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. 179, October

Before Remodeling, They Dug Back into the House's Roots
Before remodeling, they dug back into the house's roots Oral histories and old family photographs helped unlock the past of this Craftsmanera house in Piedmont, California. Built in 1907 by architect Louis Christian Mullgardt (1866-1942), the house...
Community Action: Fire Safety Trailer in Walnut Creek
COMMUNITY ACTION: Fire safety trailer in Walnut Creek Fire prevention in and around the house gets special emphasis this month with National Fire Prevention Week, October 4 through 10. "Play it safe, plan your escape' is this year's theme, and...
Even More Great Museums for Paris
Even more great museums for Paris Another museum? In Paris, a city of grand museums, the opening of still more galleries is like adding pastries to an overloaded dessert cart. But museums, like desserts, deserve selective sampling, and some recent...
Feijoada ... It's Brazil's Party Dish
Feijoada . . . it's Brazil's party dish From humble beginnings as a meal made by Brazilian slaves, feijoada (fay-zhwahdah) has evolved into a party food popular throughout Brazil. In this country, too, the stew of meats and black beans, with colorful...
Four-Dish Russian Menu Offers Some Remarkable Pairings
Four-dish Russian menu offers some remarkable pairings The mellow flavors of oven-braised brisket with slowly cooked vegetables and barley pilaf make these Russian dishes satisfying fare. Ingredients and techniques are familiar to Westerners, but...
Fractions as Fun; Two Interchangeable Board Games Are Easy to Make
Fractions as fun Learning is fun--and easy--with interchangeable games that teach children to associate numbers or fractions with corresponding dots and shapes. A clear plastic picture frame holds the game sheets in place. To store the frame,...
From a New Sunset Book, Musical Instruments to Make Ahead for Christmas
From a new Sunset book, musical instruments to make ahead for Christmas Boom, rattle, and clack! The whole family can become a rhythm band with simple musical instruments made from wood, leather, and bells. None requires any musical skill, and they're...
From Russia, Germany, and France Come Three Hearty (and Unusual) Peasant Breads
From Russia, Germany, and France come three hearty (and unusual) peasant breads Hearty flavors and textures unite these peasant breads from three different countries. The first, a cheese-filled quick bread from southern Russia, is substantial enough...
Hanging Baskets Even in Winter
Hanging baskets even in winter What are the winter options for planting in hanging baskets? For moss-sided wire containers, the most reliable show stoppers for a long blooming season are cyclamen, primroses, and violas. Pastel shades of fairy and...
Here Comes the Navy for Fleet Week in San Francisco
Here comes the Navy for Fleet Week in San Francisco An awe-inspiring parade of 16 naval vessels, the West Coast's largest ceremonial grouping in a decade, will sail through the Golden Gate on October 10 to kick off Fleet Week. A week to mark the...
If There's a Successful Hunter around Your House; Here Are Four Ways to Put Wild Venison to Good Use
If there's a successful hunter around your house The hunter was successful. The freezer holds another season's worth of venison, and it's time to consider ways to use this special treat. However, venison from the wild throws the cook a few challenges,...
In Just 425 Square Feet, a Shady Green Retreat
In just 425 square feet, a shady green retreat A refuge from the rush of everyday life: that's what landscape designer Josephine Zeitlin created in this 17- by 25-foot back garden in San Francisco. Entered from the owner's home office, the garden...
Just in Case It's Another Dry Winter
Just in case it's another dry winter Will it rain or not this winter? Will there be enough water to garden as usual next spring and summer? What can you do now to help your plants if you are forced to cut back on watering next season? Even though...
Lap Desk or Bed Tray ... Sturdy but Lightweight
Lap desk or bed tray . . . sturdy but lightweight A removable top turns this portable lap desk into a bed tray that rests comfortably on your legs. Its appearance is deceptive: its thick cloth base is filled with light-weight styrene foam beads that...
Marzipan Menagerie; Halloween Confections Are Easy to Produce in Slices
Marzipan menagerie Assembly-line techniques make these Halloween confections quick to produce. An 8-ounce can of almond paste makes enough marzipan for examples of two separate shapes. Let the artist choose simple designs, such as moons, or more...
Maui's Very Hawaiian "Up-Country," Less Than an Hour from the Beaches
Maui's very Hawaiian "up-country,' less than an hour from the beaches There's more to Maui than the aroma of coconut suntan oil and the lapping of warm water. Less than an hour from the beach, you can taste the sweet crispness of a fresh Kula onion,...
Meadow and Decks ... Easy-Maintenance and Naturally Handsome
Meadow and decks . . . easy--maintenance and naturally handsome A grassy sea laps at the edges of this house in Davis, California. Looking like wind-stirred water, it covers the front and side yards and spreads behind the house like a natural meadow--punctuated...
Mesclun of Nice Is Really Just Mixed Salad Greens. Here's How to Grow It
Mesclun of Nice is really just mixed salad greens. Here's how to grow it You won't find mesclun in Webster's Third New International Dictionary (Unabridged); you won't find it in the Larousse Gastronomique either. You may find it for sale (at a...
Notable Natives; These Five Shrubs from the California Hills Will Thrive in Dry Gardens and Put on a Spring Flower (and Sometimes Summer) Flower Show
Notable natives The biggest concern most gardeners have about starting a drought-tolerant garden is that all year it will look as drab and dry as the hills in summer. It doesn't have to. Shown here are five California native shrubs that, with...
