If only we knew how quickly Patti LaBelle’s sweet potato pies would fly off the shelves at Walmart last fall.

Cooking is second nature for the fiery singer with a multi-octave vocal range. Growing up, she was inspired to make music in the kitchen while watching her parents in their Philadelphia home. “I would go to our little garage and come up with my own sauce recipes and [tell them to] my cat and my dog,” she says. “The dog would give me the bark of approval, and the cat would meow.”

Now many enjoy the tasty treats made from LaBelle’s recipes, including a vanilla pound cake and a caramel cake, sold at Walmart. With her brand of sauciness, she also gave tips on the art of cuisine and more on her Cooking Channel specials, Patti LaBelle’s Place andPatti LaBelle’s Holiday Pies. She prepared meals on the show for Whoopi Goldberg, Michelle Williams and James Wright, whose video review of LaBelle’s sweet potato pie went viral.

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