Sunset

Sunset Magazine is a magazine covering western homes, gardens, food and travel (five regional editions). Founded in 1898, it is a monthly publication published by Sunset Publishing Corp. Sunset Magazine subjects include home and gardening as well as travel and tourism. The senior vice president is Kevin Lynch.

Articles from Vol. 185, No. 5, November

A Cozier Kitchen ... with New Angles and Curves
Previous owners made a well-intentioned attempt to open the rear of this turn-of-the-century Marin County cottage to its magnificent setting. But the resulting 12-by 35-foot space-containing a combination kitchen, dining area, family room, and utility...
Ask the Czechs about a Serious Winter Meal
In the winter dishes of traditional Czechoslovakian cuisine, long-lasting roots and fruits from the cellar were often used in a variety of ways within the same menu-with surprisingly distinctive results. Here, celery root and carrots have dual roles:...
A Wall of Family Photographs
Old family photographs aren't just an important link to bygone generations; they remind us of our own beginnings and of milestones in our children's lives. Recent pictures of a baby or grandparent, for example-can be equally evocative. Old or new,...
Barbecued Chicken or Fish ... with the Spices and Surprise of India
Home cooking, Indian-style, makes frequent use of the barbecue much like family-style cooking in the West. But it's the subtle seasonings Indian cooks use that add an unusual dimension to everyday foods. For a simple Indian-style meal, try barbecued...
Beat San Francisco; Bookstores, Coffee Houses, and Other Reminders of the 1950s Scene
On October 13, 1955, nearly a hundred people packed into the Six Gallery in San Francisco to hear six new poets read. Bottles of wine were passed. At about 11 that evening, the last reader, "a hornrimmed intellectual hepcat with wild black hair," stepped...
Cooky Jar Favorites from Sunset Readers
Cookies you can count on that's what these simple-looking (and simple-to-make) favorites prove to be. Each of these four recipes, all suggested by readers, earned excellent marks at Sunset taste panels. Letters sent with some recipes said the cookies...
Costa Rica Is a Nature Lover's Playground
Imagine a place of 8,000-foot volcanoes, accessible rain forests with 200-foot trees (each covered with its own jungle of ferns, lichens, orchids, and bromeliads), and unspoiled beaches lapped by two seas, their waters brimming with brilliant fish...
Crack through the Crisp Crust for a Breakfast Treat
Expecting company for breakfast? Dress up the occasion with a casserole based on cereal grains. In the first dish, steel-cut oats (found with fancy foods at the supermarket) bake tender and sweet in a soft custard; a separately broiled sugar topping...
Crisp and Paper-Thin Crackers Are Easy to Make
These whole-wheat crackers are much easier to make than you might think. You pour a very thin liquid batter into pans, tilt the pans to cover the bottoms evenly, then bake. (Pans that warp with heat won't do the job well.) Cut crackers in pans when...
Dress It Up ... or Dress It Down
This festive, bountiful meal accommodates every taste, whether your Thanksgiving gathering is for the family with mixed ages and somewhat cautious palates-or for more adventurous outlooks. Put the meal together following the left-hand column of...
Giant Grapefruit? It's Pummelo, and Here's How to Deal with It
Long appreciated by Asians, pummeloes now appear in many supermarkets during the winter. This round to pear-shaped citrus fruit looks like a large grapefruit but is sweeter, without bitterness; it's often firmer fleshed and less juicy than its more...
Growing Mushrooms Indoors ... It's Easy with a Kit
Cultivation kits make it easy to grow edible mushrooms indoors. You mail-order the kit and, within one to four weeks of its arrival, you'll have dozens of fresh, tasty morsels sprouting from their boxes, bags, or compressed logs of growing medium....
Here Are Five Contemporary Houses That Are Inspired by Western Barns
"You never see a bad barn," insisted noted ranch house designer Cliff May. "But you see all kinds of ugly houses; that's because they're built without considering function. A barn is made to spend not a nickel more than you need to house the horse...
