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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. 211, No. 5, November

An Italian Family Lunch
Four generations share a traditional rustic menu at their annual celebrationThe Tavella family had always made its own sausage. But when Ernest Tavella married Mary Formento, whose family came from a small town near Turin, Italy, he preferred her mother...
An Italian Family Lunch: Four Generations Share a Traditional Rustic Menu at Their Annual Celebration
The Tavella family had always made its own sausage. But when Ernest Tavella married Mary Formento, whose family came from a small town near Turin, Italy, he preferred her mother Lucy's sausage recipe to his own, or so goes family lore. Four generations...
A Perfect Fit
Three Thanksgiving menus tailored to the size of your celebrationFamilies come in more sizes than ever these days. Some are big and all in one place; others are divided by distance; many are small to start with. But the joy of Thanksgiving comes from...
A Sense of Place
This month's "Going Home" feature was sparked by a conversation I had with senior editor Peter Fish. We were talking about Thanksgiving traditions and reminiscing with fondness about the places we associate with grandparents, growing up, and good times....
A Tale of Two Cities
Visit quaint Mesilla and modern Las Cruces to explore the best of these attractive oppositesPhotographs by Sherry TeslerIt seemed, even back in 1881, to be a nobrainer opportunity: The Santa Fe Railroad wanted to build a link through southern New Mexico....
A Taste of Hayes: Food Is High Art in S.F.'S Hayes Valley
San Francisco's Hayes Valley might just be the only neighborhood in the city where both corsets and ice cream sandwiches come custom-made, and where yoga students get distracted by the smell of fried chicken wafting over from the soulfood restaurant...
A Thanksgiving Plan
Tradition notwithstanding, holiday celebrations come in all shapes and sizes, calling for different approaches to serving wines. Here's how I'd plan for the three menus we offer in "A Perfect Fit," starting on page 66. Family feast for 12 to 14...
Bird Sanctuary: In Indio, Linda York Is an Owl's Best Friend
Linda York realized things had gotten out of hand when her husband came home one day and found 90 birds of prey in their house. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Everything was overrun," York recalls. "And my husband looked around and said, 'This isn't...
Counter Measures
Low-maintenance kitchen and bath countertops are great alternatives to stoneChoices in manufactured countertop materials-with the look but not the higher maintenance requirements of natural stone-are expanding every day. New surfaces are made from chemical...
Counter Measures: Low-Maintenance Kitchen and Bath Countertops Are Great Alternatives to Stone
Choices in manufactured countertop materials--with the look but not the higher maintenance requirements of natural stone--are expanding every day. New surfaces are made from chemical compounds and are designed to mimic granite, limestone, marble, slate,...
Fast, Fun, and Tasty
Fast, fun, and tasty South Tucson restaurants dish up Mexican specialties like abuela used to makePhotographs by Edward McCainCall me a Philistine, but my most satisfying encounters with Mexican cuisine have never involved white tablecloths, lobster...
Feast for 12 to 14
For a big family dinner, share the cooking. The hosts can roast the turkey and make their favorite gravy; others bring the rest of this highly portable meal. Add mashed potatoes to our lineup, and serve a Gewurztraminer and a Zinfandel. Oven-roasted...
Festive Menu for 2
Thanksgiving dinner doesn't need a turkey to feel like a holiday; Cornish hens are celebratory too. Slide the fruit tarts into the oven after the hens and hash are done. Add sauteed Swiss chard and pour a Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend. These recipes...
Fireplace Facelift
How to give a nondescript fireplace a glowing facadeAfter painting the walls of our living room a golden yellow, my wife, Beth, and I decided that the 50-year-old fireplace-white-painted brick within a ready-made wood surround-also needed upgrading....
Fireplace Facelift: How to Give a Nondescript Fireplace a Glowing Facade
How it was done We replaced the original mantel (A) with a same-size frame of 2-by-6s (B) that we screwed to the wall. A new wood mantel top was attached to the frame with glue and screws driven into the underside. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Then...
