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. 227, No. 6, December

An A for Atmosphere
Once a run-down rental, this classic Tahoe A-frame now makes the grade"BOB'S HOUSE OF BEDS." That was how the neighbors referred to the shabby 1970s A-frame on Serene Lakes, a Mayberryish resort community near Lake Tahoe. "Bob's" because a guy named...
An a for Atmosphere: Once a Run-Down Rental, This Classic Tahoe A-Frame Now Makes the Grade
"BOB'S HOUSE OF BEDS." That was how the neighbors referred to the shabby 1970s A-frame on Serene Lakes, a Mayberryish resort community near Lake Tahoe. "Bob's" because a guy named Bob owned it, and "House of Beds"... well, what else do you call a 2,500-square-foot...
A New Twist on Coffee Cake
In this busy season, a simple yet delicious morning menu (made mostly ahead of time) is the answer BY ROMNEY STEELE | PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANNABELLE BREAKEYChocolate apricot wreathSERVES 10 TO 12 I 4 HOURSImagine an extravagant cinnamon roll twisted into a...
An L.A. Christmas Carol
Novelist Kathryn Harrison's grandparents created a Dickens Yuletide just off Sunset Boulevard. And they had good reasons ILLUSTRATION BY TINA ZELLMERBY NIGHTFALL, the fire would be belching sparks onto the beige wool rug. We'll have to let it die down...
An L.A. Christmas Carol: Novelist Kathryn Harrison's Grandparents Created a Dickens Yuletide Just off Sunset Boulevard. and They Had Good Reasons
BY NIGHTFALL, the fire would be belching sparks onto the beige wool rug. We'll have to let it die down to coals before roasting chestnuts. Along the front of the mantel, my grandfather has stretched fine wires on which to hang greeting cards its surface...
A Not-So-Heavy Hanukkah
Frying the right way with Portland chef Jenn Louis-it makes a differenceBest latkesSERVES 12 (MAKES 45) j IV2 HOURSThis recipe was inspired by the latkes Jenn Louis makes occasionally at Lincoln Restaurant. For her frying tips, see page 101.3 lbs. russet...
A Not-So-Heavy Hanukkah: Frying the Right Way with Portland Chef Jenn Louis-It Makes a Difference
Best latkes SERVES 12 (MAKES 45) | 1 1/2 HOURS This recipe was inspired by the latkes Jenn Louis makes occasionally at Lincoln Restaurant. For her frying tips, see page 101. 3 lbs. russet potatoes 1 medium onion 4 large eggs 3 tbsp....
A Perfect Snow Day
Think skiing's too cold, too crowded, too expensive? These ingenious solutions will have you itching to hit the slopes this season BY RACHEL LEVINTHE EXCUSE "Lessons are too pricey!"SOLUTION How does free sound?Look for midweek clinics, like the women-only...
A Perfect Snow Day: Think Skiing's Cold, Too Crowded, Too Expensive? These Ingenious Solutions Will Have You Itching to Hit the Slopes This Season
THE EXCUSE "Lessons are too pricey!" SOLUTION How does free sound? Look for midweek clinics, like the women-only ones at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Thursday at Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe in Nevada, From Dec 8; free with Thu lift ticket or $10 for season-pass...
Beef Roasts, the Next Wave
Two surprise (and low-cost) hits for your holiday tableGarlic-rubbed tri-tip with mint caper salsa, served with celery fennel salad and white cheddar-sage popovers (both recipes page 85).Garlic-rubbed tri-tip with mint caper salsaSERVES 10 TO 12 | ABOUT...
Beef Roasts, the Next Wave: Two Surprise (and Low Cost) Hits for Your Holiday Table
Garlic-rubbed tri-tip with mint caper salsa [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SERVES 10 TO 12 ABOUT 45 MINUTES, PLUS AT LEAST 1 DAY TO MARINATE Tri-tip for Christmas? Yes-this winter-time take on the barbecue classic is elegantly...