On an "Unbuildable" Lot, a Tall, Narrow House on Deep, Deep Piers
On an "unbuildable' lot, a tall, narrow house on deep, deep piers A steep lot with a stunning view of Lake Washington was the choice of architect Richard Hobbs of Hobbs Architecture Group for the narrow, vertical house. A house previously built on...
On the 300-Year-Old Trail of Father Kino
On the 300-year-old trail of Father Kino It was 300 years ago--in 1687--that a 42-year-old Italian-born Jesuit priest on horseback, wearing a black robe, first set foot in New Spain's northern frontier. Known as the Pimeria Alta, the 200-mile-square...
Persimmons ... the Soft and the Hard and the Confusing
Persimmons . . . the soft and the hard and the confusing Bright jewels of the fall season, persimmons please the eye whether seen as golden orange orbs on leafless limbs or mounded in glistening plenty at the market. They are also the source of some...
Preserving Persimmons; Here's How to Freeze and Can
Preserving persimmons Oriental persimmons make beautiful preserves, some to can and some to freeze. The methods and recipes you use depend upon the distinctly different behaviors of the two Oriental persimmon types described on page 102. Hachiya-type...
Quick Teamwork: Cheese and Salad
Quick teamwork: cheese and salad Assertive cheeses give these salads a pungent spark. All three have crisp bread companions; two feature fresh fruit. Showy but quick to assemble, the salads fit easily into hectic schedules. Serve them for a...
Revitalizing a 10-Story San Francisco Landmark
Revitalizing a 10-story San Francisco landmark Fool-the-eye murals, a central sculpture court open to the sky, and three art galleries have revitalized a San Francisco landmark: the 10-story Monadnock Building at 685 Market Street, next door to the...
Some Bulbs Are Almost Foolproof
Some bulbs are almost foolproof A sure bet for beginning gardeners are big bulbs in the narcissue (daffodil) clan. They poke through the soil quickly, their spring flowers are distinctive, and they thrive despite infrequent, unskilled attention....
Taking a Wine Class in the Bay Area and Napa Valley
Taking a wine class in the Bay Area and Napa Valley With 340 wineries in the nine Bay Area counties producing more individual varietals than any other winemaking region in the world, area residents are practically steeped in wine. It seems that even...
The Deer Still Visit, but They Ignore Most of the Plants
The deer still visit, but they ignore most of the plants Can deer and gardens co-exist? The garden of Pat and John Holm, in heavily wooded Boulder Creek, California, is proof that they can. When the garden was first planted 25 years ago, it was...
The Good Oxalis
The good oxalis "Plant that weed in my garden--never!' That's probably what you'd say if someone offered you oxalis bulbs. To most gardeners, mere mention of the plant conjures up visions of a losing battle against the weedy varieties of oxalis (O....
The Wonders of Gardening ... in a Saucer
The wonders of gardening . . . in a saucer How do rocks fit into the landscape? Will bulbs pop up through a ground cover? Are leaves fragrant and always green? How long must you wait to see change? These are some of the questions that faced kindergarten...
This Big, Open Kitchen Replaced a 1932 One: Small, Dark, Crowded
This big, open kitchen replaced a 1932 one: small, dark, crowded It was 1932 when Shirley and Robert Ludeman's clapboard-and-stucco house in Portland was built. Its rooms were generously sized and pleasant--all except the small, dark, crowded kitchen....
Utah's 600-Year Mystery
Utah's 600-year mystery About the time the Black Death was sweeping through Europe, a severe drought gripped what is now Utah, ending the crop-dependent culture of the Fremont Indians. Although evidence suggests they had inhabited the region for...
Walk aboard the Golden Hinde; It Docks in Oakland, Sacramento, Stockton, Redwood City
Walk aboard the Golden Hinde A high-decked galleon gliding into port-- sails billowing, pennants aflutter--can draw a crowd like nothing else. This year Westerners at seaports up and down the coast can walk aboard just such a ship, a replica of...
Western Home Awards; 1987-1988
Western Home Awards 1987-1988 Put seven experts in a room with 287 entry binders and ask them to select the very best in Western residential architecture. That was the charge given last June to the Western Home Awards jury, pictured below. The results...
When You Roast Garlic, You Turn It Soft, Sweet, and Unassertive
When you roast garlic, you turn it soft, sweet, and unassertive Two whole heads of garlic? There's that much in each of these recipes, but slow roasting disarms its hot, raw assertiveness and turns it into a subtle, surprisingly sweet condiment or...
Where the Cosumnes Still Runs Wild
Where the Cosumnes still runs wild On the eastern edge of the Sacramento-- San Joaquin Delta, 25 miles north of Stockton, a 3-mile stretch of the Cosumnes River proves a wild anomaly in an otherwise domesticated landscape. For miles around, fields...
Where the Gold Rush Began ... an Autumn Drive; Start in Auburn or Placerville for a Leisurely 50-Mile Loop through the Georgetown Divide
Where the gold rush began . . . an autumn drive Nestled between Auburn, on Interstate Highway 80, and Placerville, on U.S. 50, the rolling Sierra foothills of the Georgetown Divide shimmer in autumn's low sunlight. The season's short, but for a...
Which Bulb to Buy? See What You Get
Which bulb to buy? See what you get Shopping for bulbs seems like a simple task: you look at pretty pictures above nursery bins or in catalogs and select the kinds you want. But if you shop around, you may discover that bulbs--and the flowers they...
Wisteria and Children Are Both Welcome
Wisteria and children are both welcome Is it a garden structure with play equipment, or a play structure with planting? It could be either, and that's the point. Seattle builder Michael Hesch designed and built this seven-legged hybrid for his active...