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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. 6, December

All Aglow: How to Make a Splash with Holiday Lights, beside an Entry or in Your Garden
As twilight arrives earlier and earlier on cold December days, something magical happens at homes around the West: Holiday lights flicker to life. They create glittering galaxies on porch ceilings, bathe eaves and gables in a warm glow, and turn stately...
A Season for Simplicity: Personal Accents Warm a Remodeled Farmhouse
When Stephanie Zeigler and her husband, Eric, purchased an old farmhouse in Mill Valley, California, it was dark, with small rooms and colored walls. A full-time mom to 4-year-old Grey and 2-year-old Bo, Stephanie has a background in architecture and...
A Season for Sweets
My husband and I have great neighbors on both sides of our street. We don't see each other often, and we wave hello more than we speak, but when there's a real need, we're very neighborly. Whether it's helping to rebuild a fence, find a stray pet,...
Best Beef
Kobe-style beef is tender, flavorful, and now available in the WestUntil recently, Japan boasted the best beef in the world but harbored a secret. Kobe cattle are legendary for their tender meat-and for the massages and beer- and sake-laced diet they're...
Best Beef: Kobe-Style Beef Is Tender, Flavorful, and Now Available in the West
Until recently, Japan boasted the best beef in the world but harbored a secret. Kobe cattle are legendary for their tender meat--and for the massages and beer- and sakelaced diet they're given. But since the early 1970s, many of those Kobe cows have...
Best of Sunset Cookies
One of the best parts of the holiday season is the smell of cookies warm from the oven. Even those of us who are too busy to bake during the rest of the year find the time to make a batch of cookies in December. These festive treats will make delicious...
Chocolate Barks
Barks are among the easiest confections you can make. Just exercise a little care in melting the chocolate, and you'll be rewarded with beautiful candy that's perfect for gift-giving--or snacking. Cranberry-Pistachio Bark PREP TIME: About 30...
Cocktail Hour
Entertain in style with the ice-cold tang of martinis and oystersLately, it seems as if every chic restaurant offers its own house cocktail, together with that quintessential sophisticated appetizer, oysters on the half-shell. But who wants to battle...
Crab in Season
A Mendocino expedition yields fresh, simple Dungeness dishesWe set out in search of crab aboard El Patron, which nosed away from the Rumblefish dock in Noyo Fishing Center, then lifted its prow into the white mist to plow past the black cliffs of Northern...
Crab in Season: A Mendocino Expedition Yields Fresh, Simple Dungeness Dishes
We set out in search of crab aboard El Patron, which nosed away from the Rumblefish dock in Noyo Fishing Center, then lifted its prow into the white mist to plow past the black cliffs of Northern California's Mendocino coast. Mountainous swells and...
Denver's Pearl Shines
Shop for gifts and enjoy holiday cheer along South Pearl StreetThe redbrick-accented sidewalks of South Pearl Street run through the heart of one of Denver's oldest commercial districts. Stretching between East Iowa and East Arkansas Avenues, this enclave...
Dressed for the Holidays: Bright Greens and Ivory Set an Elegant Mood
For a fresh alternative to the traditional Christmas palette of red and green, we decorated this tabletop with materials in soft shades of green and white set against a backdrop of crisp white linens. Napkins are embellished with simple embroidery:...
Every Garden Evergreens: These Beautiful Conifers Work Wonders
During the holidays, we tend to associate conifers with Christmas trees as we select the prettiest cut firs and spruces to decorate. But conifers are also beautiful landscape plants that serve many uses. You can plant them this month. Conifers come...
Grand Feast
An old-fashioned Christmas dinner comes with all the trimmingsAs Ebenezer Scrooge finally learns in Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, the holiday is about generosity. Dinner reflects the spirit-for most people, a feast of particularly special, familiar...
Grand Feast: An Old-Fashioned Christmas Dinner Comes with All the Trimmings
As Ebenezer Scrooge finally learns in Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, the holiday is about generosity. Dinner reflects the spirit--for most people, a feast of particularly special, familiar foods, eaten with family and good friends. [ILLUSTRATION...
Holiday Escapes
Three families celebrate the holidays in three different, wonderful waysHoliday is a joyful word. Christinas, Kwanza, Hanukkah, the winter solstice, New Year's Eve-all are occasions to offer up good cheer, to imagine peace on earth for a moment. But...
Holiday Escapes: Three Families Celebrate the Holidays in Three Different, Wonderful Ways
Holiday is a joyful word. Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah, the winter solstice, New Year's Eve--all are occasions to offer up good cheer, to imagine peace on earth for a moment. But the details of an ideal holiday mean different things to different people....
