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  • 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.  
  • 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) 

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