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Patti LaBelle reveals the secret behind her sweet potato pies

'The pies have been very, very good to me.'
Patti LaBelle
Patti LaBelle performs at Foxwoods on Saturday. Photo by Getty Images

Patti LaBelle isn't just the “Godmother of Soul,” she's also a queen of the kitchen.

Between a show on the Cooking Channel, her myriad of cookbooks and, of course, her famous pies, the legendary performer has become a shining star of the culinary world over the years. In particular, fans have fallen in love with her sweet potato pies, which have flown off the shelves since a video review that praised the dish went viral in 2015.

LaBelle, who performs at Foxwoods on Saturday night, tells Metro that the secret behind her beloved pies is her family recipe, which she claims isn’t all that different from how most people make the dessert.

“The pies have been very, very good to me,” she says. “I do believe that my pies are made exactly like your mother’s pies would be.”

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“It’s basically the same recipe that they use,” LaBelle adds. “No secret.”

Prior to returning to New England this weekend, the Grammy-winning crooner and lifelong cook showed off her culinary skills during a Hood Calorie Countdown event in Boston last month.

“I could move to Boston,” LaBelle says. “I’ve always loved Boston.”

The “Lady Marmalade” singer admits that she’s a “lobster girl” and loves New England cuisine, which is why she always makes a trip to Legal Sea Foods, her favorite seafood restaurant, when she’s in town.

 “Anytime after a show, we would get that Legal Sea Foods,” LaBelle says. “I’ve been addicted to seafood all my life.”

While LaBelle can’t always enjoy her favorite foods due to her ongoing battle with type 2 diabetes, she makes sure to cook up healthy meals for herself and her band when she’s on the road.

“I have diabetes, but diabetes don’t have me,” LaBelle says.

If you go:

Oct. 21, 8 p.m., Foxwoods, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket, Conn., $35+, foxwoods.com 

 
 
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