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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. 210, No. 5, May

10 Drought-Fighting Tactics
How to make every drop of water count during dry times As the severe drought persists across much of the Intermountain West, gardeners here are facing another dry growing season. Last year, some communities in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico asked...
A Better Bedroom Closet
THE CHANGING WESTERN HOME Tips for packing more storage into this small space Closets should be places to find things, not lose them. Trouble is, the typical bedroom closetcommonly 8 feet wide, 2 feet deep, and 8 feet high-contains a pole and a high...
A Capital Melting Pot: Sample Sacramento's Asian Restaurants and Food Stores. (Travel)
Step into S.F. Supermarket in Pacific Plaza and you cross into Sacramento's thriving Asian American community. The sound of repeated thwacks lures you to the roasted-duck counter, where a small man with a big cleaver reduces a whole mahogany-colored...
A Little Spice in Your Life. (Food: Guide)
Cooks have been wielding spices for centuries, from preserving foods with them to masking smells and flavors in meats that were less than fresh. Almost every culture eventually developed distinct conventions, from the fiery curries of India to paprika-permeated...
All in a Day's Work
Last summer, I invited our entire staff to go camping. Part research, part team-building exercise, this seemed like the perfect Sunset activity. What better way to test new equipment and recipes for our Ultimate Camping Guide than in the great outdoors?...
All the Comforts of Wilderness
At British Columbia's guest ranches and remote lodges, enjoy stellar scenery, gourmet meals, and uncommon hospitality We've ridden down a narrow dell to the edge of an aspenringed meadow. where a quarter-mile of sunstruck pasture beckons. Urging our...
All the Comforts of Wilderness: At British Columbia's Guest Ranches and Remote Lodges, Enjoy Stellar Scenery, Gourmet Meals, and Uncommon Hospitality. (Travel)
We've ridden down a narrow dell to the edge of an aspen-ringed meadow, where a quarter-mile of sunstruck pasture beckons. Urging our horses on, we break into a canter that takes us past a placid pond and Onto a broad trail that veers into the woods....
A Picnic for Mother's Day
Team up with the kids to make an easy alfresco lunch Mother's Day brunch is a tradition, but all too often it means a morning of fighting crowds in a restaurant or an afternoon of cleaning up at home. Instead, head out into the spring sunshine for a...
A Picnic for Mother's Day: Team Up with the Kids to Make an Easy Alfresco Lunch
Mother's Day brunch is a tradition, but all too often it means a morning of fighting crowds in a restaurant or an afternoon of cleaning up at home. Instead, head out into the spring sunshine for a peaceful picnic lunch this year. A simple French-style...
Back to the Ranch
TRAVEL Discover Colorado's pioneer heritage along the Front Range It's a hot afternoon on the farm, and Tamara Fewell-Flowers is showing a rapt audience-four 6-- year-olds and their parents-how to milk a cow. Fewell-Flowers, a historic site interpreter...
Buying Your First Home
THE CHANGING WESTERN HOME How to find the house that's right for you The four cornerstones of a successful first-home quest are working with a trustworthy agent, securing your financing, setting realistic goals, and becoming very detail oriented. That...
Camel-O-Rama!
Take a ride on the rugged ruminants that helped win the West When a camel is unhappy, it makes a sound not unlike the cry Star Wars' Chewbacca issues when he and Han Solo are about to get squashed in a cosmic trash compactor. On a gray morning near Moab,...
Camel-O-Rama! Take a Ride on the Rugged Ruminants That Helped Win the West. (Travel)
When a camel is unhappy, it makes a sound not unlike the cry Star Wars' Chewbacca issues when he and Han Solo are about to get squashed in a cosmic trash compactor. On a gray morning near Moab, Utah, my steed's groan and his jerky standing-up motion...
Changing Your Views
THE CHANGING WESTERN HOME Raised plant stands turn a bland outlook into a visual treat When Allison Wright and Andy Kaplan purchased their Santa Monica home, the windows all along the side of their house faced a barren alley. With only 4 feet between...
