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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. 6, December

3 Ways with Dungeness Crab
Celebrate a great Western seafood in peak season, whether it's for breakfast, Lunch, or dinnerCrab eggs BenedictIf you're lucky enough to have leftover crab, there's no better use for it than this. Rich and creamy, bright with lemon, this classic brunch...
A Mendocino Holiday
To find peace and quiet during this crazy time of year, run away to the Northern California coast for a pre-Christmas pauseAS WE DRIVE through the redwoods, just a few miles from the sea, my car radio picks up a signal from KZYX&Z, Mendocino County's...
Christmas in Santa Fe
In December, New Mexico's historic capital glows like its famous farolitos-and a visit here renews the classic joys of the holidaysIT'S EASY TO LOVE SANTA FE during the holidays. Visit the historic Plaza on any chilly, clear evening from Thanksgiving...
Clackamas County, Oregon Land of the Perfect Tree
JOE SHARP BENDS DOWN to admire a small, tidy conifer with bright green boughs."Look at that bud density," he tells me. "Phenomenal."Sharp is praising a Serbian spruce, native to Europe but thriving here in Clackamas County, Oregon, Christmas tree capital...
December Favorites
Holiday cookie recipes from our readers, tested in Sunset's kitchenFrosted ginger cookiesNancy Bolton-Rawles, Eagle Point, OR "This recipe was in a collection given to me by my mother," Bolton-Rawles writes. We love the cookies' soft texture and bright...
Designed for Privacy
Blend a tranquil look with formal elements in outdoor living areasclean design, well-defined spaces, and meticulous attention to detail make even a small corner lot seem spacious and private. These refined qualities were just what homeowners Rand Babcock...
Dinner at the Ranch
Enjoy a holiday feast with simple, flavorful recipes inspired by rancher Bill Niman and friendsTWO THINGS about Bill Niman, chairman of Niman Ranch, might surprise anyone who knows the name only from supermarket packages or descriptions on restaurant...
Downtown Denver
Yuletide tunes to twinkling lights: The Mile High City does the holidays right'TIS THE SEASON for caroling, choirs, and sparkling tights-the kind of cheer that ushers even the most cold-averse out of hibernation. Downtown Denver is brimming with holiday...
Esa-Pekka Salonen
LOS ANGELESThe Finnish conductor has pulled the Los Angeles Philharmonic into the top ranks of world orchestras. Along the way, he's fallen in love with L.A.On Watt Disney Concert Hall The first time I heard music here, I felt it was one of the great...
Holiday Sweets
Time to get baking: Try our whipped cream cake sprinkled with crushed candy canes, or our simple quick breads, perfect for giving as giftsCandy cane cakeAn angel food cake slathered with whipped cream and crushed candy-it's been a favorite dessert in...
Hollywood's Brightest Star
A fabled classic made new, the Griffith Observatory is this year's must-seeLOOMING HIGH ABOVE Los Angeles, the Griffith Observatory looks to some like a classical temple, to others like the mysterious compound of a mad genius in a vintage science-fiction...
How to Grow Amaryllis
Secrets for getting your gift plant to rebloomSTRIKING AMARYLLIS BLOOMS aren't just for the holidays. They make great gifts and indoor decorations during the winter when they've been forced into bloom, but with the right care, these stunning beauties...
Italian-Style Stew
Chicken thighs, braised with lemon, olives, and garlic, make a quick supper that bursts with flavorChicken stew with olives and lemon'Boned, skinned chicken thighs are just as convenient as breasts, and they have an added advantage: Their succulent texture...
Lots of Latkes
Crispy potato pancakes-in four delicious versions, with several different toppings-take center stage at an annual Hanukkah feast in San FranciscoWHEN I FIRST BEGAN celebrating Hanukkah with my husband, Scott, seven years ago, I marveled at a holiday...
Room for the Family
Transform your kitchen into a cozy gathering spot with a dining nookIF THE KITCHEN is the hub of the home, then it ought to act like one. That's what Warren and Jennifer Lloyd felt about their tight, tired kitchen in their 1920s Tudor-style home in Salt...
Tiny Bubbles
How to buy a great sparkling wine, and why you shouldn't say "champagne" unless you mean itBUBBLES MAKE strange bedfellows. The late Dom Pérignon (1639-1715) and Paris Hilton are both on record as being excited about sparkling wine. He (reportedly):...
Top 10: Ski Resorts for All Reasons
Our favorite mountain getaways, from British Columbia to Big Sky1 SUN PEAKS RESORT, B.C.FAMILY FUN Most mountains claim they cater to families, but Sun Peaks gets it just right with a kid-friendly village where the lifts, hotels, and restaurants are...
What to Do in the Rockies December
DENVER AND SALT LAKE CITYNoteworthy cardsDenver's best stationery boutique, the Papery, is barely bigger than a closet and stocked with whimsical invites, hand-painted greetings, flirty wrapping paper, and a stellar selection of boxed cards that beats...
What to Do in Your Garden December
DecoratingLiving Christmas tree Norfolk Island pine (Araucaria heterophyllaj, an evergreen Australian tree that's normally used as a houseplant, makes a great small Christmas tree. Hide the nursery container in an attractive cachepot and decorate the...
Wreaths from the Garden
Gather greens, twigs, and mosses that grow in your region to make your own holiday decor. A Washington designer shows us howSNOW BLANKETS the ground, and it's so cold that Patti Bosket can see her breath in the frigid air. But she's on a pleasurable...
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