Category Archives: Eating Well

Claudia Wu — A Perfect Ten in the Perfect Ten 2.0! Shop It Now on heucy.com!

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We had the pleasure of photographing HEUCY Gal Claudia Wu, the Co-Editor of Cherry Bombe magazine, on a sunny afternoon.  Cherry Bombe, in case you haven’t heard of it, is a kick-a** publication that Claudia and Kerry Diamond started to celebrate amazing women who love food.  They profile “women who do cool sh*t” — and the magazine is an ode to all things delicious — so it was a match made in heaven.  Check it out for some really great recipes and interviews with inspiring, interesting, dynamic women.

Claudia was the perfect “real life” example of how versatile the Perfect Ten dress is…because when Claudia isn’t designing and editing, she’s doing some pretty cool sh*t herself.  We’re psyched to share some of her favorite things with you.

1) What is your favorite vacation spot of all time?

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This is a tough one to answer since there are so many places I’d still like to go, but I had an amazing time driving around Sicily a few years ago.  (This is also on our top ten list of where we want to go…check out AFAR magazine’s Palermo travel guide as a starting point!)

2) What is your favorite food?

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Dark chocolate. (We concur, and love Mast Brothers because it comes from Brooklyn and it’s simply beyond).

3) What are you currently reading?

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Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef. It’s Gabrielle Hamilton’s memoir. She owns the restaurant Prune in New York City. She’s just as amazing a writer as she is a chef.

4) What’s your favorite HEUCY outfit?

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I’m torn between The Perfect Ten, The Weekender and The Burnout. They’re perfect for different occasions! (Don’t worry…you’re not missing something…the Burnout will be released next month! We have some great shots of Claudia in it, too! Stay tuned 🙂

5) If I had twenty free minutes right now, I would…

Take a nap or get a quick massage!

March Madness

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We know, we know…”it comes in like a lion, out like a lamb”.  But, seriously, March?!!  I mean, those of us on the East Coast have endured enough. The snow and cold weather isn’t fun anymore.  To be honest, for those of us over the age of 10, snow really isn’t fun at all.  Especially if it hits when you’re wearing nice shoes.

Today I realized that we should continue to embrace comfort food because it — along with dark chocolate, coffee and/or red wine — is very, very good for us this time of year.  No need to “diet” because the layers will stay on indefinitely…and jersey fabric is very forgiving and always comfortable.  And we don’t diet anyway.  As I type this, I am lounging on my sofa in the HEUCY Weekender, gnawing on a bar of dark chocolate and wishing I were in Cabo.  Or even Reno, for that matter.  Isn’t it hot in both places?

Back to comfort food.  There are lots of crock pot (nee “slow cooker”…or maybe it’s the other way around) recipes out there, which I’m sure you’ve seen.  We love a crock pot, or whatever you choose to call it, for obvious reasons.  Here’s a recipe that you may not know.  It requires a casserole dish and about five minutes of your time.  If you pair this with a nice salad and some HEUCY on the side, it’s healthy, sustainable and delicious.  And perfect for this endless winter.  (PS, don’t let the name scare you.  It’s Southern, circa 1950, from the Swan Coach House Cookbook…the land of mayonnaise and stiff cocktails).

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Chicken Cheese Casserole (oh, yes)

6 small chicken breast halves

6 slices swiss cheese

1 (10-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup

1/4 cup white wine

8 oz. of stuffing (i.e. 1 cup of dry bread crumbs, toasted and mixed with sage and thyme)

1/2 stick of melted butter

Step 1: Arrange the chicken in a greased baking dish.  Place 1 slice of cheese on each piece of chicken.

Step 2: Combine the cream of mushroom soup and wine in a small bowl and mix well.  Spoon over the chicken and cheese.  Sprinkle the stuffing mix over the top.  Drizzle with the butter.  Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Step 3: Find some plates.

Enjoy.  And for our fellow Northeasterners, the sun will come out…tomorrow?!!

xx,

The HEUCY Team

Spotlight On: Butter…

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We recently chatted with the lovely Chay Wike, founder of chayonline.com and one of our fave blogs (in addition to ours, of course), Chaybutter.com.

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Chay curates very cool and organic types of items, including clothing, tea and fragrance, for sale on chayonline.com.  The assortment will make you wonder why you haven’t moved to LA yet.  Especially if you’re like us, and you’re braving the bitter cold right now and looking out your window to see snow…and more snow…and more gray sky.  And cursing that ground hog.  We’re also vibing on LA after seeing how hot Malin Akerman looked in the HEUCY Alter Ego jumpsuit.

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Anyhoo, one of our favorite parts of Chay’s site is Butter, where Chay posts “Kitchen Visits” she has filmed with all sorts of people, known and unknown.  The premise behind the “Kitchen Visits” was Chay’s desire to show people in their own environments, cooking good, delicious food and sharing recipes that are easy to make.

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I won’t lie.  We were disheartened at first to see that model Kirsty Hume uses butter…actually, more butter than you would ever imagine…to cook.  She’s one of those models who actually, really does eat whatever she wants.  But, alas, Kirsty’s recipe for butter roasted chicken and mixed greens with shallots, figs and goat cheese is simple to execute and it’s seriously delicious.  The perfect dish for a cold winter night.

