My parents are from Russia and I was born in Norway. I grew up in Queens, NY. I have lived in Guam, MA, and VA; and in all the places I have lived, I never found pizza, bagels, and bread like they make it in NY. As a New Yorker, you took it for granted, even bad pizzerias in NY were better than what I have tried elsewhere. So, for the past 20 years I have tried to develop my own dough, I have come close. I have worked in Washington, DC, for 14 years in the Federal govt. My husband and I moved to Oregon in 2005. Just left our jobs and the East coast forever! Have no regrets! We love our new state/home. Enjoy camping, hiking, kayaking, and beachcombing. I love to read, mostly science fiction/fantasy novels, and craft projects. Over the years, cooking has developed into a passion for me, my husband is very happy about this obsession, his only gripe is I don't repeat a lot of his favorites because I'm always trying out something new, oh well. So many recipes so little time to explore them all. My cookbook collection is huge, can't help it, I admit it--its an addiction. Then the internet comes along with sites like this one and so many others, what is a person to do? Try them all of course! Since we moved to Oregon, we haven't hooked up our cable TV and don't miss it. In fact, we gained more time--we're in control!