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. 204, No. 5, May

[2] Asparagus-Wine Enemy Number 1?
* Standing in the supermarket the other day, I was about to add a bundle of asparagus from the towering green stacks to my cart for dinner, when I remembered that many people consider the vegetable wine's worst enemy. To tell you the truth, I've...
[2] Kitchen Cabinet
READERS' RECIPES TESTED IN SUNSET'S KITCHENS Chicken Hollandaise Wraps "I created this recipe for my boyfriend, who loves hollandaise," says Audrey Dennery. It incorporates the classic sauce into a quick weeknight meal. Make the hollandaise first,...
[2] Weekend Chicken
A bird in the oven guarantees great snacks * On our first date, David marched into my kitchen, opened the refrigerator, spotted a roasted chicken, and muttered, "You'll do." A quarter of a century later, the cold remains of a chicken, particularly...
Actress in Arden
* The journey to Arden begins in contemporary Orange County, California--that affluent kingdom of gated communities and view homesites. But as the highway climbs into the Santa Ana Mountains, the world grows less tame. In a side canyon, you cross and...
A Reef of Your Own
Have the sea to yourself on these Hawaiian snorkel cruises Five feet down in the liquid blue somewhere off leeward Lanai, I see a subtle flutter amid the busy commotion of butterfly fish on a cluster of pinkish brain coral. I swim down a few feet to...
Around the West in 21 Pots
Each Western state inspires its own container plantings From coastal chaparral to alpine meadows, the West is blessed with an awe-inspiring range of landscapes and vegetations. Taking our cue from nature, we set out to design container gardens that...
Asparagus-Wine Enemy Number 1?
* Standing in the supermarket the other day, I was about to add a bundle of asparagus from the towering green stacks to my cart for dinner, when I remembered that many people consider the vegetable wine's worst enemy. To tell you the truth, I've...
A Taste of Basque
An intriguing culture revealed through food and festivals in California, Idaho, and Nevada It's a classic emigrant story, of striking out from Europe to find independence and opportunity in the wild lands of the American West. The Basque odyssey...
A Taste of Basque Country
An intriguing culture revealed through food and festivals in California, Idaho,and Nevada It's a classic emigrant story, of striking out from Europe to find independence and opportunity in the wild lands of the American West. The Basque odyssey began...
A Watershed for Contra Costa County
At Los Vaqueros, hike, bike or ride a horse through 18,500 acres of open space Here's the word on Contra Cost a County's newest recreation area: It's big. So big, in fact, that without a map or some trip planning, you could very well hike for hours...
Balancing Act
A harmonious interior isn't necessarily about matched sets of furniture and accessories Balance in an interior decor is like a car's (brake pedal: You don't really think about it unless it doesn't work. A room containing elements of unequal "weight"...
Boulder at Its Best
Hiking, biking, and the Bard: Who needs reality in Colorado's capital of cool? * Boulder's reputation precedes it. Long before you crest State 36 and glimpse this city set against the angular walls of the Flatiron Range, you know you are heading...
Cakes That Rise to the Occasion
Aa sea-level cook with mile-high grandsons, I've had to adjust my favorite celebration cakes to their altitude. One is an indispensable basic vanilla cake that bakes in tender, even layers to frost; it's ideal for birthdays. To make it work, I reduced...
Catch a Rainbow
Hook your fresh trout in the market and cook up a fast, healthy dinner I'm no angler. My idea of fishing is a trip to the market for the freshest fillets in the seafood case. When I met an avid fly fisher recently I was surprised to learn that he fishes...
Celebrate Summer with Us
You came by car, plane, and RV some of you by shank's mare. In all, 23,000 of you came to Celebration Weekend at Sunset last May Well, we're doing it again this year. Stop by our headquarters in Menlo Park, California, on May 20 or 21 and meet the editors,...
Cottage Garden Know-How
A coastal California garden offers lessons in creating controlled exuberance You can't help but feel elated when you enter this exuberant Northern California coastal garden filled with annuals, perennials, flowering shrubs, and whimsical artifacts. "It's...
Cowboy Decorating
A Western look that's easy to live with Michelle Zehnle relaxes in her favorite armchair, which she used as a focal point in her living room (above right). You don't have to buy a roomful of cowboy-style furniture to achieve a romantic Western...
Digging Morrison
Uncover dinosaurs and margaritas in this Colorado town Morrison Travel planner Area code is 303. WHERE: About 15 miles west of Denver via State 470 and Morrison Rd. ATTRACTIONS: Morrison Natural History Museum, 501 State 8; 697-1873. Dinosaur Ridge Visitor...
Easy Tile Table
The legs are mail-order, and no tile-cutting is required: the top uses standard 12-inch squares With its limestone top and turned maple legs, this handsome table could grace a dining or breakfast room, but it's informal and sturdy enough to sit on a...
