Dannae, I have lived in the US since 1952 and, although I have great love for my homeland and I consider myself 100% Czech, I am an American through and through. I call myself an American Czech since this country made me what I am today. True, we have our problems with politics, the economy, race relations, etc, but what country doesn't. At least here we are open about it and even with our faults, I believe we are, well not better, but more adapted to things. I do so very much want to visit my homeland and see where I was born, visit relatives that I do not know and who do not know I exist, visit Praha, eat real Czech food again (no real Czech restaurants in the DC area), although I do cook some Czech dishes that my mother use to make. On the lighter side - how long have you been in the US? Have you prepared all the wonderful Czech dishes for your family? I try to make certain things that I know the family will eat. I often cook cabbage - bith red and white, make goulash and goulash soup, segedyn goulash, chicken paprika, rysky, svichkova, knedlyky - bread and potato (although not too often since they are time consuming and my family is not into them), apple strudel and cookies at Christmas (vanilkove rohlicky especially). I have started writing a cook book of my mother's recipes .. calling it "From Jirina's Kitchen" (subtitled "From Georgia's Kitchen". Progress is slow, but hopefully in the next few years, I will complete it. My approach is not just the cooking, but the serving and ambiance that goes with the Czech Cuisine.