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.

Barbecue for the Troops: Barbara Bush’s Caesar Salad

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 from Barbara Bush!

In 2010, George Bush, 41st president of the United States, and Mrs. Barbara Bush hosted a special event celebrating the USO at the George Bush Presidential Library Center. The event included remarks from the panelists about the ongoing mission of the USO and an audience question-and-answer session.

More recently, the USO announced this week that it will dedicate its next Warrior and Family Center to Prescott S. Bush, which you can learn more about on USO.org.

Barbara Bush’s Caesar Salad

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Ingredients:

  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 4 cups of bread cubes
  • 4 quarts of assorted lettuce greens
  • 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/3 teaspoon of pepper
  • 12 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of crumbled Blue cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 7 tablespoons f lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce

Instructions:

  1. Cut garlic into quarters and let set in 1/2 cup of olive oil overnight (out of refrigerator).
  2. Put bread cubes in a shallow pan and toast at 300 degrees for 30 minutes until golden brown, turning with a fork. After cooling wrap them with wax paper until needed.
  3. Sprinkle lettuce greens with Parmesan cheese, Blue cheese, salt and pepper.
  4. Add olive oil (not the oil treated with garlic).
  5. Mix together 1 egg, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over salad and toss.
  6. Mix croutons with olive oil treated with garlic and add to salad.

Barbecue for the Troops: Kroger’s Parmesan Garlic Grilled Corn

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

Here’s one from our partner Kroger. In support the USO’s broad range of programs that assist troops and their families, Kroger will donate $2.3 million to the USO during their Honoring Our Heroes campaign! Learn more about Honoring Our Heroes at www.honoringourheroes.com

Kroger’s Parmesan Garlic Grilled Corn

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Enjoy this simple recipe for grilled corn on the cob topped with garlic spread and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

Servings: 4
Cook time: 25 minutes

Ingredients
> PAM grilling spray 1/4 cup
> Parkay original spread
> 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
> 1/8 tsp. black pepper, ground
> 4 medium ears fresh sweet corn, husks removed
> 3 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions
1. Spray cold grate of gas grill with grilling spray. Preheat grill to medium heat.
2. While grill heats, combine Parkay spread, garlic salt and pepper in a small bowl and set aside.
3. Grill corn 12 to 15 minutes or until tender and lightly browned, turning occasionally.
4. Remove corn from grill. Brush with Parkay seasoning mixture; sprinkle entire ear of corn with cheese and serve.

Find more recipes at Kroger.com!