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. 213, No. 6, December

Beyond the Toast
Try sparkling wine with every part of the mealSparkling wine's reputation for celebration is also its downfall. Beverage of choice for the best moments of our lives-relationships sealed, houses warmed, new years rung in-it is associated mainly with special...
Beyond the Toast: Try Sparkling Wine with Every Part of the Meal
Sparkling wine's reputation for celebration is also its downfall. Beverage of choice for the best moments of our lives--relationships sealed, houses warmed, new years rung in--it is associated mainly with special events in our minds. For dinner, we...
Break Through
The best--and most cost-effective--remodels are often the result of reorganizing what already exists. In this Portland home, removing an interior wall between the breakfast area and the garage made it possible to create a bright and inviting family...
Butterfly Heaven: Watch Monarchs Winter along Northern California's Coast
When it comes to insects, most of us need an attitude adjustment. A guided walk with interpretive naturalist Martha Nitzberg at Santa Cruz's Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve can do just that. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "In our culture, we have...
Christmas with the Big Trees
Two families make a winter escape to Sequoia National ParkA clear December day in Sequoia National Park. Last night's storm has skidded east across the Sierra Nevada, leaving a meadow perfect with fresh snow.My 6-year-old son crouches and cups snow into...
Christmas with the Big Trees: Two Families Make a Winter Escape to Sequoia National Park
A clear December day in Sequoia National Park. Last night's storm has skidded east across the Sierra Nevada, leaving a meadow perfect with fresh snow. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] My 6-year-old son crouches and cups snow into his gloves. He's a San...
Cocoa in a Jar
Layer the ingredients for homemade cocoa in a jar, add a ribbon and a tag, and you have a simple but stylish gift. Our mixes will fill 1-quart jars (12 servings; see page 143 for sources), but if your containers are different sizes, just keep the ratio...
Cookie Party
A pastry chef shows that decorating is child's play"I used to make Christmas cookies every year with a few friends, but before long everyone dropped out," says Emily Luchetti, executive pastry chef at Farallon restaurant in San Francisco and author of...
Cookie Party: A Pastry Chef Shows That Decorating Is Child's Play
"I used to make Christmas cookies every year with a few friends, but before long everyone dropped out," says Emily Luchetti, executive pastry chef at Farallon restaurant in San Francisco and author of A Passion for Desserts (Chronicle Books, 2003;...
Crab Feast
Dungeness does a Christmas Eve tradition proudMore than a few last-minute shoppers have come up short. What Dorene Centioli-McTigue's Italian grandparents failed to find their first year in Seattle was the essential fish for their annual Christmas Eve...
Crab Feast: Dungeness Does a Christmas Eve Tradition Proud
More than a few last-minute shoppers have come up short. What Dorene Centioli-McTigue's Italian grandparents failed to find their first year in Seattle was the essential fish for their annual Christmas Eve pasta. What they did encounter was plenty...
Easy Buffet
Invite friends for a holiday open houseAfter the presents are opened and the stockings are turned inside out, Christmas Day can seem like one long spell of "some assembly required" until supper. So try hosting an open house, where friends can drop in...
Easy Buffet: Invite Friends for a Holiday Open House
After the presents are opened and the stockings are turned inside out, Christmas Day can seem like one long spell of "some assembly required" until supper. So try hosting an open house, where friends can drop in during the afternoon, families can mix...
Eco Modern
A Los Angeles house melds energy efficiency with streamlined style"There's not a stick of wood in the frame and roof of our home," says architect and homeowner Russell Johnson. His goal was to make the 1,900-square-root design as energy efficient and...
Eco Modern: A Los Angeles House Melds Energy Efficiency with Streamlined Style
"There's not a stick of wood in the frame and roof of our home," says architect and homeowner Russell Johnson. His goal was to make the 1,900-square-foot design as energy efficient and spacious-feeling as possible. The result is a sort of freestanding...
Festive Favorites
Recipes from our readers, tested in Sunset's kitchenMaple Nut-Filled DatesLESLIE FREEMAN, BOISEAfter a day of skiing, Leslie Freeman wanted a bite of something quick, rich, and sweet. She came up with these cheese-filled dates, which make a great appetizer...
Festive Favorites: Recipes from Our Readers, Tested in Sunset's Kitchen
Maple Nut-Filled Dates LESLIE FREEMAN, BOISE After a day of skiing, Leslie Freeman wanted a bite of something quick, rich, and sweet. She came up with these cheese-filled dates, which make a great appetizer or apres-ski snack. She uses Bell-wether...
