yeah, cause Cass won’t come in here!” Hahahahaha, yeah, ok, a little lame, I know, but I do enjoy oysters!

I am blessed to live on the coast, here in God’s Country, so I get local oysters. I enjoy them roasted and fried, but I can’t eat very many at a time if they are fried–it’s just too rich. When we have family reunions on my dad’s side, there are almost always oysters, and it’s always fun standing around jaw-jackin’ and oyster shuckin’. Even more fun is when I time my arrival just right, and my dad is out there shucking, because then, I don’t have too, LOL!

I was surprised today to learn that some people have to be careful with oyster consumption, though. I mean, I knew not to eat them if they weren’t harvested during “R” months, and I knew to cut back during pregnancy, because they contain mercury, but apparently there is a bacteria in oysters that can cause a problem for certain at-risk people. You can find out more about that at Be Oyster Aware. Whether you are “stuck with” Gulf oysters or get to enjoy glorious low country oysters like me, be safe. If you are at-risk, just make sure your oysters are thoroughly cooked.

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