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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. 217, No. 5, November

3 Ways with Roasted Turkey
Thanksgiving is over, but the turkey goes on. Here are a few savory ways to feast againYucatecan tostadas (salbutes)Salbutes-crisp little handheld tortillas topped with shredded turkey, avocado, pickled onions, and cabbage or lettuce-are a popular street...
All Portland's a Stage
Here are five perfect evenings to get you into the new theater scenePORTLAND CENTER STAGE may have chosen West Side Story to open the first season in its brand-new venue, but the city's theater scene is now as much an east-side story, featuring both...
A Taste for Game
Try our recipe for juicy duck casserole, circa 1954 (when dinner didn't always come from the grocery store)WE'VE ALWAYS LOVED duck at Sunset roasted, stuffed, barbecued, smoked, steamed Chinese-style, put in Polish meat pies, and sometimes presented...
A Taste for Game: Try Our Recipe for Juicy Duck Casserole, Circa 1954 (When Dinner Didn't Always Come from the Grocery Store)
WE'VE ALWAYS LOVED duck at Sunset: roasted, stuffed, barbecued, smoked, steamed Chinese-style, put in Polish meat pies, and sometimes presented on the holiday table instead of turkey. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In our early days, we were talking...
Autumn Gold: Brighten Your Garden with Shimmery Yellow Ginkgo Trees
Nothing draws the eye like the sight of butter yellow ginkgo leaves against a blue sky. The fan-shaped leaves, backlit by the sun, appear to glow from within, turning the tree into an incandescent force in the landscape. Then one chilly morning,...
Courtyard Oasis
Rugged walls turn a barren front yard into a private retreat for desert livingA WALL CAN WORK wonders in a small front yard-especially when it creates a private outdoor living space near the house. That's what Carolyn and Doug McCord found when they...
Craftsman Treasure
Authentic elements and vintage-inspired details revive a forgotten gemTHERE IT SAT-a forlorn and decaying stucco-and-shingle house with a sagging roof and disintegrating entry porch. That's what Polly Moore saw on her hunt for a home in Pacific Grove,...
Craftsman Treasure: Authentic Elements and Vintage-Inspired Details Revive a Forgotten Gem
THERE IT SAT--a forlorn and decaying stucco-and-shingle house with a sagging roof and disintegrating entry porch. That's what Polly Moore saw on her hunt for a home in Pacific Grove, California. But Moore sensed potential: The house had good bones,...
Denver's New Look
Its amazing museum is only part of the story. The Mile High City is remaking itself as a world capital of art and architectureTHE DENVER Art Museum's Daniel Libeskind-designed building, opened in October, looks as though a volcano has exploded with an...
Denver's New Look: Its Amazing Museum Is Only Part of the Story. the Mile High City Is Remaking Itself as a World Capital of Art and Architecture
THE DENVER Art Museum's Daniel Libeskind--designed building, opened in October, looks as though a volcano has exploded with an immense pile of ship parts, jewel-faceted boulders, and giant titanium pterodactyl beaks. In downtown Denver's huddle of...
Family Time: Holiday Traditions Your Family Will Love: Trade the Stress for True Celebration
Since 1933, the growers in the Florida's Natural co-op have passed traditions from generation to generation, celebrating their heritage as a community. We asked Rondi Hillstrom Davis, co-author of Together: Creating Family Traditions, to suggest a...
From the Editor
FOR THE PAST 10 years, my Thanksgiving Day has followed the same ritual. First, I'm up early for a 5-mile walk on the wide trail that edges Crystal Springs Reservoir, in San Mateo County, California. My sister-in-law, Maura, started the tradition,...
Front and Back Makeover
How to maximize outdoor living spaces around your homeDINING ALFRESCO on the coast usually calls for jackets to stave off the chilly air, especially on shaded patios. That's why John and Libby Alexander located an outdoor dining area in their west-facing...
Front and Back Makeover: How to Maximize Outdoor Living Spaces around Your Home
DINING ALFRESCO on the coast usually calls for jackets to stave off the chilly air, especially on shaded patios. That's why John and Libby Alexander located an outdoor dining area in their west-facing front yard--the sunniest part of their Santa Cruz,...
