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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. 220, No. 2, February

3 Ways with Brown Rice
Here's a side, a soup, and a dessert that show off the whole grain's versatility and chewy goodnessTOOTHSOME AND SATISFYING, brown rice is rice that hasn't been messed with. Any type of white rice-long-grain, short-grain, basmati-begins as brown rice,...
Backyard Haiku
How to create a serene space for outdoor livingAN OUTDOOR ROOM for rest and relaxation is what Ping Ho and her husband, Loren Bloch, hoped for when they decided to make over their Southern California garden. "We wanted to see a green backdrop from every...
Backyard Haiku: How to Create a Serene Space for Outdoor Living
AN OUTDOOR ROOM for rest and relaxation is what Ping Ho and her husband, Loren Bloch, hoped for when they decided to make over their Southern California garden. "We wanted to see a green backdrop from every window and feel like we were in the woods,"...
Berkeley: Michael Pollan; the Best-Selling Author Talks about His New Book and What Healthy Eating Truly Is-And Isn't
What inspired your new book, In Defense of Food? It grew out of my last book, The Omnivore's Dilemma. Readers were saying, 'Okay, you're telling me where my food comes from, and I'm kind of alarmed to hear this. Now how do I eat?' So I came up with...
Bison's Back
Bravo for buffalo. We're saving the Western icon by eating it (again)"HOWDY!" SAYS THE JOLLY WAITER at Ted's Montana Grill in the Time & Life Building in New York City. "Is this your first time at Ted's?" If a diner says yes, he promptly advises...
Bison's Back: Bravo for Buffalo. We're Saving the Western Icon by Eating It (Again)
"HOWDY!" SAYS THE JOLLY WAITER at Ted's Montana Grill in the Time & Life Building in New York City. "Is this your first time at Ted's?" If a diner says yes, he promptly advises her that the restaurant owned by media mogul Ted Turner serves "homestyle...
Denver's LoHi
Get your kicks, and your big-city fix, in the up-and-coming neighborhoods of Lower Highland and Central Platte ValleyWE CAN'T THINK OF A COOLER part of Denver than Lower Highland and the Central Platte Valley for beating the midwinter doldrums with a...
From the Editor
FOOD IN FEBRUARY inspires two opposing feelings: It's winter, so you want to tuck into hearty, comforting meals to get you through the cold and wet. But you don't want to carbo-load so much that you feel guilty until the first spring daffodils appear....
Gardeners' Play Stations
Two perfect places to exercise your green thumb, whether you're a dabbler or a devoteeFor the dabblerRustic and compact, the potting table pictured above is perfect for casual or beginning gardeners: It's basic, movable, and has just enough storage for...
Gardeners' Play Stations: Two Perfect Places to Exercise Your Green Thumb, Whether You're a Dabbler or a Devotee
For the dabbler Rustic and compact, the potting table pictured above is perfect for casual or beginning gardeners: It's basic, movable, and has just enough storage for a few pots. Tom Ecklund of Sebastopol, California, built the table of reclaimed...
Geometry Lesson: How to Use Shape and Color to Link House and Landscape
SQUARES, CIRCLES, AND HITS OF COLOR bring order and structure to this front garden. It's a combination that works perfectly with the home, a midcentury design in Palo Alto by noted developer Joseph Eichler. To integrate the yard with the home's prominent...
Hidden Honolulu
We wanted the best of everything. And on three tours from locals, that's what we gotFOUR MILLION TRAVELERS visit Honolulu every year, and most never see the real city.Yes, Waikiki's fabled beach will give them what they're looking for: surf, sun, sand....
Hidden Honolulu: We Wanted the Best of Everything. and on Three Tours from Locals, That's What We Got
FOUR MILLION TRAVELERS visit Honolulu every year, and most never see the real city. Yes, Waikiki's fabled beach will give them what they're looking for: surf, sun, sand. But elsewhere, in tropical gardens, in Chinatown market stalls, you can encounter...
It's Better in Bend
Mountains. Sun. Small-town fun. You'll find central Oregon's adventure hub hopelessly addictive BY RACHEL LEVIN PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN CLARK"WHOEVER VISITS BEND, moves to Bend," people warned. So frequently, in fact, I took it to be the official motto of...
