Patti LaBelle
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Now, this isn't exactly straight from the horse's mouth, seeing as how Ms. Patti LaBelle didn't release the recipe for her Wal-Mart sweet potato pie herself.

But Joe Yonan, the food and dining editor at the Washington Post, spent a good chunk of time and effort scouring the Internet for LaBelle's sweet potato pie recipe after word about the pie's deliciousness went viral thanks to a YouTube food critic. 

Yonan dug up an old recipe that was in one of LaBelle's cookbooks from way back when and cross-checked it against a few other references he found online claiming to be LaBelle's signature pie recipe. 

Head over to the Washington Post for the recipe in detail. In the meantime, let's hope Wal-Marts across the nation restock their shelves with Ms. LaBelle's pies so we all have something to chow down on this holiday season.

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Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.