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  • 31 Oct 2014 11:46 AM | Anonymous

    Commissary Highlights Bulletin for September 16, 1978 - Pay no attention to the dates on products, stop stealing grocery carts, but do eat you Spanish vegetables (a recipe for Mushroom-Spinach Omelet).

    Commissary Highlights Bulletin for September 30, 1978 - "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream": a brief history lesson and recipes for the homemade stuff!

    Commissary Highlights Bulletin for October 14, 1978 - Halloween candy hits the shelves, refreshing dessert coffee recipes, a plea for hallalas, and more admonishments for bad shopping behaviors.

    Happy Halloween!

  • 27 Aug 2014 9:49 AM | Anonymous

    Commissary Highlights Bulletin for August 26, 1978 - High-fibre bread hits the shelves and a review of Saudi Fobeco Market in Al-Khobar.

  • 12 Aug 2014 5:54 PM | Anonymous

    Commissary Highlights Bulletin for August 12, 1978 - A recipe for an Id al-Fitr favorite, Sambousih, using puff pastry! Party! Bulk soft drink sales and bottle returns move to a facility adjacent to the commissary.  
  • 11 Aug 2014 9:05 AM | Anonymous

    Few things have more nostalgic power than food. We all have fond memories of meals and foods from childhood: a favorite dish from Mom's kitchen, those cookies your best friend's mom made, the smell and warmth of Arab bread, fresh from a bakery oven in Khobar, or the pungent, exotic aroma of freshly ground coffee with cardamom. Sadly, most of us left Arabia at a point in our lives when it didn't seem important or didn't occur to us to preserve this part of our past in some way. What would 15-year-old have done with a community cookbook anyway? Now you find yourself wishing you had that recipe for Dining Hall rice or samosas. You've even resorted to sending out Facebook pleas and stalking Ebay for old Aramco cookbooks. Tell the truth!

    In fact, it was a recent Facebook plea from a Brat that gave us the idea to scan the old community cookbooks we could get our hands on and make them available to all for download. These recipe collections are a reflection of our unique, culturally-diverse Aramco family and the travails of living in a relatively remote location.

    Family Favorites Vol. 1 and Family Favorites Vol. 2 are the first ones we have available for download. This 2-volume set appears to have been compiled in 1987 and published in 1988 by the Dhahran Women's Group with financial assistance form AEA (Aramco Employees Association). We have 3 other DWG recipe compilations to be scanned: Al Hasa Cookbook (1976), Food for Arabian Days and Nights (1980), and Crossroads (1992).  If you have others and are willing to make them available for scanning, please let us know!

    These are our mothers' recipes and our friends' mothers' recipes. The forward from Family Favorites Vol. 1 says it best:

    "...we have taken recipes from past Taster's Luncheons, various DWG functions, past Sandscript features (such as Anne Garland's column, 'Tasty Tips'), and recipe donations from the current DWG membership. We have a tremendous commonality of experience.  Remember the time we had no mayonnaise available?  And, the excitement and commotion on the day the chocolate chips came in, after being absent from the Commissary for 5 months?  And, when we all made our own sour cream, biscuit mixes, pickles and whipping cream?  These are a wealth of remembrances; times of laughter and times of tears and frustration.  Welcome to it all, DWG members and friends.  Share our Family Favorites.  May they become part of your Family Favorites as well."  

    Click on the cookbook cover to download (PDF). Enjoy and bon appetit!  

    26.2 Mb


    Artistic Beginnings
    (Hot and cold beverages, hors d'oeuvres, canapés, spreads, dips and snacks 

    Sensational Sandwiches and Soups (Sandwiches and soups)

    Premier Salads (Fruit salads, molded salads, meat salads, vegetable salads, and salad dressings)

    Aristocratic Accompaniments (Vegetables, pasta, dressings, and other miscellaneous side dishes)

    Enticing Entrees (Beef, ground beef, veal, lamb, other red meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, vegetarian and marinades and sauces)
    18.7 Mb

    Bountiful Breads
    (Quick breads, non-sweet and sweet yeast breads, and specialty breads)

    Scrumptious Cakes and Cookies (Cakes with  vegetables/fruits, miscellaneous cakes, chocolate cakes, cake frostings and icings, drop or shaped cookies, bar or square cookies)

    Other Sweet Endings (Pies and pastries, frozen desserts, refrigerated desserts, miscellaneous desserts, candies, and dessert toppings)

    Magnificent Micro-Meals (Introduction to microwave, microwave appetizers, meat entrees, seafood entrees, egg and cheese entrees, vegetables, and desserts)

    A Cook's Compendium of Helpful Hints (Dieter guides, herbs and spices, substitutions, equivalents, and other aids) 

  • 22 Jul 2014 9:27 PM | Anonymous

    Commissary Highlights Bulletin for July 22, 1978 - More economical, institutional-sized (108-oz cans?) food products are introduced, and the mega-sized Jello is still available in all 6 flavors. Commissary hours change to accommodate Ramadan.  

    Ramadan Mubarak to our Brat family!
  • 15 Jul 2014 8:07 AM | Anonymous

    Here's the final image of the 2015 logo reveal.  It's a longhorn-camel, of course!  We love it!


  • 08 Jul 2014 10:01 PM | Anonymous

    Commissary Highlights Bulletin for July 8, 1978 - The economy and versatility of bulk Jello, including a recipe for mini Jello pops (yum!), and a handy recipe for a quick cake...or is it a pie?. 
  • 03 Jul 2014 7:57 AM | Anonymous

    Here is image 3 of 4 of our 2015 logo reveal. This is getting too easy!


  • 27 Jun 2014 8:59 AM | Anonymous
    Our website and membership database will be undergoing a major software upgrade tomorrow, June 28. Please expect a downtime up to 10 hours starting at approximately 01:00 (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada).


    Your custodial staff

  • 24 Jun 2014 12:39 PM | Anonymous

    Commissary Highlights Bulletin for June 24, 1978 - The grand opening of the new Abqaiq Mall, featuring 24,000 sq. ft of commissary.  Entertainment provided by a Dixieland band and Milo Cumpston's train.

    Do you remember the "Zain Train?"  The locally-built train of motorized cars that was a mainstay of Abqaiq parades. Was there anything our dads couldn't make there?!

    Have any Zain Train memories or photos you would like to share? Share your story in the comment section below. Upload your photos to ABI's photo gallery via email.
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