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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. 198, No. 6, June

10 Low-Fat Foods to Get You through the Summer
You've got the shades, the sunscreen, and the flip-flops. Now all you need are some refreshing, satisfying foods that won't alter your swimsuit line. Ten of my favorites follow; they're a mix of super-easy recipes and terrific new products. Look for...
A Backyard Fantasy
One family's oceanfront garden sets the stage for great gatherings Casa del Mar, Max and Ana Negri's home and garden overlooking the blue Pacific in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, is a perfect setting for a party. Thanks to the house's open layout...
A Little Water Music
This small fountain can fill a garden with the soothing sounds of trickling water "A garden without water is like a theater without a stage," says English garden designer Rosemary Verey. But you don't need a huge pond to bring water to your garden. The...
A Little Water Music: This Small Fountain Can Fill a Garden with the Soothing Sounds of Trickling Water
"A garden without water is like a theater without a stage," says English garden designer Rosemary Verey. But you don't need a huge pond to bring water to your garden. The fountain shown here is elegant enough to enhance a formal patio or leafy garden...
A Maui Shrimp Lunch
Sit down to a memorable salad and follow with flaming mangoes This is salad, Maui-style. It's designed to get attention, and it works. The chef team from the Westin Maui created these shrimp on sticks, which they call "tangled tigers," for the island's...
Aromatic Flatbreads from the Grill
Onion-seasoned breads are topped with rosemary and parmesan For your next barbecue party, wow guests with warm bread right off the grill - browned, puffed, and subtly smoky. The yeast dough is enhanced with olive oil and onion. If time is tight, take...
A Step beyond Frozen Potstickers
My husband and I are warehouse-store junkies. We love wandering the huge aisles in search of bargains - especially food. More than once, when carried away by a good deal, we've found ourselves stuck with a 20-pound bag of the weekly special, and just...
Decks for Day Dreaming
Some decks take your breath away. They connect a house to its sloping or uneven site in a vivid and powerful way. As this portfolio of decks from Washington, Oregon, and California shows, the most innovative parts of decks are found along their perimeters...
Fiddling around in Idaho: Each June, Weiser Becomes the World Capital of Fiddling
Luke Bulla wasn't exactly decked out for the Nashville Network. No sequined shirt, no choreographed line dancers behind him. Just a 16-year-old lifting a fiddle in a high school gym. And not one who expected to win. "In my first round, I went 10 seconds...
Garden Cinema
How to turn your backyard into an outdoor movie theater Watching a movie classic in your living room on a summer evening is a pleasant diversion. Seeing the same film on a big screen under the stars, however, is an event. Though all of Marc LaFont's...
Garden-Shopping in Carmel Valley
Browse for horticultural treasures on the pastoral outskirts of Carmel-by-the-Sea Carmel's crescent of silver sand and the deep-sea wonders of Monterey's aquarium draw hordes of visitors year-round to the California coast. But a less crowded part of...
Heaven in a Hard Place
A Southern California designer transforms a "bowling alley" side yard into a showplace Think like a plant for a minute. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is this: Infiltrate a skinny, 18-inch strip of dirt and try to establish some roots....
Heaven in a Hard Place: A Southern California Designer Transforms a "Bowling Alley" Side Yard into a Showplace
Think like a plant for a minute. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is this: Infiltrate a skinny, 18-inch strip of dirt and try to establish some roots. And, oh yes, try to look pretty while you're at it. The site will be as dark and dank...
Irresistible Attractions
The sun isn't the only thing that's sizzling. Here are the summer's hottest new attractions at theme parks in Southern California. Disneyland. There's no better place to make a wish than Disneyland's new Light Magic, surrounded by enchanting "pixie dust"...
Irresistible Attractions: What's New at Southern California's Major Theme Parks
The sun isn't the only thing that's sizzling. Here are the summer's hottest new attractions at theme parks in Southern California. Disneyland. There's no better place to make a wish than Disneyland's new Light Magic, surrounded by enchanting "pixie...
It's Steak Season: Make the Most of It with the Right Cuts and the Best Sauces
In the wild heart of the West, beef steak is still king. At the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, the draw of a free steak continues to pull in customers who can stagger away without a check if they manage to down a 4 1/2-pound platter-size slab...
Keeping the Fresh in the Herbs
Tender perishables last longer if you act like a florist Fresh flavor is just a snip away if you keep a bouquet of tender green herbs in the kitchen. Basil, especially, thrives in a container of water on the kitchen counter, and the stems may even develop...
Look Again at Chenin Blanc
Chenin Blanc has become the Cinderella of white wines. Until just 10 years ago, there was more of this grape growing in California than Chardonnay. Now it's neglected by most U.S. wineries and is unknown to many wine drinkers. What happened? It's impossible...
Magic Lanterns
Simple, stylish ways to make your garden glow for summer entertaining The warm glow of candlelight can transform a dark backyard into a scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream. This collection of five charming, easy-to-make "luminarias"put together on little...
