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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. 210, No. 4, April

Abundant Gardening
GARDEN Planting and design tips from an organic grower More than a decade ago, Craig Murray began growing hard-to-find tomatoes and peppers in Los Altos Hills, California. His organic methods yielded so much beautiful produce that he planted other vegetables,...
Abundant Gardening: Planting and Design Tips from an Organic Grower. (Garden)
More than a decade ago, Craig Murray began growing hard-to-find tomatoes and peppers in Los Altos Hills, California. His organic methods yielded so much beautiful produce that he planted other vegetables, herbs, and flowers to sell at a roadside stand....
Artful Loafing
TRAVEL The rise of New Mexico's artisan bakeries is bringing back a farming tradition When it comes to baking, natural simplicity has its virtues-ask anyone who's ever broken the golden brown crust of an artisan bread. These loaves are made the old-fashioned...
Artful Loafing: The Rise of New Mexico's Artisan Bakeries Is Bringing Back a Farming Tradition. (Travel)
When it comes to baking, natural simplicity has its virtues--ask anyone who's ever broken the golden brown crust of an artisan bread. These loaves are made the old-fashioned way: by hand. Starting with flour, water, salt, and yeast, they're baked to...
A Shining Tour of the Coast
Take a three-day tour of seven Oregon lighthouses I climbed the last three stairs and slowly poked my head up into the watch room of Heceta Head Lighthouse. Through the windows, I could see for miles up and down the rocky central Oregon coast and far...
A Shining Tour of the Coast: Take a Three-Day Tour of Seven Oregon Lighthouses. (Travel)
I climbed the last three stairs and slowly poked my head up into the watch room of Hecera Head Lighthouse. Through the windows, I could see for miles up and down the rocky central Oregon coast and far out to sea. Gulls soared above the cliffs, and...
A Taste of Russia
FOOD & ENTERTAINING Throw an easy appetizer party with zakuski Zakuski-Russian appetizers-got their start as just a little something to nibble with vodka. Even though the word means "little bites," zakuski evolved into a lavish spread of hors d'oeuvres....
A Taste of Russia: Throw an Easy Appetizer Party with Zakuski. (Food & Entertaining)
Zakuski--Russian appetizers--got their start as just a little something to nibble with vodka. Even though the word means "little bites," zakuski evolved into a lavish spread of hors d'oeuvres. The Old World tradition makes a perfectly modern appetizer...
Bargain Santa Barbara
TRAVEL VALUE VACATION A little bit of Italy, some vintage beach culture, and a touch of Mexico The last time my wife and I spent a weekend in Santa Barbara, we went all-out: a wedding dinner for 80 with an R&B group and three nights at the Four Seasons...
Bargain Santa Barbara: A Little Bit of Italy, Some Vintage Beach Culture, and a Touch of Mexico. (Value Vacation)
The last time my wife and I spent a weekend in Santa Barbara, we went all-out: a wed ding dinner for 80 with an R&B group and three nights at the Four Seasons Resort Santa Barbara, among other extravagances. Of such nights are lifelong memories...
Carefree & Colorful
Use our planting and design tips to create a cottage garden with a Western twist When you hear the term "cottage garden," you might automatically picture a flowerful plot in front of a rustic country cottage in England. But you don't need a rural address...
Carefree & Colorful: Use Our Planting and Design Tips to Create a Cottage Garden with a Western Twist
When you hear the term "cottage garden," you might automatically picture a flowerful plot in front of a rustic country cottage in England. But you don't need a rural address to create such a garden. Cottage gardening is an attitude, not a location....
Celebrate Spring! with Salads and California Raisins
It's Spring in California and that means less time in the kitchen and more time outdoors. Extraordinary ingredients prepared simply are the secret for wonderful entree salads. Enjoy with warm, crusty bread and a delicious California wine for the perfect...
Commons Park Neighborhood
TRAVEL & RECREATION A riverfront revival There's nothing common about the redevelopment surrounding Commons Park, an area so new that few know what to call it. With a lovely greensward at its core, the district sits near the confluence of Cherry...
Crops That Thrive in Pots
GARDEN You don't need much space if you plant the right veggies and herbs Growing in just a few big pots set in a sunny corner of a deck or patio, a compact container garden can reward you with a steady stream of vegetables from spring through fall....
Crops That Thrive in Pots: You Don't Need Much Space If You Plant the Right Veggies and Herbs. (Garden)
Growing in just a few big pots set in a sunny Corner of a deck or patio, a compact container garden can reward you with a steady stream of vegetables from spring through fall. From carrots to zucchini, a surprisingly wide variety can be grown successfully...