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Chay’s recipe box includes some killer cocktail recipes.  And to balance it all out, Chay recently posted a kitchen visit with Amanda Chantal Bacon, the owner of Moon Juice Shop and there’s a bone broth recipe, too.  (Okay, we don’t really do trends…but the broth “trend” is useful and good for you).

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Our other favorite thing about Chay’s site: daily horoscopes from the AstroTwins.  Mine says that efficiency is the word of the day today, so I gotta run.  Until our next post, check out Chay’s site and imagine yourself somewhere in Cali, wearing HEUCY jersey, drinking a citrus tequila cocktail.  Or something like that.

xx,

The HEUCY Team

A Weekender Worthy Recipe for Cold Temps & Valentine’s Day

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We just learned that it’s #NationalItalianFoodDay.  Not sure when this special day was “invented” (we think it should be every day, given our love of olive oil and red wine) but we’re happy it’s here.

In celebration, we wanted to share one of our favorite recipes from a very fine New York City institution, Da Silvano.  It’s cold outside, if you live anywhere on the East coast!  Treat yourself with a bowl of this spicy, hot pasta this Valentine’s Day weekend, a nice glass (or glasses) of Brunello di Montalcino-Lisini (or not) and some chocolate for dessert.  PS: this recipe also pairs nicely with sustainable jersey. PPS: it’s really easy to make, natch.

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Penne Arrabbiata — courtesy of Da Silvano

Fine sea salt

5 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled

1 can (28 oz.) whole plum tomatoes, preferably San Marzano, crushed by hand

1/2 teaspoon red pepper

1 pound dried penne, ziti or rigatoni

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.  Pour the olive oil into a deep-sided sauté pan large enough to hold the tomatoes and penne and warm the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the garlic and cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes.  Remove the pan from the stove and slowly add the tomatoes, being careful not to let them splatter when they meet the hot oil.  Add the crushed red pepper and return the pan to the heat.  Cook for about 15 minutes.

When the water reaches a rolling boil, add the penne, cover the pot to return to a boil, then cook, uncovered, until al dente (about 10 minutes).  While the sauce is cooking, taste it and add salt and more red pepper if you like.

Drain the pasta and carefully add it to the sauce.  Cook the penne in the sauce, tossing, for 1 minute.

Enjoy.  And don’t forget to give your loved ones lots of warm hugs this weekend. #weloveya

xx,

The HEUCY Team

Getting Back on The Good Habits Wagon

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Yesterday, Team HEUCY was bouncing all around Manhattan and we saw the most humorous “news post” in an elevator.  Prepare to be enlightened.  It said something like, “Studies have shown that alcohol distributed at sororities can significantly impair judgement.”  I actually wish I had seen this before I embarked on my first day of “sorority rush”…but I doubt I would have paid attention.  The posting failed to mention that “Cookie cakes distributed at sororities can significantly impair self esteem.”

Anyhoo, this news piece made me think of how easy it is to regress into those bad, college-y habits (e.g. washing down bags of sugary candy with a Big Gulp of Mountain Dew, eating mac ‘n cheese as a snack, and other more tawdry things we won’t put in writing).  Especially when you’re busy, stressed out, tired and/or cold.

So, in the spirit of “staying on track” with good habits this month, we thought it would help to include a list of things to keep on-hand in your pantry.  Because it’s really easy to eat the frozen (expired?) Girl Scout cookies when you’re starving, it’s late and there’s nothing else to eat in your kitchen.  See illustration below.  Does this look familiar?

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Here’s a list of healthy, long-lasting foods we’ve created with the help of Health Magazine:

1. Balsamic vinegar — it’s flavorful and has been proven to open up your blood vessels to improve blood flow.

2. Nuts — any kind, any time (be sure to remove, of course, if someone with a nut allergy visits 🙂

3. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (obviously)

4. Canned olives — they have a long shelf life, and are full of monounsaturated fats

5. Honey — it’s also long-lasting and (bonus!) has been known to cure a hangover (if you’ve fallen off the good habits wagon)

6. Beans — full of protein and fiber

7. Quinoa — see #6 and yes, we know this product has been mentioned a million+ times in the past year.  There’s a reason.

8. Eggs

9. Sea salt — too much sodium is bad for you, but that’s really the kind you find in frozen food.  Sea salt from the shaker can add flavor.

10. Tomato paste — Tomatoes are full of cancer-fighting lycopene.

11. Dark chocolate — not found in cookie cakes.  The bar version has disease-fighting polyphenols and it tastes soooo delicious.

12. Shrimp! — easy to freeze, and unfreeze…delicious and low in fat and calories.  Buy wild shrimp.

13. Oatmeal — lowers cholesterol and it’s filling.

14. Broth — The New York Times recently published an article about the new broth/paleo craze.  Broth is a great thing to keep in your pantry, to eat warm or make into a soup when you’re “on it” enough to have fresh vegetables and protein in your home.

15. Tea and coffee — whether you like the “high test” or decaf versions, a hot beverage is always great to have on-hand!

xx,

The HEUCY Team

Monday Morning Sugar Fix

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Monday morning blahs getting you?  Well, if you find yourself in the Garment District, or near Times Square, check out Paris Baguette (567 7th Ave)- only the best bakery on earth. Paris Baguette has no actual connection to Paris, and you really don’t go there for the baguette, but they make really really good cakes and pastries.  The fresh cream cake is to die for.
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Then check out these iconic sculptures of the Garment District that are right down the block.IMG_1496

 

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