Hearty Polenta
Topped with sausage, tomato sauce, and fresh mozzarella, it makes an easy, cozy casseroleBaked polenta with sausage and tomato-pepper sauceThis simple casserole makes a comforting weeknight dinner as the weather turns cooler. Using ready-made polenta...
Hearty Polenta: Topped with Sausage, Tomato Sauce, and Fresh Mozzarella, It Makes an Easy, Cozy Casserole
Baked polenta with sausage and tomato-pepper sauce This simple casserole makes a comforting weeknight dinner as the weather turns cooler. Using ready-made polenta saves you the step of making it from scratch, and our quick tomato sauce can be cooked...
How to Make Great Gravy
Our streamlined homemade sauce takes just 15 minutesMAKING EXCELLENT gravy is simple once you have the three essentials: a nice roux (the butter-flour mixture that acts as a thickener); rich stock (both chicken and turkey stocks work well); and a fine-mesh...
How to Make Great Gravy: Our Streamlined Homemade Sauce Takes Just 15 Minutes
MAKING EXCELLENT gravy is simple once you have the three essentials: a nice roux (the butter-flour mixture that acts as a thickener); rich stock (both chicken and turkey stocks work well); and a fine-mesh strainer to remove any lumps. Start with a...
Innovation House
Welcome to our showcase of design ideas and home technology, created with an eye toward the futureHOW WILL we live in our homes in the future? That was the question we asked ourselves when Sunset collaborated with Popular Science magazine to create this...
Innovation House: Welcome to Our Showcase of Design Ideas and Home Technology, Created with an Eye toward the Future
HOW WILL we live in our homes in the future? That was the question we asked ourselves when Sunset collaborated with Popular Science magazine to create this Idea House--the House of Innovation--in Alamo, California. Popular Science's editors imagined...
Isabel Allende
MARIN COUNTY, CAThe novelist talks about wine, food, and the journey from Chile to California.On the heroine of her new novel, Inés of My Soul She was the only Spanish woman to accompany the conquistadores who conquered Chile in 1540. She didn't go for...
It's Love in la Jolla
A graceful village, groundbreaking art, wild expanses of Torrey pines: There's more to this beach town than just romanceIT'S LATE AFTERNOON, the sweetest part of the La Jolla day.A couple holding hands stops to watch a wedding along the scalloped shore....
It's Love in la Jolla: A Graceful Village, Groundbreaking Art, Wild Expanses of Torrey Pines: There's More to This Beach Town Than Just Romance
IT'S LATE AFTERNOON, the sweetest part of the La Jolla day. A couple holding hands stops to watch a wedding along the scalloped shore. They begin to resume their stroll when an older man approaches them. He is distinguished in the way of an emeritus...
Make-Ahead Brunch
Serve your holiday guests a morning meal that is sure to impress-and is made almost entirely the night beforeWHEN YOU WANT to offer guests a more elegant morning meal option than cereal-yet avoid the staggered-style service of pancakes and omelets-try...
Make an Entrance
How to use steps, stone, and color to bring style to the forefrontTHIS BOXY, nondescript house in Lake Oswego, Oregon, needed a revamp. It was devoid of character, felt closed off from its setting, and lacked a graceful approach to the front door. As...
Mosaic Tiles
Tips from an expert on hot coLor combos, accent ideas, and moreBOLD COLOR and style on a budget: Those were Rebecca Lonergan's goals in her search for mosaic tiles. A midcenturymodern design enthusiast and former head of staffing for eBay, Lonergan kept...
Mosaic Tiles: Tips from an Expert on Hot Color Combos, Accent Ideas, and More
BOLD COLOR and style on a budget: Those were Rebecca Lonergan's goals in her search for mosaic tiles. A midcentury-modern design enthusiast and former head of staffing for eBay, Lonergan kept trolling the Web for her remodeling projects. "But I couldn't...
November Favorites
Thanksgiving dishes from our readers, tested in Sunset's kitchenCornbread and gorgonzola dressingCarry Kelly, San Anselmo, CALike a cross between a dressing and a savory bread pudding, this rich mix of slightly sweet cornbread, earthy dried mushrooms,...
