Barbecue Hosted by Fox News Reporter and Orioles Pitcher Raised More than $23,000 for USO

From left Orioles pitcher Darren O'Day and his wife, Fox News' Elizabeth Prann, pose with USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore's Elaine Rogers and John Fallon. Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles

From left Orioles pitcher Darren O’Day and his wife, Fox News’ Elizabeth Prann, pose with USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore’s Elaine Rogers and John Fallon. Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Darren O’Day and his wife, Fox News reporter Elizabeth Prann, presented a check for $23,463 to the USO during a ceremony on Thursday. The funds were raised during a Barbecue for the Troops event the couple held for the USO at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Aug. 4.

The August event featured a bullpen picnic-area barbeque that included a silent auction featuring many one-of-a-kind items provided and autographed by Orioles players. The Orioles also auctioned off the special Stars and Stripes hats the players wore during the team’s July 4 game against the Texas Rangers.

And to top it off, the Orioles  donated 50 tickets to USO Metro for Thursday night’s game so that local troops and their families could enjoy a night at the ballpark.

–Story by the USO

Barbecue for the Troops: Spicy Summer Bean Salad

Have you signed up to host a Barbecue for the Troops? We still have Labor Day weekend left! Be sure to use one of our amazing recipes, like this one straight from the front lines! Our troops may not always have a gourmet kitchen, but they have come up with some ingenious ways to cook up a storm!

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Spicy Summer Bean Salad 

Ingredients:
1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans
1 (10 oz.) can corn
1 (10 oz.) can french-cut green beans
1 (10 oz.) can RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies 1 (12 oz) can SPAM Classic, cut into cubes
6 cups cooked rice
1/2 cup bottled Italian salad dressing

Cooking Instruments: Rice Cooker Crock-Pot

Directions:
Preheat Crock-Pot on medium setting. Cook rice in rice cooker. Then combine all ingredients into the Crock-Pot and cook for 1 hour. Stir as needed. Reduce heat on Crock-Pot to low or warm.

Note from the Chef:
Use 2 pouches of microwavable rice if a rice cooker is unavailable.

Barbecue For the Troops: Chicken Salad a la Rogers

Have you signed up to host a Barbecue for the Troops for the summer yet? Be sure to use one of our amazing recipes!

Today we’re featuring a caesar salad recipe found in the 1993 USO Celebrity Cookbook by singer & actor Kenny Rogers!

Chicken Salad a la Rogers

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of pouched chicken (white meat)
  • 3 dill pickles (non-kosher), skinned
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of slivered almonds
  • 1 stalk celery, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 4 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced or 1/4 cup sweet onion cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper
  • 1 cup prepared or homemade mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons strained freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Instructions:

  1. Pull chicken from the bone, rather than cutting it
  2. Peel pickles with potato peeler and chop
  3. In mixing bowl mix together chicken, celery and scallions
  4. In small bowl whisk together mayo, lemon juice and mustard
  5. Gently stir dressing into mixing bowl
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve on bed of lettuce

Barbecue for the Troops: The Andrews Sisters’ Pumpkin Bread

Have you signed up to host a Barbecue for the Troops for the summer yet? Be sure to use one of our amazing recipes!

Today we have one submitted by Debbie Fink, Author, ‘Edu-tainer,’ USO Tour Vet: Operation Thanksgiving Eagle and The Little C.H.A.M.P.S – Child Heroes Attached to Military Personnel.

Truth be told, we don’t know if the Andrews Sisters had a favorite pumpkin bread; hence, we renamed this mouth-watering pumpkin bread recipe in their memory!  If the recipe had been around during their USO heyday, it would’ve been their “go-to” Americana treat!

The Andrews Sisters were American icons, known for their close harmonies and endearing performances.  They clocked in nearly 1,000 USO performances over their illustrious careers, lifting the spirits of our troops [and their families] during the first half of the 20th century.

The Andrews Sisters Pumpkin Bread: 

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Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 can pumpkin (15 oz.)
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 ½ – 2 cups chocolate chips (preferably dark chocolate)
  • Cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease three small loaf pans with cooking spray.
  3. Lightly flour the pans.
  4. Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl.
  5. Beat them slightly.
  6. Add the sugar.  Mix.
  7. Add the oil and water.  Mix.
  8. Add the pumpkin.  Mix.
  9. Add the baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  10. Add the flour one cup at a time, mixing in between.
  11. Mix very well, until the batter is smooth.
  12. Finally, add the chocolate chips.  Mix in very well.
  13. Pour the mixture into three greased pans.
  14. Bake for 46-60 minutes.  Test with a toothpick to see if the loaves are done.
  15. Stick the toothpick in and pull it right out.  If it’s dry, the bread is done.

Enjoy!

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A Critical 4th of July Mission

I need your help in a critical mission: equipping and supplying our USO Warrior and Family Center at Walter Reed Military Medical Center that’s currently under construction.

The brave troops who will use this wonderful, new center sacrificed so much for our country. We need to make sure they have everything they need to live comfortably during their recovery.

We only have until Ju‌ly 4‌th to raise the funds needed to bring this 16,217-square-foot center to life. I know we can get there but we need you to step up and lead today.

Give back to our wounded troops who’ve given so much to serve our nation. Make your “At One With The Wounded” donation today.

callout-large-v43Thousands of our young men and women are returning from war wounded, ill or injured, and you and the USO are there to comfort them from the moment they’re rushed to a field hospital and through every step of recovery as they prepare for the future.

For our wounded, their families and caregivers, our new center will be a place of healing and recuperation. It will offer every comfort they need, from comforting rest areas and recreation rooms to education centers designed specifically to be springboards to get our troops back to a full and rewarding life, which will help them face the challenges of recovery.

But as you can imagine, it takes a lot to get a state-of-the-art facility of this magnitude up and running. That’s why your participation in our “At One With The Wounded” campaign is absolutely vital.

Click here to make your “At One With The Wounded” donation right now.

Our wounded troops have laid it all on the line for our country. With Ju‌ly 4th fast approaching, I’m hoping you will show your respect for their sacrifices by making a matching gift to this very special effort.

- General Richard B. Myers, USAF (Ret.), Chairman of the Board, USO

Barbecue for the Troops: Tastykake Pie Ice Cream

Have you signed up to host a Barbecue for the Troops for the summer yet? Be sure to use one of our amazing recipes!

Today we’re featuring a delicious-looking ice cream update from our great partner, Tastykake!  Tastykake is a Proud Supporter who’s donated to the USO in support of our troops and their families.

Tastykake Pie Ice Cream

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Who needs ala mode when you can have it all in one?

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Tastykake Fruit Pies (We used Blueberry)

Instructions:

  1. In a saucepan, heat 1 cup of heavy cream, sugar, and salt. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.
  2. Add one cup heavy cream, 1 cup milk, and vanilla extract. Refrigerate mixture until thoroughly cooled.
  3. Add chilled mixture to ice cream maker and churn according to directions.
  4. Once churned, gently stir in chopped Tastykake fruit pie of your choice and serve right away, or layer ice cream and pies in a container, and freeze until desired hardness. Makes a little over a quart.