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Valley Fresh Fare is a unique thirty minute program featuring Valley chefs, their favorite recipes, local ingredients, and encouragement for home cooks to experiment with new flavors while meeting personal nutritional needs.

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A unique thirty minute program presented by KYVE Tv in partnership with Memorial Hospital featuring Valley chefs, their favorite recipes, fresh local ingredients, and encouragement for home cooks to experiment with new flavors while meeting personal nutritional needs.
Join veteran restaurateur, Gayla Games as she hosts local chefs and nutritional experts who will demonstrate a few of their favorite recipes while incorporating local products and a plethora of ingredient variations. The dishes will be paired with local beverages including wine, ale and non-alcoholic beverage selections made right here in the Valley. Viewers will learn new ways to cook their favorite restaurant meals at home including some ingredient substitutions for those wishing to personalize the meal, change up flavors and/or meet personal health and nutritional needs. These tips will encourage the home chef to venture beyond the traditional recipe and to create unique home dining experiences. The show will feature some well known restaurants and some little known culinary treasures yet to be discovered.
The purpose of this program is to provide opportunities for viewers to:
• Discover new dining experiences
• Experience new flavors
• Indulge in the pleasures of a meal prepared by local chefs
• Try their hand at preparing favorite restaurant meals at home
• Learn how to utilize various ingredients to personalize their favorite recipes

Initially, there will be six programs recorded at the Yakima Valley Museum. The museum offers a unique visual environment as well as a professional kitchen for food storage and pre-preparation. Each program will feature one local restaurant/chef.

The program will air a minimum of two times per month:
First Monday of each month – 7:00-7:30 PM
Additional run 5-7 days later normally at 7:00-7:30 PM

Join Gayla Games and John Gasperetti as they shop the Farmer’s Market for local ingredients and prepare a family favorite….

Click here to download Gasperetti’s Chicken Cacciatore. Aired January 10 & 17, 2011

Finding Out You Are Pregnant

Dear Reader,

Finding out you are pregnant can be very scary. You have friends that are there for you, but once your baby is born your friends aren’t always going to be there as you planned. The first day my son was born all my friends showed up to see him, but now my friends hardly ever come around. Taking care of a child is a challenge, especially if you’re still attending school. What makes my life a little less challenging is that my family is there to support me. But not only that, here at my school we have a childcare. Having a child care is a great way for teen moms and dads to keep attending school.

My every day challenge I have is that I always struggle with money. It’s complicated because I always try so hard to find a job and I can’t seem to find one. Luckily I have my dad there for me to help me out whenever I need it. For now my son has everything he needs but I want to be the person to be getting my son everything.

Being a teen mom has it’s every day challenges. What always keeps me motivated is that I know I’m a great mom and that I’m going to make it to the future. If you’re a teen mom, a mom, or even if you’re not a mom, you can do anything you want. If you feel like you can’t, always believe that there is someone out there who believes about you.

I am very proud of teen parents, moms or dads, and even men and women who don’t have kids because they are doing something to help out in the future.

Angela F

“Hands On” Volunteer: Tony Sagare

“More men are choosing to become hospice volunteers as they see other men struggle with end of life issues,” said Dottie Hildebrand, hospice volunteer coordinator. Tony Sagare is one of those volunteers who believes in ‘hands on’ work.

Tony grew up in England and moved to Yakima in 1953. He enjoyed working for years with his dad in the Yakima T.V. Service which the family owned. In 1977, he started working at the YMCA and retired as the membership director in 2002. He has been a hospice volunteer for nearly 6 years.

When asked about his unique volunteer perspective Tony said, “in addition to the ‘hands on’ part of my work as a volunteer moving furniture, helping with a yard sale, and the like, I find working with patients and their families to be very rewarding. When I can help a family who is struggling with the death of their loved one, I feel a special satisfaction.”

Tony and his wife, Joyce have given generously in support of the new Cottage in the Meadow. “Yakima is such a giving community and it is gratifying to know that The Memorial Foundation will take the initiative to find out community needs and ask the community to respond,” Tony said.

