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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. 219, No. 5, November

3 Ways with Mashed Potatoes
Who needs boring spuds? Here are three fresh takes on the indispensable Thanksgiving side dishWHETHER WE'RE MAKING potatoes with enough flavor to stand on their own, or just looking for a vehicle for greater gravy consumption, our favorite tool for mashing...
A Seattle Chef's New Thanksgiving
After years of serving the holiday dinner only to customers, what does a chef cook for family and friends?FOR YEARS EVERY THANKSGIVING, Maria Hines cooked turkeys and stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes at the Seattle restaurant Earth + Ocean,...
A Surprise Weekend
The Southern California town of Laguna Beach is built for quiet, romantic getaways, with enough charm even to save a forgotten anniversaryYES, I ADMIT this wasn't the first time I'd forgotten an important event. Let's not get hung up on that. What's...
A Surprise Weekend: The Southern California Town of Laguna Beach Is Built for Quiet, Romantic Getaways, with Enough Charm Even to Save a Forgotten Anniversary
YES, I ADMIT this wasn't the first time I'd forgotten an important event. Let's not get hung up on that. What's important is that I quickly and admirably redeemed myself. Once the florist came to deliver the white dendrobium (I collect orchids) and...
Calabasas, CA: Ricky Schroder; the Actor Talks about Classic Westerns, Ranching Life, and the Beauty of Aspens
Coming West I grew up on Staten Island, but I fell in love with the West watching movies. Stagecoach with John Wayne, Clint Eastwood films. When I filmed Lonesome Dove, I decided I needed to live in the West. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION...
Celebrate Fall Foliage
Choose the right trees for seasonal drama in a low-maintenance landscapeDUSTED WITH FROST and splashed with color, the fall landscape can be visually powerful. To achieve a striking effect, choose the right trees and plant them at strategic places in...
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho: 100 Years of Hamburgers
TODD HUDSON HAS a century's worth of stories about the family hamburger joint in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. But the best dates back to his grandfather Howard Hudson. "A guy sat down and ate eight hamburgers in a row," Todd says. "Then he wanted to linger...
Crafty Makeover
A creative couple turns a nondescript front yard into a tiny oasis to match their houseBUNGALOWS COME in all sizes. That's what Michelle and Jeremy Walker told themselves when they first laid eyes on their future home in Ventura, California. With less...
Crafty Makeover: A Creative Couple Turns a Nondescript Front Yard into a Tiny Oasis to Match Their House
BUNGALOWS COME in all sizes. That's what Michelle and Jeremy Walker told themselves when they first laid eyes on their future home in Ventura, California. With less than 700 square feet to it and few distinguishing characteristics other than evidence...
Death Valley Journey
In autumn, the fabled desert park is at its most hauntingly beautiful. Hike, explore, and experience a world unlike any otherAT ZABRISKIE POINT in Death Valley National Park, my husband, Jim, and I are watching the world change colors. At this canyon...
Death Valley Journey: In Autumn, the Fabled Desert Park Is at Its Most Hauntingly Beautiful. Hike, Explore, and Experience a World Unlike Any Other
AT ZABRISKIE POINT in Death Valley National Park, my husband, Jim, and I are watching the world change colors. At this canyon overlook in the southeastern California desert, the striated rocks stretch in sculptural towers and eroded gullies off to...
Food Lovers' Holiday
Hold the turkey, we'll take fresh crab: Here's Northern California's most delicious driveA SEAFOOD DRIVE may sound like an irreverent way to spend Thanksgiving weekend, but fall is about appreciating plenty, and on the Northern California coast, that...
Fort Collins
The "best place to live" is also a great place to visit over the holidaysIN TERMS OF BRAGGING RIGHTS, Fort Collins has plenty to crow about. In 2006, Money magazine named the collegiate community just one hour north of Denver as the country's best place...
From the Editor
MY GRANDMOTHER ILA was many great things--enthusiastic basketball fan, speed reader, wonderful dancer--but fabulous cook does not come to anyone's mind when we fondly remember her. She had a few standouts in her repertoire, such as her pomegranate...
Going Native: Invite Wildlife into Your Garden with a Profusion of Western Plants Chosen for Their Blooms and Berries
PLANT NATIVES, and birds will follow. That's what Mary and Joe Bochiechio found when they installed their garden in San Marcos. The couple, once "canyoneers" (volunteer naturalists for the San Diego Natural History Museum), spent many memorable hours...
Greening Your Garden
Switch to sustainable garden practices for a Lush yet healthier landscape. The owners of this Oregon property did just that, with stunning resultsIF A LANDSCAPE is perfect, why tinker with it? This historic, 150-year-old property already had a lot going...
