For Laura Ann Masura, making jams under her Laura Ann's Jams label has been as much about self-preservation as it has been about putting up seasonal fruit in edgy flavor combinations. Those jars of strawberry-Syrah and raspberry-habanero pepper have also better connected the former Chicago indie rock drummer to an eclectic mix of local restaurant and rocker friends who have kept a watchful eye on her recovery after a serious motorcycle accident in 2009. In turn, Masura's quest for pantry perfection has brought her jam-obsessed community together. Read the rest of Jenn Garbee's story in this week's Artisan report, an occassional look at food craftsmen and women in and around Los Angeles.
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Photo: Laura Ann Masura cuts into a blood orange as she prepares one of her special jams. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times.