Compact Lavenders: Enjoy Their Fragrant, Easy Grace in Pots or as Border Edgings. (Garden)
What's not to love about lavender? Flowers of many varieties have a fragrance so heady that they're used to make potpourri, soap, and perfume; some are also used in cooking. Most lavenders dry beautifully for bouquets and attract bees and butterflies....
Containers for All Seasons
GARDEN Start with an evergreen shrub, then add seasonal flowers Container plantings that look good all year long are floral designer Jean Manocchio's specialty. Manocchio crates many such plantings every year for her clients at Belli Fiori in Redwood...
Containers for All Seasons: Start with an Evergreen Shrub, Then Add Seasonal Flowers. (Garden)
Container plantings that look good all year long are floral designer Jean Manocchio's specialty. Manocchio creates many such plantings every year for her clients at Belli Fiori in Redwood City, California, so she has developed strategies for simple...
Crash Course
THE CHANGING WESTERN HOME Purchasing a fixer-upper proved to be an educational experience For Erin and Brian Ruff of West Linn, Oregon, nothing about buying or remodeling their first home was easy. Finding a suitable house in their price range was the...
Delta Discoveries: Enjoy a Houseboat Hideaway among the Many Inviting Waterways of California's Central Valley. (Travel)
The whistle of a red-winged blackbird awoke my husband and me on our final morning on the California Delta. Golden light slanted through the tule reeds and into our houseboat cabin, and the sky was a cusp blue. The evening before, we'd tucked into...
Don't Worry, We'll Make Sure the Kids Wash Up before Lunch
Nothing matters more than the safety of your children. Absolutely nothing. So, while you probably expected to be absorbing a humorously pithy, yet lengthy, pitch right about now, we feel we shouldn't. The following information is important and should...
Doughnut Gems
Fluffy, sweet treats are easy to fry at home There are reasons that freshly made doughnuts are more popular than ever: the techniques are straightforward, and the rewards are sweet. Tender, maple-glazed twists, delicately flavored with cardamom, make...
Doughnut Gems: Fluffy, Sweet Treats Are Easy to Fry at Home
There are reasons that freshly made doughnuts are more popular than ever: the techniques are straightforward, and the rewards are sweet. Tender, maple-glazed twists, delicately flavored with cardamom, make a great breakfast. But there's no wrong time...
Fairway Fare
TRAVEL At Phoenix country clubs, enjoy great views and food Metro Phoenix is one of the world's great golf centers: it is home to more than 200 courses. But even if you don't know a driver from a divot, you can still get in on the sport's elite allure...
Favorite Herb: Growing and Cooking with the Tastiest Types of Basil
Basil smells like summer. Take a deep whiff of its distinctive spicy-sweet scent and you can almost taste the juicy tomato slices waiting on your plate for a few flavor-filled leaves. No wonder basil is among our favorite annual herbs. The essential...
Fresh Favorites: Readers' Recipes Tested in Sunset's Kitchens. (Food Kitchen Cabinet)
Seared Tuna with Papaya Salsa Gail Durant, Sisters, OR A fresh tropical fruit salsa is a welcome addition to peppery ahi tuna steaks in this easy but stylish dish. PREP AND COOK TIME: About 15 minutes MAKES: 2 servings 1 firm-ripe papaya...
Henry Coe's Softer Side: Enjoy Uncrowded Wildflower Walks in This Rugged South Bay Park. (Travel - Northern California Day Trip)
You'd think we were going to Latvia. Without exception, everyone who heard that my family was going camping at Henry W. Coe State Park asked, "Where's that?" How an 87,000-acre preserve, the largest state park in Northern California, could elicit...
High Impact: Colorful Low-Water Plants Thrive in These Rock Gardens. (Garden)
From the Cascades and the Sierra to the Rockies, the West is richly supplied with mountains. It's only natural, then, that rock gardens should fit so well into our landscapes. Designer Alison Peck takes rock-gardening style to new heights at this home...
How to Choose the Right One
WINE GUIDE Restaurant wine lists can make even the most confident host uneasy. The pressure of having to choose a single wine that everyone at the table will love-and that will go with everyone's food-is frightening. It doesn't help that many wine lists...