The Sagares are just two of over 1,100 friends and organizations in our community that have donated in support of the new $5.3 million Cottage in the Meadow. Contributions can still be made for Cottage in the Meadow at www.yakimahospice.org or www.memfound.org.

Safeway employees raise money to support the breast cancer prevention and treatment

Contact: Lori Aoki, Memorial Communications
Cell: 509.654.4320

On Thursday, January 12 at 9:30 am, employees at the Toppenish Safeway, 711 W. First Ave, in Toppenish, will present a check to The Memorial Foundation to support prevention and early detection of breast cancer at ‘Ohana, Memorial’s Mammography Center. The donations come primarily from payroll deductions and contributions made by Safeway employees throughout the Yakima Valley, who specifically chose The Memorial Foundation as their beneficiary of the donations. These combined contributions added up to $79,000 this year.

“We are so appreciative to Safeway for this generous gift and for ensuring that the money they raise stays right here to benefit our local community,” says Diane Patterson, Vice President and Administrator of Imaging Services at Memorial.

WHO: Safeway employees
WHAT: Presenting Check for $79,000 to ‘Ohana, Memorial’s Mammography Center
WHEN: 9:30 a.m., Thursday, January 12, 2012
WHERE: Toppenish Safeway, 711 W. First Ave, in Toppenish

Safeway has been a significant supporter of Breast Cancer awareness, prevention and treatment both at ‘Ohana and Memorial’s North Star Lodge Cancer Center. Support includes funding for equipment, Lymphedema garments, biopsies and follow-up treatment. In addition, Safeway has been a community partner and supporter of programs and services at Hospice, Cottage in the Meadow (the new hospice care facility currently under construction), Children’s Village and Children’s Miracle Network®. Since 2003, Safeway and its employees and customers, have contributed almost $588,000 to health programs and services in our community–$280,615 of which were designated specifically for breast cancer support.

A Hospice Chaplain? No, Thanks

“No, thanks, I don’t need a chaplain.”

We in hospice hear this sentiment expressed frequently.

And I admit: If I was eligible for hospice, and a nurse and social worker came to officially admit me to the hospice program, and I was told that a chaplain would be contacting me in the next few days, I would probably say this: “No, thanks, I don’t need a chaplain.”

And I am a chaplain.

Here’s why: Most of us have a picture of what we think a chaplain is going to be like. And many of those pictures are not great ones.

I know that familiar look on a patient’s face when I enter the room and the patient realizes I’m a chaplain: OH, NO!

That’s because the general feeling is that a chaplain is there to either convert or to judge.

Thankfully, neither of those is part of the chaplain’s job description.

A chaplain’s role is to help the patient and the family live the best life possible…for however long that life is.

My job as a chaplain is to take the patient where they are spiritually, and guide the patient to where he or she wants to go. We take this journey by discovering what the patient’s fears are, what their beliefs are, what they hope for, what different relationships look like, and what they love. Our goal is peace for the patient, and peace for the family.

With no judgment…and no guilt.

Imagine having a team working for you that was all about helping YOU. Helping YOU live your best life. That’s what the goal is for the hospice team.

Even the chaplains.

Having a baby as a teen

I have a new born baby, she is 3 months. I feel so happy being a mom. I love it but sometimes I don’t. It’s hard sometimes, but eventually I will get through it. Like for an example: school. Some people say I won’t graduate but I have a good feeling I will. If I go to school every day and keep up with my work, I will. So I really try my best and I do all this for my baby so she can have a good life too. My baby will always have the best.

Being a mom is so exciting. We have lots of fun cuz a baby always makes you laugh. With a baby life changes, especially with your partner. It gathers you more with him and babies love it when they see their parents together. And it’s the best for them too.

It feels great to be a mom and just cuz I have a baby it won’t put me down. I will keep up with my work.

