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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. 201, No. 6, December

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Holiday guests? From Salt Lake City to Santa Fe, here are the West's 100 best ways to entertain them They can be as much fun as the fanfare of fa la las in "Deck the Halls" - and as daunting as hitting that high note on "O Holy Night." We speak...
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Holiday guests? From Salt Lake City to Santa Fe, here are the West's 100 best ways to entertain them THEY CAN BE AS MUCH FUN as the fanfare of fa la las in "Deck the Halls"-and as daunting as hitting that high note on "O Holy Night." We speak of the...
101 Best-Loved Holiday Cookies
Sweet goodies - buttery cutouts, brownies, delicate lace cookies, biscotti, perfect chocolate chip, and more - make up this keepsake collection It's time for the annual holiday cookie-baking spree. And as a final salute to our Centennial, here is...
A Cure for Kumquats
Preserving lemons with salt, a common practice in the Middle East and North Africa, makes them a powerful seasoning agent. Treated the same, little orange kumquats undergo a similar metamorphosis. They also become particularly attractive, making a tasteful...
Appetizers from California Vintners
Marinated Shrimp Bruschetta Jill Murphy, Clos du Lac Cellars, Ione, California At the annual wine tasting at Clos du Lac Cellars, Jill Murphy, director of marketing and sales, serves shrimp toasts with Sauvignon Blanc or Viognier. PREP AND...
Canyons, Cozy Dogs, and the Meaning of the West
To get to Hackberry, Arizona, you drive west from Seligman until the red sandstone walls of Crozier Canyon rise up around you. Then you're in Hackberry, which consists of a few houses, a post office, and Bob Waldmire's visitor center - and the worn,...
Columbia
A MINERS' CHRISTMAS There's a good reason that Columbia looks like a stage set for a western movie. It has been. Parts of High Noon were filmed here, along with many television shows. In fact, it has so many of the classic elements of an Old West...
Crowning the Season
A holiday meal worth its weight in gold "People eat with their eyes. If it looks good, they'll try it," says career Jenny Burnsworth. But her choice of beautifully presented foods is not based on appearance alone; taste figures into the calculation,...
December Song
* What a wonderful and rich year 1998 has been for Sunset. This issue marks the end of our Centennial celebration. We hope you've had as good a time perusing our pages this year as we have had putting them together. We've expanded this issue to make...
Decorate an Ivy Tree
An ivy topiary with just the right finishing touches makes a great gift or decoration for a holiday table. (In Sunset climate zones 7 through 24, container-grown ivy is also hardy outdoors year-round, so the trees can be used as handsome garden accents.)...
Food Guide: Carols and Crab
Once upon a time, Dungeness crab had a seasonwinter. And in the face of emergency, it became our habit for Christmas Eve supper. With gifts yet to wrap, we stopped at the fish stand north of town seeking a primitive form of HMR (home-meal replacement)...
Gold Country Christmas
The spirit of Yuletides past is alive in California's Mother Lode EVADA CITY AT SUNSET. The white balconies above Broad Street glow in tones of amber. Evergreen boughs and red ribbons hang from the gas streetlamps, even dangle from the bridles of dappled...
Grass Valley
A CORNISH CHRISTMAS Four nights a year, downtown Grass Valley closes off the main streets to celebrate a Cornish Christmas. Vendors line the nighttime streets, and shops stay open late. The savory smell of warm Cornish pasties (meat-filled pastries)...
House Dressing
Festoon your mantel and tabletop with these long-lasting and easy-to-make decorations Most of us don't have the time to create complicated flower arrangements during the holidays. So these elegant swags, which will survive the season with minimal...
In the Woods
The countdown to Christmas begins with tree-cutting and hot soup It wouldn't be Christmas for the Easton family without a trek to Farnham Ridge Tree Farm. The first weekend in December, three generations of Eastons canvass the acreage, looking for...
It's a Wrap
Weave ribbons around the base of a living Christmas tree What looks like the biggest present under this living Christmas tree is an easy-to-make cylindrical surround that masks the pot in which the tree grows. It's wrapped in ribbons and sized to...
It's a Wrap
Weave ribbons around the base of a living Christmas tree * What looks like the biggest present under this living Christmas tree is an easy to-make cylindrical surround that masks the pot in which the tree grows. It's wrapped in ribbons and sized to the...
Living Christmas Trees to Treasure
They can last for years, if you choose the right ones and give them good care Watching a Santa Ana wind desiccate a lot full of cut Christmas trees in Southern California one weekend, I was struck by how quickly the sawed-off trees dried out, their...
Mountain Checklist
PLANTING * PROPAGATE HOUSE PLANTS. To start new plants of Chinese evergreen, dracaena, hoya, philodendron, and pothos, snip off leggy stems and immerse the cut ends in water. When roots form, transplant into fresh potting soil. MAINTENANCE ...
Nevada City
A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS Nevada City began life in the 1850s as a muddy tent city north of the main Mother Lode, that band of gold-bearing quartz that stretched all the way from Auburn to Melones. Then, it was a roughneck town. But today, Nevada City...
Open House
COOK-OFF RECIPES COMPOSE A PRIZEWINNING PARTY MENU My husband and I are part of a fourcouple group who get together for dinner every two or three months. The hostess usually prepares the entree and distributes recipes to the other couples. I decided...
Screen Gems
Holiday project from hardware store screening It's modern-day alchemy: turn ordinary wire screening into sparkly decorations. Squeeze-bottles of glitter-filled "dimensional paints" (sold at most art stores) effect the transformation. Draw simple...
Seasonal Style
Spread good cheer - with handmade gift wraps and cards Half the fun of the holiday season is making things yourself, from cookies to gifts to decorations. Here are two projects to enhance your holidays: fancy wrapping papers, made from recycled...
Simply Golden
Burnished gold leaf brings a festive gleam to this easy craft project The ancient, painstaking art of gold leafing imparts a mellow richness that metallic paints just can't match. Today's gold-leafing kits have turned this process into a quick and...
Smart Streets
In recognition of Sunset's 100th anniversary in 1998, we've been counting up 100 of the West's best destinations. In this final installment: great streets for holiday shopping. Smart streets * Holiday shopping doesn't have to be a chore, especially when...
Tableaux
Quick-change table trimmings set the scene for Christmas and New Year's Can't decide on silver or gold this season? You can have it both ways by pulling a few simple switches. China and crystal at these festive tables remain basically the same,...
The Wine Guide
Wines for the best of times Since antiquity, wine has been the beverage of celebration, for it symbolizes joy, transformation, and togetherness. Notwithstanding all this archetypal significance, however, wine has a purely pragmatic side this...
Wines for the Best of Times
* Since antiquity, wine has been the beverage of celebration, for it symbolizes joy, transformation, and togetherness. Notwithstanding all this archetypal significance, however, wine has a purely pragmatic side this time of year: it is just about the...
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