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. 3, March

Army Ants and Art in San Francisco: Can Two Grown-Ups and Three Feisty Kids Find Common Ground in SoMa?
Think of it as the juice box/gin and tonic dilemma. There are things that are fun for kids and things that are fun for grown-ups, and mostly the twain do not meet. But sometimes in the Venn diagram that is life, you find a happy overlap of experiences...
Art That Endures
In Denver, admireand buy-great works by Native American artists"Denver is right on the doorstep of all the great Indian nations in the country," says Jack Lima, owner of the Native American Trading Company. "We're near the northern and southern Plains...
Blue Hawaii; Bodyboard the Surf, Snorkel the Reef, Kayak the Coast: Islanders Reveal Irresistible Gateways to Tropical Adventures
The bodyboarder Josh Wills loves getting tubed in the surf. As a three-time U.S. bodyboarding champ, the Hawaii native has become a fixture at world-class breaks around the Islands. And even though he has traveled the world in search of perfect...
Bread Pudding
Bake a great classic, or jazz it upComfort food doesn't get much better than bread pudding. We put the basic ingredients through a battery of tests to develop a formula for perfection. Our findings: The proportion of eggs to liquid is critical; you need...
Bread Pudding: Bake a Great Classic, or Jazz It Up
Comfort food doesn't get much better than bread pudding. We put the basic ingredients through a battery of tests to develop a formula for perfection. Our findings: The proportion of eggs to liquid is critical; you need to soak the bread long enough...
Comeback Bulbs
Months before daffodils and tulips bloom outdoors, you find tempting selections of these spring bulbs in pots at nurseries and supermarkets around the West. They flower for a few weeks in your home. But before you toss them out after the flowers fade,...
Defrosting Nederland
Celebrate late winter with snowshoeing and a festivalGoofy T-shirts and a race through a snowy obstacle course while carrying a coffin will all be part of the oddball fun at the fourth annual Frozen Dead Guy Days in the old mining town of Nederland,...
Dig That Garden
One of the first things we did when we bought our house about eight years ago was fix up the backyard. We laid down a brick patio and built a small deck, added a raised bed for growing a small kitchen garden, and reinforced a sagging retaining wall....
Dog Friendly
SOLUTIONTips for creating a garden you and your pet will loveGet a dog and-doggone it-there goes the garden. That's what many homeowners conclude, but it doesn't have to be that way, insists Bud Stuckey, Sunset's test garden coordinator. Stuckey speaks...
Dog Friendly: Tips for Creating a Garden You and Your Pet Will Love
Get a dog and--doggone it--there goes the garden. That's what many homeowners conclude, but it doesn't have to be that way, insists Bud Stuckey, Sunset's test garden coordinator. Stuckey speaks from experience: He and his wife, Maxine McClellan, have...
Green Vines
Many winemakers are going easy on the EarthWe Westerners generally aren't shy about our Earth-loving behavior. We load up on goods from REI to outfit our frequent forays into nature, and we make weekly visits to the farmers' market to buy local produce....
Green Vines: Many Winemakers Are Going Easy on the Earth
We Westerners generally aren't shy about our Earth-loving behavior. We load up on goods from REI to outfit our frequent forays into nature, and we make weekly visits to the farmers' market to buy local produce. One group of us, though, is doing the...
Joining Spa Nation
"We begin with an exfoliation," Isla tells me, "to remove dead skin cells. Then a clay-aloe vera wrap. You'll feel you've died and gone to heaven." I am not in heaven. I am at the Centre for Well-Being at the Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona. Isla...
Maki Madness: Fresh Sushi Recipes and Foolproof Directions to Get Your Party Rolling
Don't let sushi chefs have all the fun. Turn the spreading, layering, tucking, and rolling into a party at home. There's no wrong way to make sushi: Depending on their dexterity and ambition, your guests can make traditional maki (rolls), assemble...
March Favorites
Recipes from our readers, tested in Sunset's kitchenCurried Salmon CakesERIN WINEMILLER, PORTLANDErin Winemiller created these cakes using the new convenient pouches of boned, skinned salmon.PREP AND COOK TIME: 25 minutesMAKES: 4 servings2 large eggs2...
March Favorites: Recipes from Our Readers, Tested in Sunset's Kitchen
Curried Salmon Cakes ERIN WINEMILLER, PORTLAND Erin Winemiller created these cakes using the new convenient pouches of boned, skinned salmon. PREP AND COOK TIME: 25 minutes MAKES: 4 servings 2 large eggs 2 pouches (about 7 oz. each)...
Napa's Dream
A river-centered revival in California Wine CountryRiver floods leave fertile soil in their wake, the silver lining to the havoc wrought. But instead of cropland, the Napa River is repaying its namesake city with a revitalized downtown scene. Though...
Napa's Dream: A River-Centered Revival in the Heart of the Wine Country
River floods leave fertile soil in their wake, the silver lining to the havoc wrought. But instead of cropland, the Napa River is repaying its namesake city with a revitalized downtown scene. Though a long-term restoration project is still years from...
New Wave Designer: Former Windsurfer Eric Pfeiffer Brings a Fluid Line to His Furniture
In the world of design, Eric Pfeiffer, 35, is a rising star. His new Oakland, California-based company, Pfeiffer Design Lab, creates contemporary furniture, housewares, toys and lighting that build upon the work of Charles and Ray Eames, Alvar Aalto,...