Honolulu's Museum for the Next Century
It started as one of Hawaii's great love stories and a memorial to a princess. Today, a hundred years later, Honolulu's Bishop Museum is one of the Pacific's oldest and most respected natural and cultural history museums. This month you can join...
If You Have Room for Only One Tree ... Japanese Maple
The best time to shop for and plant Japanese maples is now. Nurseries throughout much of the West have more varieties to choose from than ever before-in a blaze of red, scarlet, orange, and yellow. (Trees range from saplings in 1-gallon cans to giants...
Is It Chinese or French?
Combine Chinese seasonings with French-style presentation and ingredients for an intriguing cuisine that San Francisco restaurateur Tommy Toy calls haute cuisine chinoise. It's this mix of East and West that makes his dishes unique. These two examples-fried...
Knots for Tree-Tenders; to Pull Branches into Line, to Straighten Trunks ... They're Easy to Tie or Untie
No more difficult to learn than tying your shoe, three knots (show below and on page 162) will make it much easier for you to tend your trees. The knots can help pull errant branches into line, or straighten trunks bent by snow. You'll also find them...
"LoDo" It's Denver's Lower Downtown District ... Tumbleweeds, Abstract Art, and 20 Blocks of History
True grit still lingers in Denver's Lower Downtown district-a reminder of Western roots in the midst of renovated brick warehouse buildings. Contemporary galleries, funky cafes, and jazz clubs are newly opened (or planned) in former saloons and saddleries....
Looking for Flowers 3 Feet and Taller? Here Are Perennials and Biennials That Tower
Flowers that tower-blooms unfurling on single or branching spikes 3 or more feet tall can add drama and dimension to the garden. Pictured here are four ways to go. In the low-elevation West, plant now for bloom beginning next spring. Choose plants...
Making War on the Enemy Weeds
Thistle-thwarting volunteers from the Santa Monica Mountains Chapter of the California Native Plant Society first met their enemies-invasive exotic weeds-in 1986. What began as a casual project to eradicate a patch of milk thistle along a favored hiking...
New Help in Getting around San Francisco
Last year's earthquake knocked San Francisco's Embarcadero Freeway out of business. Since then, visitors have had trouble finding their way to dim sum, caffe latte, and Dungeness crab. To help get them there-and boost merchants' sales-the city is providing...
November Controversy: Where and How to Carve
Resolving a persistent controversy-to carve the turkey at the table or in the kitchen-Arnie Kamrin graces Chefs this month not with a recipe, but a technique. His stand is clear and well reasoned: to preserve his sanity and temper, he flat out advocates...
Paprika Bland? Not If You're as Bold as the Hungarians
If you overlook paprika because you consider it a bland seasoning, think again. Used with a bold hand, it's more than a dusting of color to dress up plain foods. Hungarian cuisine is rich with the color, flavor, and aroma of this distinctive seasoning....
Quake
The key to riding out and recovering from an earthquake is getting prepared. In last month's Sunset, we showed you how to secure your house and your possessions. Here, we'll explain what you need to do to secure yourself, your family, and your neighborhood....
San Francisco Garden Is a Learning Place
If you're new to gardening, whether in an urban setting or not, you can learn much from an outdoor horticultural "classroom" developed by the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners. SLUG, a nonprofit organization that encourages the use of urban spaces...
Seattle Gumbo; Pacific Shellfish and Louisiana Heritage ... but No Okra
The Louisiana heritage of Seattle resident Reggie Kendall emerges in this Northwest gumbo made with Pacific shellfish. The dish is a lighter, simpler version of his Southern grandmother's recipe, without the traditional okra. Its rich color comes from...
Smoked Fish Torte ... Build It in Layers
Showy but simple, this layer cake look-alike is really a smoked fish torte that makes a cool luncheon entree or a handsome starter for a party dinner. First you bake tender, unsweetened souffle layers. Between them go dill-flavored cream cheese,...
