I have many great memories of cooking and baking alongside my mom growing up. Her "Bible" was her "New Settlement Cookbook." I have a facsimile copy I still use for reference. When I first moved to Japan as a teacher/missionary in the seventies, I needed a basic cookbook of my own and bought a Betty Crocker which I keep close to me at all times. I am a Lutheran pastor, stepmom and stepgranny. I love Tiger Woods (thus the "tora" part), the Chicago Cubs and the Fighting Illini of the University of Illinois. My husband is the love of my life and, being diabetic, has special dietary needs. Our cat, Hercule, is our "kid."