On the Trail of the Best Apricot
For spectacular flavor, search out the Blenheim variety in farmers' markets and orchards. Or bring out the flavor of other apricots in memorable recipes The more you learn about apricots, the more you admire growers like Stephen Brenkwitz, whose family...
On the Trail of the Best Apricot
For spectacular flavor, search out the Blenheim variety in farmers' markets and orchards. Or bring out the flavor of other apricots in memorable recipes he more you learn about apricots, the more you admire growers like Stephen Brenkwitz, whose family...
Open-Air Living
These garden rooms are well suited to entertaining, dining, and lounging Picture yourself relaxing on a comfortable couch with a gentle breeze caressing your face. Or dining surrounded by fragrant flowers that bloom in garden beds. Or warming your hands...
Open-Air Living: These Garden Rooms Are Well Suited to Entertaining, Dining, and Lounging
Picture yourself relaxing on a comfortable couch with a gentle breeze caressing your face. Or dining surrounded by fragrant flowers that bloom in garden beds. Or warming your hands over a crackling fire as the sounds of crickets fill the air. Or grilling...
Open House
VANISHING VISTA IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY? The lovely scene framed by the bridge over Interstate 15, described by Laura McNeal (Southern California Travel Guide, February, page 17), has impressed me each time I drive north on 1-15 from Escondido. Seven days...
Riding and Roping in Eastern Oregon
Two guest ranches offer a taste of the cowboy life As the steaming breakfast biscuits make one more pass around the long dining tables of the Bar M Ranch, my fellow guests and I talk over our options for the morning: a horseback ride high on a ridge...
Riding and Roping in Eastern Oregon: Two Guest Ranches Offer a Taste of the Cowboy Life
As the steaming breakfast biscuits make one more pass around the long dining tables of the Bar M Ranch, my fellow guests and I talk over our options for the morning: a horseback ride high on a ridge of the Blue Mountains, a brisk swim in the cool Umatilla...
San Diego's Park of Dreams
Romance, grandeur, and a few racy statues live on at San Diego's restored Balboa Park Balboa Park is a hothouse version of Southern California. In a region where so much else was left to chance, this park was willed into being, conceived and directed...
Seasonal Note
Italian and Mexican cooks have taught me how to use squash blossoms well, in everything from risotto to soft tacos. But however fine, these preparations ignore the natural shape of the flower-which begs to be stuffed. To prepare squash blossoms, gently...
Skinny Dips: How to Get Rich Flavor without Fat Calories
It's gratifying to dip without guilt. And you won't mourn the absent fat in these boldly seasoned combinations, which work equally well as spreads. You'll find them easy to assemble because they take advantage of canned foods such as beans, chilies,...
Summer Naturals: Salmon and Onions
Just how many ways can you cook salmon? Don't ask a Northwesterner unless you have all day; generations' worth of great ideas pour out. Clearly, this fish is versatile - and no shrinking violet when it comes to seasonings. Case in point: smoked salmon,...
Sunset's Checklist
Planting ANNUALS. Scatter seed of cosmos, marigold, portulaca, sunflower, and zinnia. Or plant seedlings of any of these plants, as well as African daisy, baby snapdragon, bachelor's button, calendula, clarkia, forget-me-not, gaillardia, globe amaranth,...
Sunset's Garden Notebook
While interviewing pollination biologist Stephen Buchmann for this month's report on the forgotten pollinators (see left), I learned a fascinating bit of trivia. About 8 percent of the world's flowering plants, including blueberries, eggplants, kiwis,...
Sunset's Kitchen Cabinet
When whipping up sangria for a dinner party, Peggy Deen uses purchased flavored syrups - the kind that are popular bar ingredients for fancy coffees, sparkling waters, and smoothies. Not only do the syrups save prep time, but they also put a smooth finish...
Tale of Two Cities
Vancouver and Hong Kong both eye an uncertain future In Richmond, British Columbia, street names ring with tweedy Canadian reserve: Alderbridge, Hazelbridge, Westminster. It is the buildings lining these streets that surprise. The sleek Aberdeen Centre...
Tale of Two Cities: Vancouver and Hong Kong Both Eye an Uncertain Future
In Richmond, British Columbia, street names ring with tweedy Canadian reserve: Alderbridge, Hazelbridge, Westminster. It is the buildings lining these streets that surprise. The sleek Aberdeen Centre promises that "visitors will be delighted with the...
Tepee for Two
A cheerful red tepee erected on the back lawn inspires hours of outdoor fun and imaginative play. And this ripstop nylon tepee isn't difficult to make. The red shell, cut from 60-inch-wide fabric, is decorated with yellow cotton-fabric forms attached...
Tepee for Two: A Colorful Play Structure You Can Make with No Sewing
A cheerful red tepee erected on the back lawn inspires hours of outdoor fun and imaginative play. And this ripstop nylon tepee isn't difficult to make. The red shell, cut from 60-inch-wide fabric, is decorated with yellow cotton-fabric forms attached...
Vegetables Aloft
You know how it is. When your tomatoes start to color up, you're out in your garden every morning to monitor their progress. Finally, when you're sure they're ready, you go out to pick them, taste buds aquiver, only to discover that someone else got...
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