Open House Buffet
Peggy Knickerbocker, a San Francisco-based cookbook author and consummate dinner-party giver, specializes in elegant entertaining-with most of the work done ahead. We asked her to create an unusual, delicious holiday menu for drop-in guestsSOMETIMES...
Open House Buffet: Peggy Knickerbocker, a San Francisco-Based Cookbook Author and Consummate Dinner-Party Giver, Specializes in Elegant Entertaining-With Most of the Work Done Ahead. We Asked Her to Create an Unusual, Delicious Holiday Menu for Drop-In Guests
The menu 1. Bay shrimp on Belgian endive 2. Spice-rubbed pork tenderloins 3. Oven-roasted fall vegetables 4. Escarole salad with chopped egg and anchovy vinaigrette 5. Sparkling oranges 6. Guinness stout gingerbread cake Peggy is an expert at simple...
Pair Up with a New Wine
The West's Tempranillos make a great holiday matchRECENTLY I MADE an only-at-Sunset discovery ("only" because it required a test kitchen down the hall producing Thanksgiving dinner in July): There's a wine that can multitask through all the challenging...
Pair Up with a New Wine: The West's Tempranillos Make a Great Holiday Match
RECENTLY I MADE an only-at-Sunset discovery ("only" because it required a test kitchen down the hall producing Thanksgiving dinner in July): There's a wine that can multitask through all the challenging spicy, sweet, and savory sides of a turkey dinner,...
Quiet Zion
In November, escape the crowds and find the hidden beauty of southern Utah's incomparable canyonsIN THE FADING LIGHT of a Stormy afternoon, a waterfall plunges hundreds of feet down sheer sandstone walls in the upper reaches of Zion Canyon. There's a...
Quiet Zion: In November, Escape the Crowds and Find the Hidden Beauty of Southern Utah's Incomparable Canyons
IN THE FADING LIGHT of a stormy afternoon, a waterfall plunges hundreds of feet down sheer sandstone walls in the upper reaches of Zion Canyon. There's a burst of red, followed by several more. Lightning flashes through the canyon, illuminating the...
Reader Letters
A taste of Orcas IslandHow delightful to be greeted by the familiar faces of friends from neighboring farms on Orcas Island in the September 2006 issue ("Island Feast," page 94). The young woman selling fresh greens on page 95 is Rhonda Barbieri, a sustainable...
San Anselmo: Back after Last Winter's Flood, Downtown Bustles with Energy, Gifts, and Pride
SAN ANSELMO CHERISHES its history. The central Marin town anchored by the russet slopes of Red Hill and the meandering path of Corte Madera Creek is known for its antiques stores and vintage clothing shops. But last winter many mementos were lost over...
San Jose's Scene: Symphony, Sangria, Swing: A Sophisticated Night on the Town in the South Bay
DOWNING THE LAST of our sangria, my husband, friends, and I dash out of Picasso's Tapas Restaurant and head to San Jose's California Theatre. The lobby is breathtakingly lovely, with frescoes, soaring beamed ceilings, and glowing bronze chandeliers....
Serenity in Santa Fe
A New Mexico garden offers lessons in incorporating Far East styleTHE NATIVE LANDSCAPE of New Mexico wouldn't look out of place on a Japanese scroll. So says Santa Fe landscape designer Richard Wilder: "Our naturally dwarfed conifers, the large patches...
Serenity in the City: Lessons from a South San Francisco Garden for Making a Small Lot Seem Larger
THE SITE had its challenges: a narrow backyard just 12 feet deep and 45 feet long, dominated by a huge retaining wall. Yet the garden behind Larry and Elaine Barney's house in South San Francisco is so inviting you hardly notice the awkward layout....
Sonoma, California: Where Wine Country Began
I'VE MADE THE TRIP four times now, so I can tell you precisely what you see from the hill. A chalk white house. The steep hillside patterned by grapevines. Beyond, the Sonoma Valley, looking like something edible, the season's last sweet fruit. It has...