Holiday in Frisco
Shopping and nordic skiing bring this Colorado town to lifeYou couldn't blame Frisco, Colorado, for feeling a bit like Cinderella. After all, its founder gave it a secondhand name (said to derive from San Francisco), but then, after Interstate 70 was...
Holiday Madeleines
Petite, buttery madeleines are nothing more than moist little cakes baked in a pan with shell-shaped indentations. Traditionally made with sponge-cake batter flavored with a little lemon peel, madeleines can be made from other kinds of cake batter...
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Jervings per Carton: 4. If Nobody's Looking: 1
This isn't so much a dessert, as it is an escape. A mad dash across oceans, across time, to a romantic piazza al fresco, over-looking a glorious fountain, under the same starry skies that once awed Michelangelo. For it is in the timeless town of Florence...
Mad about Mochi: Celebrate the Japanese New Year with a Traditional Treat
It's chewy, it's gooey, and it looks about as appealing as library paste. But around New Year's Day, when people are lined up impatiently to get it at Benkyodo Company in San Francisco's Japantown, you'd think that mochi was worth its weight in gold....
Make It Sweet
For holiday gifts or a special treat, homemade candy is irresistibleIs there anything more delicious, more purely self-indulgent, than a square of dark, creamy fudge or a piece of crunchy, buttery toffee? And when it's homemade, the treat is sweet indeed....
Make It Sweet; for Holiday Gifts or a Special Treat, Homemade Candy Is Irresistible
Is there anything more delicious, more purely self-indulgent, than a square of dark, creamy fudge or a piece of crunchy, buttery toffee? And when it's homemade, the treat is sweet indeed. This year, we're bringing back the tradition of candymaking....
Melt-in-Your-Mouth Fudge
Perfect fudge is a rare treat. Velvety smooth, with richness and mouthwatering flavor in every bite, our chocolate and maple-walnut fudge deliver that elusive ideal. But perfection can come with a price. More than most candies, fudge requires precision...
Mission Melange: Taste the Many Flavors of San Francisco's Mission District Melting Pot
Every December I make a pilgrimage to San Francisco's Mission District, where I become a shameless callejera--a person who loves to hang out in the street. I prepare by putting on thick-soled shoes (for pounding the sidewalks) and hauling out an enormous...
More Than Just Our Home
There's more traffic on State 126 than there used to be. But turn off the highway east of Piru, California, and walk down the gravel path, past the black walnut so ancient its limbs are propped up with metal crutches. There's the old house with its...
New 'Shooting Star' Hydrangea
Forced into flower for the holidays, snowwhite hydrangeas make perfect companions for red poinsettias and evergreens strung with colored lights. The new 'Shooting Star' lace cap hydrangea enhances seasonal decorations even more. Each of its double...
Northern California in December
* SAN FRANCISCO Experience Dickens Feeling a bit Scrooge-like this holiday season? Treat yourself to Gerald Charles Dickens Performs A Christmas Carol in the recently restored Venetian Room at the Fairmont Hotel. Dine on holiday fare as the seasoned...
One Great Food Wine
Here's a well-kept secret that shouldn't be: There's a sensational wine that goes with a huge range of foods, can be found just about everywhere, and isn't even expensive. The wine? Sparkling. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It's a fact--bubbly pairs...
Open House
LETTERS FROM OUR READERSRecycling potted bulbsI would like to use the ideas from the "Bulbs for Pots" article (October, page 76), but it seems wasteful to me to throw the bulbs away after only one season of bloom. I ordered dozens of good-quality bulbs...
Pint-Size Citrus
Gardeners everywhere can find room for these dwarf treesFor nearly 300 years, the mild-winter West has had a love affair with citrus. Orchards carpet the land in parts of California, and oranges, lemons, limes, and other citrus are familiar trees in...
Pint-Size Citrus; Gardeners Everywhere Can Find Room for These Dwarf Trees
For nearly 300 years, the mild-winter West has had a love affair with citrus. Orchards carpet the land in parts of California, and oranges, lemons, limes, and other citrus are familiar trees in home gardens. Until fairly recently, most of these...
Pop-Up Master Suite: Adding Space without Overwhelming the House
The owners of this small house in Marin County, California, wanted more room. Architect Neal Schwartz helped them see that going up with a master retreat was the best house option. Because the 1950s ranch house is built on a slope, schwartz had a challenge:...
Put the Rub on Chicken
Spa cooking inspires light, zesty weeknight fareWeeknight dinners in December can be a dilemma. Winter's cold nights make you long for something warm and spicy, while the rich fare of the holiday season leaves you yearning for a simple, healthy meal....
