Your Commissary – It's Worth the Trip!
By Kay Blakley, DeCA home economist
FORT LEE, Va. – Have you purchased your pumpkin yet? No matter where you’re stationed, it’s a good bet your local commissary is making room for those bright orange globes soon to grace every porch in the neighborhood.
Don’t carve your pumpkin too early; it won’t last much longer than a day or two once it’s open to the elements. Do be sure to harvest the seeds from its center, though. They’re one of the healthiest treats on the Halloween agenda and are very easy to roast – just follow the Roasted Pumpkin Seeds recipe listed on Kay’s Kitchen.
If you’re trying your best to keep it healthy this year, focus on treats like individual cheese and cracker packages, sugar-free gum, string cheese sticks, juice boxes, small packages of nuts or raisins, peanuts in the shell or single-serve bags of microwave popcorn. Your commissary has plenty of all these choices in stock.
One of this week’s featured recipes is even a good choice for those wanting to avoid cholesterol and saturated fat – a chocolate cupcake that uses no butter or eggs. And, it’s to-die-for delicious. Use the special dark chocolate blend of cocoa to make the finished product almost Halloween black, garnish the tops with small Halloween candies, and you’ll be instantly known as the best baker on the block. Turn plain tomato juice, fresh radishes and pimento-stuffed olives into a batch of Bloody Eyeballs on the Rocks, and you’ll be the best drink maker in the neighborhood, too.
Recipes for all those items and much more are gathered and waiting for you at Kay’s Kitchen. Get the ingredients at the commissary, pick your favorite treat and get cooking. Those cute little ghosts and goblins will be arriving at your doorstep before you know it.
About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons save thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to commercial prices when shopping regularly at a commissary. The discounted prices include a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America's military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773