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Old 04-12-2010, 06:36 AM   #1
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Greetings from Kuwait!

Well I joined yesterday and managed to jump right into a pile of discussions without finding this forum, first. So please allow me to introduce myself.

I am an American expat living and working in Kuwait, and I will be 33 next month. I have spent half my life overseas. My father was in the US Army and I grew up in Germany and the Pacific. Six years ago I left my life in Atlanta, GA and took a job as a civilian contractor working in Iraq. I worked there for 5.5 years and then left that company in October of last year to move to Kuwait. I now live here and work for a Kuwaiti company.

Thanks to my early exposure to other cultures, I have a deep appreciation for international cuisine. Since living in the Middle East and traveling extensively in Asia, my tastes have changed considerably in the last few years. The 5.5 years I spent in Iraq I wasn't able to cook at all....I lived in a small trailer on a military base and ate all my meals at the dining facility. Since moving to Kuwait I have jumped back into cooking with gusto. Embracing this rediscovered freedom and joy (I LOVE to cook!) has combined with some dietary changes I've made for health reasons. And that's why I came here.

I look up a lot of recipes online and depend heavily on the comments people leave about them, but going to a recipe site doesn't really give you good insight on how to cook and especially how to cook specific things. Some of my dietary restrictions have to do with food allergies, too. And because I am in the Middle East where certain things are illegal (alcohol, pork, etc) and certain things are simply not available (I can only buy one kind of tofu), or certain things are sold in packages with Arabic labeling that I cannot read.....I need lots of help.

So that's me. I've already found people here to be very friendly and very helpful. I'm glad I found this site and I look forward to conversing with you all further.

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Old 04-12-2010, 07:27 AM   #2
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Welcome from another noob.

Can't wait to learn from your experiences.
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Old 04-12-2010, 07:46 AM   #3
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Thanks, BigAL! Welcome to you, too!
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Old 04-12-2010, 11:25 AM   #4
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I think I already welcomed you in another thread but in case I didn't...WELCOME. I'm glad you jumped right in, thats the best way for us to get to know you and I can't wait to see some of the recipes you will post. I'm envious of your world traveller status! Love to see some stories sometime.
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Old 04-20-2010, 06:18 AM   #5
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Welcome cmarchibald!
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Old 04-21-2010, 05:48 PM   #6
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And here is another welcome. I'd like to see what you cook and how you adjust for allergies. Btw, what kind of can't you eat?
i my self have a lot of restrictions in cooking so even though i am very glad I do not have allergies i cook as if I did.
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:42 PM   #7
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Welcome Cmarchibald,
I'm glad you've found us and look forward, to getting to know you better.
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Old 04-21-2010, 09:01 PM   #8
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Welcome girl sorry this is late, Andy has kept me busy with the off topic forums!!! Have fun with us...
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Old 04-21-2010, 10:54 PM   #9
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Brats are the best! Always welcome.
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Old 04-24-2010, 10:24 AM   #10
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Thanks, everybody! CharlieD, I posted about my food allergies (I'm allergic to Zinc) on the food allergy thread that is at the top of the Health & Nutrition forum.
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