Put the Rub on Chicken; Spa Cooking Inspires Light, Zesty Weeknight Fare
Weeknight dinners in December can be a dilemma. Winter's cold nights make you long for something warm and spicy, while the rich fare of the holiday season leaves you yearning for a simple, healthy meal. For an easy solution, we look to spa chefs, the...
Salt Lake Night-Lights
Torchlight parades brighten holiday evenings at ski resorts near Salt Lake CityThis Christmas Eve, a 23-year-old tradition unfolds once again at Park City Mountain Resort. Around dusk, Santa Claus appears on skis, hoisting a flare and leading the annual...
Sky-High on Schweitzer
Big slopes and small-town charm at northern Idaho's up-and-coming resortMy family and I stood at the top of Schweitzer Mountain and stared. It was the first morning of a long-planned ski week at up-and-coming Schweitzer Mountain Resort in northern Idaho,...
Small-Town Silicon Valley: Visit San Jose's First Street for Holiday Shopping and Fun
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It may be the center of Silicon Valley, but during the holidays, downtown San Jose remembers its small-town past. In the 1950s, local businessman Don Lima drew a crowd just by setting up a Christmas display in front of his...
Surf's Up in Blue Hawaii
See the West's biggest waves-and the world's best surfers-at classic beaches along Oahu's fabled North ShoreYou can't find Rocky Point on standard road maps of Oahu. But every surfer worth his salt knows how to get there: The path is next to Sunset Beach...
Surf's Up in Blue Hawaii: See the West's Biggest Waves-And the World's Best Surfers-At Classic Beaches along Oahu's Fabled North Shore
You can't find Rocky Point on standard road maps of Oahu. But every surfer worth his salt knows how to get there: The path is next to Sunset Beach Neighborhood Park and across the road from the restaurant with the giant tiki standing sentry on Kamehameha...
The Caves of Napa
Underground tours and tastings at five valley wineriesNapa Valley's wineries are going underground. Scores of vintners now boast barrel-storage caves. While the idea of aging wine in a cool, dark subterranean warehouse isn't new to the wine country-barrel-storage...
The Caves of Napa: Underground Tours and Tastings at Five Valley Wineries
Napa Valley's wineries are going underground. Scores of vintners now boast barrel-storage caves. While the idea of aging wine in a cool, dark subterranean warehouse isn't new to the wine country--barrel-storage caves have been excavated here since...
The Rockies in December
TIPS & TRIPS* PARK CITY, UTAH Ski and dine Built in 2001 primarily as a day lodge, Deer Valley's cedar-and-stone Empire Canyon Lodge is opening its doors to all guests one night a week. Glide up on cross-country skis or stomp in on snowshoes and...
Toffee and Brittle
Of all the tricks you can do in the kitchen, caramelizing sugar is one of the very best--and one of the easiest. Just let a sugar syrup bubble away until it turns a golden amber. You'll be rewarded with deep flavor and candy that sets up perfectly...
Warm Winter Favorites
Readers' recipes tested in Sunset's kitchensQuick Chicken CassouletRussell Ito, San Mateo, CARussell Ito combined leftover roast chicken with a lew basic ingredients and came up with an easily assembled chicken and white bean stew. If you don't have...
Warm Winter Favorites: Readers' Recipes Tested in Sunset's Kitchens
Spinach Timbale Nancy Nachman Silverman learned to make this custardy baked spinach dish from Marie-Blanche de Broglie, a Parisian cooking teacher. You can assemble it through step 2 up to a day ahead; cover and chill. Bake chilled mixture about 10...
What to Do in Your Garden in December
GIFT SHOPPING * FAVORITE TOOLS. Every gardener on your gift list can use a new tool. Here are some of our favorites: the Classic English Garden Fork ($49) or the Heirloom Hand Trowel ($12), both from Smith & Hawken (www. smithandhawken.com or...
What to Do in Your Garden in December
SHOPPINGFLOWERING CACTUS. Just in time for the holidays, Christinas cactus (Schlumbergera X buckleyi) bears abundant blossoms in shades of orange, pink, purple, red, white, and yellow. This long-living houseplant does best when grown in bright, indirect...
Year-Round Plenty: Find Great Treasures at These Winter Farmer's Markets
It's a drizzly December morning, but Debbie Warren doesn't mind. Pausing beneath a canvas stall at the Marin County Farmer's Market in San Rafael, she shakes drops of water from a bunch of rainbow chard. "Rain or shine, I'm here," Warren says of her...
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