Sunny Border
Plant catmint, lavender, and lion's tail for easy color from spring to fallFLOWERS THAT BLOOM Over a long season and require only modest amounts of water or time-isn't that what we all want? We can have it, too, as long as we choose the right plants,...
Sunny Border: Plant Catmint, Lavender, and Lion's Tail for Easy Color from Spring to Fall
FLOWERS THAT BLOOM over a long season and require only modest amounts of water or time--isn't that what we all want? We can have it, too, as long as we choose the right plants, says Sharon Finkle, a landscape architecture student at California Polytechnic...
Thanksgiving in Hawaii
An island-style feast of fresh local produce and easy cooking celebrates the coming together of traditions and friendsIT'S A LAZY ISLAND DAY. Palms rustle in the trade winds near a breezy garden pavilion where Greg and Lynn Boyer have set their table...
Top 10 Thanksgiving Hikes
Work up an appetite along our favorite pre-turkey trails, from Seattle to Salt Lake1 SEATTLESEWARD PARKThe densely wooded paths in south Seattle's soo-acre Seward Park feature views of the city skyline and Mt. Rainier, and a flat, paved 2.4-mile loop...
Top 10 Thanksgiving Hikes: Work Up an Appetite along Our Favorite Pre-Turkey Trails, from Seattle to Salt Lake
1 SEATTLE SEWARD PARK The densely wooded paths in south Seattle's 300-acre Seward Park feature views of the city skyline and Mt. Rainier, and the perfectly flat, paved 2.4-mile loop around the perimeter is where your family can find common ground....
Two-for-One
How to turn a classic chocolate custard sauce into a pair of party-worthy showstoppersCRÈME ANGLAISE is the dessert world's most versatile accessory, and a great addition to your entertaining repertoire. With just a few tweaks, you can turn this one...
Utah's Kimball Junction
Attention walkers and shoppers: head to north Park City for trails and trinketsSITTING SIDE BY SIDE at the northern end of Park City, Utah, is an unlikely pairing: the posh Redstone shopping plaza and the 1,200-acre Swaner Nature Preserve. Not your typical...
Vibrant Retreat: Bring a Lively Spirit to Your Garden with Bold Lines and Vivid Colors
AWASH IN FIERY golds, cooling blues, and a rainbow of other hues, Mario Trejo's garden is as stimulating as it is serene. Its design is also bold, clean-lined, and geometric, to match the look of his house. When Trejo, a contractor, designed his...
Vineyard Retreat: A Converted Farmhouse Becomes a Haven for Enjoying the Good Life in Oregon's Willamette Valley
SPEND AN EVENING at Greg and Anne Cost's house--and fine food, wine, and music are always part of the equation. "We wanted our home to express everything we love," Anne says. The couple found an outlet for their refined yet laid-back tastes in a farmhouse...
What to Do in Northern California November
SAN FRANCISCO Spice at a nice price Holiday baking often calls for more spices than anyone keeps in their cupboard. That's why we like the Mission District's Rainbow Grocery Cooperative, where everything from allspice to vanilla bean is available...
What to Do in the Rockies: November
NEAR BRIGHAM CITY, UT SWOON OVER SWANSMaking their way from Alaska to central California, the graceful, black-billed tundra swans stop in Northern Utah-where they munch on the plentiful sago pondweed found at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. And,...
What to Do in Your Garden November
Planting Annuals Sunset climate zones 7-9, 14-17: To make sure cool-season annuals become established before cold weather sets in, plant them this month. From sixpacks, try calendula, pansies, Iceland poppies, primroses, snapdragons, stock, or violas....
What to Do in Your Garden: November
PlantingAmaryllis For a holiday decoration in December, start amaryllis bulbs now. Choose a pot slightly larger than the bulb, and plant the bulb so that the tip sits just above the soil line. Place the pot in a cool, bright location until a sprout forms,...
Where Wine Country Began: Sonoma, California
I'VE MADE THE TRIP four times now, so I can tell you precisely what you see from the hill. A chalk white house. The steep hillside patterned by grapevines. Beyond, the Sonoma Valley, looking like something edible, the season's last sweet fruit. It...
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