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yuzu citrus cake! 29 Aug 2016

yuzu citrus cake by tessa huff

yuzu citrus cake by tessa huff

In another life, I would love to be a pastry chef. I love, love, love sweets so much and completely admire the talent and patience that goes into making these beauties. So today, we're sharing a recipe for this ridiculously beautiful cake from the book Layered by Tessa Huff of Sweet Style CA. This is a longer recipe than we normally post on Oh Joy, but it feels like a real treat to me...something worth making for a birthday or special occasion.

Here's the recipe to make this gorgeous Yuzu Citrus Cake! I fell in love with yuzu after trying it in Japan 6 years ago so this cake just calls my name...

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bento box snacks! 25 Aug 2016

Bento Box Snacks

As a mom of two, it’s a daily struggle to figure out new and healthy things to make for my kids that they will actually eat. Inspired by the new Curate Kids bars, today, we’re going to create a few versions of a Bento Box Tray that your kids will love. Check out our video below to see how to make one!

// CREDITS //
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: "Let's Go" by Handsome and Gretyl
Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Asst: Jessica Hong
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Still photos: Casey Brodley

{Sources: White tray by Poppin, Animal forks from CuteZCute, Silicone cups from IPOW.}

how to make a mini charcuterie & cheese plate... 17 Aug 2016

Charcuterie-blog

how to make a mini charcuterie and cheese plate

Charcuterie and cheese plates might be one of my favorite things...EVER. I'm the one at every party standing above the food table popping these into my mouth. While I love those large charcuterie and cheese boards, I like the idea of making smaller versions that each person could have for themselves that has a mix of everything. So, today, we're showing you how to make this beautiful mini spread for your next lunch, brunch, or dinner...

how to make a mini charcuterie and cheese plate

Start by gathering a mix of cured meats, cheeses, crackers, and other delights to your liking. I like to make sure there is a variety of textures (both crunchy and creamy), flavors (sweet and salty), as well as foods with some color (to make the plate pop!).

For these, we used:

- prosciutto

- sopressata

- champagne grapes

- breadsticks

- fresh figs

- fig jam

- cherry tomatoes

- marcona almonds

- garnish with micro arugula and edible flowers

how to make a mini charcuterie and cheese plate

Here's how to make them:

1. Start by choosing your plates. The best part is you can use a mix of plates you already have. We used a mix of plates and small cutting boards—all roughly the same size. Because these mini charcuterie and cheese plates look and taste best with a variety of items, it's always easier to put together a bunch of them at one time.

2. Lay out the larger, main items first—like your cured meats (we loosely placed them on the plate), a cluster champagne grapes, breadsticks, a chunk of cheese and fresh figs.

3. Then sprinkle the smaller pieces around them making sure to distribute color and texture evenly. The key here is you don't have to keep them all together in sections. We sprinkled the cherry tomatoes and the almonds around the entire plate. Lastly garnish with micro arugula and some edible flowers for a hit of whimsy and extra texture.

4. Finally, place them on the table ready to be scooped up and enjoyed by your guests!

how to make a mini charcuterie and cheese plate

We ate these for lunch after we photographed them, and it was one of my favorite lunches of all time!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, assistant styling by Jess Hong. Table runners are by Hedley & Bennett in Papaya and Elderberry.}

currently snacking on... 8 Aug 2016

Oh Joy Passion Fruit Yogurt

...fresh passion fruit! My friend Catherine dropped off a bag of passion fruit from the tree in her backyard, and while I have always loved passion fruit-flavored things, I have never really eaten straight from the fruit! Yesterday, I had it simply over yogurt and mixed with some champagne grapes, and it was perfection. So I scoured Pinterest for a few others on my "must make with passion fruit" list that I wanted to share with you...

Passion Fruit Cheesecake Ice Cream by The Kate Tin

Passion Fruit Cheesecake Ice Cream by The Kate Tin

Passion Fruit Popsicles by Sweet Style CA

Passion Fruit Popsicles by Sweet Style CA

Passion Fruit sandwich cookies from Gourmet Traveller

Passion Fruit sandwich cookies from Gourmet Traveller

Passion Fruit Meringue Pie by Drizzle and Drip

Passion Fruit Meringue Pie by Drizzle and Drip

Passion Fruit lemonade by Love & Olive Oil

Passion Fruit lemonade by Love & Olive Oil

Clearly, I'm obsessed...

{Top photo by Oh Joy, other photos credited below each image.}

 

summer berry tart! 28 Jul 2016

summer berry tart by sweet laurel

Few things are more refreshing then a berry tart on a summer day. Today, our friends Claire and Laurel from Sweet Laurel are sharing this beautiful dessert with us that takes only 15-20 minutes to make! And what's even better, for those of you have food allergies, this tart is gluten, grain, dairy, refined sugar free! Here's how... 

