Mrs. Smith's® Dishes Up Pies and Desserts for the Stars

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Serve Easy-To-Make Holiday Treats From the American Music Awards

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Everyone loves the buttery crust of our fruit and pumpkin pies and classic cobblers that are so perfect and easy-to-make for the holiday season.

Winners and nominees at the 2006 American Music Awards all cozied up to Schwan's Executive Chef Christian "Kit" Kiefer backstage as he dished out a dazzling array of treats made with Mrs. Smith's® pies and desserts.

As the coveted awards were announced on stage before a national television audience, the backstage lounge was the place to sample delicious treats such as Chef Kit's mega-hit Dessert-tini - a perfect holiday entertaining idea.

Stars of all ages - including Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, Lionel Richie, Barry Manilow, The Dixie Chicks, and The Cheetah Girls - were delighted by the sweet treats and impressed with the trendy presentation in stem martini glasses. Assisted by culinary students from Hollywood's Kitchen Academy, Chef Kit prepared and showcased desserts throughout the day. Even dieters, he said could partake of Mrs. Smith's desserts sweetened with SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener.

"Mrs. Smith's fans are everywhere," said Chef Kit as he posed with Josh Groban, Nickelback, Vanessa Williams, Flavor Flav, Billy Ray Cyrus, JoJo, American Idol's Clay Aiken and Katharine McPhee, and the stars of Disney's "Hannah Montana" and "High School Musical."

Also sampling desserts in the backstage lounge were Kirk Franklin, Rascal Flatts, Brian McKnight, JC Chasez, Aly & AJ and Weird Al Yankovic who were later joined by Film & TV Stars William Shatner, Sharon Stone, Kathy Griffin, and from "Grey's Anatomy" Isaiah Washington, Kate Walsh and Justin Chambers. "Everyone loves the buttery crust of our fruit and pumpkin pies and classic cobblers that are so perfect and easy-to-make for the holiday season." Chef Kit has appeared regularly on national television and is an author and public speaker. For delicious holiday recipes and easy-to-follow video instructions with Chef Kit visit http://www.mrssmiths.com.

Each nominee, performer and presenter received a year's supply of Mrs. Smith's pies in the to-die-for celebrity gift bag which was chocked full of goodies. The stars can choose from Mrs. Smith's Traditional Recipes Pies, Special Recipes Pies, Traditional Recipe Fruit Pie Slices, Soda Shoppe Favorites, Classic Cream Favorites, Classic Cobblers, Classic Crisps, and Homestyle Cakes. Or, they can opt for one of Mrs. Smith's newest releases such as Cinnabon® Apple Crumb Pie; Cinnabon® Coffee Cake; Cinnabon® Pecan Coffee Cake; Deep Dish Berry Burst; or Blackberry Crisp.

Based in Suwannee, Georgia, Mrs. Smith's was founded in the early 1900s when Amanda Smith began baking from her home. Today, Mrs. Smith's pies and desserts can be found at supermarkets nationwide. To order a colorful, free 2007 dessert lovers calendar log on to http://www.mrssmithscalendar.com while supplies last.

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Deb McGhee Speights
Veux Marketing, Inc.                                                
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