Girl Power
An all-female gardening team shares secrets for keeping plantings beautiful year-roundPhotographs by Claire CurranSisters Brenda Gousha and Barbara McFadden founded their landscaping business six years ago with the mission to create and maintain flower...
Girl Power: An All-Female Gardening Team Shares Secrets for Keeping Plantings Beautiful Year-Round
Sisters Brenda Gousha and Barbara McFadden founded their landscaping business six years ago with the mission to create and maintain flower gardens in Southern California's Rancho Santa Fe area. Gousha, who has a degree in ornamental horticulture, and...
Going Home
Some places touch the heart so deeply you never want to forget themPhotographs by David ZaitzNovember is the month for homecomings. The rush to the airport, the drive through a cold night perfumed by starlight and chimney smoke. It's a month of memories...
Gold Country Treasure: Explore the Sierra Foothills on This Fall Wine-Tasting Drive
You can't really call Amador County a new wine region. After all, vines were planted here, in the Sierra Nevada foothills, when Abe Lincoln was president--some of those graybeard Zinfandel vines from the 1860s are still producing--and only Prohibition...
Harvest Dinner for 6 to 8
In this elegant menu, we've surrounded sliced turkey with Persian-inspired flavors: sweet-tart cranberry jus and jewel rice laced with fruit and nuts. Start with a green salad with a lemon-mint vinaigrette, and add buttered steamed green beans. With...
Heavenly Hot Springs
10 Colorado hot spots for a soothing winter soakPhotographs by Douglas MerriamShrouded in misty steam and edged by fluffy snowdrifts, a hot springs seems especially warm and welcoming on a cold day in the mountains. If you get a winter chill in Colorado,...
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It's the Cheese
Pair low-fat ricotta with pastaPhotographs by James CarrierPasta and cheese are old friends, but the kind of cheese you use makes a big nutritional difference. When tossed with hot pasta along with a little cooking water, low-fat ricotta quickly creates...
It's the Cheese: Pair Low-Fat Ricotta with Pasta
Pasta and cheese are old friends, but the kind of cheese you use makes a big nutritional difference. When tossed with hot pasta along with a little cooking water, low-fat ricotta quickly creates a healthy but rich-tasting sauce. Its mild, fresh-milk...
Missoula, Montana: "I Have Left Missoula Five Times Forever-Only to Return to Live Here Again."
My parents, my brother, my sister's family, and mine--11 of us--are gathered around a table laden with china, crystal, and a turkey the size of a hay bale. We are smiling for the annual Thanksgiving photo, my two children with their pumpkin grins,...
Move on Up
Carve into the attic for a home office, bathroom, and extra sleeping spacePhotographs by John GranenIf your home feels cramped, look overhead. There may be hidden potential in the attic, despite angular spaces and low clearances created by dormers and...
Move on Up: Carve into the Attic for a Home Office, Bathroom, and Extra Sleeping Space
If your home feels cramped, look overhead. There may be hidden potential in the attic, despite angular spaces and low clearances created by dormers and sharply sloping ceilings. "Remodeling an attic is like building a boat: You have to be creative...
Niles: Take Two: As the Holidays near, Find Lights and Charm in This Historic Town
Niles could have been big--bigger even than Hollywood. But missed opportunities of the past are its blessing today. This historic district in Fremont, about 30 miles south of Oakland, has retained a laid-back character that's a real find in the Bay...
Northern California in November: Tips & Trips
* SAN FRANCISCO Draw for fun Cartoon fans have even more reason to feel animated now that the Cartoon Art Museum is offering drawing classes on certain Saturdays. Kids and their parents learn to re-create favorite cartoon and comic-strip characters...
Nosing around Niwot
Small-town shopping near Boulder, ColoradoPhotographs by James BooneWith its wide streets, brick-fronted buildings, and friendly shopkeepers, tiny Niwot (Ny-waht) has an old-fashioned frontier feel-an increasingly precious commodity in fast-growing Boulder...
Ojai, California: "The Kingdom of Childhood Is Made Up of Smaller Kingdoms. Oz. Narnia. and, for Me, Ojai."
