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    >>> we're back in "today's kitchen." there is nothing that brings you more comfort than your moms cook cooking for you. we decided to bring our moms in.

    >> joan epstein and sameha kotb are here to warm us up with some of our favorite recipes.

    >> mom and joanie are --

    >> besties.

    >> yes. they're bffs.

    >> i likey. what is joanie whipping up?

    >> spaghetti and meat sauce.

    >> kathie talks about this.

    >> yes.

    >> she eats it too. how do we make it, mom?

    >> you make your sauce with --

    >> it comes in a can.

    >> well, i'm not going out and picking the tomatoes.

    >> do you brown your meat? don't you brown your meat and onions?

    >> yes, uh-uh h.h

    >> how many cans of tomato sauce ? how many cans do we put in, mom?

    >> i use four.

    >> four, okay. and then what do you do?

    >> best tomato sauce .

    >> so good. and then what, mom?

    >> tomato sauce .

    >> use four of those.

    >> how much of them?

    >> one large paste.

    >> okay, all right.

    >> and then what, joanie .

    >> dump it all in there.

    >> i'm trying, hoda. then what, mom.

    >> don't splatter it all.

    >> no, no, no.

    >> look, it is already done.

    >> you know what it is? this is the secret, isn't it, mom? what is it?

    >> i can't remember the name of it.

    >> parsley.

    >> parsley, yes.

    >> parsleparsley. parsley is the key.

    >> parsley and dill, my mom said.

    >> she doesn't use dill. and a little what, salt, mom?

    >> be careful.

    >> okay.

    >> it is measured out.

    >> what is this, joanie ?

    >> that looks like --

    >> who knows? just put it in. doesn't matter.

    >> at klgandhoda.com. on to hoda's mom.

    >> my mom is going to make stuffed peppers . joanie , maybe you can help us too. mom what do you do? you brown some ground beef and what? onion?

    >> yes. soy sauce .

    >> ground beef , onion. and when my mom cooks, she doesn't measure, she throws it all in and it tastes like heaven. garlic. okay. garlic. this is the most cooking i've done in five years. okay. what else?

    >> everything look good?

    >> dill and parsley.

    >> okay. dump it all in.

    >> just the dill, i think.

    >> and the parsley. okay. and then what?

    >> no thinking required around here.

    >> then the rice.

    >> what kind of rice do you use?

    >> uncooked rice.

    >> uncooked.

    >> uncooked. see. white rice . and then what?

    >> stir the whole thing about five minutes.

    >> you do it. okay. i'm done. i'm exhausted from cooking. i'm tired.

    >> about five minutes.

    >> and then what.

    >> here it is.

    >> you scoop it into the peppers?

    >> scoop is in the peppers.

    >> the peppers are raw. you scoop it in.

    >> uncooked at the time, right? you first --

    >> cut the top off and you clean them out and fill them up.

    >> okay.

    >> three-fourths.

    >> three-fourths, okay. like that. and you cook them and --

    >> no, and you -- and then --

    >> and then what.

    >> you put all the -- little bit of the --

    >> onions, peppers on the bottom, put the top on. how long do you cook it?

    >> cook it for two hours.

    >> two hours.

    >> and, mom, how long do we cook your sauce?

    >> well, i -- about an hour simmering.

    >> okay.

    >> we're going to try -- we're going to try joanie 's first.

    >> all right.

    >> everyone is talking. no one's saying anything. this segment is ruined! who wants to try it first? you go.

    >> my mom will try it.

    >> try a little bite. sorry. i'm sorry. i'm sorry, i'm sorry. i didn't know. is that good?

    >> it is delicious.

    >> i'm going to try it. sorry, mom. i didn't know there was that much on the fork.

    >> try the spaghetti. i love my mom's spaghetti.

    >> oh, my god.

    >> thisjoanie, you got to try mom's. really good.

    >> i'm sure.

    >> by the way, everybody. if you would like to know what our mothers really think of us, i'm sorry, we don't have time. go to klgandhoda.com and reveal who knows what behind our --

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updated 1/30/2014 5:39:06 PM ET 2014-01-30T22:39:06

Recipe: Stuffed peppers with ground beef and rice

  • 6 large peppers (green, yellow, and red)
  • 1 pound of ground beef (sirloin)
  • 2 cups of uncooked white basmati rice (washed and drained)
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 2 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 cup of beef broth

In a large skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil and brown the onion. Add the beef and cook until brown. Add soy sauce, garlic, fresh dill, fresh parsley, salt and pepper to taste and simmer until meat is cooked.

Add basmati rice and stir mixture for about 5 minutes. Cut tops of peppers, remove seeds (save tops). Fill the peppers with meat and rice mixture about 3/4 full.

Line a large pot with sliced onions, the pepper tops, 3 tablespoon of olive oil and 2 tablespoon of butter. Place the peppers in the pot and add the beef broth. Bring to a boil on top of the stove, then simmer covered for about 2 hours or until mixture is cooked.

Bring to a boil but turn down immediately and simmer for 1-2 hours.  Stir often.

Recipe: Joan's spaghetti sauce

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 4 large cans of Hunts tomato sauce
  • 1 large can of Hunts tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3/4 cup dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tbsp. either garlic salt or chilled minced garlic
  • 1 large diced onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Brown the ground beef and drain the fat. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil but turn down immediately and simmer for 1-2 hours.  Stir often.

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