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. 212, No. 4, April

A la Cart
In recent years, pretty much the only place you could spot a beverage cart was in black-and-white movies. But this year, the wheeled, multitrayed carts are appearing in stores. "Entertaining at home is hot right now, and people have rediscovered beverage...
April Favorites
Recipes from our readers, tested in Sunset's kitchensRoasted Garlic and Chipotle SalsaTINA WILLIAMS, PASADENAThis spicy, smoky salsa is thickened with a toasted corn tortilla. Tina Williams serves it with simple quesadillas made with white cheddar cheese...
April Favorites: Recipes from Our Readers, Tested in Sunset's Kitchens
Roasted Garlic and Chipotle Salsa TINA WILLIAMS, PASADENA PASADENA This spicy, smoky salsa is thickened with a toasted corn tortilla. Tina Williams serves it with simple quesadillas made with white cheddar cheese and corn tortillas. The salsa...
Art House
A husband-and-wife team turns their home into a design labBy acting as their own clients, landscape designer Jennifer Madden and architecttrained sculptor Jeff Reed enjoyed the freedom to experiment as they remodeled their 90-year-old bungalow in Albany,...
Art House: A Husband-and-Wife Team Turns Their Home into a Design Lab
By acting as their own clients, landscape designer Jennifer Madden and architect-trained sculptor Jeff Reed enjoyed the freedom to experiment as they remodeled their 90-year-old bungalow in Albany, California. Over five years, the couple added a...
Beach Town Classics: Check out Vintage California Style in the Central Coast's Pismo Beach and Newly Revived Avila Beach
It's morning at Avila Beach, and the sounds of the sea provide the day's first impressions. In the silence between the rhythmic plunging of waves onto the beach, the calls of shorebirds and the barks of sea lions drift across San Luis Obispo Bay. ...
Carmel in Color: Jan Wagstaff Paints the Birds and the Beach
The town of Carmel, set by the sea on the southern bend of the Monterey Peninsula, was made for artists. The light here is golden and soft; the sand has a particular fineness and gleam. Writer Mary Austin said the place's appeal is in its "beauty and...
Color Your Garden
Express yourself with flower and foliage blendsColor excites us, but it scares us too. Or at least it does when we read about color theory and attempt to apply it in the garden. Primary, secondary, analogous, and complementary colors; intensity, value,...
Color Your Garden: Express Yourself with Flower and Foliage Blends
Color excites us, but it scares us too. Or at least it does when we read about color theory and attempt to apply it in the garden. Primary, secondary, analogous, and complementary colors; intensity, value, and hue. So much to worry about. Well, forget...
Dip into Desert Lakes
Even in dry times, Arizona has plenty of water to play inThe warm spring sun and the lapping motion of the water gradually lull you into a meditative state as the Dolly Steamboat chugs up a narrow channel in turquoise green Canyon Lake. Lichen-covered...
Easter Made Easy
Celebrate spring with a colorful, festive party for kidsWith eggs to decorate and food to prepare, finding a simple, family-friendly way to celebrate Easter can be as tricky as finding that last hidden egg. That's why our fun egg-hunting party offers...
Easter Made Easy: Celebrate Spring with a Colorful, Festive Party for Kids
With eggs to decorate and food to prepare, finding a simple, family-friendly way to celebrate Easter can be as tricky as finding that last hidden egg. That's why our fun egg-hunting party offers easy treats and decorating ideas that are just the thing...
East-West Salad
A cool Western classic takes on warm flavors from the Middle EastOranges and onions have a long history together here-both flourish in the West. A salad made up of the pair dates back to at least the early 1930s in the pages of Sunset. But it wasn't...
East-West Salad: A Cool Western Classic Takes on Warm Flavors from the Middle East
Oranges and onions have a long history together here--both flourish in the West. A salad made up of the pair dates back to at least the early 1930s in the pages of Sunset. But it wasn't born here. These ingredients share a more exotic heritage in Middle...
Feat of Clay
One good way to take the pulse of the nation is to scan the vast electronic yard sale that is eBay. There, once you've browsed the Malibu Barbies and 1973 Chevy Vega repair manuals, you can type in "Van Briggle Pottery." When you do, your screen will...
Go Fish
Start with seafood for a quick, tasty dinnerPutting a balanced meal on the table every night is a challenge when work and family compete for your attention. But eating well might be easier than you thinkif you think fish. It cooks quickly and is a lean...
Go Fish: Start with Seafood for a Quick, Tasty Dinner
Putting a balanced meal on the table every night is a challenge when work and family compete for your attention. But eating well might be easier than you think--if you think fish. It cooks quickly and is a lean source of protein and iron. A simple...
Greening of the Palouse
Visit idyllic countryside surrounding two college towns along the Idaho-Washington borderI've never been to Vermont. But when I travel to the Palouse, I imagine it must be the inland Northwest's answer to that pocket of New England. From its voluptuous...
