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Nov. 16, 2014 8:34 am 
Updated: Nov. 19, 2014 7:27 am
1) Buy the bird early. If you wait, you might be stuck buying a much bigger, heavier (more expensive) Turkey than you need. A small Turkey would easily feed the average American family, AND give you enough meat for turkey sandwiches for a week. 2) Give the bird an extra day or two to thaw. Even… MORE
 
 
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Jun. 12, 2014 2:49 pm 
Updated: Jun. 15, 2014 8:46 am
Cooking On-The-Go With Reynolds Living in a renovated historic hotel has many plusses. For a flight attendant who is always on the go, I really don’t need a huge home. I cook in a clean, smallkitchen/laundry room  that I share with my neighbors.  One of my neighbors works as a hostess and… MORE
 
 
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Mar. 31, 2014 7:04 pm 
Updated: Mar. 31, 2014 7:05 pm
Who taught you how to cook? I attended the CIG: The Culinary Institute of Grandma. (That's my attempt at humor.)My Grandmother was a wonderful cook and she taught me quite a bit when I was just a little girl. I remember she made pancakes once and dusted them with powdered sugar. "Try a bite,"… MORE
 
 
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Nov. 5, 2013 7:28 am 
Updated: Nov. 11, 2013 7:34 am
Hello home cooks! Have you planned your Thanksgiving meal yet? This site makes it so easy and fun! Just point, click and cook! Are you spending the holiday with your family? Are you driving or flying? Someone has to get you there if you're taking a plane, so I'll be working this holiday season.… MORE
 
 
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Oct. 25, 2013 10:03 am 
Updated: Oct. 27, 2013 3:02 pm
Many people consider a hamburger, french fries and a soft drink to be the "All American Meal." We love our fast food in America, don't we? How about you? I do! As much as I love to cook, I enjoy eating out. My work forces me to eat "on the fly."   My flight attendant job has taken me all over… MORE
Canadian Poutine
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Ore Ida Grillers for Breakfast
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Sweet Potato Fries and Bratwurst
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Steak Frites with Herb Butter
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Sep. 30, 2013 6:25 pm 
Updated: Oct. 5, 2013 6:53 am
Have you ever been to an Oktoberfest celebration? They're a lot of fun, even if you don't like beer. The music, the people and the food are fabulous. After going to a few different Oktoberfest celebrations in America, I decided I'd like to experience the traditional Oktoberfest in Munich. I'm… MORE
Enma and the Bratwurst
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Aumiiller Pretzels
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The Cookies!
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New Friend-from Italy
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Sep. 7, 2013 11:17 am 
Updated: Mar. 10, 2014 11:56 am
to a Culinary Journey! Hello Home Cooks and Allerecipes.com members!Please allow me to introduce myself. I'm Cynthia. I've been an Allrecipes.com member for many years. I found the site when I was looking for a recipe that called for "dates." Someone had given me a big box of dates and I had no… MORE
Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake-My very first submission to Allrecipes.com
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Girl at Work-Shanghai, China
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Oktoberfest-Roast Chicken and Beer-Munich, Germany
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Cheers to Guiness-Dublin, Ireland
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Cynthia Ross

Home Town
Beverly Hills, California, USA
Living In
San Angelo, Texas, USA

Member Since
Sep. 2010

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

Hobbies
Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work

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About Me
"Travel and cooking are my passions. I considered attending the Cordon Bleu, but decided I'd rather be a professional traveler who cooks for a hobby, than a professional chef who has little time to travel. I believe food. language and music are the best ways to explore culture." I'm working now as a flight attendant for a global airline. I learn as much as I can from our on-board chefs, as they have worked in the best kitchens on the planet! I'm proud to be an allrecipes Allstar this year! (2012-2013) What an honor to be part of this community! I'm looking forward to cooking with you this coming year!
My favorite things to cook
I make a great grilled cheese sandwich, but I've also mastered more difficult dishes. My cooking goal is to master artistic, delicious restaurant-style dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Grandmother and I were very close. She basically raised me, and thankfully passed along her cooking skills. We enjoyed watching Rachael Ray together. One of my favorite TV chefs in Michael Smith, from Canada. He's creative and very cool.
My cooking triumphs
I've attended a cooking workshop led by a handsome and charming French man who was voted the Chef of The Year. I've also won blue and red ribbons for my baking. The newspaper featured one of my recipes after winning a blue ribbon. I was 15 years old then. The food editor wrote that I "squealed with typical teenage glee" when I found out I won. She was right. And I still squeal to this day when I'm really happy about something. I also won second prize in the Barrington Chili Cook-off about ten years ago. I'm very proud of that!
My cooking tragedies
Trying and failing is an important part of the creative process. The first pancake almost never turns out right. I've overcooked many good pieces of beef, until I bought a good meat thermometer. My first batch of cinnamon rolls turned out like little hockey pucks because I did not activate the yeast properly. I've come a long way since then.
 
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