It's Better in Bend: Mountains. Sun. Small-Town Fun. You'll Find Central Oregon's Adventure Hub Hopelessly Addictive
"WHOEVER VISITS BEND, moves to Bend," people warned. So frequently, in fact, I took it to be the official motto of this always sunny central Oregon playground--a blessedly bipolar high-desert home base, where you can trail-run along the rushing Deschutes...
Light of Heart
Try this crisp, low-fat treat from the Sunset archivesWHERE WAS THE LOVE? Early on at Sunset, romantic food was nonexistent. Most of our Valentine's Day stories before 1950 had to do with centerpiece decor-that is, when the day surfaced at all. More...
Michael Pollan
BERKELEYThe best-selling author talks about his new book and what healthy eating truly is-and isn'tWhat inspired your new book, In Defense of Food? It grew out of my last book, The Omnivore's Dilemma. Readers were saying, 'Okay, you're telling me where...
Midweek Escapes for Two
The West's best reasons to play hooky-from mountain hideaways and desert opulence to outdoor adventures and romantic restaurantsSAUSALITO, CA1 SAMPLE SUSHI AND CYCLE ON THE BAYMake like a tourist and enjoy the views: Rent a bicycle built for two at Blazing...
Midweek Escapes for Two: The West's Best Reasons to Play Hooky-From Mountain Hideaways and Desert Opulence to Outdoor Adventures and Romantic Restaurants
1 SAUSALITO, CA SAMPLE SUSHI AND CYCLE ON THE BAY Make like a tourist and enjoy the views: Rent a bicycle built for two at Blazing Saddles (from $7 per hour; 2715 Hyde St.; 415/202-8888) near San Francisco's Aquatic Park. Cross the Golden Gate...
Mt. Diablo: Drive Up after the Next Rain, and You'll Have Northern California at Your Feet
ON CLEAR DAYS after a storm, the summit of the East Bay's lofty landmark is ideal for taking advantage of its best attribute. Because Mt. Diablo rises abruptly from relatively flat land, visitors to Mt. Diablo State Park's eponymous 3,849-foot peak...
One Bold Chicken
Sure, it's a lean dish, but the contrasting tastes and textures make this anything but wimpy diet foodPan-roasted chicken with asparagus and shiitakesMeaty shiitakes, a good sear on the chicken, and a sprinkle of nutty parmesan cheese-not to mention...
One Bold Chicken: Sure, It's a Lean Dish, but the Contrasting Tastes and Textures Make This Anything but Wimpy Diet Food
Pan-roasted chicken with asparagus and shiitakes Meaty shiitakes, a good sear on the chicken, and a sprinkle of nutty parmesan cheese--not to mention the sweet, tender-crisp asparagus--make this low-fat dish a winner. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ...
Seasonal Sweets
Healthy desserts from our readers, tested in Sunset's kitchenLAST SUMMER we asked you to send in your favorite healthy dessert recipes for this issue. Here are our picks, chosen for their overall take on "healthy," their seasonality, and, most important,...
Slow Food
THESE LONG-COOKED STEWS AND ROASTS FILL THE KITCHEN WITH GOOD SMELLS AND THE TABLE WITH RICH, MEATY, TENDER DINNERSSalsa verde braised porkBraising the pork-simmering it for a long time in liquid undercover, with browning for flavor-makes it fork-tender.PREP...
Slow Food: These Long-Cooked Stews and Roasts Fill the Kitchen with Good Smells and the Table with Rich, Meaty, Tender Dinners
Salsa verde braised pork Braising the pork--simmering it for a long time in liquid undercover, with browning for flavor--makes it fork-tender. PREP AND COOK TIME About 4 hours MAKES 6 servings 3 1/2 lbs. bone-in pork shoulder (aka pork butt)...
Steam Powered
A Chinese chef creates healthy, fresh dinners using a classic methodASK CHEF ANDY WAI what the Chinese value about Cantonese cuisine, and he'll tell you it's how the taste of fresh ingredients always shines through. "Original flavor," he says. "You can...
Steam Powered: A Chinese Chef Creates Healthy, Fresh Dinners Using a Classic Method
ASK CHEF ANDY WAI what the Chinese value about Cantonese cuisine, and he'll tell you it's how the taste of fresh ingredients always shines through. "Original flavor," he says. "You can see [it in] the color and presentation, smell and taste it." Steaming...