Easy Trekking
Walk with llamas into southern Utah and Colorado wilderness areas We're thigh-deep in the icy Escalante River and miles into southern Utah's rugged Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument when we suddenly realize what a breeze this trip has been....
Flat-Out Flavorful
Savory breads and crackers for snacking My first meal at the legendary Hollywood restaurant Spago was a heady experience, to be sure. The atmosphere buzzed, the menu offered unique flavor combinations, and a movie star held court at the next table. But...
Food Plus Fun
The setting is the show at these four San Francisco eateries A truly special evening out includes more than just a meal. Throw a foreign film into the mix, or dancing in a rainstorm. Or perhaps a manicure with your martini. A manicure? Why not?...
Fruit Salad Season
Tropical fruits, spring berries--here are cool dishes for warm days The sun--and the barbecue--are out together this time of year. A fruit salad would complete the picture very nicely. Too bad summer's parade of fruit won't show up for another month...
Gilding the Gourd
All over the West, there's a boom in art created from a familiar fruit * In the center of the festival grounds is a miniature train, with gourds forming part of each car. To the right are musical instruments created from gourds; on the left, gourd...
Gilding the Ground
All over the West, there's a boom in art created from a familiar fruit In the center of the festival grounds is a miniature train, with gourds forming part of each car. To the right are musical instruments created from gourds; on the left, gourd "baskets"...
Grandest Canynon
Eternal, ever-changing, intimate, profound: This is the one sight you must experience for yourself WE ARE GATHERED on a low bluff along the Colorado River, a loose assortment of people from around the world. Some have come to this spot 180 miles...
Grandest Canyon
Eternal, ever-changing, intimate, profound: This is sight you must experience for yourself WE ARE GATHERED on a low bluff along the Colorado River, a loose assortment of people from around the world. Some have come to this spot 180 miles inside the Grand...
Gulf Islands Idyll
Not far from Vancouver, B.C., a world of whales and sails The first time we saw the young orca, he made us laugh. The rest of his family and friends were far ahead of him and still gaining, but he was completely sidetracked. He was maybe 7 feet...
Happy Mother's Day Bouquets
They're elegant and surprisingly easy to arrange A spring bouquet is sure to make a mother feel special, particularly one with a look as joyous as a flower garden. Two of ours start with handsome containers (stone, terra-cotta, or plastic; we used...
How to Attract Good Bugs to Your Garden
The right flowers will invite ladybird beetles, lacewings, and other beneficial insects to your backyard Successful organic growers don't wait for crop pests to invade before recruiting an opposing army. They build up reserves of beneficial insects,...
How to Make the Most of a Short Season
The secret: Proven winners planted in the right place at the right time Late springs, short summers with cool nights, and early frosts are among the contraints mountain-region gardeners face when growing flowers and vegetables. If you live in such areas--...
Is Calcium the Key to Strong Bones?
Even if you drink milk, a surprising villain can sap strength from your skeleton: the salt in your food For years doctors have warned their patients about the perils of eating too much salt. Those white crystals may add zest to bland foods, but...
Just Ask Me
AFTER MY LAST MASSAGE, THE THERAPIST ADVISED ME TO DRINK LOTS OF WATER TO FLUSH OUT TOXINS. IS THAT REALLY NECESSARY? SUMNER BROWN Charlottesville, Va. via E-mail I GET SO RELAXED after a massage that I'd happily rub crystals over my entire...
Kitchen Cabinet
READERS' RECIPES TESTED IN SUNSET'S KITCHENS Chicken Hollandaise Wraps Audrey Dennery, Corona del Mar, California "I created this recipe for my boyfriend, who loves hollandaise," says Audrey Dennery. It incorporates the classic sauce into...
Landscape in the Making
See the forces that shaped Mt. St. Helens with a hike on the Hummocks Trail It was 20 years ago this month that Washington's Mt. St. Helens blew itself apart and became an overnight geologic sensation with blistering winds that flattened forests...
Lava Beds: A Rocky Past
After centuries of upheaval, the national monument still has tales to tell The views are long across the high-desert Modoc Plateau at Lava Beds National Monument, halfway across California and just south of the Oregon line. Ancient boulders of lava seem...
Mining a New Gold
Peace and quiet at California's Empire Mine State Historic Park Gone are the crews of dusty miners, gone are the thunderous mills crushing ore 24 hours a day--but in the Northern California foothills, Empire Mine State Historic Park is far from...
Mountain Checklist
WHAT TO DO IN YOUR GARDEN IN MAY PLANNING AND PLANTING ANNUALS. At high elevations, start annuals after May 1 for transplanting after June 1. FLOWERS. This month, nurseries are filled with annuals and perennials. Shop early to get the best selection....
Northern California Checklist
PLANTING * DAHLIAS AND BEGONIAS. Both flowers provide a long season of bloom that lasts into fall. Choose dwarf dahlias, dahlias with plate-size flowers that grow 6 feet tall, or tuberous begonias--either hanging types for baskets or upright kinds...
