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‘My Mom’s the Greatest Cook’ (Part 2)

With Mother's Day right around the corner, the “Today” show decided to honor moms who labor in the kitchen year round to please their family and friends. We asked viewers and Web site users to e-mail us nominations for inclusion in our five-part series "My Mom's the Greatest Cook."Hundreds of people wrote in about their moms, stepmoms, and even their friends’ moms. We read about some amazing
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With Mother's Day right around the corner, the “Today” show decided to honor moms who labor in the kitchen year round to please their family and friends. We asked viewers and Web site users to e-mail us nominations for inclusion in our five-part series "My Mom's the Greatest Cook."

Hundreds of people wrote in about their moms, stepmoms, and even their friends’ moms. We read about some amazing women and saw some delicious recipes.

Today we continue our series with Emily Abercrombie and her mom, Lynn. Emily wrote that her mother loves cooking so much that she has made a career out of it – teaching home economics to middle school students. (See Emily’s e-mail below.) So we took our taste buds to Alabama and put Lynn's cooking to the test.

It turned out that Emily wasn’t wrong. Lynn’s cooking was great! You will find some of her recipes below as well as more information about mom and daughter we found out during our trip.

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HERE IS EMILY’S E-MAIL:

My mom is the most wonderful cook in the world. She is so good at cooking that she teaches home economics full time to middle school students. Not only does all of the food she prepares taste great, but more importantly it is her motive in cooking for our family that makes the difference. She is the most selfless person I have ever met. She loves to prepare special things for us that she knows we love. Growing up, it was a very rare occasion that our family would go out to eat. My mom had a delicious, balanced hot meal on the table every night for us to enjoy. But the thing I'm most thankful for is that she has passed several of her great recipes down to me. Her love for cooking and food inspired me to begin my career as well. I am a dietitian and actually got to judge a cooking contest just last week.

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MORE ABOUT EMILY AND LYNN ABERCROMBIE AND THE GREAT FOOD THEY SHARE

Emily Abercrombie says her mom, Lynn, loves cooking so much that she does it all day – teaching home economics to middle schoolers before coming home to cook for her family.

One of the things that Lynn makes sure her students understand is the difference between different types of flour. This is because when she was a young bride and visiting her mother-in-law's house she had her biggest cooking catastrophe. When her mother-in-law asked her to prepare a pound cake, Lynn thought, "Wow, this'll be my chance to really shine." Mistakenly, she made the pound cake with self-rising flour and the cake went up -- and then completely flopped flat in the oven.

Emily, a dietitian at Emory University in Atlanta, says her mom's love of cooking inspired her own career. She describes her mom's cooking as good ol' traditional Southern food. She jokes that Southern food isn't necessarily known as the healthiest food but part of becoming a dietitian was letting people know you can have those foods in a balanced diet.

Growing up, Emily, 23, says that her mom always had a hot meal on the table every night. She says she realized her mom's cooking was special every time she would eat over someone else's house; but she said she really learned to appreciate it when she moved out and realized how much effort and coordination it takes to get all of the food together and ready at one time.

Emily says her mom isn't a fancy cook, but that she is very concerned with taste. She makes most things from scratch but will use pre-packaged foods when she is in a hurry. Lynn said she doesn't think she is the greatest cook but loves doing it because she likes to please other people and make them feel special with her cooking.

Emily says she likes to think she got her mom's cooking skills, but it's still yet to be determined.

Said Lynn :"I had to attend like three Christmas parties one night and Emily said, ‘Mom, don't worry, I will make the gingerbread boys this year and you and dad go on to the party.’ And so she called me and asked if I could tell her what molasses was. And I said, Well, it's a dark, thick liquid that's in a jar in the bottom of the refrigerator. And when we got home from the Christmas party, the gingerbread boy cookies were made with soy sauce!”

Emily says that her mom is an inspiration to her and to many people she taught how to cook. One of the most important things she learned from her mom is that meals and family go hand-in-hand.

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