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. 214, No. 4, April

Amble the Avenues
Give in to spring fever on a historic Salt Lake City neighborhood strollIn Salt Lake City's Avenues District, April's cherry blossoms brighten the narrow, tree-lined streets. The neighborhood's scale is intimate, and flowering trees frame restored Victorians...
April Favorites
Recipes from our readers, tested in Sunset's kitchenAsparagus TalasaniABHAYA KARANGUTKAR, SANTA CLARA, CAWhen Abhaya Karangutkar moved to California from Goa, India, she substituted fresh asparagus, so widely available here, for die green beans in a...
April Favorites: Recipes from Our Readers, Tested in Sunset's Kitchen
Asparagus Talasani ABHAYA KARANGUTKAR, SANTA CLARA, CA When Abhaya Karangutkar moved to California from Goa, India, she substituted fresh asparagus, so widely available here, for the green beans in a classic stir-fry she'd made in India. Her...
Back Home on the Range
Thank you for telling the ranchers' story ("Home on the Range," February, page 90). We raise organic beef in California and Oregon, and the dedication and difficulties ranchers have in maintaining their livelihood is rarely presented to the urban public....
Bring Color Home: Vacation Photographs Set the Tone for a Paint Makeover
Photos from a trip do more than just bring back memories; they can act as inspiration for your interior surroundings. To demonstrate our point, we used the mountain paint palette from "The West in Color"--a set of 60 colors we developed in association...
Clayton's a Classic: In Contra Costa County, Find Spring Hiking and Historic Charm
Gaze past downtown Clayton's 19th-century buildings toward Mount Diablo, and it's easy to imagine yourself in a mining boomtown 140-plus years ago. This time of year, when Diablo's slopes are green with spring, the Contra Costa County hamlet is one...
Daring Shot
Disguise dessert in a glass for your next partyPanna cotta, cotta, a very simple old Italian dessert made from cooked cream, is getting a new look. Céline Piano, former executive pastry chef at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, serves the sweet cream...
Daring Shot: Disguise Dessert in a Glass for Your Next Party
Panna cotta, a very simple old Italian dessert made from cooked cream, is getting a new look. Celine Plano, former executive pastry chef at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, serves the sweet cream in shot glasses, topped with neon-colored liqueurs and...
Dining: The Power of One
Restaurants that stake their reputation on serving a single item have been popping up around the West. Specializing in everything from cereal to cupcakes to Cornish pasties, they're a fun way to put together a meal. Here's to the spots that make it...
Film Fun
A Newport Beach festival shows off the cinematic O.C.Newportwood? Hey, it could happen. So popular is "The O.C., the Fox prime-time soap opera, that last fall Newport Beach, California, had the show's stars dip their hands in cement at the historic Balboa...
Flower Girl
Meet the intrepid genius behind Annie's AnnualsNestled among dilapidated warehouses in an industrial area of Richmond, California, is a veritable garden of Eden filled with rare and unusual annuals and perennials. Welcome to the treasure trove that is...
Flower Girl: Meet the Intrepid Genius Behind Annie's Annuals
Nestled among dilapidated warehouses in an industrial area of Richmond, California, is a veritable garden of Eden filled with rare and unusual annuals and perennials. Welcome to the treasure trove that is Annie's Annuals, whose plants have long been...
Garden Season
Just before spring really arrived, I spent three days at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, which happens every February in Seattle. The theme this year was "Greetings from Spring," and stepping into the show felt like working backstage at nature's...
Grand Dam
EXPLOREArchitectural wonder, canyon-country gatewayNo matter how many times you visit Hoover Dam, the first impression is the same: That is one big dam.Massive and white, Hoover hunkers down like a nose tackle on a goal-line stand, holding back the Colorado...
Grand Dam: Architectural Wonder, Shrine, and Gateway to Canyon Country
No matter how many times you visit Hoover Dam, the first impression is the same: That is one big dam. Massive and white, Hoover hunkers down like a nose tackle on a goal-line stand, holding back the Colorado River and reducing its passage through...
Indian-Glazed Salmon
Brush a sweet and spicy topping on the West's favorite fishWhile the state offish in the world is complicated, the West Coast has one that is unequivocally in great shape-wild Alaska salmon. As those naturally brightred fillets start appearing at seafood...