I Kept Trying to Tell Them I Wasn't a Cactus
For the squeamish, I must tell you, it wasn't fast. It took weeks. Maybe months. I can't say for certain, I didn't have a calendar. Or a radio. I just sat there. Getting weaker and browner. I kept telling myself, "They're nice enough. They're not...
Inside Shangri La: Tour a Legendary Estate near Waikiki Filled with Islamic Art. (Travel)
Step into the wondrous mansion of famed American heiress Doris Duke, and you'll quickly grasp why it was dubbed Shangri La, after the paradise of the same name in the 1937 film Lost Horizon. Completed in 1938, the estate became Duke's own fantasy in...
Internet Help for Home Buyers
THE CHANGING WESTERN HOME The most useful websites and key words These online resources offer a wealth of free information for new and potential homeowners (some sites may ask for personal information). For information on city demographics, local schools,...
Letters from Our Readers. (Open House)
Joshua Tree rocks on Thanks for the great article on Joshua Tree National Park ("Joshua Tree Rocks," February and April, page varies by regional edition). I was pleased to see the mention of Gram Parsons and some history about his visits to Joshua...
Living with the Desert
Smart design in Arizona's homes and gardens At first glance, it may seem that Arizona's take on desert living features sprawling, air-conditioned Tuscan-style villas, a sea of red-tile roofs, and miles of characterless block garden walls. But look closer...
Living with the Desert: Smart Design in Arizona's Homes and Gardens
At first glance, it may seem that Arizona's take on desert living features sprawling, air-conditioned Tuscan-style villas, a sea of red-tile roofs, and miles of characterless block garden wails. But look closer and you'll find that the desert here...
Lonely, Lovely Highway 50
Two-lane adventuring through the heart of Nevada can take 7 hours-or 3 days Out on U.S. Highway 50 in eastern Nevada, we have seen two cars in the last 20 miles. Our headlights are fading and the darkness is gaining. The rebuilt alternator that a guy...
Low-Maintenance Decks. (Home Guide)
Composite decking has been gaining in popularity because it significantly reduces the maintenance that a deck needs from year to year. The most common type is made of wood fibers mixed with plastic, which is then formed into planks up to 20 feet long....
Make More Hydrangeas
GARDEN How to create new plants by taking cuttings Nearly every month of the year, Fred and Kit Fulton successfully multiply garden hydrangea (H. macrophylla) varieties at Alsea River Gardens (541/563-5599), the hydrangea cut-flower operation they own...
Make More Hydrangeas: How to Create New Plants by Taking Cuttings. (Garden)
Nearly every month of the year, Fred and Kit Fulton successfully multiply garden hydrangea (H. macroplrylla) varieties at Alsea River Gardens (541/563-5599), the hydrangea cut-flower operation they own in Waldport, Oregon. "We're pruning and thinning...
Memories on Bainbridge Island: Explore Quiet, Contemplative Green Spaces a Short Ferry Ride from Seattle. (Travel)
On my walk around Bainbridge Gardens, I pass rows of annuals, piles of bark and soil, miles of perennials, and customers giddy with the sense of discovery. A smiling woman pushing a wheelbarrow loaded with ornamentals yells out to anyone in earshot,...
Northern California in May. (Tips & Trips)
* SACRAMENTO Horse around The largest equestrian expo and trade show in North America, the Western States Horse Expo, rides into the state capital this month. Buy buckles and boots--or even a steed and the trailer to take it home--from more than 450...
No Time to Remodel
THE CHANGING WESTERN HOME The Bullocks opted for a brand-new developer house Phoenix residents Julia and Joe Bullock started searching to buy their first home in long-established neighborhoods. They wanted space for a growing family and a room where...
Open House
Joshua Tree rocks on Thanks for the great article on Joshua Tree National Park ("Joshua Tree Rocks," February and April, page varies by regional edition). I was pleased to see the mention of Gram Parsons and some history about his visits to Joshua Tree....