Brew Bash: The Latest Craze? Pairing Craft Beer with Food. Try Our Suggested Styles
MENU FOR 8 1. SET OUT Cured meats and soft pretests Arrange 1/4 lb. each thinly sliced hotcoppa, mort-adelia, prosciutto, and soppressata on a platter. Serve with Dijon mustard and soft pretzel rolls. Pairing A full-bodied pilsner, such...
Curry Favor
I tried the Cashew, Coconut, and Pumpkin Curry from Sunset (October, page 88; and on myrecipes.com), and it is one of the most delicious meals I've eaten. It's so good that my picky 8-year-old said while eating it: "Mommy, this is delicious!" Delicious...
December: Your Northern California Guide
To-do list * Adjust automatic watering systems to run less often, and turn them off when it rains. * Fill empty garden spaces with cool-season annuals such as pansies, primroses, stock, and violas. * If a heavy freeze is predicted, cover citrus...
December Your Rockies Guide
To-do list* Continue turning and watering your compost pile until it freezes solid.* Fill window boxes with cut evergreens and berried branches of cotoneaster, hawthorn, holly, juniper, and rose hips.* For fresh chives all winter, grow potted seedlings...
Dunton Hot Springs near Dolores, Co
From a distance, it's True Grit.UP CLOSE TRUE RITZ Ghost town luxury CATCH THE DRIFT From a distance, it's True Grit. Up close, true Ritz. At first glance, Dunton Hot Springs, in Colorado's San Juan Mountains southwest of Telluride, gives off...
Fast and Furious: Avalanches Are Amazing and Deadly. Forecaster Doug Chabot of Bozeman, Montana, Keeps Skiers Safe from Them
WHY AVALANCHES? I grew up in New Jersey. I came West for an outdoor-survival course and fell in love with mountains. If you want to play in the big mountains, you're playing in avalanche terrain--you need to know about them. AVERAGE DAY AT THE GALLATIN...
Fast & Fresh
Recipes from our kitchen and yours, in 30 minutes or lessGorgonzola-stuffed pork chops with pearsSERVES 4 I 20 MINUTES4 boneless pork chops (about 6 oz. each)2 oz. gorgonzola dolce cheese, cut into 4 chunks1/3 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts1 tbsp. extra-virgin...
Holiday Cookies
These winners are so good, you'll want to try every recipeWhite Christmas dream dropsOustin and Lrin Beutin, tustin, caMAKES 32 I IV4 HOURSUnlike traditional meringues, which are crisp all the way through, these are still chewy on the inside, like mini...
Home Ports
This Old World powerhouse is surging out West. Our port-style wines might pack old-fashioned sugar levels, but they're not just for dessert anymore BY SARA SCHNEIDER | PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANNABELLE BREAKEYWEST COAST PORT IS HAVING ITS day. No fewer than 200...
Home Ports: This Old World Powerhouse Is Surging out West. Our Port-Style Wines Might Pack Old-Fashioned Sugar Levels; but They're Not Just for Dessert Anymore
WEST COAST PORT IS HAVING ITS DAY, No fewer than 200 wineries in California are making a port-style wine now. Besides the fact that sweet wines in general are shedding their shame in this country, port is getting a bump from rock-star mixologists building...
Made in the West: Charming, Locally Crafted Finds-Including 12 under $25-For Everyone on Your List
CASHMERE ELEPHANTS Stuffed animals stitched from leftover cashmere sweaters are adorable and super-soft, from $34; raredevice.net SOAPS Made with organic oils like olive and coconut, these lush soaps foam into a rich lather.$9; metaphororganic.com...
Mountain Weekend
Inside Car-free holiday shopping outside Denver * The most decadent dinner in Salt Lake * Ring in the new year on the slopes *Day tripLittleton, ColoradoWhy go now: Swap gridlocked parking lots¿,stuffy mall air, and generic chain stores for a walkable...