Jurassic Footprints
Hike, bike, or four-wheel to canyonlands dinosaur tracksThis time of year, it seems spring will never come to the high country. Restless Coloradans can, however, escape the tedium of mud season with a long day trip to Pickctwire Canyonlands, 142 miles...
L.A. Oasis
This 1,400-square-foot house feels expansiveThe big challenge facing many home-owners is how to make more out of less space, an issue that has been beautifully resolved in this house. Michael Collins and Daniel Banchik purchased what was a nondescript...
L.A. Oasis: This 1,400-Square-Foot House Feels Expansive
The big challenge facing many homeowners is how to make more out of less space, an issue that has been beautifully resolved in this house. Michael Collins and Daniel Banchik purchased what was a nondescript cottage on a small lot in West Hollywood,...
Letters from Our Readers
Re: "The West's 20 Best Seaside Inns," February, page 74. You were right on the mark with the Inn on Orcas Island. In all our years of travel, this bed-and-breakfast rates No. 1 on our list. From the minute we arrived to the day we had to depart, we...
Life on the Edge
In Tofino, where the Pacific meets Vancouver Island, there's drama to spareI'm gaping at a huge set of waves washing over razor-sharp coastal rocks when our hiking guide, Bill McIntyre, says, "Now this is life on the edge." Sounds about right to me....
Life on the Edge: In Tofino, Where the Pacific Meets Vancouver Island, There's Drama to Spare
I'm gaping at a huge set of waves washing over razor-sharp coastal rocks when our hiking guide, Bill McIntyre, says, "Now this is life on the edge." Sounds about right to me. Since my arrival in Tofino, British Columbia, I've met daredevil surfers,...
Multiply Indoor Plants
Get fast results by separating small offsets from a full-size parentThe fastest, most economical way to produce new houseplants is to divide them from existing ones. This technique works well with the commonly available mdoor plants listed at far right....
Multiply Indoor Plants: Get Fast Results by Separating Small Offsets from a Full-Size Parent
The fastest, most economical way to produce new houseplants is to divide them from existing ones. This technique works well with the commonly available indoor plants listed at far right. They multiply by offsets--little plants that form along the sides...
Old-Time Revival
A redesigned historic house meets the needs of a modern familyReal estate ads often boast of "original details and condition." But in the case of the old farmhouse purchased by Jon and Christine Curry, original condition meant one bathroom for a two-story...
Old-Time Revival: A Redesigned Historic House Meets the Needs of a Modern Family
Real estate ads often boast of "original details and condition." But in the case of the old farm-house purchased by Jon and Christine Curry, original condition meant one bathroom for a two-story house, no closets, and rotting foundations. [ILLUSTRATION...
Out of the Frying Pan . .
An easy way to make crisp-tender Asian noodle pillowsChinese cooks often fry bundles of cooked wheat noodles-mein-in hot oil to create crisp-chewy beds for stir-fries. You can achieve the same effect without the mess of frying by coating the noodles...
Out of the Frying Pan ...an Easy Way to Make Crisp-Tender Asian Noodle Pillows
Chinese cooks often fry bundles of cooked wheat noodles--mein--in hot oil to create crisp-chewy beds for stir-fries. You can achieve the same effect without the mess of frying by coating the noodles with a little oil and crisping them up in the oven....
Sacramento in Spring: Discover Baseball, River Walks, and Culture in the Capital City
Sacramento was once California's forgotten middle child, neither as beautiful as San Francisco nor as smart and stylish as Los Angeles. But these days the capital city radiates a new vigor. A hit ballpark with a championship Triple-A team is helping...
San Diego Plays Ball
A new downtown stadium anchors burgeoning East VillageI found my favorite seat at San Diego's new Petco Park, a little down the line between third and home in a row fairly clinging to the uppermost rim of the stadium.A bighorn sheep from nearby Anza-Borrcgo...
Simple Seder
A beautiful dinner heralds the arrival of springOne of the things that makes a Passover celebration different from all other nights is that it is a time when family, friends, and tradition come together at the table. Whether the seder menu is made up...
Simple Seder: A Beautiful Dinner Heralds the Arrival of Spring
One of the things that makes a Passover celebration different from all other nights is that it is a time when family, friends, and tradition come together at the table. Whether the seder menu is made up of recipes handed down through generations or...
So Long, Lawn
Lawns demand about an inch of water each week during the growing season. That was too much for Seattle-based landscape designer Stacie Crooks of Crooks Garden Design (crooksgardens@aol.com). She knew she could create a traffic-stopping tapestry of...
Southwest Solar
A new house in Prescott, Arizona, uses old and new solar techniquesPast and present combine in architect Michael Frerking's new energy-efficient house in Prescott, Arizona. Like the cliff dwellings of Canyon de Chelly or Mesa Verde, this house burrows...
