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The turkey is done and the ham is cooling off. Now it’s time for the sides.

There’s a lot pressure when it come to dinner dishes like the highly exalted baked macaroni and cheese or greens like your mother made them. And if you’re visiting BAE’s family for the first time, they’re going to be grading your yams stricter than a college professor.

Luckily for us, there are soul food mavens like Robbie Montgomery from “Welcome To Sweetie Pie’s” on OWN, who pen cookbooks for occasions just like this.

Tie up your apron and roll up your sleeves, lets get into these sides:

Macaroni cheese

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Sweetie Pie's Recipes

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Turkey Dinner

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Sweetie Pie's Recipes

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(CM) SOULFOOD_CM32 Denver's Soul Food scene on Friday June 6, 2008. Candied yams at CoraFaye's Cafe, 2861 Colorado Blvd., in Denver. Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post

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Sweetie Pie's Recipes

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collard greens

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Sweetie Pie's Recipes

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Excerpted from the book SWEETIE PIE’S COOKBOOOK: Soulful Southern Recipes, from My Family to Yours by Robbie Montgomery and Timothy Norman. Copyright © 2015 by Robbie Montgomery and Timothy Norman. Reprinted with permission of Amistad an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. New York, NY. All rights reserved.

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