Petaluma
Why go now: While everyone else is off mall-crawling, you'll be hitting the specialty shops and farm-forward restaurants of Sonoma County's most charming little town. The vibe: Bucolic with a bit of bustle, especially around Petaluma Boulevard, the...
Ready to Party?
3 MENUS THAT FEATURE A STAR BOOZE AND READY-IN-A-FLASH APPS TO MATCH BY AMY MACHKAKBine-nut salad spears and goat cheese with peppers and almondsWINE SOIREEATTHIS SWANK AFFAIR, PAIRTHE RIGHT SIPS WITH THE APPETIZERSMENU FOR 81. START WITHPine-nut salad...
Roast Ready
Sides that are tailor-made to go with beefCelery fennel salad with preserved lemon and datesSERVES IO TO 12 | 50 MINUTESIf you can't find preserved lemons to buy, they're easy to make (see sunset, com for a recipe).¼ cup chopped preserved lemon rind,...
Roast Ready: Sides That Are Tailor-Made to Go with Beef
Celery fennelsalad with preserved lemon and dates SERVES 10 TO 12 | 50 MINUTES If you cantfind preserved Lemons to buy, they're easy to make (see sunset. com for a recipe). [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION...
Skating with a Spin
It's not all indoor hockey rinks and Ice Capades. Here in the West, we skate the way we live ...Top 101| In the mountainsSQUAW VALLEY USA, LAKE TAHOE, CATwirl it up smack in the middle of the Sierra at 8,200 feet, surrounded by frosted peaks, black-diamond...
Skating with a Spin: It's Not All Indoor Hockey Rinks and Ice Capades. Here in the West, We Skate the Way We Live
1 In the mountains SQUAW VALLEY USA, LAKE TAHOE. CA Twirl it up smack in the middle of the Sierra at 8,200 feet, surrounded by frosted peaks, black-diamond ski runs, and died-and-gone-to-heaven views of the sparkling big blue. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Ultimate Winter Lodges
Ski, skate, sled, or just relax by the fire. Embrace December at theseEmerald Lake LodgeField B.C.Winter, unpluggedCATCH THE DRIFT High in the Canadian Rockies, Emerald Lake Lodge won't provide you with email, cell service, or in-room TV. Instead, it...
What's in Season?: Bok Choy
make it tonightBok choy and tofu noodle bowlSERVES 4 I 40 MINUTES1 pkg. (7 oz.) fresh udon or other Asian noodles2 tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce1 tbsp. toasted sesame oil1 cup vegetable brothlpkg. (14 oz.) firm tofu2 tbsp. vegetable oil, divided1 tbsp....
Wine Soiree: At This Swank Affair, Pair the Right Sips with the Appetizers
1. START WITH Pine-nut salad spears [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Crush 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts into a paste using a mortar and pestle. Blend...
Winter Warmth
In much of the West, December isn't snow season. In fact, in some places, the weather is downright balmy and you're just as likely sipping a margarita as a hot chocolate. Which is why I am so enamored with the idea of a snowy escape this month, more...
Wreaths Reimagined
Four artistic Westerners add flair to the trolrday centerpieceCraftyTextile artist Jennifer June, whose former Seattle store, Hermitage, stocked under-the-radar wallpaper, adds punch to her wreath by crafting a mini mountainscape. Green - the dominant...
Wreaths Reimagined: Four Artistic Westerners Add Flair to the Holiday Centerpiece
Crafty Textile artist Jennifer June, whose former Seattle store, Hermitage, stocked under-the-radar wallpaper, adds punch to her wreath by crafting a mini mountainscape. Green--the dominant color of the Northwest--is the base for silk-screened balsa-wood;...
You Said It
Curry favor* I tried the Cashew, Coconut, and Pumpkin Curry from Sunset (October, page 88; and on myrecipes.com), and it is one of the most delicious meals I've eaten. It's so good that my picky 8-year-old said while eating it: "Mommy this is delicious!"...
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