Denver Discovery; Hip, Cozy, and Post-Industrial: 3 Neighborhoods Redefine the City's Urban Landscape. (Travel & Recreation)
As metropolitan Denver continues to grow ever outward, it's easy to overlook the changes in the downtown area. Which is why the emergence of three neighborhoods smack in the city's urban core may be just the excuse you need to plan a trip into town....
East Colfax Avenue
TRAVEL & RECREATION Street of sweet music "Once, Colfax Avenue was the eastern gateway to Denver-the way to the West for thousands of auto travelers," says Dave Walstrom, executive director of the Colfax Business Improvement District. Freeways changed...
Exploring the Southwest
GRAND TOUR At least once in your life, you should visit certain places. The Southwest is one of them. Join Sunset on a 10-day tour of red rock wonders in Zion, Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon, and beyond I could live a thousand years and never grow...
Front-Yard Design
Three fresh ways to perk up the space outside your front door Creating an inviting front yard can be a challenge, especially on a small lot that is exposed to the sidewalk and street traffic. But as the gateway to your house, this space deserves some...
Front-Yard Design: Three Fresh Ways to Perk Up the Space outside Your Front Door. (Garden & Outdoor Living)
Creating an inviting front yard can be a challenge, especially on a small lot that is exposed to the sidewalk and street traffic. But as the gateway to your house, this space deserves some careful consideration. Rather then simply carpeting the...
Get a Glimpse of Paradise
TRAVEL At Open Days, sneak a peek at glorious private gardens You don't need to know a Brachyscome from a Boltonia (fyi: both are daisies) to enjoy a garden tour. Sure, visiting private gardens is a great way to learn about plants-and about design, hardscape...
Get a Glimpse of Paradise: At Open Days, Sneak a Peek at Glorious Private Gardens. (Travel)
You don't need to know a Brachyscome from a Boltonia (fyi: both are daisies) to enjoy a garden tour. Sure, visiting private gardens is a great way to learn about plants--and about design, hardscape materials, and every other aspect of the landscaper's...
Glass Tile Renaissance: Colors and Styles Have Multiplied Exponentially. Here's Help in Making Choices to Suit Your Needs. (Home)
Decorative glass tile--the roots of which go back to Mesopotamia more than 4,500 years ago--is entering a new golden age as manufacturers and artisans experiment with colors, materials, and techniques to produce a seemingly infinite variety of contemporary...
Glass Title Renaissance
HOME Colors and styles have multiplied exponentially. Here's help in making choices to suit your needs Decorative glass tile-the roots of which go back to Mesopotamia more than 4,500 years ago-is entering a new golden age as manufacturers and artisans...
Going for the Bold
GARDEN Large-leafed plants add drama to garden beds A beautiful planting is like a play. The small-leafed plants-bit players-create a textural backdrop that complements large-leafed ones-the stars-whose commanding presences make them standouts. Place...
Going for the Bold: Large-Leafed Plants Add Drama to Garden Beds. (Garden)
A beautiful planting is like a play. The small-leafed plants--bit players-create a textural backdrop that complements large-leafed ones--the stars--whose commanding presences make them standouts. Place a 6-foot-tall 'Black Magic' elephant's ear in...
Grand Tour Exploring the Southwest: At Least Once in Your Life, You Should Visit Certain Places. the Southwest Is One of Them. Join Sunset on a 10-Day Tour of Red Rock Wonders in Zion, Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon, and Beyond
I could live a thousand years and never grow tired of sunset on sandstone. Colors invisible under noon's hot light emerge as reds fleeting as flames, the ancient rock transforming by the second, before darkness takes hold of the day. My friend Tom...
Happy Ending
WESTERN WANDERINGS SAN FRANCISCO-I loved the Ferry Building long before I saw it in person. I loved it from repeated, obsessive viewings of the 1955 film It Came from Beneath the Sea, wherein a giant radioactive octopus swims into San Francisco Bay and,...
Happy Ending. (Western Wanderings)
SAN FRANCISCO--I loved the Ferry Building long before I saw it in person. I loved it from repeated, obsessive viewings of the 1955 film It Came from Beneath the Sea, wherein a giant radioactive octopus swims into San Francisco Bay and, after taking...