Outer Space: A New Family House on a Tight Lot Opens Up to Nature
At Ron Radziner's home in Venice, California, the garden gate acts as the front door. That's because the architect and his family--wife Robin Cottle, a graphic designer, and children Asher, 4, and Lexi, 2--use every square inch of the 45- by 130-foot...
Phoenix on the Rise: You'll Find a New Downtown, Spring Hiking, and Baseball
There aren't many desert cities where you can get esoteric over art, aerobic over a steep hill, and poetic over baseball--all in one weekend. Phoenix, however, with its newly revitalized downtown, offers a great sampling of culture, outdoor adventure,...
Phoenix Rising
THREE-DAY WEEKENDYou'll find a new downtown, spring hikes, and baseballThere aren't many desert cities where you can get esoteric over art, aerobic over a steep hill, and poetic over baseball-all in one weekend. Phoenix, however, with its newly revitalized...
Quick Chicken
Pound and brown the everyday bird into versatile scaloppineBasic Chicken Scaloppine1 Rinse 4 boned, skinned chicken breast halves (5 to 6 oz. each); pat dry. Sprinkle both sides lightly with salt and pepper. Place halves between sheets of plastic wrap;...
Quick Chicken: Pound and Brown the Everyday Bird into Versatile Scaloppine
Sans skin and bones, chicken breasts are lean, easy to cook, and often boring. Look to the Italians to avoid that trap, with a technique we usually associate with veal--pounding the meat thin, browning it quickly, and concocting a quick pan sauce to...
Romance by the Sea: You May Fall in Love with Santa Monica Canyon
The best first date I ever had in Los Angeles was in Santa Monica Canyon. I thought he had taken me to a remote beach town, until I saw bustling Pacific Coast Highway nearby. But the buzzing traffic was unnoticeable when I was feasting on grilled fish...
Spring Picnic
IN SEASONTrade in the traditional Easter dinner for an alfresco lunchBright green sugar snap peas, asparagus spears, tiny red potatoes, crisp radishes, giant artichokes, sweet red strawberries: Gardens are waking up, and their crops are brightening farmers'...
Spring Picnic: Trade in the Traditional Easter Dinner for an Alfresco Lunch
Bright green sugar snap peas, asparagus spears, tiny red potatoes, crisp radishes, giant artichokes, sweet red strawberries: Gardens are waking up, and their crops are brightening farmers' markets with the vivid colors of spring. Enjoy the bounty with...
St. Pat's Soup
Sausage stars in this quick version of the Irish classicIf you're in the mood for corned beef and cabbage but don't have time to slowly simmer the beef, try using sausage instead. And put it into soup, along with beer, that other foundation of a St....
St. Pat's Soup: Sausage Stars in This Quick Version of the Irish Classic
If you're in the mood for corned beef and cabbage but don't have time to slowly simmer the beef, try using sausage instead. And put it into soup, along with beer, that other foundation of a St. Patrick's celebration. A cold bottle makes a fine accompaniment...
Tam Secrets: Marin County's Best-Known Mountain Still Harbors a Few Mysteries
The late-afternoon light was sliding into gentle gray as I set out for a two-day retreat on Mt. Tamalpais. Not 50 yards down the trail, a hunched shape ahead stopped me cold. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I panicked: I'm going to get eaten by a mountain...
Trend: Seriously Funny Food
When is a tuna melt not a tuna melt? When it's actually fresh seared ahi with warm foie gras. Haute toques around the West are presenting refined dishes in tongue-in-cheek ways that will take the stuffing out of even the most serious customers. Having...
Veggie Primer
Cultivating your own edibles is easy and funMy first foray into vegetable gardening started with two plants in paper cups, given to me as a gift. Because I have no "land" to grow anything on (I live in a second-story apartment), I put these two little...
Veggie Primer: Cultivating Your Own Edibles Is Easy and Fun
My first foray into vegetable gardening started with two plants in paper cups, given to me as a gift. Because I have no "land" to grow anything on (I live in a second-story apartment), I put these two little guys--a tomato plant and a pea plant--in...
Warm Wake-Up Cake
Find recipes fastIf you like recipes-collecting them, printing them, sharing them, even writing your own-you'll want to visit Sunset.com's new recipe finder.Kitchen Assistant. You'll see a link to it on Sunset's home page and throughout the Food section....
Western Garden Design Awards: 15 Winners Offer a Host of Fresh Landscaping Ideas
Last spring, seven landscape professionals gathered at Sunset's headquarters to select the very best examples of Western garden design from nearly 200 entries. They looked for excellence in five categories: renovation, outdoor living, regional, small...
What to Do in Your Garden in March
PLANTING * Groundcovers. Sunset climate zones 7-9, 14-17: To make lawn care easier, consider replacing at least part of your turf with less thirsty groundcovers. Those that do well in Northern California include juniper (J. communis 'Mondap', J....
What to Do in Your Garden in March
PLANTING* Set out cold-hardy color. Brighten up the garden with English primroses and pansies. Before planting, harden off these greenhouse-grown flowers by placing them outdoors in a shady area for a few hours a day and gradually increasing their exposure...
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