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  • 21 Jan 2015 1:11 PM | Anonymous

    Amber Perkins Neal (DH '86) is our new Database Director. For several years, Amber has designed and maintained databases in the University setting and, currently, for a philanthropic foundation. Living by the "OCD-works-for-me" philosophy has served her well.

    Amber decided to use her skills to give back to a community that has had a profound impact on her life and to remain better connected to those with similar experiences and background.

    When Amber isn't at work, she spends her time trying to find places to camp and kayak since moving from NH to TX. An amateur chef, she is currently teaching herself the art of Moroccan cooking!  Yum!  Amber, her, hus

    band and her mother are raising four kids who are "hers, his, and not ours, but we'll keep them."

    As Database Director, Amber approves new membership requests and maintains existing database entries. Call on her if you have any questions or problems with updating your information in the database or accessing the directory.

    Welcome to ABI's Board, Amber!
  • 15 Jan 2015 9:33 PM | Anonymous


    Commissary Highlights Bulletin for January 13, 1979 - Out with the old and in with the new:  Arabic language and new children's magazines hit the racks, plus stop those nasty habits of stealing grocery carts and smoking.

  • 09 Jan 2015 6:46 AM | Anonymous

    Happy 2015 -- the year of our 15th Biennial Aramco Brat Reunion in Houston this Memorial Day weekend (May 21 - 25). We think your immediate "to do" list should include finalizing your plans to attend this amazing event. If you have not already done so, we strongly encourage you to book your room(s) at the fabulous Omni Hotel NOW as there are only 60 rooms left! Everything is BIG in Texas...and this reunion is definitely going to be BIG!

    Past reunion attendees will be very familiar with the benefits of staying at the reunion hotel where much "reunion-izing" takes place into the wee hours of the morning. We can't wait to share our "Top 11 Reasons" why you should meet your fellow Brats in Houston, Texas this May. Registration will be opening soon, but you should reserve your hotel room(s) today!

  • 28 Dec 2014 12:09 PM | Anonymous

    Commissary Highlights Bulletin for December 25, 1978 - Recipes for making friends, a Wassail Bowl, and some Christmas trivia, including the derivation of "toasting" at the table.

    Here's to another great year with our Aramco Brat family and the upcoming "reunion year!" CYC* and happy holidays!

    *Consider yourself clinked

  • 11 Dec 2014 4:37 PM | Anonymous

    'Tis the season for parties, so who doesn't need yet another cheese ball recipe? Maybe even your momma's cheese ball recipe!

    "Food for Arabian Days and Nights," the third in our series of Aramco cookbooks, is now available for downloading. This one was published in 1980 by the Dhahran Women's Group.  The pretty illustrations were done by Rose Batato.

    We really enjoyed reading "Helpful Hints."  Emergency substitutions and instructions on how to make cake flour, whole grain flour," and "real" sour cream all speak to some of the everyday hardships that were just part of the adventure.

    If you missed the previous cookbook links, here they are again:

    Click on the cookbook cover to download (PDF).

    25 Mb
    • Appetizers - Salads, Dressings, Beverages, Soups
    • Main Dishes - Sauces & Batter, Relishes, Seafood, Egg & Cheese. Poultry, Meat, Lamb, Pork
    • Vegetables
    • Desserts
    • Cakes
    • Cookies & Candy
    • Breads
    • Helpful Hints

  • 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

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