Preach!: Meat and Tights

Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm

We have been customers of Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm for two years now and I can’t say enough good things about this community-supported agriculture (CSA) situation. For $570 a year we receive bimonthly packages of high-quality, locally-raised chicken, pork, beef and eggs.  The shares are delivered conveniently and reliably to Provenance in Lincoln Square. (They also deliver to other Chicagoland areas: Lakeview, Edgewater, Naperville, Oak Park, Evanston, Logan Square and Frankfort.)

CSA Meat Share

We do occasionally purchase additional meat, such as prosciutto or chorizo, from the store for specific recipes, but the shares are of sufficient quantity to feed our family of two. It’s worth the price knowing that the animals we eat were raised on a humane, sustainable family farm and slaughtered at safe, small-scale processing facilities.  Look how happy that pig is!

Pig Farm

You can learn more about Cedar Valley on their websiteblog and Facebook profile.

Uniqlo Tights

Each fall, as soon as temperatures drop below 65 degrees, I celebrate the return of tights season.  I love tights.  I wish my legs could be surgically replaced with tights. And let me tell you: Uniqlo makes the best tights.

Uniqlo Tights

I stock up each time we visit New York and now, lucky for us all, Uniqlo has an online shop so that people all over the United States can experience the joy of Uniqlo tights.

Uniqlo Tights Haul

My very favorite pair is their $12.90 Heattech tights: they are the perfect pair of warm, opaque, matte black tights. And they are durable as all hell.  I have worn them several times a week for months now, and I am not delicate with them: I put on tights like I’m pulling on dungarees.

PuttingOnTights

Whoa, look at that shadow on the wall. Dustin Hoffman, you cad.

(Preach! is an occasional Sunday feature with personal endorsements of products, stores and services — generally one Chicago recommendation and one anywhere-in-the-world recommendation.  These posts are not sponsored in any way.)

Haulin’ Brass

I won’t lie to you: I’m nearly as pleased with this post’s title as I am with the items pictured below.  This weekend I picked up three emery pillar candleholders from Crate & Barrel and then rounded out the half-dozen with three blogger-approved candleholders from CB2.  (Manhattan Nest is surely responsible for moving some units for CB2.)

Brass Candle Holders

I buy very few purely decorative items – I’m not into having tchotchkes and gewgaws cluttering up surfaces and enticing Jarrod to break them.  One of the other decorative items to slip past my knickknack filter is Dwell Studio’s urchin object in antique gold, as seen in my IKEA VITTSJO nesting table hack post.

IKEA VITTSJO Nesting Tables

Likewise, I permitted myself to get swindled by Rebuilding Exchange on a $15 brass door plate.  Is so pretty!  I think I’ll put it on the kitchen-facing side of our bedroom door. The hieroglyphs will fool people into thinking something exotic is contained within — not the piles of sweatshirts littered around my half of the bed which I shed mid-sleep because our sheets are so warm.

Brass Door Plate

The Most Interesting Man meme is still a thing, right?  Totes!

Brass Man