Spoonbread or Cornbread Sticks ... with Blue Cornmeal
A Southwest staple, blue cornmeal is no longer a rare sight in the rest of the West. The blue-gray meal is found in specialty and health-food stores, and also in well-stocked supermarkets. It can be used interchangeably with white or yellow cornmeal...
Starting with Squash. It's a Creamy-Sweet Base for Three Dinner Starters
Smooth and sweet baked winter squash forms the base for three attractive first courses. Creamed spinach and broiled prosciutto top the squash in the first dish. In the last two inspired by Indian and Chinese recipes-toppings include exotically spiced...
The Big Library Room Is Also a Grand Stairwell
This is a personal house. Its design evolved more from how the Seattle owners really live than from conventional notions of what a house should be. By being deeply involved in both the design and the construction, the couple not only helped create...
The Bookcase Is a Dog ... the Chair's a Cat
As they faithfully attend their young owners, these cat- and dog-shaped furnishings can add special personality to children's rooms. Both the chair and the bookcase have a pair of plywood animal silhouettes for sides; these are linked with pine boards...
The New Phoenix: Desert and Downtown
For the six million visitors who will descend on Phoenix this winter and spring, we have a couple of suggestions. Take a look downtown. And explore the desert right in the city's back yard. Most vacationers to Phoenix are there for the sunshine,...
The Technique Is Ancient Chinese. the Results Are Lean, Succulent
An ancient Chinese way of cooking is tailor-made for current tastes. The process is simple: meat is stewed in a mixture of water, soy sauce, ginger, onion, and garlic. The soy tinges the meat brownish-red, giving rise to the name "red-cooking." The...
Tolerance and "Soft" Techniques ... Ways to Control Greenhouse Pests
Chilly fall weather kills some pests, forces some into dormancy, and drives still others into paradise-your greenhouse. There they have the warmth, food, water, and shelter they need to prosper. But the greenhouse also offers a good environment for...
Twice-as-Light Pot Roast ... and Other Recipes to Use Every Day
Relax, lighten up this is the thrust of Sunset's new Light and Healthy Cook Book (Sunset Publishing Corporation, Menlo Park, Calif., 1990; $22.95). It's not a book to reserve for diet binges, but one to use every day for achieving goals of eating well...
Viewing the Carquinez Bird and Boat Parade
Barges, tugboats, and container ships parade daily along the Carquinez Strait, at the northeast end of San Pablo Bay. And now there's balcony viewing of the passing show-from Carquinez Shoreline Regional Park, opened last summer. On a cool fall...
Western Harvest Treasures
Treasures of fall harvest are presented here as celebrations of the season. Above, you see the showiest offerings (left to right): pointed, soft-ripening Hachiya-type persimmon; flat-bottomed, crisp Fuyu-type persimmon; knobby quince; ruby pomegranate;...
What Can Plants Do for Steps? Make Them a Lot More Interesting
Planting pockets add texture, interest, and an appearance of age to the exposed-aggregate steps pictured here. Filled with low, mounding perennials and annuals, the 3 1/2-inch-wide pockets were built into the rear of each step; plantings beckon you...
When Special Folk Art Deserves a Special Place
The difference between a clutter and a collection has more to do with the how than the what of an assemblage. Pictured here are six ways Western homeowners have made places for folk art. Two carve out space. Two use existing wall and ceiling space....
Yorba Linda's New High-Tech Museum for a Home-Town Boy
Coming home on a hot, hazy morning alive with the sounds of marching bands and the praise of his successors, the country's only California-born president emerged from the wilderness once again and for another day found himself at the center of American...
You Can't Rush Hash ... but You Sure Can Vary It
A dish of humble origins, well-made hash is nevertheless widely appreciated. The secret of its goodness has much to do with your patience as a cook. Whether you prepare it scrambled or in patties, you can't rush the flavorful step of browning. Here...