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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. 203, No. 6, December

Astonishing Kartchner Caverns
Descend into the eerie, lovely world of Arizona's newly opened cave Randy Tufts and Gary Tenen didn't mean to set the speleological world on fire when they went poking around in southeastern Arizona's Whetstone Mountains one November afternoon in...
A Taos Winter
When the snow falls, this New Mexico village offers fine art, inner peace, and outdoor excitement It's a December afternoon and a harsh wind is blowing through Taos. I'm staring at the cold, implacable face of the famous pueblo, feeling underwhelmed....
Candy-Clad Whimsies
At Napa Valley Chocolates in St. Helena, California, Candy Dreyer delights in creating special holiday sweets, often with a touch of humor that brings out the smiles. Favorites with her customers are these marshmallow snowmen, and chocolate-dipped peppermint...
Celebration Roasts
Two classic accommodate an elegant dinner for 4 or a feast for 18 A beautiful roast is pure tabletop drama. Two of the grandest of all, the Wellington and the crown-both retro icons of dinner-party chic-are back in vogue. For a contemporary twist, scale...
Christmas Flower
When Paul Ecke III inspects his business operations, the effect is like Moses parting the Red Sea. Washed in the milky light peculiar to greenhouses, Ecke glides through an ocean of crimson: 'Red Satin', 'Red Baron', and, of course, 'Freedom'. Ecke...
Christmas Flower
When Paul Ecke III inspects his business operations, the effect is like Moses parting the Red Sea. Washed in the milky light peculiar to greenhouses, Ecke glides through an ocean of crimson: 'Red Satin', 'Red Baron', and, of course, 'Freedom'. Ecke pauses...
Costumes for Gifts
Wrap presents in gleaming satin or gossamer organdy * Who says gift wrap has to be paper? These holiday packages, swathed in shimmery satin and organdy fabrics, look almost too good to open. The satin wraps work best for small packages, since the...
Denver Takes Stock
From livestock to a rodeo, hunter and jumper competitions to an art sale, the West's biggest stock show is one bull market Only female ducks quack. A pig is called a hog after it hits 126 pounds. Lettuce can be lethal to rabbits because they can't...
Finding Solitude
Imagine a ski resort that averages 450 inches of powder every winter, where there are 1,200 acres of skiing, and where you seldom wait in a lift line. You'd want it all to yourself, and with that in mind, you'd name it Solitude, wouldn't you? Hidden...
Fruit with Spirits
In these easy-to-make spirited infusions, fruit mellows alcohol with sweetness, fragrance, and personality. Dried fruit gives concentrated flavor, lemon brings freshness to vodka, and fresh pear smoothes the roughness out of young brandy. Serve the beverages...
Garden-Fresh Hanging Bouquets
These ornaments are easy to make. Just tuck cut flowers and greenery into foam-filled berry baskets In many parts of the West, Winter flowers are as much a part of holiday decorating as holly and mistletoe - much to the delight of Bud Stuckey, Sunset's...
Gingerbread Enlightenment
Cast a colorful glow on holiday tables with light that shines through the shimmering candy windows of gingerbread luminarias. These durable gifts are easily assembled. And the same spicy dough, rolled thin, makes very crisp, traditional gingerbread cookies....
Go for Broke
Go for broke I was 24 when I bought my first case of real French Champagne, as a holiday gift to myself. It was the most expensive purchase I had ever made, and on its face illogical. How could I-a struggling writer living on food stamps in a New York...
Gumdrops for Grown-Ups
The secret to the vibrant, chewy character of these fresh candies is real fruit: pure peach, mingled berries, and pineapple with a ginger kick. Simmer the pureed fruit with sugar and gelatin until it's concentrated into a thick paste. Let the paste stand...
Kitchen Cabinet
Spinach and Radicchio Salad with Grapefruit AIthough Barbara Diamond originally created this salad to pack for a ready-to-eat dinner exchange program her family shares with their neighbors, the Sugerman/Byrds, it's too colorful to keep under wraps. Consider...
Little Bundles of Holiday Joy
In the American Southwest, tamales mean celebration, says John Rivera Sedlar, an L.A. chef who has been dubbed the father of modern Southwest cuisine by the food press and the tamale king by his fellow chefs. Sedlar cherishes childhood memories from...
Little Bundles of Holiday Joy
In In the American Southwest, tamales mean celebration. says John Rivera Sedlar, an L.A. chef who has been dubbed the father of modern Southwest cuisine by the food press and the tamale king by his fellow chefs. Sedlar cherishes childhood memories from...