Sincerely, Odinis

CT Scans For Children

William Feldmann, MD, board-certified Radiologist with Yakima Valley Radiology, discusses new protocols at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital aimed at lowering the radiation dosages in Computed Tomography (CT) Scans performed on children. The new protocols are part of the nationally recognized “Image Gently” campaign developed by the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging.

Talking with Kids about Loss

Talking with Kids about Loss

Joanne was 12 years old when her mom died. She was not allowed in her mother’s bedroom those last days of her mother’s life. When it came time for the funeral, an aunt (whom Joanne had never met) stayed with Joanne while the adults went to the funeral and the graveside service.

So now, at age 40, Joanne has just been informed that her husband is dying. It’s the first death in the family since Joanne’s mother, nearly 3 decades ago.

Joanne and her husband have a daughter, Julie. She’s 12.

A few things are going on here. The first is that Joanne has probably never been provided the opportunity to recover from the death of her mother. The second is that all Joanne may know about loss and kids is that you try to keep the two from meeting.

Joanne and her husband have an opportunity to break a cycle of grief. In this time, they have an opportunity to provide an incredible legacy to their daughter, Julie. If Julie can be allowed to walk through the loss with her mother and her father, she may receive tools for grieving appropriately that can help her throughout her life.

The more kids are shielded from loss, the less prepared they are to address it down the road.
The more honest we are with our kids about what’s going on, the more trustworthy we become, and the easier it is for kids to open up with us.
As the adults, we need to mirror what we expect of our kids.

Use words like “death” and “dying,” not words like “sleeping” or “went away.”
o If a child hears that his mom is sleeping (when actually she’s died), imagine what sleeping is going to be like for him for the next days, weeks, months, or years.
o If a child is told that “Grandma went away,” then the child may be simply waiting for Grandma to return. Moreover, if, down the road, Mom or Dad needs to go away on a trip, imagine what that child is going to experience emotionally?

Nana, What’s Cancer?

“Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting.”  ~ Author Unknown

Back when I was in high school, we were required to take a basic first aid course for part of our PE credit. I’ve always liked the slogan for that class:  “Knowledge Replaces Fear.”  The idea was that being given information about the nature of certain medical problems and of ways we could help would give us confidence to face them should the need arise.

Tessa Mae Hamermesh learned the value of this a lot earlier than I did. Now 12-years old, Tess has had a lot of experience with cancer in her young life.  All four of her grandparents have or have had it, including her grandmother, Beverlye Hyman Fead, who is now a 9-year survivor of stage IV uterine cancer.  It was Ms. Fead who Tess turned to with her questions about the disease, and who in turn answered these questions warmly and openly, all the while empowering her beloved granddaughter by encouraging her to think of ways she had been and could be helpful and supportive.

She was eight year-old when she first got the idea for this book, a story based on those conversations. She had watched her Nana Beverlye write “I Can Do This: Living with Cancer, Tracing a Year of Hope ”  (a title on North Star’s wish list!) and just as her grandmother gave hope and comfort to fellow patients through her writing, Tess thought she might be able to help other kids who have questions about cancer.

And thus, this beautifully illustrated book which the two of them wrote together was born. Each two to three page chapter answers a question a child might have, replacing fears with facts. These include both questions about the disease itself such as: Can you catch cancer? Do kids get it? How do you know if you have it? and concerns about its effects: Is it OK if I feel sad? How can I make my (loved one with cancer) feel better?  It explains the nature of cancer in language kids can understand. Terms that may be new to the reader are highlighted in boldface type, and are explained in a glossary in the back of the book.  It also has a reading list of other books that may be helpful.

Published by the American Cancer Society, the book is a little over 50 pages long. Full-page photo-realistic paintings and smaller illustrations by artist and cancer survivor Shennen Bersani  grace each chapter, making it feel almost like a picture book.  Though it was written with kids ages 8-12 in mind, I think with the beautiful artwork as a springboard, a parent could preview it and adapt it for reading to a younger child, as well.

“Nana, What’s Cancer?” can be found on the bookshelf labeled “For Children” in our patient library