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New Jersey Home Bakers Score First-round Win in Challenge of Home-Baking Law

New Jersey is the only state to ban the sale of home baked goods—but that may be about to change. 

On Friday, Judge Douglas Hurd, of the Superior Court of Mercer County, denied a request of New Jersey’s Health Department to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban.

The lawsuit was brought by several home bakers who are asking the court to allow homemade goods—like cookies, cakes, and muffins—to be sold directly to consumers. Because of the judge’s ruling, the lawsuit will be allowed to continue.

Under New Jersey’s ban, it is illegal to sell any homemade foods for profit. Instead, before a person can sell even one cookie, she needs to spend thousands of dollars acquiring a commercial grade kitchen, get a retail food establishment license, undergo inspections, and abide by hundreds of pages of regulations designed for large, commercial bakeries. If someone sells even one muffin from their home kitchen, they can be punished by up to $1,000 in fines. The State has an exception to the ban for homemade goods sold to support charitable organizations, like church bake sales.

“People want to buy my cookies and cakes, and that should be their choice, not the government’s,” said Liz Cibotariu, one of the home bakers in the lawsuit who works as an Army helicopter technician in the National Guard and also served in the Iraq War. “I left Romania when it was still a communist country and proudly served in the military because I value freedom. It is time New Jersey got a lot more free.”

More than a dozen additional home bakers attended the hearing to show their support for the suit. Overturning the ban would allow many New Jerseyans to work from home and earn modest amounts of money to support themselves.

Martha Rabello is another home baker in the lawsuit. After the hearing, she said “I’m very happy to be one step closer to sharing my gift for baking once again. It is time for the Garden state to catch up with the rest of the country.”

The next step is for the parties to conduct discovery, move for summary judgment, and ask the court to decide whether New Jersey’s ban unconstitutionally limits home bakers freedom while protecting commercial bakers from competition.

Fingers crossed!

Cara’s Cucina: Apple Pie

Today on Cara’s CucinaCara Di Falco teaches us how to make Apple Pie!

Di Falco kicks off the autumn baking season with this delicious recipe. Check out the ingredients for the pie below.

Apple Pie
Makes 1, 8-inch pie

pie crusts
7-8 apples, use a mix like Fuji, McIntosh, Granny Smith & Yellow Delicious
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground clove
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 tbs. flour
butter

Watch the video above to learn how to make your own, and click here to see the official Cara’s Cucina recipe!

If you make this at home, be sure to post it on Instagram along with the hashtag, #CarasCucina.

 

New Jersey Blizzard is Coming Our Way

By: Lisa Cardoso

Are you prepared for the snow? New Jersey will be in a winter storm warning starting Monday 8pm until Tuesday 6pm. This nor’easter is expected to hit most of New Jersey and fill some areas with an expected 18 inches Monday night into Tuesday night.

What will we do? Hip New Jersey has come up with a few ideas on how to spend your snow day!

Let’s talk about all the cozy ways to spend your snow day. A great way to start is to stay in bed! Get in your warm pajamas and fuzzy bathrobe, flip on the TV and relax! (You’re stuck home anyway!) Catch up on your favorite TV shows, catch up on some sleep, or read that book you’ve been trying to finish for a few months now. We recommend reading Ten Years Later by Lisa Marie Latino!

Lol for real though! #sleeep #todayiscancled

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Other, less relaxing ways, to use mother nature’s gift is to do some work! The majority of us have at one time or another dropped the ball with work. Take your day off to pick the ball back up and get on track. You could do overdue laundry, a little home organization, or paperwork. 

Make yourself a pot of your favorite hot beverages! A great way to stay warm from the outside blizzard is to fill your insides with a toasty treat. We recommend hot chocolate for this time! There are countless ways to make your own hot chocolate. Here is a recipe. 

Schools will most likely be closing on Tuesday, what will you and your kids do? A way to prepare is to wipe the dust off your board games! Weeks can be hectic with school activities and work obligations. Making the time for family can be difficult. Take this snowday as a gift from father time and spend it with the ones you love!

If you don’t already have a basement filled with board games here are some places that sell them: Toys “R” Us, Target, Walmart and Barnes & Noble. They have lovely sections of board games for all ages! Other alternative ways to spend time with family is to bake together. Baking a fun treat for you and your kids is a sweet bonding experience. Here are some ideas!  A  few ways to build a snowman indoors, with graham crackers  and with bread!

 

When was the last time you played in the snow? I know we shovel snow, clean snow off our cars and complain about it, but when was the last time you hopped on a tube and soared through the winter air? Take your kids to a local park and go tubing.

We are all about having fun, but staying safe is a huge priority. There are some precautions to take when any heavy storm comes to NJ. Make sure you have food to eat! Traveling and delivery may be a no-go in our 18 inches of snow. Make sure you have extra batteries, flashlights, and candles. The blizzard that is coming will be blowing strong winds that could knock out any of our electricity. If possible, getting a generator is always a great backup in times where heat may be taken away from us!