Ep. 13: Lisa Fragala
Distance Learning & Paleo Cobbler
Lisa Fragala is a second-grade teacher in the Eugene School District. She talks with Val about the challenges of going back to school during the pandemic, and she shares her recipe for a paleo-friendly berry cobbler.
View recipe: Paleo Berry Cobbler
Ep. 12: Leigh Anne Jasheway
Laugh & Cheese
Stand up comic Leigh Anne Jasheway talks to Val about the reasons why we laugh, and she shares her recipe for vegan macaroni and cheese that doesn't taste like rubber!
View recipe: Vegan Mac & Cheese
Ep. 11: Sam Gonzalez
Politics & Pancakes
Sam Gonzales joins Val to talk about recruiting and training diverse campaign organizers to work in battleground states in 2020. He shares a buttermilk pancake recipe that makes a great breakfast for those long campaign days.
View recipe: Buttermilk Pancakes
Ep. 10: Nan Whaley
Childcare & Mint Simple Syrup
Mayor Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio and Val Hoyle talk about the importance of high-quality childcare and the routine of working from home. She shares a simple syrup recipe that goes great with either bourbon or sun tea.
View recipe: Mint Infused Simple Syrup
Ep. 9: Noah Blankenship
Navigating COVID & Clam Chowder
Noah Blankenship joins Val Hoyle to talk about remote learning and the challenges of navigating COVID as someone who is Deaf. He recommends a New Clam Chowder recipe that always reminds him of home.
View recipe: New England Clam Chowder
Ep. 8: Les Zaitz
Journalism & Apple Dutch Babies
Les Zaitz talks about the challenges that the journalism profession faces and the importance of trustworthy local news sources. He also shares a recipe for a delicious apple treat.
View recipe: Apple Dutch Babies
Ep. 7: Becky Hultberg
Hospitals & A Salmon Spread
Val Hoyle talks with Becky Hultberg, the new President & CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. She speaks about the challenges facing Oregon's hospitals and shares a recipe for a Smoked Salmon Spread.
View recipe: Smoked Salmon Spread
Ep. 6: Reyna Lopez
Farmworkers & Kale Caesar
Reyna Lopez speaks with Val Hoyle about PCUN and its work supporting farmworkers families in Oregon - particularly during the COVID-19 crisis. She shares her favorite Caesar salad recipe using fresh kale.
View recipe: Reyna's Secret Kale Caesar
Ep. 5 Travis Nelson
Healthcare Workers &
A Peachy Cocktail
Val Hoyle discusses the needs of our frontline healthcare workers with Travis Nelson, a nurse and labor leader. Travis shares one of his favorite summertime cocktails.
View recipe: Peach Berry Summer Cocktail
Vegan & Gluten-free
Ep. 4: Kathleen George
Val Hoyle is joined by Grand Ronde Tribal Councilwoman Kathleen George, who shares a tribal nation's perspective on the pandemic - and explains why stew makes the perfect dinner while we're sheltering in place.
View recipe: Elk Stew
Ep. 3: Shelly Boshart Davis
Val Hoyle speaks to Representative Shelly Boshart Davis (Albany) about how the supply chain for food and other essentials is affected during disasters. Plus, a disaster-proof focaccia recipe!
View recipe: Rosemary Focaccia
Ep. 2: James Manning
Healthcare (and BBQ) for All
Val Hoyle talks with State Senator James Manning, Jr. (Eugene & Junction City) about the importance of guaranteeing access to healthcare for all, as well as tips for making the best barbecue sauce.
View recipe: Uncle Dakota's BBQ
Ep. 1: Ellen Rosenblum
Civil Rights & Bean Salad
Val Hoyle talks with Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum about protecting Oregonians' civil rights during the COVID-19 crisis, Passover dinner, and a favorite salad recipe.
View recipe: Lemony White Beans with Anchovy & Parmesan