November mornings are chilly in the Ojai Valley. No frost yet--that won't come until December, when the orange groves' wind machines churn back the winter air before it harms the fruit. But chilly. Ojai's famous oaks seem to gather their limbs like...
Open House
LETTERS FROM OUR READERSGalette or tart? It's delicious!Re: "Apple Season," September, page 92. What a tasty dessert for the dinner or breakfast table. But it is an apple tart. According to French Provencal cooking, a galette is a "flat, round cake."...
Over Easy
A simple festive brunch is both relaxed and specialPhotographs by James CarrierBrunch is an ideal meal for informal holiday-season entertaining. The centerpiece of this menu is inspired by the French salad frisee aux lardons, in which crisp greens, soft...
Over Easy: A Simple Festive Brunch Is Both Relaxed and Special
Brunch is an ideal meal for informal holiday-season entertaining. The centerpiece of this menu is inspired by the French salad frisee aux lardons, in which crisp greens, soft poached eggs, and bacon mingle deliciously with cracked black pepper. Turning...
Party Bites with Style
Try these delicious first acts for holiday entertainingThe first bite at a party is a preview of what's to come, so impress your guests with these elegant tidbits. Serve one or two selections before dinner, or offer a collection for an appetizer party....
Party Bites with Style: Try These Delicious First Acts for Holiday Entertaining
The first bite at a party is a preview of what's to come, so impress your guests with these elegant tidbits. Serve one or two selections before dinner, or offer a collection for an appetizer party. Our savory hors d'oeuvres, from stylish tobiko-topped...
Really Fast Trees: These 15 Speedsters Sprout 2 to 4 Feet in a Single Year
At Sunset's annual Celebration Weekend, visitors often ask our garden staff: "Can you recommend a tree that grows really fast?" With that in mind, we figured there were many more readers who might have the same question. So we talked with arborists...
Reunion Ranch
A getaway as a kind of camp-ideas for living in touch with natureWhen former New Yorkers Peter and Betsy came back from a vacation, they had a great idea for a Northwest retreat: Make it part camp, part ranch. "They had this picture of a gathering place...
Reunion Ranch: A Getaway as a Kind of Camp-Ideas for Living in Touch with Nature
When former New Yorkers Peter and Betsy came back from a vacation, they had a great idea for a Northwest retreat: Make it part camp, part ranch. "They had this picture of a gathering place where people could come together as a group to sit, relax,...
Ruidoso, New Mexico: "In Ruidoso, the Landscape Asked for Peace, and We Complied."
It's tougher to visit the creek now, inevitably--the forest is thick with cabins, and there are occasional adamant No TRESPASSING signs. But there remains an informal trail along the south bank of the Rio Ruidoso, and I am drawn there again and again,...
Savory Holiday Dishes
Readers' recipes tested in Sunset's kitchensPhotographs by James CarrierMexican Chicken and DumplingsKatie McRae, PortlandKatie McRae adds some spicy touches to traditional, homey chicken stew with dumplings. She always makes a few of them without jalapenos...
Savory Holiday Dishes: Readers' Recipes Tested in Sunset's Kitchens
Mexican Chicken and Dumplings Katie McRae, Portland Katie McRae adds some spicy touches to traditional, homey chicken stew with dumplings. She always makes a few of them without jalapenos for family members who don't enjoy spicy food. [ILLUSTRATION...
Soy Milk Surprises
Nutty flavor suits many dishesOurs is a two-carton household. Half of the family can drink only soy milk, while the other half can pour 2% over breakfast cereal until the stuff floats, with no apparent adverse digestive effects.Cereal was the sole reason...
Soy Milk Surprises: Nutty Flavor Suits Many Dishes
Ours is a two-carton household. Half of the family can drink only soy milk, while the other half can pour 2% over breakfast cereal until the stuff floats, with no apparent adverse digestive effects. Cereal was the sole reason we stocked soy milk...