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what's your signature dish? 25 Jul 2016

Oh Joy Pattern Play

I'm not super domestic when it comes to home cooking. I like cooking and I would love cook more, but life and work often take over and I often get assistance when it comes to meal time. However, I still one day would love to have a signature dish. That one thing I know how to make without a recipe, that I can make well, and that I'd probably bring to every pot luck dinner because it's my go to. It doesn't have to be super fancy or complicated but something you just love and know inside out.

Do you guys have a signature dish? If so, what is it?

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling and pattern play by Julia Wester, wrapping paper background by Moglea from Urbanic.}

spicy chicken pasta salad... 19 Jul 2016

spicy chicken pasta salad

One night when I was prepping my "family meal" at the Oh Joy office (where each of us is assigned one day each week to make lunch for the whole team), I mixed a bunch of leftovers together into a dish that turned out way better than I expected and is now an office favorite. We wanted to share the recipe with you today for an easy lunch or dinner full of protein, flavor, and a kick of spice!

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a rainbow icebox cake... 30 Jun 2016

Ice-box-cake-3-blog

Our friend and food blogger, Molly Yeh, was in town last week, so we put our brain power together to make this simple and totally delicious rainbow ice box cake! Here's how...

Rainbow Icebox Cake Recipe

Rainbow Icebox Cake

You'll need:

- 3 cups heavy whipping cream

- 1/4 cup powdered sugar

- 1 tbs vanilla extract

- 1/2 tsp almond extract

- pinch of salt

- (2) 9-ounce packages chocolate wafer cookies, graham crackers, or sugar cookies

- 1/2 cup of sprinkles

natural food coloring

Rainbow Icebox Cake Recipe

Here's how: 

1. In a large bowl, beat the cream, sugar, extracts, and salt with an electric mixer to stiff peaks. If you are short on time, you can also buy ready-made cool whip. Divide the whipped cream into 3 smaller bowls and add drop of food coloring to your desired color. We kept it light with pastels in pink, yellow, and blue.

2. Arrange 7 or 8 cookies in a circle on a plate, spread with a thin layer of whipped cream and top with sprinkles. Repeat with the remaining cookies, cream, and sprinkles and end with a layer of whipped cream and sprinkles. To get the rainbow look, we layered the colorful cream in order but you can make the order whatever you want!

3. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Slice and serve!

Thanks to Molly for making this with us! Check out Molly's new book coming in October!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Molly Yeh and Julia Wester, recipe and concept in collaboration with Molly Yeh. Cake stand by A Heirloom, wallpaper by Chasing Paper, cake toppers by Meri Meri, table runner by Pom Pom at Home}

pink lemon & grapefruit granita! 15 Jun 2016

pink lemon and grapefruit granita

With summer in the air, icy cold treats are one of my favorite indulgences. I came across some pink lemons at Trader Joe's and knew we needed to make something with them. So today, we're sharing a recipe for pink lemon and grapefruit granita! Granita is pretty fool-proof because you don't need an ice cream or sorbet maker, and you can make it ahead of time and serve when you're ready. It's fun to eat (or sip) on a hot summer's day...

pink lemon and grapefruit granita

You'll need (makes 4-5 servings):

- 1/2 cup sugar

- 1/4 cup agave syrup

- 1 tsp grapefruit zest

- 1 tsp pink lemon zest

- 1 cup unsweetened grapefruit juice (about 1 grapefruit)

- 1/2 cup pink lemon juice (about 2 lemons)

- a dash of cayenne pepper (optional)

- 3/4 cup water

pink lemon and grapefruit granita

Here's how: 

1. Combine sugar, agave syrup, water, cayenne pepper, grapefruit zest, & lemon zest in a small sauce pan. Stir frequently over medium heat until it reaches a steady boil. Let boil for 1-2 minutes. 

2. Pour syrup into a small bowl and let sit for 20 minutes.

3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

4. Pour syrup through a mesh sieve to remove zest.

5. Add grapefruit & lemon juices and mix well.

6. Pour the liquid mixture into a shallow baking pan, cover with plastic wrap, and place in freezer. Let freeze until solid, about 8 hours.

7. Use a fork to scrape it into fine ice crystals, and scoop out to serve. Top with extra cayenne if desired and some basil leaves.

Enjoy!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, crafting by Julia Wester & Jess Hong} White ceramic bowl by 1882 Ltd..

{oh joy eats} a play restaurant in west hollywood... 3 Jun 2016

Au Fudge in West Hollywood

For over a year, the buzz has been swirling about a new restaurant/play space coming to Los Angeles called Au Fudge. It opened a few months ago, and the Oh Joy team took a trip yesterday for brunch and to see how a restaurant and kid's play space comes together in reality...

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