Half Moon Bay: Catch the Spirit of the Season-And the Sea-Just South of San Francisco
Finding the holiday spirit this month might be as easy as cruising over the Coast Range to the quiet town of Half Moon Bay. The drive rewards with a peaceful landscape of Christmas tree and flower nurseries, seaside bluffs, timeworn farmhouses, and...
High on Holly
PLANTINGHow to choose and use the versatile shrubThere's more to holly than the shapely, lustrous leaves and winter berries that enhance our winter bouquets, wreaths, and swags. These versatile evergreen shrubs and trees (a few are deciduous) can bring...
High on Holly: How to Choose and Use the Versatile Shrub
There's more to holly than the shapely, lustrous leaves and winter berries that enhance our winter bouquets, wreaths, and swags. These versatile evergreen shrubs and trees (a few are deciduous) can bring year-round beauty to the garden, whether in...
Indoor Snow
White flowers remind us of freshly fallen snow, of course. But shades of white stir up other seasonal memories too: icicles glistening from trees on winter mornings, your breath forming cloudy puffs on walks, the angel costume you wore in a Christmas...
Letters from Our Readers
When men cook turkeyRe: "The Main Event," From the Editor, November, page 12, in which editor-in-chief Katie Tamony confesses : "I have never made a Thanksgiving turkey."Like you, Katie, I have never cooked turkey. Our grandmothers passed the expertise...
Moonlit Slopes: Montana's Newest Resort Offers Fresh Terrain for a Friendly Price
This winter, follow the paved road up into the Gallatin Range of the Rocky Mountains, past the venerable Big Sky Resort's condo villages, and into the stands of Douglas fir. Just when you think you're lost, you'll come to the newest of Montana's 16...
New Classics
Three favorite desserts get makeoversraditional holiday sweets sometimes seem too old-fashioned, or like more trouble than they're worth. Mincemeat and English-style plum pudding, for instance, must be made months in advance from long lists of esoteric...
New Classics: Three Favorite Desserts Get Makeovers
Traditional holiday sweets sometimes seem too old-fashioned, or like more trouble than they're worth. Mincemeat and English-style plum pudding, for instance, must be made months in advance from long lists of esoteric ingredients (suet, anyone?). And...
Noel in North Beach: Families Shop for Seasonal Treats in San Francisco's Italian Enclave
It's more likely to be sunny than snowy, but make no mistake--it's holiday time in the city's North Beach neighborhood. "North Beach at Christmas is all about family," says Silvia Santucci Scott, who, along with sister Christina Santucci, runs popular...
North Bay Getaway: For a Low-Key Day of Shopping, Drop in on Historic Benicia
If you dread the canned carols and manic wattage of urban mall shopping this month, try giving yourself a present. Make a December escape to Solano County's Benicia. On the north shore of the Carquinez Strait, this historic town, briefly California's...
North Beach Noel
Shop for seasonal treats in San FranciscoIt's more likely to be sunny than snowy, but make no mistake-it's holiday time in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood. "North Beach at Christmas is all about family," says Silvia Santucci Scott, who, along...
Pad Your Pantry
Stock up and snack in Longmont, Colorado's undiscovered food townRural Longmont has been better known through the years for saloon brawls than culinary prowess. But a recent influx of breweries, cheese stores, gourmet shops, restaurants, and ethnic markets...
Perfect Latkes
Make crisp potato pancakes every timeA little potato pancake knowledge goes a long way in December. Hanukkah wouldn't be itself without latkes. Other parties also come to life with potato-pancake appetizers. And the warm, crisp cakes make a great holiday...
Perfect Latkes: Make Crisp Potato Pancakes Every Time
A little potato pancake knowledge goes a long way in December. Hanukkah wouldn't be itself without latkes. Other parties also come to life with potato-pancake appetizers. And the warm, crisp cakes make a great holiday side dish. But latkes aren't...
Restaurants: Airport Eats
Around the West, local restaurants are offering quick-serve versions of their most popular dishes at the airport, so now you can get a taste of the city's flavor without stepping outside--perfect for a short layover (ticketed passengers only in Portland...
Santa Fe Fresh
Style goes beyond adobe in Guadalupe DistrictAn emerging crop of unusual design and home-furnishings shops is turning Santa Fe's eccentric Guadalupe District-a neighborhood long embraced by locals as an unstuffy foil to the Plaza and Canyon Road-into...
Seasonal Entryways
Dress your home with three regional looksCalifornia citrusWinter is the time for citrus in California; pair garden cuttings of kumquats with salal and boxwood.Wreath1. Start with a wire wreath frame and a spool of 22gauge wire, both available at craft...
Seasonal Entryways: Dress Your Home with Three Regional Looks
California citrus Winter is the time for citrus in California; pair garden cuttings of kumquats with salal and boxwood. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Wreath 1. Start with a wire wreath frame and a spool of 22-gauge wire,...