Southwest Solar: A New House in Prescott, Arizona, Uses Old and New Solar Techniques
Past and present combine in architect Michael Frerking's new energy-efficient house in Prescott, Arizona. Like the cliff dwellings of Canyon de Chelly or Mesa Verde, this house burrows into a hillside, using the surrounding earth as insulation against...
Stylish in Sedona
A trio of offbeat lodgings brings fresh energy to Arizona's red rock countryNew hotels in Sedona are setting aside the usual Southwestern trappings of dream catchers, katsina dolls, and scrapes in favor of a daring eclecticism. And that's a good thing:...
Thin TVs
New freedom for your interiorFlat-panel tips* Plan for the placement of the television. Seattle interior designer Gregory Carmichael (206/623-2002) and Michaela Scherrer have clients hang up a cardboard mock-up cut to the size of their television. This...
Thin TVs: New Freedom for Your Interior
Television technology is moving faster than you can change the channel, and interior design is adapting to keep pace. Today's thinnest TV sets use technologies such as LCD (liquid crystal display) or plasma to deliver exceptionally clear pictures....
Tortilla Stacking
Enchilada casseroles go vegetarianIf you think enchiladas are too much work, try stacking the tortillas instead of rolling them. As many cooks in Mexico know, it's faster, easier, and potentially more interesting. The first of our two vegetarian variations...
Tortilla Stacking: Enchilada Casseroles Go Vegetarian
If you think enchiladas are too much work, try stacking the tortillas instead of rolling them. As many cooks in Mexico know, it's faster, easier, and potentially more interesting. The first of our two vegetarian variations is a layered mushroom enchilada...
Turn of the Screw
No longer on the cheap, twist-off caps outperform corksKosher newsThere are more high-quality kosher wines available than ever before. Here are our top picks for your seder this year.Bartenura Moscato d'Asti 2003 (Piedmont, Italy), $12. The Italians...
Turn of the Screw: No Longer on the Cheap, Twist-Off Caps Outperform Corks
Most of us have tasted a "corked" bottle of wine; we just didn't know it. And that's a winemaker's worst nightmare. We go away thinking we just don't like the wine, when, in fact, it was contaminated with 2, 4, 6-trichloranisole (TCA), a chemical generated...
Valley of the Gods
Head off the highway to a sandstone wonderland, hiking, and a hidden B&BTucked 1,100 feet beneath the rim of southern Utah's Cedar Mesa, the Valley of the Gods is easy to missespecially if you're in a hurry to get from "here" to "there" without paying...
Valley of the Gods: Head off the Highway to a Sandstone Wonderland, Hiking, and a Hidden B & B
Tucked 1,100 feet beneath the rim of southern Utah's Cedar Mesa, the Valley of the Gods is easy to miss--especially if you're in a hurry to get from "here" to "there" without paying attention to "where" you are. It isn't on some maps, and most motorists...
Veggies in Pots
No ground to garden? Grow summer crops on a patio or deckGrowing vegetables can bring out the farmer in you. You till the soil and tend the plants, then reap the rewards when the plants bear fruit.Even if you don't have much gardening space or sunny...
Veggies in Pots: No Ground to Garden? Grow Summer Crops on a Patio or Deck
Growing vegetables can bring out the farmer in you. You till the soil and tend the plants, then reap the rewards when the plants bear fruit. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Even if you don't have much gardening space or sunny ground, you can still experience...
Vertical Gardens
How to decorate and disguise backyard wallsIf your garden has a boring wall, think of it as an opportunity to extend your outdoor space. Enhanced with vines, colorful plants, and decorative objects, that daunting expanse becomes an interesting vertical...
Vertical Gardens: How to Decorate and Disguise Backyard Walls
If your garden has a boring wall, think of it as an opportunity to extend your outdoor space. Enhanced with vines, colorful plants, and decorative objects, that daunting expanse becomes an interesting vertical garden. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Jerry...
West Marin Refresher: Don't Pass by the Hills of San Geronimo Valley
To my mind, spring starts when the wildflowers appear at Roy's Redwoods Open Space Preserve in San Geronimo Valley. When I was growing up, my friends and I used to mark the season's launch by the first day we could picnic here. The 5 1/2-mile-long...
What's on Deck
Come tour a modern prefab houseEvery May for the past six years, we've opened the doors to Sunset's headquarters for Celebration Weekend, inviting the public to enjoy two days of great food and wine, take test-kitchen tours, and watch presentations by...
What to Do in Your Garden in April
PLANTING * Hottest peppers. For a real scorcher, try growing 'Habanero', one of the hottest and most flavorful peppers. Redwood City Seed Company (www.ecoseeds.com or 650/325-7333) sells chocolate brown, orange, red, white, and yellow varieties...
What to Do in Your Garden in April
PLANNING AND PLANTING* Asparagus. Plant bare-root crowns 1 foot apart in a prepared bed in a sunny site. Don't harvest spears the first season. Territorial Seed Company (www.territorialseed.com or 541/942-9547) offers the reliably cold-hardy hybrids...
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