On the Trail of Miners and Men Who Misbehaved
* Mariposa is not the kind of town in which you want to break the law Don't believe me? Just look at the poster of Peter "the Flogger" Lynch, at the Mariposa Museum & History Center. Petty larceny, the poster explains, was punishable by 50 lashes....
Open House
Whidbey Island Trail update Just this morning I walked along the bluff trail at Ebey's Landing on Whidbey Island that was featured on the cover of the May 1999 issue of Sunset (Northwest edition). I was rewarded with a spectacular view of Puget Sound...
Patio Paver Primer
Here and on the following pages, explore your options for outdoor tile. * Finding the right tile payers for your patio, terrace, walkway, or roof deck can be a daunting prospect: The natural and manmade possibilities--from stone to concrete to dried,...
Patio Paver Primer
Here and on the following pages, explore your options for outdoor tile Finding the right tile payers for your patio, terrace, walkway, or roof deck can be a daunting prospect: The natural and manmade possibilities-from stone to concrete to dried, fired...
Pioneers of the New West
After years of hiking and fishing in Montana, this California couple now calls it home "There's something about mountain living that gets in your blood, and unless you've lived in the wilderness, it's hard to explain," says Michael Nave. Five years ago,...
Proven Plants-From a Pro
Rob Proctor of Denver Botanic Gardens shares his Rocky Mountain favorites Rob Proctor knows Colorado well. He has traversed the state-from Grand Junction to Denver to Steamboat Springs, Pueblo, and Monte Vista-capturing its fleeting growing season on...
Rick Silverman: This Telluride Iconoclast Hopes Film Can Save the Planet
This Telluride iconoclast hopes film can save the planet "There is a tendency in this country to throw up our hands in despair," says Rick Silverman. But there are always communities, in some instances whole nations, that do things better." This goal-to...
Seeing the Light
How to light your rooms effectively A well-lit room is like an atmospheric painting: Bright illumination brings some areas into prominence, while softer light causes other areas to recede. Backlighting and shadows add interest, texture, and depth; highlights...
Tall in the Tetons
On its 50th birthday, Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park offers big views, big peaks, big surprises * "Anybody see the golf ball up in that tree?" asks Eddie Bowman as he rows the raft into a slow-swirling pool on the Snake River. Shivering...
That Natural Look
Flower, herb, and vegetable stains add rich color to wood bowls Wood stains derived from common plant materials are a beautiful alternative to chemical-base stains. Easy to make and easy to apply they add deep reds, soft blues, and bright yellows to...
The Grapes of Protection
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK As you sip your next glass of chardonnay, here's another reason to feel smug. A Danish study suggests that people who drink wine--but not those who favor beer or spirits--are less likely to have a stroke. Researchers have known...
The Quick Cook
MEALS IN 30 MINUTES OR LESS Get ahead with ground beef Ground beef may keep humble company, but it's the kind of company that generations have invited home regularly for weeknight dinner-sloppy Joes, spaghetti Bolognese. Trouble is, you almost always...
The Ultimate Spring Garden
Sheri Workman's plantings are works of art. Here's how she combines roses, perennials, and annuals for spectacular beds and borders How do you turn a typical suburban yard-mostly lawn with narrow flower beds around the edges-into the star of a popular...
The Wine Guide
SUNSET'S STEAL OF THE MONTH Fontana Candida Pinot Grigio delve Venezie 1998 (Veneto, Italy), $8. Simple and ultralight, with touches of bitter almond and arugula flavors. Buckets of wine like this are drunk every day in Italian trattorias. -KAREN MacNEIL-FIFE...
Twenty-Six Miles across the Sea
A Southern California island playground for more than 100 years, Catalina hasn't lost its knack for surprising visitors-submarine ride, anyone? The bubble-topped, two-seated contraption is the stuff of sci-fi fantasies-the product, it would seem, of...
Versatile Matchstick Blinds
An easy window treatment rises to the occasion Matchstick blinds in such natural materials as reeds, grasses, rattan, and bamboo are becoming an increasingly popular al ternative to curtains and shades. Widely available, these versatile, functional,...
Vibrant Virginia City
This Nevada ghost town is back from the dead with Silver Rush attractions in a historic mountain setting * Virginia City is a dame with a past. She's been by turns rich and poor, rowdy and restrained, important and inconsequential. But like the...
Weekend Chicken
A bird in the oven guarantees great snacks On our first date, David marched into my kitchen, opened the refrigerator, spotted a roasted chicken, and muttered, "You'll do." A quarter of a century later, the cold remains of a chicken, particularly on weekends,...
Wild Rivers, Cool Hikes
In northern New Mexico, explore the Rio Grande and the Red River Driving into the Wild Rivers Recreation Area north of Taos makes us feel a little as though we're traveling just beneath the roof of the world. Under a wide sky, the high-- desert country...
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