can you see a changing display of 70 specially commissioned monumental sculptures in an idyllic landscape - all for sale? Nowhere but the Cass Sculpture Foundation in Sussex, England. Begun by Wilfred and Jeannette Cass in 1994, the sculpture park sits on 26 acres of ancient woodland.
One-third of the 70 exhibited pieces each year are new works by British artists, including Anthony Caro, Tony Cragg and Rachel Whiteread. All the commissioned works begin with maquettes - owned by the foundation and often sold in the visitors' center (which was previously the couple's Arts and Crafts house). Profits revert to the foundation's commissioning fund.
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) + 3 tbsp unsalted butter 6 tbsp all-purpose flour 3 cups chopped onion 1 cup chopped red bell pepper 1 cup chopped celery 6 garlic cloves, minced 2 tsp dried thyme 1/2 cup dry white wine 6 8-oz bottles clam juice 2 cups fresh or frozen unthawed corn kernels 1/2 cup whipping cream 1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 1 lb fresh crabmeat 3 green onions, chopped Chopped fresh parsley
Melt 1/4 cup butter in small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add flour and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly (do not brown). Remove roux from heat.
In heavy large pot, melt remaining 3 tbsp butter over medium heat. Add onions, bell pepper and celery; saute until onions are tender, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and thyme and cook 2 minutes. Add wine and simmer until wine is absorbed, about 2 minutes. Whisk in roux. Add clam juice and corn and bring to a boil. Simmer until soup thickens, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Add cream, Worcestershire sauce and cayenne pepper and bring to a simmer. Stir in crabmeat and green onions. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
Customization is the new wave - and now it's even gotten to jeans. And for a reasonable price. For $39 for stretch denim jeans, you specify the fit you want, plug in your measurements and your prewashed and preshrunk denim will soon be on its way. Also available in corduroy and chino. (If it wasn't too hot here to even think about wearing anything over your legs, I might be tempted to try it. I think I'll wait till winter though.)
I'm a big fan of beverage warmers on my desk. I like to sip my coffee or hot tea, not gulp it. And it always gets cold too fast if it's not on my warmer. (I have one at the office and one at home.) So if I add this chiller to my collection, my drinks will always be cold when I want them to be too. In addition to keeping a drink cool, this device says it can also chill a room-temperature or warm beverage - and keep it at 45 degrees F.
A former British Vogue editor, Justine Picardie covers the significance of clothes to their owners (and admirers) in her My Mother's Wedding Dress: The Life & Afterlife of Clothes. A black wedding dress belonging to her mother became the author's perfect "little black dress" 20 years later (after a divorce) and serves as the key to Picardie's narrative. Other chapters cover other clothing items of significance in her life - including a mermaid dress that her sister who was dying of cancer wanted her to buy.
Lists punctuate the book, also - Best-Dressed Heroines and How To Wear Red Lipstick - along with biographies of style mavens and designers.
Leave the awkwardness of grilling and turning kabobs behind with the kabob basket. Just place your chicken, beef, vegetable or any kabobs you want into the basket and when they're ready to be turned, simply grab the bamboo handle and flip it over. No more food falling between the grill bars. And the natural bamboo handle is made to resist odor and bacteria. Measures 8" H x 1 3/5" W x 23" D. Hand wash only.