Five favorite things with Gregory and Petukhov

It's blini, borsch and a side of fries for skating couple

Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov at Skate for Love.<br>
Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov at Skate for Love.
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(11/10/2011) - When Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov returned home to Hartford, Conn., after performing in Scott Hamilton's annual show benefiting his CARES Foundation on Nov. 5, they resumed their busy schedule of teaching, holding customized seminars and workshops, preparing for shows and working on Fever on Ice, a not-for-profit program for inner-city middle school students that combines skating with academics.

"Our first year, we worked with 65 kids; this past year, it was up to a little more than 100," Gregory said. "We're reapplying for grants so we can hopefully double in size."

When they're not working, the duo -- married since 2001 -- are usually entertaining their 100-pound-plus dog, Suede, and mixing things up in the kitchen.

Any favorite movies?

Melissa: Grease, Dirty Dancing, Barber of Siberia.

Denis: Hunt for Red October.

How about TV?

Melissa: The Young and the Restless -- yes, that's my guilty pleasure. Denis hates it and always makes fun of me, but he does watch sometimes when Sean Young appears. (Denis partnered Young on ABC's 2010 Skating with the Stars reality competition.) Sean took us into the studio where they film it and I got to meet the soap stars.

Denis: Spartacus and anything artistic with blood and sex.

Both: We love watching TV shows online. Shows of choice for now: Fringe, Breaking Bad, Lie to Me.

If calories were free, what would you eat?

Melissa: French food. Really good fries are my weakness.

Denis: Blini, borsch, caviar, sushi and vodka.

Any bedtime reading?

Melissa: Not a book but I'm addicted to People magazine.

Denis: Wheels on the Bus, when I'm reading to my two-year-old niece, Maya.

Favorite places to visit?

Melissa: Las Vegas, Italy and my grandparents house in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Denis: Vegas, baby!

Bonus question . . .

What do you love to do to relax?

Melissa: Cooking, spoiling our dog Suede.

Denis: Cars, photography, videography and playing with my pal Suede Denisovich.