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!

N.C.-Based Women’s Club Hosts First USO Barbecue for the Troops

Army Maj. Gen. (Ret.) James Mallory poses with former Statesville (N.C.) Woman's Club President Ellenora Barker - who served in the WAVES during World War II -- at the club's USO Barbecue for the Troops event May 16. Photo courtesy of the Statesville (N.C.) Woman's Club

Army Maj. Gen. (Ret.) James Mallory poses with former Statesville (N.C.) Woman’s Club President Ellenora Barker at the club’s USO Barbecue for the Troops event May 16. Photo courtesy of the Statesville (N.C.) Woman’s Club

They’re already firing up their grills in North Carolina for the USO’s Barbecue for the Troops campaign.

Statesville, N.C., was the site of the first official USO Barbecue for the Troops on May 16. The Statesville Woman’s Club raised $850 with their May 16 barbecue luncheon, which featured guest speaker Army Maj. Gen. (Ret) James Mallory.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to help out a great cause, show off our club’s patriotic spirit, and be a leader for our [General Federation of Women’s Clubs],” club president Fran Baker wrote in an email to the USO.

Click here to find out more about the USO’s Barbeque for the Troops campaign, including how to host your own event.

–Story by USO Story Development

The 2013 USO Fourth of July Tee

calloutYou’ve stepped up and been there for our troops time and time again.

Now, we need your help to send our troops a powerful July 4th message: Wherever they’re serving, we’re always by their side.

You can help by proudly wearing the USO’s 2013-edition July 4th t-shirt which I am unveiling today. This year’s design was chosen by our troops, who sent in their votes from USO centers at bases around the world. I can’t think of anything I’d be more proud to wear on July 4th than a shirt chosen by our troops that supports our troops!

Send a donation to get your 2013-edition of the USO’s July 4th t-shirt — selected by our men and women in uniform.

Our troops are serving all around the world, from South Korea to Afghanistan to bases across the United States.

And thanks to people like you, the USO is always by their side.

From providing care packages, to making free phone calls back home, to supporting our wounded, ill or injured troops, you and the USO are having a powerful impact on the lives of our troops and their families. Let’s make sure this July 4th, they know we’ll always be there and we’ve got their back.

Donate $25 or more to support our troops. We’ll rush your 2013 limited-edition USO t-shirt to you in time for July 4th.
- Kelli Seely, Senior Vice President, Chief Development Officer, USO

Barbecue for the Troops: Jennifer Behm’s Rib Brine Recipe

Time to gear up for Memorial Day weekend! If you’ve signed up to host your own Barbecue for the Troops this weekend, we’re here to help make sure it’s a hit!

Screen Shot 2013-05-23 at 12.05.43 PMToday we’re sharing celebrity chef Jennifer Behm’s Special Rib Brine Recipe on our Barbecue for the Troops site today – be sure to check it out!