How to Force Paperwhites
Coax the sweet spring-flowering bulbs into winter bloom in pebble- and water-filled glass bowlsFRAGRANT, SNOWY WHITE FLOWERS atop grasslike foliage make paperwhites (Narcissus) favorite indoor plants in winter. Forcing the bulbs to bloom for the holidays-ahead...
How to Force Paperwhites: Coax the Sweet Spring-Flowering Bulbs into Winter Bloom in Pebble- and Water-Filled Glass Bowls
FRAGRANT, SNOWY WHITE FLOWERS atop grasslike foliage make paperwhites (Narcissus) favorite indoor plants in winter. Forcing the bulbs to bloom for the holidays--ahead of their normal spring cycle--couldn't be easier: Just nestle a few bulbs among pebbles...
Kale in Containers
Grow these versatile ornamentals for cool-season colorGIANT ROSETTES of frilly leaves-in shades of lavender, deep rose, and pink, as well as crisp white and creamy yellowmake ornamental kales favorite additions to the winter garden. Because these showy...
Kale in Containers: Grow These Versatile Ornamentals for Cool-Season Color
GIANT ROSETTES of frilly leaves--in shades of lavender, deep rose, and pink, as well as crisp white and creamy yellow--make ornamental kales favorite additions to the winter garden. Because these showy cabbage relatives tolerate cold weather and can...
Labor of Love
The idyllic vineyards and vistas of Northern California's wine country inspire a dream house built against the oddsFIVE MINUTES into their first conversation, Andy Katz and Ellen Riendeau knew they were destined to be a couple. "I told him my dream was...
Labor of Love: The Idyllic Vineyards and Vistas of Northern California's Wine Country Inspire a Dream House Built against the Odds
FIVE MINUTES into their first conversation, Andy Katz and Ellen Riendeau knew they were destined to be a couple. "I told him my dream was to live in Sonoma County," Riendeau says of that fortuitous encounter at a Christmas party in Colorado, where...
Living Green in the City
SNEAK PREVIEWIt's solar-powered, green-roofed, and has a wind turbine in the backyard. In San Francisco's Mission District, Sunset's newest Idea House proves that you don't have to live off the grid to enjoy the benefits of eco-friendly designGreen from...
Living Green in the City: It's Solar-Powered, Green-Roofed, and Has a Wind Turbine in the Backyard. in San Francisco's Mission District, Sunset's Newest Idea House Proves That You Don't Have to Live off the Grid to Enjoy the Benefits of Eco-Friendly Design
Green from the start Harnessing sun, wind, rain, and the latest technology, the systems are as eco-minded as the house itself BEING RADICAL in San Francisco's eclectic Mission District is no easy feat. But even in this neighborhood--with its...
Natural Thanksgiving Style
Create a chic and sustainable tabletop with inspiration from the pros. It's all about an eclectic mix of elements and accents from your yardback-to-the-roots simplicity defines Lucas and Margi Heldfond's environmentally sensitive holiday style. "It comes...
Natural Thanksgiving Style: Create a Chic and Sustainable Tabletop with Inspiration from the Pros. It's All about an Eclectic Mix of Elements and Accents from Your Yard
BACK-TO-THE-ROOTS SIMPLICITY defines Lucas and Margi Heldfond's environmentally sensitive holiday style. "It comes from an appreciation of things inherited, things collected, and things grown in the garden," explains Lucas. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
November Favorites
Recipes from our readers, tested in Sunset's kitchenSquash pull-apart dinner rollsAngela Baker, Bremerton, WASoft, cheerfully orange, and slightly sweetPREP AND COOK TIME 3 hoursMAKES 2 dozen1 ½ cups warm milk2 ¼ tsp. dry yeast2 tbsp. sugar1 tbsp. salt1...
Only in San Francisco: Swank Restaurants and Beautiful Walking Trails Make Presidio National Park a Class Act
SPREAD BEFORE US is a flight of crisp whites, a plate of prosciutto-wrapped figs--and, beyond a meticulously landscaped lawn, a peekaboo view of the Golden Gate Bridge. The patio at Pres a Vi is packed with pretty people, and though the restaurant...
Party for a Crowd
Host an elegant but easy holiday open house: Make a few choice recipes, then round them out with terrific prepared foods from across the WestThe menuSmoked salmon canapésTapenade goat-cheese canapésSweet-potato soup with prosciutto crispsRadicchio salad...
Reader Letters
The call of AlaskaThanks to your article "Wild Alaska" (June, page 120; and on sunset.com), my husband and I just returned from a marvelous visit to Southeast Alaska. My husband had booked a fishing trip to Sitka, and I wondered who would want to go...
Resources
Following are sources for some products in this issue. Care has been taken to verify information, but info can't be guaranteed. Items not included may have sources named elsewhere in the issue, have come from personal collections, or have been discontinued....
