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!

Barbecue for the Troops: Bob Hope’s Favorite Lemon Pie

If you’ve signed up to host your own Barbecue for the Troops this summer, you probably very excited to have fun with loved ones while supporting our troops!

To help you get started, we here at the USO, as well as our partners and friends, will be sharing some of our favorite recipes for you to make for your summer BBQ!

Bob Hope is an American icon who truly understood the USO’s mission of lifting the spirits of our troops and their families. Over half a century he headlined over 57 tours with the USO and in 1997 was named an “Honorary Veteran.”

Bob Hope’s Favorite Lemon Pie

Screen Shot 2013-05-20 at 12.07.45 PMIngredients:

  • 1 Cup of Sugar, plus two Tablespoons
  • 1 Cup of Boiling Water
  • 2 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 1 Pinch of Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons of Corn Starch
  • 4 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice
  • 4 Egg Yolks
  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 1 Pie Crust
  • 1 Grated Rind of Lemon (Zest)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Bake pie crust according to directions
  3. Mix 3 egg whites, beaten stiff, and two tablespoons of suger to make meringue
  4. Combine corn starch and cup of sugar in a sauce pan. Add water slowly, starring constantly, until thick and smooth
  5. Add slightly beaten egg yolks, butter, lemon rind and juice, and salt
  6. Cook  3 minutes on medium high heat and then pour into baked pie crust
  7. Cover lemon pie with meringue and bake in oven for 15 minutes or until light brown

Stay tuned for more great recipes you can make for your Barbecue for the Troops!

Are You A Rugged Maniac? Series of Obstacle Races Support Team USO

How far are you willing to go to support our troops?

Would you leap over burning coals? Low-crawl through the mud under barbed wire? Traverse cargo netting, hop through a series of tires and navigate a balance beam over a pit?

The USO was well-represented at the May 4 Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race in Richmond, Va. USO photos by Joseph Andrew Lee

The USO was well-represented at the May 4 Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race in Richmond, Va. USO photos by Joseph Andrew Lee

If you want an opportunity to challenge your endurance and reach physical goals you never thought possible in support of troops and their families, then you should join Team USO this year in the Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race.

“We’re very excited about the good things we can accomplish together,” said Rugged Races CEO Bradford Scudder. “The USO’s mission aligns with that of Rugged Maniac by recognizing and supporting our troops and their families.”

Rugged Maniac – which has announced 22 events in 2013 and expects more than 200,000 participants – hopes to raise $1 million in support of the USO.

“It’s a realistic goal,” Scudder said. “If each of our participants donates $5, we’ll get there. And this is a wonderful cause, so of course there will be individuals who’ll go above and beyond that $5 donation.”

As an official Team USO fundraiser, each participant’s goal is to raise $300 for troops and their families. In turn, the USO will deliver free training designed to fit each runner’s lifestyle, a fully customizable personal fundraising webpage, coaching, mentoring, registration to the event of your choice and a Team USO T-shirt to wear at the event.

From boot camp to battlefield back home again, the USO is the only organization that always stands by the side of troops and their families.

“Being able to stop in just about any airport in the United States and around the world … in every country I’ve ever been deployed to, there’s always a USO there that’s set up,” said Fort Lee NCO Academy 1st Sgt. Charles Badgley after the Rugged Maniac 5K in Richmond, Va. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a trailer, or if it’s a tent, or whatever the case may be, it gives us that touch of home, and we know that it’s almost 100 percent volunteer effort to give back to the soldiers so, it’s a really great thing.”

Team USO will enter teams in Rugged Maniac races around the country from now through December.

Team USO will enter teams in Rugged Maniac races around the country from now through December.

Team USO members are crucial to supporting that cause. On race day, they get VIP treatment including free parking and race photos from the official photographer. All the money raised by Team USO participants goes directly to their local USO.

“We’ve run in a couple of these and for us, because fitness is such a big deal, you know, and you have to make it exciting for yourself, this is one of the best ways to do it,” Badgley said. “It’s good to get out here and bang your knees up a little bit but also get a good run in at the same time.” – Joseph Andrew Lee, USO Staff Writer

Say It With Flowers

Search for "USO" on the FTD Flowers site to find some extra patriotic gifts!

Search for “USO” on the FTD Flowers site to find some extra patriotic gifts!

This time of year, the most popular USO partner promotion is with FTD Flowers! You’re probably not surprised, but no less delighted to learn of the details: for all of 2013, FTD will be offering customers who visit ftd.com/uso a 20% discount on flowers, plants and gifts AND will donate 5% of the purchase price to the USO.

“We are proud to forge a strong partnership with a wonderful, well-respected organization like the USO,” said Rob Apatoff, president of FTD. “The men and women of the U.S. Military perform an invaluable service to this country and we are proud to support an organization that provides them with so many important services and programs.”

In addition, FTD is delivering 10,000 flowers to USO centers about the country next Friday! The centers will be handing them out to service men and women to keep or give to their own mothers for Mother’s Day.

Apple Valley Optimist Club Recieves USO/Optimist International Patch

Members of the Apple Valley Optimist Club at Los Domingos on April 2, 2013 (Photo Credit: Apple Valley Optimist Club)

Members of the Apple Valley Optimist Club at Los Domingos on April 2, 2013 (Photo Credit: Apple Valley Optimist Club)

The Apple Valley Optimist Club has reached their goal of raising $1000 to support United Through Reading’s Military Program. The USO along with its partner United Through Reading® give deployed troops the opportunity to record themselves reading books to their children, and the recordings are then mailed back to the family along with a copy of the book.

“Think how wonderful it would be for these children to have something so memorable, not to mention the moral support this offers to the parent at home,” Apple Valley Club Chairwoman Julie Whittingham said.

For the past year, the Apple Valley Optimist Club has tirelessly held various fundraisers to support this program. Some of the events the club held includes partnering with their local Barnes & Noble’s to gift wrap books over the holidays. The club also had a booth at a local festival fairgrounds passing out information to the general public asking them to step up and support the United Through Reading’s Military Program through the USO.

The Apple Valley Optimist Club was the first Optimist Club to receive the USO/Optimist International commemorative patch for their outstanding support of military families. All Optimist Clubs raising $1,000 or more earn this patch. Congratulations, Apple Valley Optimist Club!

Always By Their Side

“Wherever you are, whatever you need, we will always be by your side.”

That’s the powerful message you can help send by supporting our April campaign which keeps the more than 160 USO locations around the world warm, welcoming and well-equipped.

Our brave servicemen and women – including the more than proudly serving from – count on USO centers as a place to relax, to connect with loved ones back home and to enjoy a wide range of USO programs and services.

Chip in $10 and join other USO supporters from in making sure USO centers stay warm, welcoming and well-equipped.

Screen Shot 2013-04-25 at 3.36.58 PMBecause our centers are such an essential part of their lives, your donation today is going to have an immediate impact on our troops and their families.

But just as importantly, you’ll be sending them a powerful message: That wherever our troops are serving and whenever they need our help, we will be always by their side.

Chip in today. Help us reach our goal of 65,000 people stepping forward before our April 30 deadline.

We’ve only got a few days left in this critically important drive. So, let’s go all out now and make sure we do everything we can for our troops.

- Kelli Seely, Senior Vice President, Chief Development Officer, USO