Indianglazed Salmon: Brush a Sweet and Spicy Topping on the West's Favorite Fish
While the state of fish in the world is complicated, the West Coast has one that is unequivocally in great shape--wild Alaska salmon. As those naturally bright-red fillets start appearing at seafood counters this season, all you need is a fresh spice...
Japanese Fresh
CHEFS OF THE WESTInspired new flavors from Eric GowerEric Gower's cooking freely mixes Japanese ingredients and Western ideas, but don't call it fusion. He thinks of his cooking as a break with sometimes limiting traditions, and the title of his cookbook-The...
Japanese Fresh: Inspired New Flavors from Eric Gower
Eric Gower's cooking freely mixes Japanese ingredients and Western ideas, but don't call it fusion. He thinks of his cooking as a break with sometimes limiting traditions, and the title of his cookbook--The Breakaway Japanese Kitchen: Inspired New...
Kaweah Country: You'll Find Utopia in the Sierra Nevada Foothills
We arrive well after nightfall at our rented cottage somewhere up a winding Sierra foothill road above Three Rivers. It's too dark to get any sense of the terrain, and as the rain pounds the cottage roof through the night, I wake up several times with...
Living Color: Four Designers Share Their Secrets for Unforgettable Containers
Like a canvas waiting for paint, an empty garden pot can become anything you desire: a meditation in violet, a carnival of oranges and limes, or a quiet study of leaf shapes and textures. You have more control with containers than anywhere else in...
Lusher Look
Can a novice gardener successfully revamp a landscape? Absolutely. Just take a look at Claudia Armann's old front yard in Ventura, California. When she and her husband, Kurt, moved in, the first-time homeowners faced a boring patch of lawn and little...
Mariachi Tucson
The city's grand festival celebrates the culture of MexicoMariachi Aztlán fills the stage in a grassy Tucson park, sunlight glancing off the group's navy blue, silverstudded charro-stylt outfits. As the 16-member ensemble launches into a particularly...
Mariachi Tucson: The City's Grand Festival Celebrates the Culture of Mexico
Mariachi Aztlan fills the stage in a grassy Tucson park, sunlight glancing off the group's navy blue, silver-studded charro-style outfits. As the 16-member ensemble launches into a particularly romantic song, local high school mariachi teacher John...
Neutra Revisited: A Restoration of a Modern Gem
It's hard to tell that this two-unit row house in San Francisco's Marina District was built in 1938. With its elegant lines, open plan, and floor-to-ceiling steel-framed windows, the look is strikingly clean and contemporary. And no wonder: The house...
Omelets Made Easy
A quick hand makes a great egg dishFolding a plain cheese omelet1 As egg mixture sets on pan bottom, lift edge with a spatula and tilt pan to let uncooked egg flow underneath. Continue the process, working around pan sides, until no uncooked egg mixture...
Omelets Made Easy: A Quick Hand Makes a Great Egg Dish
"Making omelets is like riding a bicycle," writes Wayne Gisslen in Professional Cooking. The process can seem awkward and difficult at first, but it becomes intuitive and easy once you get the hang of it. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The French stir...
Puerto Vallarta for Less
Charm and bargains in a Mexican beach town-if you know where to goMy travel buddy Samantha is thinking about becoming a mom, so we planned a final girls' getaway before parenting makes trips more complicated. We hear kids aren't cheap, and they stay...
Puerto Vallarta for Less: Charm and Bargains in a Mexican Beach Town-If You Know Where to Go
My travel buddy Samantha is thinking about becoming a mom, so we planned a final girls' getaway before parenting makes trips more complicated. We hear kids aren't cheap, and they stay that way, so she didn't want to spend a lot. But we did want a fabulous...
Queen of the Desert: Artist. Beekeeper. in Bisbee, Arizona, You Can Be Whatever You Want to Be
On the morning of August 4, 1998, all hell broke loose in Bisbee, Arizona. Nothing new in principle--hell has visited Bisbee regularly for as long as the town has existed--but this time it happened in fresh and sensational form. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Rustling Roses
Start new plants from roses you discover on your travelsIt may sound like a shady business, but it's one of the most satisfying-and innocent-practices a rose aficionado can follow. This kind of rustling involves taking stem cuttings from old roses in...
