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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. 6, December

3 Ways with Rotisserie Chicken
In a season filled with holiday cooking, it's nice just to grab one of these birds at the store for a simple, tasty mealPappardelle with chicken and winter greensThis bright-tasting pasta makes good use of radicchio and chard, two sturdy greens that...
3 Ways with Rotisserie Chicken: In a Season Filled with Holiday Cooking, It's Nice Just to Grab One of These Birds at the Store for a Simple, Tasty Meal
Pappardelle with chicken and winter greens This bright-tasting pasta makes good use of radicchio and chard, two sturdy greens that are packed with vitamins and flavor. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] PREP AND COOK TIME 1 hour MAKES 6 servings ...
A Calabrian Feast: Every December in Oakland, This Family Celebrates Christmas Eve the Southern Italian Way, but with a California Twist
IT'S A LONG WAY from rural Calabria, the "toe" of the Italian boot, to the suburban Oakland Hills, but Rosetta Costantino and her family have kept their food traditions intact since moving here more than 30 years ago. In their village of Verbicaro,...
Bryce on Ice: Follow the Storms to Utah's Stunning National Park, Where Red Rocks, Fresh Snow, and No Crowds Equal Pure Winter Bliss
AS DECEMBER STORMS paint Bryce Canyon National Park with fresh snow, you won't find a more beautiful winter landscape anywhere in the world. Big words to be sure. But for some of us, catching this park in south-central Utah on the perfect winter...
Cañon City
See Colorado's famed Royal Gorge, then stick around for holiday funSUMMER'S THE SEASON when tourists head en masse to Canon City to play dare-devil on (or under) the famous Royal Gorge Bridge. They come to drive across it, or raft under it, to ogle and...
Christmas Stars
Topped with thin, crisp sheets of red-and-white peppermint, these are the ultimate holiday browniesA DARK, SOFT, FUDGY BROWNIE topped with rich chocolate ganache and a crunchy sheet of red-and-white peppermint: This was the dessert we envisioned one...
Christmas Stars: Topped with Thin, Crisp Sheets of Red-and-White Peppermint, These Are the Ultimate Holiday Brownies
A DARK, SOFT, FUDGY BROWNIE topped with rich chocolate ganache and a crunchy sheet of red-and-white peppermint: This was the dessert we envisioned one day in Sunset's test kitchen while dreaming about the treats we'd like to bake for the holidays....
City Sparkle: Cosmopolitan, Down-to-Earth, and Brilliant with Holiday Cheer, Vancouver Knows How to Brighten December Nights
THE AFTERNOON LIGHT IS FADING by the time my husband, Jim, and I catch a cab at the Vancouver airport. The sky is a heavy gray, the air is chilly, and I question our plan to escape holiday stresses in California by jetting north for a Christmas getaway...
Fit for a King
Tired of turkey? Bored with beef? Make crown roast your showstopping main course this ChristmasALTHOUGH A STANDING beef rib roast is the traditional choice for a holiday dinner, its counterpart, a crown roast of pork, is just as spectacular. Rubbed with...
Fit for a King: Tired of Turkey? Bored with Beef? Make Crown Roast Your Showstopping Main Course This Christmas
ALTHOUGH A STANDING beef rib roast is the traditional choice for a holiday dinner, its counterpart, a crown roast of pork, is just as spectacular. Rubbed with herbs, slowly roasted till mahogany brown, and served with roasted garlic and gravy, crown...
Fresno, California: Street of Dreams
FOR A LONG TIME, I saw the spirit of Christmas as a plump, white-bearded, Santa-ish figure--like Jack Black if you glued cotton to his chin. But now I know who the spirit of Christmas truly is. He is a 49-year-old engineer named Dean Alexander. ...
From the Editor
THERE ARE MAGICAL THINGS that make me feel like a child no matter how grown-up I get: gazing up at a dark sky and discovering a shooting star. Watching a spectacular fireworks show on the Fourth of July. In December, it's marveling at the holiday lights...
Great Gadgets
Smart gifts for wine loversWINE SHELVES AREN'T SHORT on gizmos that promise easy cork action, elegant sipping, and all-around good relationships with wine. But the tools that make the most sense to us are those that manage the one element wine has a...
Great Gadgets: Smart Gifts for Wine Lovers
WINE SHELVES AREN'T SHORT on gizmos that promise easy cork action, elegant sipping, and all-around good relationships with wine. But the tools that make the most sense to us are those that manage the one element wine has a love-hate relationship with:...
Handmade Holiday; Forget the Tinsel. Shimmering Patterns on Notecards, Petite Bouquets in Unexpected Vessels: Two Style Experts Showcase Creative Ways to Infuse Your Home with Seasonal Decor
MEET THE STYLE EXPERT The woodblock artist The traditional Indian craft of woodblock printing is experiencing a rebirth in the hands of Bridgette Slattery, a San Francisco eyebrow artist by trade and up-and-coming designer by night. Her artful...
