21 Delicious Ways to Say Thank You to the Troops

Our readers share the recipes they learned in the military, send to troops overseas and prepare for loved ones coming home.

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Banana Pudding

I didn’t see my son, Lance Corporal Eric Harris, for more than two years after he enlisted in the Marines after high school. And when I first saw him at the airport last fall, I just grabbed hold of him and busted out crying. Back home, the first thing he ate was two bowls of my easy banana pudding recipe. He’s a true Southern boy! It’s a dessert, but you can have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. —Stephanie Harris, Montpelier, Virginia

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Homey Mac & Cheese

I also call this “my grandson’s mac and cheese.” Zachary has been to Iraq and Afghanistan with both the Marines and Navy, and I’ve been privileged to make his favorite casserole for him for over 20 years. —Alice Beardsell, Osprey, Florida

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Blondies

This recipe has been used in my family as long as I can remember. My mom would make these for us when we were young and I have continued the tradition to my own family. When my husband and I were engaged, I would send these to him during his deployment overseas. In no time, he and his buddies would have the entire container emptied. These are the best chocolate chip brownies you will ever taste! —Amanda Green, Salisbury, Missouri

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