After losing their jobs, some talented bakers have taken the opportunity to build businesses baking treats. For example, Debra Kabarsky of North Tustin, Calif., was in the home-building industry for more than 20 years before she lost her job. Kabarsky now rents space for baking in Orange, Calif., and owns The Last Crumb. "My favorite thing is when someone tastes my cookies and it brings back memories for them -- the taste reminds them of their childhood or their grandmother or mom -- and they smile," she said.

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