Sunset

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. 197, No. 5, November

2040: A Portland Odyssey
Can a green and thoughtful city plan for perfection? I married into Oregon. My wife is sixth-generation, with forebears who came across the Oregon Trail and founded a village that carries the family name. After a decade in California my wife still views...
2040: A Portland Odyssey
Can a green and thoughtful city plan for perfection? I married into Oregon. My wife is sixth-generation, with forebears who came across the Oregon Trail and founded a village that carries the family name. After a decade in California my wife still views...
A Bite of Bread, a Glass of Wine, and a $70 Tie
A luncher's guide to the megastores of Union Square If you want to do your holiday gift buying in one big shopping blitz, there's no better place in Northern California than San Francisco's revitalized Union Square. Thanks to a retail boom here, you...
Angles of Repose: Storage Options
CARDBOARD WINE CARTONS. Easy and free. A section of Sunset's wine cellar has unopened boxes of wine stacked on their sides. These wines are the ones we plan to serve within a few months, so it doesn't make sense to unpack, inventory, and stack them....
A Treasury of Western Nuts
SAVOR THE TASTES & TEXTURES OF SEVEN REGIONAL NATURALS Like love, the nature of nuts runs the gamut from sacred to profane, coarse to classic. As part of the language, each defines many shades of emotion, modifies countless things. And the taste...
A Treasury of Western Nuts
SAVOR THE TASTES & TEXTURES OF SEVEN REGIONAL NATURALS Like love, the nature of nuts runs the gamut from sacred to profane, coarse to classic. As part of the language, each defines many shades of emotion, modifies countless things. And the taste...
Beyond Former Glory
The restoration of San Xavier del Bac in Tucson is designed to help the mission weather its next two centuries Marble and ceramic tile were in short supply in 18th-century New Spain. This being the Sonoran Desert, wood was just as scarce. That's why,...
Canadian Treasures beyond the Totems
Vancouver's UBC Museum of Anthropology has broadened its mission without forsaking the Northwest's native cultures Mythological characters and enormous beasts-with bulging eyes, flaring nostrils, and protruding beaks, teeth, and tonguesstare down at...
Chinese Black Vinegar
Even on my grandfather's farm-way, way back-there were always two vinegars in the kitchen, cider and distilled white. Mv own cupboard is a bit more crowded. The two "basics" are stuck behind a veritable vinegar wardrobe: rice, balsamic, sherry, wine...
Controversy and Change
The best-selling gas appliancesvented log sets and unvented fireplaces-seem to generate the most discussion and controversy within the hearth industry. Both are less expensive than the heat-producing gas fireplaces, inserts, and stoves. The vented log...
Desert Duet in Zion and Bryce
Winter is one of the best times to visit southwest Utah's most popular national parks The conversation goes something like this: "Ooooh. Will you look at that track." "That's a big paw. No coyote there." "Maybe it's just a dog." "That would be a...
Diminutive Daffodils
Just inches tall, with compact flowers, they're perfect for tiny spaces "Good things come in small packages," so the old saying goes. And when it comes to daffodils, small is certainly good. Diminutive varieties, which grow only 4 to 6 inches tall,...
Discovering Downtown L.A
A weekend in the heart of the West's largest metropolis isn't most people's idea of a day at the beach, but a visit to Los Angeles may surprise you "Take me to a hotel!" After months of working on movies as a photo editor, followed immediately by an...
Factory Air
Retooled for contemporary living, an urban loft shifts gears Industrial sprinkler systems were once fabricated in the 3,500-square-foot building that Anne and Rob Thomas now call home. Artists have long been attracted to such industrial structures,...
For Festive Occasions, Smart Hosts Stick with the Tried-and-True
When the time comes to plan holiday feasts, a lot of people think they need to do something extraordinary about wine. Quite the contrary. Holiday feasts are the time to retreat as deep into your comfort zone as possible, whether that means Sutter Home...
Gardenguide
TELL US ABOUT your GARDEN How do you keep deer at bay? Gardeners have been contending with deer as long as there have been gardens. To prevent deer from devouring plants, some gardeners use a variety of materials and barriers - from animal urine to...
In a Nutshell
HAZELNUTS In the United States, these buttery-tasting nuts (also called filberts) are grown primarily in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Oregon's first hazelnut tree was planted in 1858; today that state produces almost 99 percent of the domestic crop. To...
Open House
IDAHO HAS GLORIOUS ASPENS, TOO Here I sit looking through the September issue and come to the wonderful article on viewing aspens and four different drives through four different states to see them in all their golden glory ("Leaves of Gold," page 62)....