Hominy Harmony
With this golden form of corn as our inspiration, we've cooked up a complete dinner using just one panSausage with hominy and spinachIf you've only had hominy-big, starchy corn kernels with the hull and germ removed-in posole, you'll be amazed at how...
Hominy Harmony: With This Golden Form of Corn as Our Inspiration, We've Cooked Up a Complete Dinner Using Just One Pan
Sausage with hominy and spinach If you've only had hominy--big, starchy corn kernels with the hull and germ removed--in posole, you'll be amazed at how delicious and satisfying it is all on its own. Here we cook it in the seasoning left in the pan...
Moss Landing: The Tiny Fishing Town near Monterey Lures with Its Own Seafood and Marine Life
FORGET ABOUT Fisherman's Wharf--nowhere is the cadence of seaside life more fully celebrated than in this quiet beach town just north of Monterey. The excellent seafood at local eateries is more than enough reason to make a detour, but the biggest...
Quick Winter Spruce-Ups
Use seasonal colors to create an elegant new look with a palette of burgundy, bright green, and white. Here are 8 smart ways to refresh your garden1Dress a tabletopArrange miniature deep green conifers around a trio of taller lime green ones in a low...
Quick Winter Spruce-Ups: Use Seasonal Colors to Create an Elegant New Look with a Palette of Burgundy, Bright Green, and White. Here Are 8 Smart Ways to Refresh Your Garden
1 Dress a tabletop Arrange miniature deep green conifers around a trio of taller lime green ones in a low taupe bowl. After the holidays, plant them in garden beds. 2 Add lighting For a soft glow at night, wrap tree trunks and branches...
Reader Letters
DIY success storyYour September issue was the final bit of inspiration we needed to finish our own garden path (pictured above). The summers in Arizona are so hot, the last thing I think of then is starting an outside project. Your article ("Great Garden...
Regina King
LOS ANGELESThe star of Ray and This Christmas talks about the joys of a sunny holiday in L.A. and other seasonal favesChristmas in Los Angeles It's my favorite time of year. You can smell the fireplaces going, you have to wear a jacket at night. I like...
Resources
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Top 10 Mountaintop Restaurants
Top 10 Mountaintop restaurantsFrom urban epicurean retreats to snowy chalets accessed by snowmobile, these lofty restaurants will lift your spirits and impress your dinner guests1 ASPEN, COCLOUD nine alpine bistro No need to be a skier to glimpse Aspen's...
Top 10 Mountaintop Restaurants: From Urban Epicurean Retreats to Snowy Chalets Accessed by Snowmobile, These Lofty Restaurants Will Lift Your Spirits and Impress Your Dinner Guests
1 ASPEN, CO CLOUD NINE ALPINE BISTRO No need to be a skier to glimpse Aspen's best mountaintop views; just jump into a Sno-Cat and head up Aspen Highlands for an intimate four-course meal. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] What's for dinner: Look for...
What to Do in Northern California: December
LIVERMORE Play with toys At the charmingly old-school Cooleykatz Toys, the shelves are piled high with model cars, jigsaw puzzles, and loads of board games. Mum's the word to Junior, but locals Pat and Nita Cooley, who opened the shop last year,...
What to Do in the Rockies: December
EVERGREEN, COSkate on a lake Lace up your skates and glide across Evergreen Lake, about 30 miles west of Denver. Generations of Coloradans have welcomed winter on this 40-acre lake, surrounded by the pine-covered foothills of the Front Range. Its elevation...
What to Do in Your Garden: December
Shopping Gifts from the nursery To bypass the hectic mall and give a present that will live on after the holidays, head for a garden center. For an edible surprise, pot up a dwarf citrus or cool-season greens such as arugula or butterhead lettuce....
What to Do in Your Garden: December
DecoratingBulbs For an easy holiday centerpiece, fill a basket, wooden box, or other attractive container with a selection of potted bulbs such as crocuses, miniature daffodils, hyacinths, or irises. For a long-lasting display, choose plants with plenty...
Winter Greens: Why Limit Yourself to a Christmas Tree? Deck the Halls, Walls, Tables, and More with Conifer Cuttings
The West's best greens Some of the most beautiful conifers that supply branches for holiday decorating are native to the West's northern forests (firs, spruces, some pines). Others grow naturally in deserts (Arizona cypress) or in misty coastal...
Wreaths from the Wild
A California designer reinvents the holiday icon with fresh, foraged materialsIT'S A MISTY WINTER DAY at Harms Vineyards and Lavender Fields in Napa, California, and Mercedes Feller is doing what she loves to do this time of year. Stepping onto a picnic...
Wreaths from the Wild: A California Designer Reinvents the Holiday Icon with Fresh, Foraged Materials
IT'S A MISTY WINTER DAY at Harms Vineyards and Lavender Fields in Napa, California, and Mercedes Feller is doing what she loves to do this time of year. Stepping onto a picnic bench set at the base of a venerable oak, she reaches into the branches...
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