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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... 


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!


a rainbow icebox cake... 30 Jun 2016


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.


{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...


the most beautiful açai bowls... 5 May 2016

Frozen Açaí Bowls

Even though I live in Los Angeles (the land of the super healthy), I can't say I live that gluten-free, macrobiotic, eat-some-oxygen-for-breakfast kind of life. I like being healthy when I can, but I also love things that taste good (hello donuts and fried chicken). And the combo of those two things can be hard to find.

In walks Amazebowls, a company I came across at a recent event and fell in love with their açaí bowls. If you're not familiar with açaí, it's a berry from South America that has been coveted for its health benefits. And, it actually tastes good (like blueberries mixed with a touch of chocolate). So we asked Amazebowls to share a recipe for Açaí Bowls with us so we can all recreate this deliciousness at home. This was the best and most beautiful breakfast ever (I ate two the day we did this shoot)...and makes for a great snack or pick-me-up pretty much any time of day...


the most stunning cakes... 7 Apr 2016

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

Cordy's Cakes / Australia

...by Cordy's Cakes...are you drooling yet?!

family meal: chinese chicken salad... 31 Mar 2016

Chinese Chicken Salad recipe

A couple weeks ago, I blogged about how we do something called "family meal" at the Oh Joy office where each of us is assigned one day each week to make lunch for the whole team. That way, we only have to worry about bringing lunch one day a week and it gives us a mid-day break where we all sit down to lunch and enjoy a meal together. Last time, I shared our crafting assistant, Jessica's, Roasted Sweet Potato Sandwich and today, we're sharing this Chinese Chicken Salad that our Creative Producer and Stylist, Julia Wester, makes...that I LOVE so much! It combines so many textures and flavors and is one of my favorites for lunch.

Chinese Chicken Salad recipe

You'll need (serves 4):

- 2 cups romaine

- 2 cups of shredded/pulled chicken breast

- 1 cup shredded carrots

- 1 cup shredded cabbage

- 1/2 cup chopped green onions

- 1 cup fuscilli pasta (pre-cooked)

- 1/4 cup sliced almonds 

- 1/2 cup crispy chow mein noodles

Chinese chicken salad dressing

Chinese Chicken Salad recipe

All you have to do is mix the ingredients together and toss with dressing! Now, we are fully aware that Chinese Chicken Salad is not rooted in anything actually from China. It's an Americanized version of a salad that has become a staple at cafes and restaurants. For me, it combines lots of great textures and flavors and with the addition of pasta, makes a salad that actually leaves me feeling full! It's so easy to make and SO good!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling and recipe by Julia Wester}

the cutest kid's cookbook ever... 14 Mar 2016

The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids by Ruby Roth

We see a lot of books come through this office, and this one—The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids by Ruby Roth—is one of the most well-done books I have ever seen. Through colorful photos and amazing illustrations, it gives a ton of ideas for plant-based snacks and meals that kids can help make in the kitchen. I am not even vegetarian or vegan, and it seriously makes me want to make these recipes for (and with) my kids.

The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids by Ruby Roth

The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids by Ruby Roth

I mean, it's ridiculously cute, right?!? I've really been trying to eat more vegetables lately myself and this book inspires me to get more veggies into my body as well! Congrats to Ruby Roth on her beautiful new book! It goes on sale in a few weeks and you can pre-order it right here and see the adorable trailer here.

{Photos of the book here by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester}


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