Orange Yogurt Scones; Cranberry Citrus Relish
Orange Yogurt Scones Ann Holmberg Coeur d'Alene Idaho As owner of the Country Ranch Bed and Breakfast, Ann Holmberg continually searches for delicious breakfast breads for her health-conscious guests. She modernized this "handed-down" recipe with citrus-flavor...
Painting with Spring Flowers
Fill a border with a multicolored blend of tulips, nemesias, violas, and Iceland poppies A riot of color fills the flower border in Charles and Jackie Davis's Piedmont, California, garden from the first of February to mid-April. The hot color medley...
Plate Tectonics
CALIFORNIA CERAMIC DESIGNERS SHAKE UP THE DINING TABLE WITH BOLD, BRILLIANT DINNERWARE You don't need a seismograph to measure the shock waves from today's California dinnerware. Good-bye, fine china. Hello, vivid colors, relaxed lines, a touch of whimsy,...
Rosti Rounds for Your Holiday Parties
When Ken Frank was a teenager living with his family in France, he became so hooked on that country's food that he eventually made it his profession. And one of the dishes that he credits for putting him on the path to chefdom and fame is pan-browned...
Save Those Bones
With broth like this, who needs gravy?" said a friend as he spooned some over his mashed potatoes. Good broth transforms the simplest recipe into something grand - with only a speck of fat. I make a big batch, then freeze it for risottos, sauces, and...
Service with a Smile
In my five months as editor of this magazine, nothing has surprised me so much as the level of loyalty among Sunset readers. Not only do you renew in record numbers, but you care about and correspond with this magazine as if we were a good friend. That's...
Start with Portabella Steaks
The first time I encountered portabella mushrooms, I was confused as to their identity. As it turns out, portabellas are just mature cultivated brown mushrooms (crimini). And there is no question that the most appealing aspects of these mushrooms, beyond...
Sunset's Garden Notebook
I've always liked November best of all the months, perhaps because it's so low-key Summer is long gone and winter storms are on the way, it's true, but the garden doesn't demand much beyond light weeding - and watering if rains delay their arrival. Whatever...
Sunset's Garden Notebook
I've always liked November best of all the months, perhaps because it's so low-key. Summer is long gone and winter storms are on the way, it's true, but the garden doesn't demand much beyond light weeding-and watering if rains delay their arrival. Whatever...
Taming Wildflowers
Forget grand meadows. Today's wildflowers grow attractively in small beds and even in pots. New seed mixes make it possible A dozen or so years ago, it was a romantic notion: wildflower seeds packaged in cans could create instant meadows. Gardeners...
The Beach Chalet Rises Again
Art, beer, and atmosphere where Golden Gate Park meets the Pacific Ocean You'd go there for a stiff drink and a touch of the surreal. Outside, it was a crumbling monument to vanished swank. Inside, regulars nursed Camels, boilermakers, and grudges....
The Finer Points of Microwave Cooking
Zap - turkey leftovers are steaming for lunch. Zap - your vegetables are rewarmed just before you sit down to the big dinner. Cooking or heating in a microwave oven is fast, neat, cool, and easy enough for children to manage. As a result, microwave ovens...
The Harvest Tabletop
Three simple, elegant, and easy ways to dress up your Thanksgiving table Move over, pumpkins and Indian corn: you have competition this Thanksgiving. Our wheat-stalk-and-rice-paper table runner, grapevine napkin rings, and miniature squash candles expand...
The Lightest, Richest Thanksgiving
Two memorable menus for a perfect holiday feast Let's face it. There are two views of Thanksgiving. Either it's the high point of the cullinary year - a chance to show off some artistry in the kitchen, forget about calories, and splurge on rich-tasting...
The New Gas Fireplaces
Fueled by natural gas, these versatile fireplaces and stoves look like wood-burners but don't all need chimneys Dancing yellow flames, instant heat, environmental appropriateness, and ease of operation are some of the virtues of the fastest-growing...
The Pudding That Loves Beef
With holidays and big roasts in the offing, it's time to dig out the recipe for Yorkshire pudding. But did you know that the same recipe makes popovers, too? The difference is shape. Both puff as they bake, but Yorkshire pudding does it as a single...
The Wire Next Time
Anticipating what wires and cables you'll need as computer and communications technologies evolve Your remodel is under way, and the crucial walls are opened up. Now is the perfect time to get wired for the information superhighway. But what exactly...
Victoria's Chinatown
In the late 1850s, Canada's first Chinatown was established in Victoria, British Columbia. As its population grew, Chinatown evolved into a maze of interconnecting alleyways and inner courtyards, and earned a reputation as a forbidden city because of...
Wine Storage That Works
Tips from wine pros who'd rather spend more on wines than cellars Years ago, when chef Jeremiah Tower was a rising star, I lunched with him in his (then) small, old house. Naturally, the meal was great, but what I remember most was the wine - actually...
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