Sweet Spots
Add charm in the smallest of spaces with whimsical groupings and colorful collectionsTHE TINY FOOTPRINT of Cynthia Warren's Oakland bungalow, a modest 926 square feet, doesn't bother her one bit. "I didn't want a bigger space," she says. "This house...
Sweet Spots: Add Charm in the Smallest of Spaces with Whimsical Groupings and Colorful Collections
THE TINY FOOTPRINT of Cynthia Warren's Oakland bungalow, a modest 926 square feet, doesn't bother her one bit. "I didn't want a bigger space," she says. "This house feels cozy, and it had everything on my list--wood floors, a fireplace, and a gas stove."...
The Mod Pad
Cocktail culture comes alive in a new house inspired by retro styleTHE STORY BEGINS-where else?-by a pool in Palm Springs, in a neighborhood that once was home to Liberace and Jerry Lewis. For Diane Ingalls, who was visiting from Portland with her husband,...
The Mod Pad: Cocktail Culture Comes Alive in a New House Inspired by Retro Style
THE STORY BEGINS--where else?--by a pool in Palm Springs, in a neighborhood that once was home to Liberace and Jerry Lewis. For Diane Ingalls, who was visiting from Portland with her husband, the trip marked the start of a passion for all things midcentury...
The New Lasagna
Bake up a panful of a cheesy, bubbling pasta favorite that's packed with winter produceAH, LASAGNA. We never tire of it. Our latest version is bursting with the lively flavor and color of midwinter vegetables. Whole-wheat lasagna noodles, available in...
The Transplanted Gardener
Moving 3,000 miles to California opened up a whole new world for Joyce Maynard. But it also meant learning a different set of rulesONE LOOK at my mother's hands, and you would have known she was a gardener. Living as we did in New Hampshire, the only...
The Transplanted Gardener: Moving 3,000 Miles to California Opened Up a Whole New World for Joyce Maynard. but It Also Meant Learning a Different Set of Rules
ONE LOOK at my mother's hands, and you would have known she was a gardener. Living as we did in New Hampshire, the only way she had to indulge her love of growing things from September into May lay in tending our houseplants and starting avocado seeds...
Van Nuys, California: From the Valley, with Love
AH, VALENTINE'S DAY in Los Angeles. The candlelit bistro, the goblets of crisp Napa Chardonnay with just a hint of apple, the julienned wild carrots, shallots, and--what is that? fennel? I don't have my glasses but it looks like fennel, and I'm allergic...
Vibrant All Year
Even in February, this garden is alive with color and textureTHE SECRET to banishing a garden's winter doldrums: Choose plants that create striking compositions of textures and colors and offer year-round interest. Fourteen years ago, when Dave and Terry...
What to Do in Northern California: February
MT. SHASTA Ride on the wild side To fly over a groomed trail behind a team of foggy-breathed sled dogs, surging but surprisingly silent, is to experience barely restrained joy (theirs) and grin-inducing awe (yours). Cold wind in your face, childhood...
What to Do in the Rockies: February
OURAY, COScale an icicleNever-evers can take a two-day climbing course with San Juan Mountain Guides in Ouray Ice Park, then play on the park's 12 new beginners' pitches, a comfortable 2 stories high (up to the more challenging 16 stories high). Deep...
What to Do in Your Garden: February
Planting Perennials Sunset climate zones 7-9, 14-17: For spring bloom, plant alstroemeria, bleeding heart, campanula, catmint, columbine, coral bells, delphinium, dianthus, diascia, foxglove, Linaria purpurea, marguerites, scabiosa, and violets....
What to Do in Your Garden: February
PlanningPerennials New plants are often in short supply, so order now and specify spring shipping. All of the following are good choices for hot, dry gardens. Native to New Mexico, basin fleabane (Erigeron pulcherrimus) sends up white to pale lavender...
Winter's Flower
From rich jewel tones to subtle pinks and creams, hellebores bring early color to your cool-season garden BY JULIE CHAICOVERED IN BLOOMS that range from pale green and creamy white to ruby, garnet, and deep amethyst, hellebores are at their prettiest...
Winter's Flower: From Rich Jewel Tones to Subtle Pinks and Creams, Hellebores Bring Early Color to Your Cool-Season Garden
COVERED IN BLOOMS that range from pale green and creamy white to ruby, garnet, and deep amethyst, hellebores are at their prettiest from winter into spring, when their delicate flowers open like cups or bells amid leathery green leaves. These shade-loving...
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