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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. 196, No. 2, February

A Better Mushroom Soup
MY FRIEND BUNNIE RUSSELL recently served me a beautifully smooth and creamy pumpkin soup. What's the secret to the velvety texture, I wanted to know. "All you do is cook pumpkin with milk and put it in the blender," she said. That's it? "Oh, and you...
A Crab Lover's Guide
OF THE PACIFIC'S GIFTS TO OUR tables, Dungeness crab is the most improbably delicious. Carapaced and truculent, it scuttles like a refugee from a sci-fi flick. But once resting on a plate, no seafood is more succulent.Cancer magister, the Dungeness's...
A Guide to Natural Soil Enrichers
How to choose and use organic materials to improve your soil Deciding which natural soil amendment to use can seem like a mystery, especially when you're facing the stacks of bagged materials sold at nurseries and garden centers. Various composts and...
An Oxnard by Any Other Name
"You're going to Oxnard?" Rob is incredulous. He's my neighbor. He was born in Oxnard. "What's in Oxnard?" he demands. I'm not entirely sure. That's why I'm going. Rob thinks I'm nuts, but if you believe the local tourism bureau, a lot of other people...
A Taste of the West: Roast Pork Loin
The spur-of-the-moment spirit in our house usually surfaces about 10 A.M. On Saturday. We pick up the phone to check in with Sally and Gil, Jackie and John, Josie and Bailey, or other friends. Next thing you know, a dinner party is in the works.Of course...
A Tile Revival
Pick up one of the new generation of western ceramic tiles, and you can't help but notice three things: texture, weight, and color. These tiles, inspired by ones built into many Western Arts and Crafts bungalows and Spanish colonial houses almost a century...
Battling Aliens in Paradise
IT MIGHT NOT SOUND LIKE everyone's dream vacation, but working as a volunteer on habitat restoration in Hawaii can be both satisfying and educational. As a volunteer, your assignment may range from repairing fences or digging up pest plants to rebuilding...
Big Race in Big Sky Country
The starting line at Montana's Race to the Sky is buzzing with activity; the normally quiet trailhead is packed with spectators. Mushers hurry about, fitting the paws of their Alaskan and Siberian huskies with protective booties, and harnessing the dogs...
Biting into History
To help promote the orange, grows published cookbooks filled with everything from recipes to health advice. At the Mission Inn, oranges were always on the menu. We've dusted off three historic recipes, updating them a bit for contemporary palates.ORANGE...
Cherimoya, the Ice Cream Fruit
I first ate my fill of cherimoyas in Chile. With each encounter, I found myself trying to pinpoint the elusive flavors-overtly, a blend of banana and pineapple, more subtly, strawberry and vanilla, and more.In Chile, cherimoyas are as common as apples....
Coffee Roasting and Tasting at Caffe Appassionato
Just when you think Seattle is filled to the brim with coffee (there are 230-plus Espresso listings in the yellow pages), another shop opens up. One of the newest, Caffe Appassionato in the Magnolia district, gives customers a close-up look at coffee...
Conifers That Won't Outgrow You
The selection of vertically challenged plants includes firs, hemlock, junipers, pines, and spruces Much of the west is prime country for conifers, and winter is the season when we fully appreciate just how much they contribute to our landscape. But...
Dancing for the Dust
You'll find the Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley Junction, a few miles west of the California-Nevada border. The junction, such as it is, consists of a few adobe buildings, tamarisk trees, and sand. In the clear desert air, the Funeral Mountains...
Detour to Tubac for Arizona History, Arts
You'll find adobe ruins, and arts and crafts galleries It's worth visiting Tubac for the scenery alone. Set along the banks of the verdant Santa Cruz River in southern Arizona, this small community has sweeping vistas of the distant Santa Rita Mountains....
Empire of the Orange
Our guide to the past, present, and flavor or Southern California's beautiful and vanishing citrus country A ghostly sweetness, the scent of orange blossoms fills the car as I drive along Interstate 10 late on a spring night. The freeway is quiet, almost...
