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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. 218, No. 1, January

3 Ways with Puff Pastry
Guests on the way? Make an easy, flaky appetizer or dessert with frozen store-bought pastryZaatar strawsA savory Middle Eastern spice mix, zaatar typically includes sesame seeds, thyme, marjoram, and sumac and is often sprinkled onto pita bread spread...
3 Ways with Puff Pastry: Guests on the Way? Make an Easy, Flaky Appetizer or Dessert with Frozen Store-Bought Pastry
Zaatar straws A savory Middle Eastern spice mix, zaatar typically includes sesame seeds, thyme, marjoram, and sumac and is often sprinkled onto pita bread spread with thick, strained yogurt (labneh). Here, we sprinkled zaatar onto puff-pastry straws...
Chic Fireplace Update
A reconfigured hearth transforms a large, cold room into an intimate retreatA COZY LOUNGE reminiscent of a martini bar was Pasadena homeowner Carolyn Powers's wish. The reality, however, was a charmless room with a dated fireplace covered in brick and...
Condo Makeover: Clever Storage Solutions, Color, and Materials Give a Dated Interior Personality and Warmth
ELEGANT MOLDINGS, a simple layout, and many windows: This top-floor unit, located in an 80-year-old Seattle apartment building newly converted to condominiums, had good bones, but badly needed an update. Newlyweds Erik Barr, a designer, and Kim Baldwin,...
Craftsman with a Twist: An Adventurous Couple Turns a 1908 Duplex into a Home Full of Personality and Charm
MOST PEOPLE are unsure about mixing styles and objects from different design eras. Setting a Danish midcentury table next to an ornate stained-glass window, for instance. Or combining painted tin ceilings with blue glass tile and Carrera marble. But...
Echo Lake
Strap on the snowshoes and experience the sounds of silence outside of DenverWHEN SNOW FALLS on 14,264-foot Mt. Evans, everything around this summer hot spot hibernates for the winter. The scenic byway to the summit shuts down; the Forest Service campground...
Endless Lawn
Frame a fabulous view with expansive turf and skyAN INFINITY POOL, with its disappearing edge, leads the eye straight to the horizon. Apply the same concept to a lawn, and it frames the vista beyond while directing the eye away from nearer views that...
From the Editor
JANUARY IS A STRANGE MONTH in the West. While some of us are enjoying storm watching at the coast or snuggling up in a snowy lodge, others are basking in the warm winter sun of the desert. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Last year at this time, I made...
Garden Cottage: Build a Shed of Recycled Materials for Pots, Seedlings, Plants, and You
GARDEN SHED or greenhouse? The structure pictured at right, a charming focal point in a backyard in Exeter, California, is both. But owner Connie Featherston prefers to call it her garden playhouse. "I had to put a clock in there because I have so...
Hide Away on Mt. Hood
Find your winter bliss in a newly shined-up but still low-key Oregon ski townIT'S DUSK WHEN WE DRIVE into Government Camp on the slopes of Mt. Hood. The edges of the shops and cabins are softened by a deep snowpack, and streetlights have already switched...
Hide Away on Mt. Hood: Find Your Winter Bliss in a Newly Shined-Up but Still Low-Key Oregon Ski Town
IT'S DUSK WHEN WE DRIVE into Government Camp on the slopes of Mt. Hood. The edges of the shops and cabins are softened by a deep snowpack, and streetlights have already switched on, catching fine flakes of swirling snow in their wash of light. If...
January Favorites
Recipes from our readers, tested in Sunset's kitchenChocolate citrus almond torteTrisha Kruse, Eagle, ID"Guests always ask for the recipe" writes Kruse, "and beg to bring home leftovers!" No wonder. The combination of chocolate, orange, and almonds is...
Last-Minute Sundance
See movies. See stars. Here's Sunset's guide to the most enjoyable film festival in the worldFOR ALL THE BUZZ around the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah-all the velvet-rope swag boutiques, the Hilton-sister sightings, the private after-parties,...
Last-Minute Sundance: See Movies. See Stars. Here's Sunset's Guide to the Most Enjoyable Film Festival in the World
FOR ALL THE BUZZ around the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah--all the velvet-rope swag boutiques, the Hilton-sister sightings, the private after-parties, and the backroom distribution deals--the festival has a surprising little secret: Civilians...
Lawnless and Lovely: Plant a Water-Wise Front Yard Alive with Texture and Blooms
WATER-CONSERVING GARDENS can be as colorful as any other. Rick Cole's small front yard is blooming proof. When Cole, wife Katherine Perez, and their three young children moved into a Spanish revival home, the front yard consisted primarily of lawn...
Maria Shriver
SACRAMENTOThe First Lady of California begins a second term with the opening of the state's hall of fame-something she knows a lot aboutOn the new California Hall of Fame There are so many extraordinary individuals who come from California-we want to...
New Comfort Classics: We've Given Some Familiar Favorites a Delicious Update: Try Our Biscuit-Topped Chicken Potpies, Creamy Yet Delicate Lasagna, Ultimate Mac 'N' Cheese, Beef-Ale Stew, and More. These Cozy Recipes Will Keep You Warm All Winter
Biscuit-topped chicken potpies For a grown-up take on this childhood favorite, we dropped the traditional pastry crust in favor of a no-fuss biscuit topping, then added cremini mushrooms and fresh thyme to the filling for a little earthiness. PREP...
On Sunset.com Now
Easy houseplants The year's first blooms are still weeks away. How about a glossy new houseplant for a shot of green to tide you over till spring? Choose one of our five no-fuss favorites, from the classic rubber tree to an exuberant ponytail palm....