Reflections from Home. (Garden Northern California Guide)
"My best ideas spring from emotion and intuition," says Del Mar gardener Lynne Blackman. Her "moon mirror" is a good example. Blackman's close friends Jim and Nancy Matison live in Guatemala. Though the three rarely have a chance to visit, they...
Rolling on Style
THE CHANGING WESTERN HOME Use three easy paint techniques to transform a room One of the simplest and most inexpensive ways to add instant style to your home is with paint. Stylist Bill Samios's three artistic techniques shown here are all done with...
Sea Cruise
TRAVEL GETTING STARTED Kayaking is thrilling and serene I am spending the weekend at Neah Bay along the northwestern nose of Washington's Olympic Peninsula, in a sea-kayaking course called, ominously, "Introduction to Rough Water." I am pondering one...
Sea Cruise: Kayaking Is Thrilling and Serene. (Travel Getting Started)
I am spending the weekend at Neah Bay along the northwestern nose of Washington's Olympic Peninsula, in a sea-kayaking course called, ominously, "Introduction to Rough Water." I am pondering one final run, out through the surf zone to the Pacific swell...
Secrets Behind a Garden Wall
GARDEN & OUTDOOR LIVING Clever growing tricks from an Idaho gardener On the west side of Alex and Gina Macdonald's contemporary log home in Ketchum, Idaho, a drystacked stone wall surrounds the garden. The artfully arranged stones form a picturesque...
Secrets Behind a Garden Wall: Clever Growing Tricks from an Idaho Gardener. (Garden & Outdoor Living)
On the west side of Alex and Gina Macdonald's contemporary log home in Ketchum, Idaho, a drystacked stone wall surrounds the garden. The artfully arranged stones form a picturesque and utilitarian barrier, which allows the Macdonalds to grow a bountiful...
Small Is Beautiful
THE CHANGING WESTERN HOME An architect and a designer made a compact house airy and smart When it came to buying a home, Kent and Pam Greene had high standards and a modest budget. As trained architects, the Greenes wanted a lightfilled, open home. But...
Speed Wok: Use This Versatile Chinese Pan to Make a Quick Dinner. (Food: Weeknight)
If I had to limit myself to just one pan, I would choose a wok. In this big bowl-shaped Chinese pan, I can cook just about everything. With its generous surface area, it's great for stir-frying or sauteing. The wok's bowl shape increases its capacity,...
Structurally Sound
THE CHANGING WESTERN HOME They could see good bones beneath dark, dingy surfaces Dark paneling, dirty carpet, and an awkward floor plan did not deter Sharon Aris and Andrew Gurney from buying this house, because they could see beyond the surface flaws....
Summer School
How to raise the tastiest vegetables where temperatures soar Growing vegetables in hot summer climates isn't easy, especially where weeds flourish and bugs are voracious. But at Bravo Lake Botanical Gardens, a 13-acre community garden in the Woodlake...
Summer School: How to Raise the Tastiest Vegetables Where Temperatures Soar. (Garden)
Growing vegetables in hot summer climates isn't easy, especially where weeds flourish and bugs are voracious. But at Bravo Lake Botanical Gardens, a 13-acre community garden in the Woodlake area of California's Central Valley, plots filled with flowers...
Summer's Favorite Herb
Growing and cooking with the tastiest types of basil Basil smells like summer. Take a deep whiff of its distinctive spicy-- sweet scent and you can almost taste the juicy tomato slices waiting on your plate for a few flavor-- filled leaves. No wonder...
Sunset First Home First Remodel: Our Guide to Buying and Fixing Up a Starter House. (the Changing Western Home)
It takes more than money to buy your first home in the West. It takes determination, organization, and a lot of legwork--and that's just the beginning. Figuring out how to remodel or redecorate to fit the way you want to live comes next. We focus...
Sunset Goes Camping
Our staffers field-test tips, recipes, and gear PLUS: Best campgrounds in your area Last summer, some of Sunset's editorial staff and their assorted spouses and children staged an off-site meeting, Sunset-style: We went camping in the forests of Big...