Rustling Roses: Start New Plants from Roses You Discover on Your Travels
It may sound like a shady business, but it's one of the most satisfying--and innocent--practices a rose aficionado can follow. This kind of rustling involves taking stem cuttings from old roses in order to propagate new plants from them. In fact, horticultural...
Santa Fe Modernity: Traditional and Contemporary Blend in an Eco-Friendly Design
"My client requested an adobe house that was visually quiet in the landscape," says architect Beverley Spears, whose Santa Fe practice is noted for its subtly modern approach to regional design and landscape architecture. Though just three years old,...
Sideways in Santa Ynez
"Can I try the Vin Gris?" I ask the guy behind the counter. "Sold out," he says. "Because of that movie." I am in the tasting room of the Sanford Winery, just outside Buellton, California. I want to sample Sanford's 2003 Pinot Noir-Vin Gris....
Sleek Dining Table
It's hard to find a good table that can function equally well indoors or on the patio--so why not make one yourself? It may be easier and more affordable than you think. Blending contemporary style and sturdy practicality, this indoor-outdoor dining...
Speedy Vines
In a hurry for summer color? Chances are your nursery has a morning glory or black-eyed Susan vine already growing in a container. Just pop it into the ground or a large pot and watch it race to the sky. You'll have a tower of flowers in no time. ...
Tasting Tour
An innovative shop offers a world of wine, shot by shotWine tasting is a funny business. A sixwinery Saturday afternoon in the Napa Valley strikes me as torture-your comparison of the eighteenth big Cab of the day with the second isn't worth a fig. Still,...
Tasting Tour: An Innovative Shop Offers a World of Wine, Shot by Shot
Wine tasting is a funny business. A six-winery Saturday afternoon in the Napa Valley strikes me as torture--your comparison of the eighteenth big Cab of the day with the second isn't worth a fig. Still, it would be nice to be able to sip a few Cabs...
The Directory
"The Art of Sunset" Poster [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The first 100 readers who request information from our advertisers featured in THE DIRECTORY will receive "The Art of Sunset" poster FREE. This large (24" by 36"), beautiful poster features historic...
Walla Walla Spring: A Fresh Menu Celebrates the Washington Town's Rise as a Food-and-Wine Destination
The group that's headed back through the pasture from the riverside sauna to the roadside ranch house has some well-deserved leisure in mind--to say nothing of roast duck and a nice Syrah. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION...
What to Do in Your Garden in April
PLANTING * Agastache. Deep rose pink 'Ava' agastache received the 2005 Green Thumb Award from the Mailorder Gardening Association for good reasons--its extended bloom season and long-lasting flower color. Introduced by High Country Gardens (www.highcountrygardens.com...
What to Do in Your Garden in April
TIP FROM THE TEST GARDENTraining tomatoesVinelike indeterminate tomatoes, including many cherry and grape types, are most productive when trained on vertical supports. Install one of the systems shown below before planting.* Caging. Use a ready-made...
Why Brine?
A tenderizing soak is good for more than turkeysYou might hare tried brining a turkey, but other meats benefit from a soak in a salt-sugar liquid too. Pork, for instance: Bred leaner and leaner the last few years, it tends to dry out quickly. Chops can...
Why Brine? A Tenderizing Soak Is Good for More Than Turkeys
You might have tried brining a turkey, but other meats benefit from a soak in a salt-sugar liquid too. Pork, for instance: Bred leaner and leaner the last few years, it tends to dry out quickly. Chops can be downright unforgiving when overcooked. ...
Wild at Heart: Bringing the Landscape Home on San Juan Island
While Bill and Karin Agosta may be Manhattan transplants, they're not your average urbanites. Before building on their forest-edged meadow on San Juan Island, Washington, the couple camped on it several times. And despite a Thanksgiving when their...
Wow Power: Simple Steps for Creating a Beautiful Border
If you're new to gardening, planting a flower border may seem intimidating--a job best left to professionals with lots of experience. The truth is that even seasoned gardeners sometimes struggle with plant selection and placement before getting it...
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