Empire of the Orange
A GHOSTLY SWEETNESS, THE SCENT OF ORANGE BLOSSOMS fills the car as I drive along Interstate 10 late on a spring night. The freeway is quiet, almost empty on this stretch just west of Redlands. In the darkness, the blossoms' perfume has an intoxicating...
Kitchen Remodels for Every Budget
IN REMODELING, there is what you might call the Gilligan's Island syndrome: what begins as a 3-hour tour seems to be taking the rest of your life, and the slow-motion shipwreck that is now your home has become host to a strange cast of subcontractors...
Kitchen Remodels for Every Budget
IN REMODELING, there is what you might call the Gilligan's Island syndrome: what begins as a 3-hour tour seems to be taking the rest of your life, and the slow-motion shipwreck that is now your home has become host to a strange cast of subcontractors...
Lasagne, Any Way You Want It
WITH TWO BUSY SONS. A STRONG commitment to community activities, and lots of family and friends, Betsy Stafford often needs a fast dinner for a crowd at home in Sausalito, California. Most recently, her older son's opera group was expected right after...
Living and Designing with House Plants
Want to make a bold statement with a major specimen plant, but afraid you'll kill it? Is there any way to keep a pot from transferring moisture to hardwood floors? Here are some insights from the pros. What are the basic questions to consider when choosing...
Living and Designing with House Plants
WANT TO MAKE A BOLD statement with a major specimen plant, but afraid you'll kill it? Is there any way to keep a pot from transferring moisture to hardwood floors? Here are some insights from the pros.What are the basic questions to consider when choosing...
Making a Grand Entrance out of an Ordinary One
New surfaces make this entry stand out A good entry should offer a sense of transition from the outside world and establish the tone for a house's interior. But in many houses, you open the front door and - wham! - you're in the living room. The challenge...
Palms Spring Eternal
Beyond the golf courses, beyond the swimming pools, are natural oases ringing the Coachella Valley At first the diamond-shaped sign on state highway 111, with its universal silhouette of an animal in midleap, seems familiar. But this isn't deer country....
Spring Arrives in the Desert, but Clouds Loom
Confused about what's happening out in the Mojave National Preserve? You're not alone. This 1.4-million-acre tract of rugged mountain ranges, sere sand dunes, and rare desert animals has been the object of an intense political struggle in Congress. As...
Sunset's Kitchen Cabinet
Lentil and Kale SoupJennifer Stein Barker, Canyon City, OregonA large garden at 4,800 feet above sea level has provided Jennifer Stein Barker with an abundance of produce, and cooking adventures that have resulted in The Morning Hill Cookbook, which...
The ABCs of Beautiful Bread
BAKERY BREAD AROUND THE WEST keeps getting better, and sales of home bread machines keep rising--yet making bread by hand remains among the most satisfying of home cooking projects. The transformation of flour, water, yeast, and salt into a fragrant...
The Juicy-Crunch Pears
ROUND AND JUICY LIKE APPLES, Asian pears made headlines in Sunset more than a decade ago when they began showing up in grocery stores and produce markets.These crisp, crunchy pears with yellow or russeted skin have long been known to Asians. But until...
Timely Tactics for an Old World Cookie
THE DISTINCTIVE BUT DELICATE licorice flavor of anise is the flavor of hospitality, whether in the glass of pastis or ouzo that your Provencal or Greek host offers you, the biscotti you crunch with caffe latte, or the cookies served in northern Europe.Of...
What Do You Get with Reserve?
About private reserve, riserva, gran' reserva, reserve whatever: unless you mean to hoard your finest red wines for years, think twice before you shell out the extra money, because the profits--if any--are tied to patience.Most vintners in Italy's Chianti...
Winter Water Wonderlands
In the winter, snow and ice, storm surf, or cold, crisp air can give a water destination a whole new cast. Such seasonal differences often make the visit that much more memorable. Here are readers' favorite winter water spots around the West. For Portland...
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