Martha Stewart prepares her mother's meatloaf

Good cooking may just have been in the genes for Martha Stewart. The famous homemaker attributes much of her culinary style to her own mother, sharing one of her mom's recipes on TODAY Wednesday morning.

"Mom was a simple, good home cook with a lot of excellent, more complicated recipes," Stewart told "She knew what was good, what was fresh. She shopped from the farm and picked from the garden."

In her childhood home, Stewart said her mom always found a way to keep the food healthy.

"She had six kids ... we never went to the doctor and we all have good teeth," Stewart said. "We were not a fast food household."

And all that slow cooking drew quite the crowd.

"Everybody wanted to come to our house to eat. My brothers always brought home their friends and they're big eaters," Stewart laughed. "They knew mom always had food in the house. It was a generous kind of home."

Every mom has her own special way to prepare meatloaf. For Stewart's, it means combining beef and pork with vegetables and secret seasonings (hint: dry mustard and brown sugar!). Try her recipe for a taste of home! —Reporting by Matt Murray

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Makes 8-10 servings
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