Stellar in Denver
Explore the final frontier at the new Space Odyssey exhibitOn the planet Mars in the year 2045, a space-suited astronaut tests air quality with a spectrograph. Here, at the edge of the giant Candor Chasma, the rocky, mysterious landscape is daubed in...
Sweet and Sour
Mix and match citrus fruits for bright flavors in the dark of winterCitrus fruits, miraculously, peak just when almost everything else is decidedly out of season, bringing sweetness and light to a month that could use a little brightening up. The variety...
Sweet and Sour: Mix and Match Citrus Fruits for Bright Flavors in the Dark of Winter
Citrus fruits, miraculously, peak just when almost everything else is decidedly out of season, bringing sweetness and light to a month that could use a little brightening up. The variety of citrus now widely available--from tiny kumquats to pummeloes...
The Beauty of Natives
How to choose and use plants that are most at home in the WestNative plants are suddenly chic. They've certainly been "in" before; every time the West faces a serious drought, we rediscover indigenous plants. Then the danger passes, we go back to our...
The Beauty of Natives: How to Choose and Use Plants That Are Most at Home in the West
Native plants are suddenly chic. They've certainly been "in" before; every time the West faces a serious drought, we rediscover indigenous plants. Then the danger passes, we go back to our old habits, and natives fall "out" again. The current wave...
The Best of Berkeley: Discover the World in This Cosmopolitan College Town
Poet William Blake suggested seeing the world in a grain of sand. We may be a bit farsighted for that kind of focus, but it is possible to see the world in Berkeley, the free-thinking, scholarly, liberal town across the bay from San Francisco. [ILLUSTRATION...
The Call of the Wild
Flavorful wild rice is perfect for the holiday table-or weeknight mealsGrowing up in Minnesota, I ate a lot of wild rice: as the backbone of nutty autumn side dishes; stuffed in poultry during the holidays; in rich soups and casseroles in the winter;...
The Call of the Wild: Flavorful Wild Rice Is Perfect for the Holiday Table-Or Weeknight Meals
Growing up in Minnesota, I ate a lot of wild rice: as the backbone of nutty autumn side dishes; stuffed in poultry during the holidays; in rich soups and casseroles in the winter; or tossed with peas in spring or summer. My grandmother even added it...
The Lightest Cake of All
Photograph by James CarrierSoft meringue has earned its fan base in this country as a cloud on top of lemon pie. But in Mexico, it often becomes the main event as a tender torte. Removed from its pan and cooled, it relaxes into a soft cake shape, pale...
The Rockies in November
TIPS & TRIPS* PARK CITY, UTAH Hit the bottles Deer Valley Resort "pulls out all the corks" at its 18th annual Nouveau Beaujolais Festival. The party is informal but of grand proportions, with a lavish serve-yourself feast to accompany wines from...
The Truck Stops Here
You learn-fast-to pay attention when you walk through the parking lot at Fred and Al Jubitz's truck stop. Grinding toward you are Freightliners and Kenworths with their 18 wheels and their lion-roar 600-horsepower engines and their behemoth chrome prows...
Under an Oak in Orinda
Established native oaks can succumb to fungal root diseases if they're watered during the summer months. That's what Cara and Tim Hoxie of Orinda discovered before they relandscaped their front yard. Their coast live oak, underplanted with lawn, was...
What to Do in Your Garden in November; Planting
AMARYLLIS. Only 8 to 12 weeks after planting, these gorgeous flowering bulbs produce huge single or double saucer- or trumpet-shaped flowers up to 9 inches wide. Miniature varieties have smaller flowers but may not be as leggy. Colors include coral,...
Winter Light
Fresh herbs and a special presentation make halibut a casually elegant dinnerPhotographs by James CarrierRich, elaborate meals can be welcome at the holiday season; after a few, though, sometimes we all need a break. This stylish dinner party for six...
Winter Light: Fresh Herbs and a Special Presentation Make Halibut a Casually Elegant Dinner
Rich, elaborate meals can be welcome at the holiday season; after a few, though, sometimes we all need a break. This stylish dinner party for six is a relaxing change of pace that shows off the lighter side of winter flavors. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
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