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  • 10 Dec 2014 11:25 PM | Anonymous

    Commissary Highlights Bulletin for December 9, 1978 - A new Customer Relations Clerk, the demographics of microwave ownership, a seasonal recipe for a chowder, and some handy kitchen tips, including how to make your own powdered sugar.

  • 01 Dec 2014 6:08 PM | Anonymous

    It's Cyber Monday!  While you're doing your online holiday shopping, don't forget to shop like a Brat (or for a Brat) and visit ABI's Suq for some unique gifts for those special Aramcons.  In addition to reunion t-shirts, polos and hats, we have some great stocking stuffers like ghutra-print phone cases, ghutra-print pens, mugs and lapel pins. Our all-time holiday favorite, the 1975 Nativity Pageant DVD, will be on sale ($10) now through the holidays.

    We are running low on some items, so please order early to ensure availability and delivery in time for the holidays!


  • 18 Nov 2014 6:18 AM | Anonymous

    Commissary Highlights Bulletin for November 18, 1978 - Safety tips for handling and cooking a turkey and a recipe for for homemade cranberry relish.  Yes, put away the can opener.  No food should still be shaped like a can when served.

  • 06 Nov 2014 6:53 AM | Anonymous

    Commissary Highlights Bulletin for November 6, 1978 - Id al Adha holiday store hours and do-ahead cheese flan and no-bake fruitcake recipes for drop-in holiday guests.  Or just throw them some of that Thanksgiving candy!

  • 05 Nov 2014 9:44 AM | Anonymous

    The second in our series of Aramco cookbooks, "Al Hasa Cookbook," is now available for downloading. Published in 1976, it features recipes from 340 different contributors from the three Aramco communities, Northrop in Khobar and U.P.M.  In the "Gourmet Specialties" chapter, you will even find a few recipes contributed by some Aramco dads!

    "An idea in 1974, a few plans in 1975 and a reality in 1976.  That is the brief history of the Al-Hasa Cook Book.  Through the combined efforts of the committee and their respective women's groups, we have compiled what we hope will be a representation of culinary pleasures of all our areas.  With the current expansion of the population and the availability of more products in the local markets, we can broaden the scope of our previously limited menus and thus enrich our daily lives.  The recipes in this book may not have been laboratory tested, but their merit has been established by the most critical group of all - husbands and families."

    Along with recipes for family standards, you will find instructions for cooking an elephant, preserving a husband, hedgehog cake, and even homemade pudding mix.

    We hope you rediscover some old favorites from childhood and find some new ones for your Thanksgiving table or your next family gathering!

    Click on the cookbook cover to download (PDF).

    40.9 Mb
    • Appetizers, Canapes and Beverages
    • Soups, Sandwiches and Miscellaneous
    • Salads and Salad Dressings
    • Vegetables
    • Casseroles and Crock Pots
    • Seafood, Meat, Poultry, Eggs and Cheese
    • Gourmet Specialties
    • Breads and Rolls
    • Cakes, Cookies and Pies
    • Desserts and Candies

  • 04 Nov 2014 6:34 PM | Anonymous

    Commissary Highlights Bulletin for November 4, 1978 - Review of Ali Zaid Al Quraishi & Brothers sporting goods store in Khobar where you could buy everything from sailboats to Fred Flintstone cars.  Thanksgiving candy available for the holiday.  Hmmm... Nothing says Thanksgiving quite like a marshmallow turkey!

  • 01 Nov 2014 6:01 PM | Anonymous

    ABI needs a Database a Director. Are you a detail-oriented Excel pro? Volunteer to help ABI keep track of and communicate with fellow Brats!

    The responsibilities and qualification for the position are described below.  If you are interested in serving for the remainder of this term (through 10/31/2015) or next term (11/1/2015-10/31/2017), please contact Duane Hopple or Melanie Penoyer.  Feel free to email either if you would like to know more about the position.


    • Manages and a user-friendly online database and member application form.
    • Approves new membership requests.
    • Enters address changes/corrections/additions regularly to keep the ABI membership database current and accurate.
    • Provides mailing address lists and information to Board members, class representatives, and Brats as appropriate.
    • Provides database reports as needed.
    • Maintains confidentiality of information in the database.
    • Helps plan and implement enhancements to the ABI database based on Board priorities, policy directions, and goals.
    • Provides assistance to members regarding their database records.
    • Maintains a Database Director handbook.


    • Working knowledge of Excel (used for bulk operations on online database).
    • Previous database management experience preferred.
    • Must be organized, detail-oriented, and capable of working independently.

  • 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.  
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