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Dough & Cheese

pizza making

A last minute, get-out-of-the-city day trip turned into joining a socially distanced cooking class in bucolic Ojai, California. We recruited a few family members in our isolation bubble for the past five months to take the hour and half drive, no traffic, from Los Angeles into some nature. JAM founder, Helen, and her daughter have had fun finding culinary experiences while traveling over the years - french macarons, holiday cookies, chocolate truffles, ceviche (ten kinds!) in Barcelona last summer and memorable, prerequisite pasta making in Italy several years ago, part of a bucket list birthday trip. (See photos below.)

JAM food pizza

Pizza handmade with love 8/10/20

Now a days, they find themselves cooking at home, self-made epicureans, like many of us still in con-tin-ued quarantine. Pizza is an easy one to order for delivery or take out but it was so fun getting to make some (safely) in person from scratch - not just sticky, yeasty dough but fresh mozzarella from cheese curds and this time, unlike at home, somewhere with hired professionals to teach us proper technique and to help clean up the big, awesome mess. (See video above.)

Memories of Montalcino, Italy: June 2015

JAM food tuscany garden

First day with our chef

JAM food tuscany garden veggies

Freshly picked garden bounty

JAM food tuscany pasta making

Proper pasta making class

JAM food tuscany pasta sheet

Made a sheet of pasta !!

JAM food tuscany pasta

We made all this handmade ?!

JAM tuscany biscotti

Making best biscotti ever !

On way to airport saying good-bye to Venice, Italy heading home to Venice, CA.

Piano music in "JAM in Pizza" performed by Imogen Smith



Krystal Chang

Krystal Chang is a writer and designer of flowers, installations, and landscapes in Los Angeles. Her background in architecture and construction informs the spatial quality of her work. She creates bespoke florals for events and clients including Esters Wine Shop, Lunya, Design Within Reach, and Poketo. She designs landscapes for residential and commercial clients with a focus on native and sustainable gardens.
IG: @krystalchang

JAM in House contributpr Christina

Christina Graci is a lover of all things beauty, health and wellness. She has been busy in the industry for 15 years. She is currently doing lots of self care, cooking, and staying active, reconnecting with herself, partner and friends.
IG: @xtinaesthetics

JAM now Triana

Triana Cristobal is an east coast native, west coast transplant. She is a ballerina turned fitness professional. She is also a music maker. You can find her on the dance floor but currently she's back home in nature taking long, beautiful hikes.
IG: @it_me_triana

JAM fall founder whubby

Jeremy and Helen in Oxnard 9/6/20

JAM fall gallery clay hearts

Imogen's clay hearts 9/15/20
(sculpting while studying pop artist Jim Dine in school during studio art class)

Thank you to my daughter, Imogen, and husband, Jeremy, my mom and dad, my friends and family, my JAM team, and especially to all the continuously dedicated healthcare workers, frontline, food banks, farmers, couriers and all the many others helping with economic, racial, gender inequalities, fighting for voting rights and climate change, and creating social justice.