Small Yet Abundant
Clean lines and artful illusion transform a compact gardenFOUR YEARS AGO, this garden in Venice, California, was a funky 1970s backyard with brick paving, flimsy lattice-style wood fencing, and a redwood deck littered with knickknacks. Then Daniela Rechtszaid,...
Small Yet Abundant: Clean Lines and Artful Illusion Transform a Compact Garden
FOUR YEARS AGO, this garden in Venice, California, was a funky 1970s backyard with brick paving, flimsy lattice-style wood fencing, and a redwood deck littered with knickknacks. Then Daniela Rechtszaid, a designer, transformed the house that she shares...
Soquel Secrets: Easy Weekend Formula: Shop, Dine, Hit 3 Wineries in 3 Miles
MOST VISITORS don't realize that the little town of Soquel, in the foothills south of Santa Cruz, is home to some great Pinot Noir. A 3-mile stretch up the road from downtown boasts three family-run wineries offering free pours and friendly, informal...
Soup Social
The quickest way to your neighbors' hearts? Four tasty soups that can feed a family or a crowdFIVE YEARS AFTER MOVING to her Berkeley neighborhood, Johanna Sedman faced a typical modern conundrum: She still didn't know most of her neighbors. She certainly...
Soup Social: The Quickest Way to Your Neighbors' Hearts? Four Tasty Soups That Can Feed a Family or a Crowd
FIVE YEARS AFTER MOVING to her Berkeley neighborhood, Johanna Sedman faced a typical modern conundrum: She still didn't know most of her neighbors. She certainly wanted to be more sociable--maybe even make a few friends--but was busy running a business...
Spicy Couscous
Prepare this warm, fragrant supper several waysSeven-vegetable couscousPREP AND COOK TIME 45 minutesMAKES 4 to 6 servingsNOTES Ras el hanout, a Moroccan spice mix, is available at Middle Eastern stores. To make your own: Mix together ½ tsp. each ground...
Stealth Region
It's time to look for San Benito County on wine labelsSAN BENITO COUNTY just might be the oldest California wine region that nobody has heard of. Remember all those jugs from Almaden? Yep, San Benito County. Fifty years ago, Almaden Vineyards' 4-acre...
Stealth Region: It's Time to Look for San Benito County on Wine Labels
SAN BENITO COUNTY just might be the oldest California wine region that nobody has heard of. Remember all those jugs from Almaden? Yep, San Benito County. Fifty years ago, Almaden Vineyards' 4-acre cellar here was the largest barrel room in the world....
The Perfect Rose: Think Roses Are Too Difficult to Grow? the Latest Varieties Are Shapelier and More Disease-Resistant Than Ever. Here Are Our Favorites, Available at Nurseries This Month, Plus Ways to Use Them in Your Garden
ROSES, IN A WAY, have come full circle. Early kinds--the ones nature produced without our help--were tough characters with healthy foliage, and many with fragrant blooms. But we weren't satisfied with them. We wanted flowers that were bigger, had more...
The Whales of Baja
Start the new year with a change in scenery that will change your life: a cruise full of activities, and nature at its grandest, in the Sea of Cortez"WE'VE GOT A WHALE!"Naturalist Pete Pederson's heads-up is what everyone's been waiting for all day,...
The Whales of Baja: Start the New Year with a Change in Scenery That Will Change Your Life: A Cruise Full of Activities, and Nature at Its Grandest, in the Sea of Cortez
"WE'VE GOT A WHALE!" Naturalist Pete Pederson's heads-up is what everyone's been waiting for all day, and I win the first spot with him, thanks to some dogged looking on my part; he's the expert, but I throw caution to the wind, and add, "There...
Top 10 Winter Weekends
Relax, reconnect with family, reward yourself: 10 classic escapes to kick off the new year1 DO SOME SOUL-SEARCHING SEDONA, AZWhy here: Because Sedona-with its crimson buttes, dramatic sunsets, and vortex vibe-is the West's spiritual hub. Join New Agers...
Top 10 Winter Weekends: Relax, Reconnect with Family, Reward Yourself: 10 Classic Escapes to Kick off the New Year
1 DO SOME SOUL-SEARCHING SEDONA, AZ Why here: Because Sedona--with its crimson buttes, dramatic sunsets, and vortex vibe--is the West's spiritual hub. Join New Agers in red rock country for peace and tranquility--plus heart-pumping hikes, mountain...
What to Do in Northern California January
SACRAMENTO Stock up on sparklers For New Year's, toast Sacramento's stylish new 58[degrees] & Holding Co., a Midtown wine bar and shop just a couple of blocks from the capitol. Buy a few bottles at the store, where 20-plus sparklers come...
What to Do in the Rockies: January
BRECKENRIDGE, COSTROLL AMONG SNOW SCULPTURES Bundle up for Break's annual International Snow Sculpture Championships, when the world's top carvers turn this ski town into an ice-cold sculpture garden. Without any kind of power tools whatsoever, teams...
What to Do in Your Garden January
Planting California poppies To fill bare spots in the garden, sow seed of Eschscholzia californica for spring color. Don't like orange? Try 'Dusky Rose' or 'Buttercream'. Buy seeds at nurseries or online from Renee's Garden (www.reneesgarden.com)....
What to Do in Your Garden: January
PlantingFlowers Colorado-based Botanical Interests (www.botanicalinterests.com or 800/486-2647) has a line of flower mixes suited to the mountain region. Bring Home the Butterflies promises to do just that; Dried Delights features a plethora of everlasting...
Your Own Spa Bath: Create a Serene Feeling at Home with These Smart Strategies
YOUR BATHROOM is the most private room in your house--the place to begin and end each day, a personal refuge from a demanding schedule. Thankfully, turning it into a center for relaxation and rejuvenation is within your grasp, no matter the style or...
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