The students down at Yoga House on State Street began to notice a couple of years ago that the ethereal yogini Nancy Wadsworth, one of the most popular teachers there, was having to miss a lot of her classes.

We were told a parent was having health issues back East. And pretty soon Nancy had to go on leave. And that means, for a teacher, that your classes get reassigned.

Over an extended back and forth, both of Nancy's parents died, one in Buffalo, another across the border in Canada. After much caregiving and sorrow, she's back.

Now she subs at Yoga House, and has one regular class. But I've noticed that, as independent contractors, yoga teachers can be incredibly entrepreneurial. Though Nancy appears to have never been in the neighborhood of a carbohydrate in her life, her students began to get emails at the holidays about cookies for sale from Delicious Yogini, and we could see Nancy had found a new calling.

Not just any cookies, I can now attest, having finally succumbed: Luscious Grandma's bar cookies, more chocolate than not, free-range eggs and free-range butter, which I think means the cows.

Nancy is a new tenant over at Chefs Center of California, Joe Colletti's nonprofit business incubator in that beautiful big green barn on San Gabriel Boulevard just above Colorado, which started out a century ago as the home for the horse-drawn fire engines of Lamanda Park.

When Janette Williams wrote about the place 18 months


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ago, it was Mama's Small Business Kitchen Incubator, and just beginning to attract clients. As you might guess, our healthily persnickety food bureaucracies do not allow even one-person shops to cook at home and sell their goods. Chefs Center provides the pro ovens and stovetops and fridges, and the hyper-cleanliness training, that allows small businesses to sell their own foods. Now almost 200 people are able to be entrepreneurial with their cooking without having to invest in the heavy equipment, paying $25 an hour to use the space.

All the good deeds aside, I just wanted to watch Nancy bake, and have a taste, not even realizing that longtime anti-poverty activist Colletti and general manager Larry Bressler, the well-known local chef and Le Cordon Bleu teacher, run the center and that it raises funds for Episcopal Housing Alliance projects, including a 12-bed battered women's shelter in El Monte and senior living for 200 people in the South Bay.

But I should have figured that Nancy would be in a kitchen with good karma. We'd joked in emails that we'd take some time to break into WarriorII while the dough was in the oven, but making 32 dozen cookies in an hour pretty much takes all your time, so we just visited while she hustled. And I nibbled, grabbing up any crumbs that fell to the wayside as Nancy sliced the bars using a pizza cutter with six different wheels. Cookies? Go to www.deliciousyogini.com.

Starting June 17, fancy food trucks will fill the lot at 45 N. San Gabriel Blvd. each Friday, 6-9p.m., through October, including the famous Flying Pig and its crunchy tofu tacos. Let's meet for a bite.

Public Editor Larry Wilson's blog is www.insidesocal.com/publiceye.