Sunset Goes Camping: Our Staffers Field-Test Tips, Recipes, and Gear
PLUS: Best campgrounds in your area. By the staff of sunset Last summer, some of Sunset's editorial staff and their assorted spouses and children staged an off-site meeting, Sunset-style: We went camping in the forests of Big Basin Redwoods State...
The Art of Entertaining
Late-spring dinner for six Seared Scallops with Shallots and Coconut Cream* Yellow Squash and Split Pea Soup With Shrimp* Garden Greens with Vinaigrette Wine-Brined Grilled Chic:kon with Pea Risotto* Merlot Strawberries with Vanilla Cream* *Recipe provided...
The Art of Entertaining: A Late-Spring Menu Inspired by a Bay Area Sculptor Is Perfect for Dinner Outdoors. (Food & Entertaining)
For as long as he can remember, Kevin Christison has been drawn to both art and food. The 34-year-old bronze sculptor, whose work has been exhibited in the San Francisco Museum of Modem Art as well as numerous galleries and private collections, recalls...
The Dirt on Lafayette
TRAVEL - MOUNTAIN DAY TRIP Shop for plants and garden ideas near Boulder Lafayette is an old mining town gone to seed-flower seeds, that is. Located on the northern fringes of metropolitan Denver, this town with a French name was once home to Italian...
The Power of Water
WESTERN WANDERINGS ... in a dry land, water is power and profit but also grace When I told friends I was writing about Phoenix's hundreds of miles of canals, they reacted with bemusement, as if I W had cornered them at a party and shouted, "Let me tell...
The Power of Water. (Western Wanderings)
When I told friends I was writing about Phoenix's hundreds of miles of canals, they reacted with bemusement, as if I had cornered them at a party and shouted, "Let me tell you about the Taft-Hardey Act" or "Say--what do you know about tungsten?" ...
The Right Appliance for You
THE CHANGING WESTERN HOME Smart shopping for cooktops, refrigerators, ovens, and dishwashers Enter an appliance showroom, and you'll find it's a jungle in there. The possibilities seem endless. Freezer on the top or bottom? Four burners or six? One oven...
Tortilla Tale: Tips from a Legendary Cook. (Food Adventures in Cooking)
Elena Zelayeta--a jolly little woman who got stuck in San Francisco as a child in 1910 with her vacationing family when the Mexican revolution broke out--did more than anyone else to bring the lively flavors of Mexico to our everyday tables. By the...
Tree-Friendly Remodeling
GARDEN A guide to protecting valuable trees from construction damage During a remodel, bad things can and often do happen to trees. Among the mishaps we've observed recently in neighborhoods around the West: A lovely, large Japanese maple, dug up during...
Tree-Friendly Remodeling: A Guide to Protecting Valuable Trees from Construction Damage. (Garden)
During a remodel, bad things can and often do happen to trees. Among the mishaps we've observed recently in neighborhoods around the West: A lovely, large Japanese maple, dug up during the heat of summer, left for a month atop the soil with its rootball...
!Viva Oaxaca! Mole and More at L.A.'S New Wave of Mexican Restaurants. (Travel)
"We are one family, one circle," Fernando Lopez Mateos says of Los Angeles' Oaxacan community. It's a growing circle: Los Angeles Times figures put the city's Oaxacan population at 250,000. The immigrants have brought wonderful culinary traditions...
Wandering and Wine in the Alexander Valley: Spring Explorations North of Sonoma. (Travel)
Alexander Valley Merlots are so chocolaty--you're gonna love this," Molly Meeker says as she pours a glass of deep ruby liquid. Of course, you'd expect a local winemaker to extol the virtues of her region's product. But you don't expect to hear it...
What to Do in Your Garden in May. (Checklist: Northern California)
PLANNING * BULBS ON SALE. To get the best prices, order your fall bulbs during preseason catalog bulb sales, starting now and lasting until mid-August. Look for Brent and Becky's Bulbs (www.brentandbeckysbulbs.com or 800/845-3369). * GIFT FOR...
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