Second in a Series: People Are Preferring Premium Beef That's Naturally Good; Consumers Concerned about Taste and Quality Are Becoming More Demanding of the Meat They Eat
An emerging trend is influencing the way food reaches your table. Because of the public's concern for safety and its desire for a better dining experience, consumers are becoming much more interested in the origins of the food they eat, especially...
Shed Style
Recycled wood warms up a Rocky Mountain retreatThe challenge for Liz Le Coq Currier and her husband, Joe Currier, was to design their new home in Crested Butte, Colorado, around two 120-year-old wooden industrial sheds. A National Historic District,...
Shed Style: Recycled Wood Warms Up a Rocky Mountain Retreat
The challenge for Liz Le Coq Currier and her husband, Joe Currier, was to design their new home in Crested Butte, Colorado, around two 120-year-old wooden industrial sheds. A National Historic District, the area has strict preservation rules. The couple...
Shop by Train
Catch Denver's light rail for a hassle-free day in the cityNothing can dampen the fun oi holiday shopping in downtown Denver taster than traffic and parking hassles. One strategy: Forget the car and add a dash of big-city adventure to your outing by...
Simple Glaze for Salmon
Turn a favorite fish into a Friday-night specialDuring the holidays, with so many gatherings waiting to happen, weeknight meals sometimes need to be worthy of company. But more than ever, minutes are scarce. Salmon is the perfect entrée for the times-simple...
Simple Glaze for Salmon: Turn a Favorite Fish into a Friday-Night Special
During the holidays, with so many gatherings waiting to happen, weeknight meals sometimes need to be worthy of company. But more than ever, minutes are scarce. Salmon is the perfect entree for the times--simple and easy to dress up. A sweet, tangy...
Taking Time
As our staff was planning this December issue, visions of stressed-out readers were dancing in our heads. Speaking from my own experience, the pressure to send imaginative cards, find just the right gifts for everyone, bake cookies, hold a holiday...
Tamale Town
For a moment, the parade rolling down Oasis Street in Indio, California, could be any hometown extravaganza. Here come the high-school bands in their furry shako hats and the drill teams in sequined magenta, the local politicos in flag-bedecked Cadillacs...
The Directory
Set of leather coasters [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The first 100 readers who request information from our advertisers featured in THE DIRECTORY will receive a set of leathers coasters FREE. Each coaster features a vintage Sunset cover. The set of...
Tour the Big Room
Kartchner Caverns' thrills are closer than everHow do you stun a dozen hyperactive sixth graders into complete silence? Easy: Lead them into the newly opened Big Room at Kartchner Caverns in Arizona. Suddenly there are so many jaws agape, it looks like...
Tree Jewels
STEP-BY-STEPCreate ornaments that are simple and stylishBeaded eleganceMicro beads-actually tiny glass balls-add shimmer to classic ornaments. For adhesives, we used glue dots and Wacky Tacky Tape in plain sheets and star shapes. For craft-supply sources,...
Tree Jewels: Create Ornaments That Are Simple and Stylish
Beaded elegance Micro beads--actually tiny glass balls--add shimmer to classic ornaments. For adhesives, we used glue dots and Wacky Tacky Tape in plain sheets and star shapes. For craft-supply sources, see page 143. Materials * Scissors ...
Trellis Tree
For a simple but elegant holiday decoration, trim a trellis or two with evergreens and twinkling lights. They instantly transform a front porch into a festive focal point. In the entry above, a cedar and fir garland covers a wire obelisk at left, while...
What to Do in Your Garden in December
SHOPPING * Holiday greens. Nurseries are stocked with greenery--garlands, wreaths, and conifer swags--for adorning a door, gate, or wall over a fireplace. Spray untreated greens with an antitranspirant (also available at nurseries) to delay drying....
What to Do in Your Garden in December
SHOPPING* Fresh holiday color-makers. If you're looking for alternatives to poinsettias, these indoor plants have colorful flowers or foliage: azaleas, bromeliads (Giamania hybrids), Christmas cactus (Schlumbergem × buckkyi), kalanchoe, or Phalaenopsu...
Winter Hikes
Front Range trails that stand up to bad weatherTrue hiking fans don't let a recent rain or pounding snowstorm keep them off the trails. Along the Front Range, savvy Coloradans head for weatherproof pathways, like the three easy (and scenic) routes we...
Winter Surprise
THREE-DAY WEEKENDSalt Lake City has a lot more to offer than just great skiingJustifiably famous for its nearby ski and snowboard enticements, Salt Lake City is coming into its own as a destination for shopping, dining, and culture. While the downtown...
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