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Started by Barbara Schmal. Last reply by Bonnie Brown Sep 21, 2010.

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Comment by Barbara Schmal on August 3, 2010 at 8:47pm
Woman hopes state will enact Cottage Food Act to help Floridians that want to bake and sell items.

Largo - Many chefs get started right in their own kitchen.

However, in Florida, it is illegal to cook something at home and then try to sell it.

It is a law that has been really frustrating for Barbara Schmal, so she is trying to do something about it.

Schmal loves creating gorgeous cakes in her own kitchen.

"I just love doing the cake decorating part of it and trying out new recipes and new techniques," Schmal said.

The Largo woman has the tools and the training to create shells, lovely flowers, and creative cakes.

Schmal even has her own website: http://www.krazyaboutcake.com

However, state law makes it difficult for her to pursue her passion.

"The way Florida law reads, you cannot bake in the kitchen that has the living quarters nearby," Schmal said.

Because Schmal's oven is close to her couch, the state says she should find a commercial kitchen to cook. (If she wants to run a business.)

Not every state has that same policy.

Chef superstar, Paula Dean, got her start in Georgia. Dean would cook in her kitchen and her sons would deliver things like chocolate cookies to clients.

Dean quickly outgrew her own kitchen, and eventually landed on television.

Schmal has big dreams too, but just wishes a Cottage Food Act existed in Florida, so she could legally sell the cakes she loves to bake and decorate.

"This would really help a lot of people to make a second income or to supplement the income that they have," Schmal said.
Schmal says she realizes some are concerned about the cleanliness of home kitchens, but if the law changes, Schmal says the Health Department would be responsible for inspecting home kitchens that have proper licenses. Licenses and permits would also cost at home chefs money, which would help bring in money for the entire state.

Schmal recently wrote a number of letters to lawmakers, and some have passed the notes onto others, but because not a lot has happened, Schmal plans to be persistent.

"I'm the type of individual that if I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it," Schmal said. "If they're in the state of Florida, they're getting a letter! We want their help to help get this passed, because it would help a lot of the people in Florida."
Comment by Barbara Schmal on July 24, 2010 at 7:50am
No I don't know when it will air, but the News Anchor that is coming over is only on the weekends so it may air tomorrow or next weekend. I will be sure to ask her tomorrow and let everyone know. She is coming at 10:00 am so I'm thinking it may air tomorrow.
Comment by Janine Picone on July 24, 2010 at 7:45am
Do you know exactly when it's scheduled to air?
Comment by Barbara Schmal on July 24, 2010 at 7:26am
ABC News is located in Tampa Florida Channel 11, I don't know if you can get this channel. If not send an email to your local news stations and they may do the same. News stations love special interest stories and it will help getting the word out.
Comment by Janine Picone on July 24, 2010 at 7:07am
Please let us know when it will air and on which channel if possible.
Comment by Barbara Schmal on July 23, 2010 at 9:04pm
ABC Action News will be interviewing me this Sunday regarding Florida Baking At Home legally. I hope this will help us get the Cottage Food Act passed. All who are sending letters to their state representative thank you for the support. Those of you who would like to help email me and I will be glad to send you the letters. Barb
Comment by Bonnie Brown on March 11, 2010 at 10:51am
I hope this site will keep us more in tune with what's happening in our area and give us the ability to get some help faster if we need it. Hi Ladies...
Comment by Judy Duke on September 14, 2009 at 4:35pm
I think that I figured it out.
Comment by Janine Picone on September 4, 2009 at 4:26pm
I'm very glad this web site was created and look forward to sharing information and ideas with others in our area who share the sweet passion.

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