Ricky Schroder
CALABASAS, CAThe actor talks about classic westerns, ranching life, and the beauty of aspensComing West I grew up on Staten Island, but I fell in love with the West watching movies. Stagecoach with John Wayne, Clint Eastwood films. When I filmed Lonesome...
Spectacular Desserts
These tah-dah! cakes and cookies taste even better than they lookOrange ribbon cheesecakeThis creamy cheesecake has a glistening topping of caramelized, candylike orange slices.PREP AND COOK TIME About 274 hours, plus at least 3 ½ hours to cool and chillMAKES...
Spectacular Desserts: These Tah-Dah! Cakes and Cookies Taste Even Better Than They Look
Orange ribbon cheesecake This creamy cheesecake has a glistening topping of caramelized, candylike orange slices. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] PREP AND COOK TIME About 2 1/4 hours, plus at least 3 1/2 hours to cool and chill MAKES 12 servings...
Sweet Somethings
The one-minute lesson on dessert winesHERE'S OUR QUICKIE GUIDE to the three main dessert wines and how they pair with holiday sweets. (Rule of thumb: The wine should be at least as sweet as the dessert, with enough acidity for balance.)Late-harvestMade...
Sweet Somethings: The One-Minute Lesson on Dessert Wines
HERE'S OUR QUICKIE GUIDE to the three main dessert wines and how they pair with holiday sweets. (Rule of thumb: The wine should be at least as sweet as the dessert, with enough acidity for balance.) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Late-harvest Made...
Terraced Retreat: Use Multilevel Patios to Create a Series of Backyard Destinations
OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES on several levels can make the most of a challenging site. Because Phillip and Phyllis Barkowsky's Folsom backyard is bordered on two sides by a driveway, and electrical poles and lines are visible beyond their back fence, landscape...
Top 10 Hidden City Hotels: Rest Your Head in the West's Best Boutique Lodgings, Charming Guests from the City by the Bay to Boise
1 SAN FRANCISCO HOTEL DRISCO Among the manses of tony Pacific Heights--and far from the chaos of Union Square--you'll find Hotel Drisco, a most civilized hilltop spot for visiting in-laws, business types, and anyone who prefers weekending like a...
Transform with Color
A lush and varied palette brings updated glamour to a traditional homeTHE DINING ROOM WALLS are impossible to ignore: as crimson as the lips of a 1940s movie star. Peek into the kitchen, however, and the mood is fresh and organic, awash in creamy white...
Transform with Color: A Lush and Varied Palette Brings Updated Glamour to a Traditional Home
THE DINING ROOM WALLS are impossible to ignore: as crimson as the lips of a 1940s movie star. Peek into the kitchen, however, and the mood is fresh and organic, awash in creamy white and cool turquoise-green. And in the entry, deep pumpkin tones exude...
Turkey Sandwiches
You'll be thankful for Thanksgiving all over again when you bite into one of theseEVEN THOUGH TURKEY is a staple of the deli counter, it's only at Thanksgiving when most of us have a ready supply of fresh, home-roasted meat. This year, plan ahead for...
Walnut Creek: Get a Jump on Seasonal Shopping in the Chic North Main Boutique District
THE OH-SO-APPROPRIATE strains of Madonna's "Material Girl" float out of a shop. While you wait for a cappuccino, a pretty fashionista asks who designed your handbag. That's downtown Walnut Creek, where North Main Street overflows with designer threads,...
Warming Drinks
Chase away the chill with our versions of two cold-weather favorites, mocha and ciderLayered mochaSip hot chocolate through layers of hot espresso and thick, cold cream in this deconstructed mocha. It's based on the classic bicerin (beech-e-reen), from...
What to Do in Northern California: November
SONOMA Watch an olive crush For a wine country tasting room where even the designated driver has something to sample, don't miss the Olive Press, in Sonoma Valley's southern gateway. In a new Tuscan-style building shared with Jacuzzi Family Vineyards,...
What to Do in the Rockies: November
NEAR DENVERStep into winterLike four-wheel-drive for your feet, snowshoeing lets you strike out across a snow-cushioned landscape, and it's nearly as easy as walking-nearly. Sign up for the two-day clinic offered by the Boulder Outdoor Center and Renaissance...
What to Do in Your Garden November
"PlantingBegonias Available in late fall when they come into bud, Hiemalis (often sold as Rieger) begonias make cheerful, winterblooming houseplants. Camellia-like flowers come in a range of colors, including orange, pink, red, salmon, white, and yellow....
What to Do in Your Garden: November
Planning Digging Before making holes or trenches as part of a landscaping project, find out where all underground utility lines on your property are located. For help, call 811. The new national hotline can coordinate with you and local utility...
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