Love 'Em from the Oven
This golden cake and two spicy breads have in common a sweet tenderness-in taste, texture, and thoughtfulness. For a busy host or hostess, they provide at-the-ready refreshment to share with guests. The fruit cake, although laden with chunks of dried...
Making an Entrance
Celebrate the season with festive front porch decorations * "Welcome to our home!" proclaim these dazzling entryways trimmed for the holidays in silver and green, elegant pastels, and red and white. Flickering candles, the sparkle of lights, and...
Mountain Checklist
PLANTING AND SHOPPING * AMARYLLIS. Pot up amaryllis bulbs at two-week intervals for a steady show of flowers Christmas through Valentine's Day. For techniques, see "The Amazing Amaryllis," page 72. * LIVING CHRISTMAS TREES. Buy a tree you can...
Nowhere Else but Malibu
Come winter, the beach retreat of the stars basks in solitude They don't write tunes many pop about Southern California any- more. But they still write songs about Malibu. Last year a song by Hole, the band fronted by erstwhile grunge goddess...
Open House
FLIGHTSEEING OVER OREGON I was thrilled to see M&M Seaplanes mentioned in your article "Secrets of the Oregon Coast-Revealed!" (October, page 86). My husband and I visited Florence, Oregon, and he treated me to an hour flight. The day was beautiful,...
Plant a Living Centerpiece
Decorate your holiday table with festive "shoe box" planters Creating a centerpiece scaled for a big holiday dinner is a real challenge, especially if you've extended your dining table to seat Aunt Sadie and her brood. But small bouquets get lost...
Ringing in the Holidays
Carillon concerts in Denver, Provo, and Missoula This month, the peal of belts chimes in with the other sounds of the holiday season, as special concerts augment the usual schedule at carillons across the mountain West. Of particular note is the debut...
Royal Treat
A cake at home on a pedestal * When my friend Danielle entertains, she's apt to offer one of her two favorite things for dessert: chocolate-in any form-or a princess cake, an old Swedish classic. The name is fitting; that's precisely how you feel when...
Share Your Holiday Traditions
Some of the most beautiful traditions at Sunset revolve around the Christmas tree at our headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Every year we erect a lofty evergreen in the lobby and deck the fragrant boughs with lights and ornaments, many of which...
Spring Blossom Dreams
To make them come true, choose mountain-hardy flowering trees this winter Now that falling leaves have given way to snowflakes, a mountain gardener's thoughts naturally turn to spring and fresh planting possibilities. Soon the New Year's mail will...
Stratified Spices
Layered in clear jars, these seasoning blends show off the natural hues of their ingredients. Bands of colors range from the stark white of salt and sugar to the rusty reds of paprika or chilies and the bright green of dried parsley, with many subtler...
The Amazing Amaryllis
Each bulb produces huge, trumpet-shaped blooms A maryllis bulbs carry lots of surprises inside. Just weeks after planting, a dramatic 1- to 1 1/2-foot-tall stalk emerges from each large brown bulb, then unfurls a cluster of four or five perfect...
The Land of the Snow Ghosts
Superlative skiing, snowmobiling, and scenery make Montana's Flathead Valley a prime winter destination It's quiet here in the land of the snow ghosts. The clouds that have drifted around the summit of Big Mountain all morning have suddenly closed...
The Wine Guide
Go for broke * I was 24 when I bought my first case of real French Champagne, as a holiday gift to myself. It was the most expensive purchase I had ever made, and on its face illogical. How could I - a struggling writer living on food stamps in...
Trimming the Three
Gilded-paper tree topper Top your tree with this easy-to-make golden dazzler. It's made with "mirrored" cardboard - available at art and craft supply stores - that can be cut and scored to create an openwork minaret of rounded and pointed shapes....
Trimming the Tree
Trimming the tree Gilded-paper tree topper Top your tree with this easy-to-make golden dazzler. It's made with "mircored" cardboard-available at art and craft supply stores-that can be cut and scored to create an openwork minaret of rounded and pointed...
Two-for-One Crab
Take the plunge one night for a cracked-crab feast, and save the shells for a rich-flavored soup the next day If you love crab, don't settle for market-cooked. Plunging the live crustaceans into boiling water yourself is breath-catching, to be sure,...
Watering Cans to Covet
Heirloom-quality watering cans make perfect gifts for avid gardeners I bet there's not a gardener on your holiday shopping list who doesn't secretly long for a traditional English watering can with double handles and a twist of wire bracing the...
Welcome to the Dance
NearTaos and Santa Fe, pueblos honor winter Winter sun slants across Tesuque Pueblo. The spectators wait. It is Christmas Day, and the plaza's packed dirt is bare except for patches of last night's frost. A deep thumping of drums signals that a ceremony...
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