Hay-Shed Simplicity
HOME & DESIGN HOW THE WEST IS LIVING This artful Wyoming home makes the most of ordinary materials and outdoor living When architect Eric Logan and his wife, Tracy, moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in 1995-for a new job and the opportunity to raise...
Heart of the Home
This open, efficient kitchen borrows space and color from the garden Alot of happy living goes on here. It's apparent the moment you pass through the Dutch door into Tera and Rick Ayotte's big, friendly kitchen, which is the focus of their modest, 1,500square-foot...
Heart of the Home: This Open, Efficient Kitchen Borrows Space and Color from the Garden. (Home)
A lot of happy living goes on here. It's apparent the moment you pass through the Dutch door into Tera and Rick Ayotte's big, friendly kitchen, which is the focus of their modest, 1,500-square-foot home in Hermosa Beach, California. The light and airy...
Honolulu's New Wave
TRAVEL Traditional Japanese cuisine gets a Hawaiian-style flavor infusion The big umbrellas hanging from the ceiling of L'Uraku come in a riotous rainbow of colors, an unusual design flourish for a fine Japanese restaurant-even here in Honolulu. But...
Honolulu's New Wave: Traditional Japanese Cuisine Gets a Hawaiian-Style Flavor Infusion. (Travel)
The big umbrellas hanging from the ceiling of L'Uraku come in a riotous rainbow of colors, an unusual design flourish for a fine Japanese restaurant--even here in Honolulu. But chef Hiroshi Fukui reckons the bright decor is an apt reflection of his...
How the West Is Living Hay-Shed Simplicity: This Artful Wyoming Home Makes the Most of Ordinary Materials and Outdoor Living. (Home and Design)
When architect Eric Logan and his wife, Tracy, moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in 1995--for a new job and the opportunity to raise a family in a small community--they faced the harsh reality of a resort-town economy "We sold our home in Denver for...
Ideal Iris
GARDEN Spuria's abundant blooms add weeks of color in most Western climates If you like Dutch iris, you're going to love spuria iris. Though its flowers resemble those of Dutch iris, they're bigger-up to 5 inches across. Not only does spuria produce...
Ideal Iris: Spuria's Abundant Blooms Add Weeks of Color in Most Western Climates. (Garden)
If you like Dutch iris, you're going to love spuria iris. Though its flowers resemble those of Dutch iris, they're bigger--up to 5 inches across. Not only does spuria produce larger flowers than Dutch types, it produces more of them: three to four...
Keen on Quinoa
FOOD WEEKNIGHT Top this versatile grain with a spicy seafood stew A quick-cooking, high-protein grain from Peru, quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is available in many supermarkets right alongside rice. Its mild, nutty taste and fluffy but chewy texture make...
Keen on Quinoa: Top This Versatile Grain with a Spicy Seafood Stew. (Food: Weeknight)
A quick-cooking, high-protein grain from Peru, quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is available in many supermarkets right alongside rice. Its mild, nutty taste and fluffy but chewy texture make it a good foil for spicy foods. Complement quinoa with the Peruvian...
Kitchen Travels: Readers' Recipes Tested in Sunset's Kitchens. (Food: Kitchen Cabinet)
Singapore Chicken Stew Roxanne Chan, Albany, CA Roxanne Chan likes the way coconut milk smooths out the assertive spices in this quick chicken dish. If you can't find Chinese five spice, substitute equal parts ground cinnamon, ground cloves, ground...
Landscape Fabrics: Dress Your Garden for Success. (Garden)
From the ground up, synthetic fabrics make gardening easier by performing a variety of problem-solving functions. The chart below outlines the main choices available to home gardeners. Be aware that suppliers often sell nearly identical products under...
Laramie by Design
TRAVEL Celebrating the architecture of a changing frontier town Surrounded by the gently rolling plains of southeastern Wyoming, the old railroad town of Laramie has attracted all kinds of visitors. Butch Cassidy spent some time in the city's territorial...
Laramie by Design: Celebrating the Architecture of a Changing Frontier Town. (Travel)
Surrounded by the gently rolling plains of southeastern Wyoming, the old railroad town of Laramie has attracted all kinds of visitors. Butch Gassidy spent some time in the city's territorial prison after it opened in 1872; students began arriving in...
"Lucky We Live Hawaii": The Fiftieth State through the Eyes of Its People. (Special Advertising Feature)
"Lucky we live Hawaii!"--It's a saying around here, an expression of gratitude for our home. What a gift to live in a place where there is so much to be thankful for: 78 degrees and sunny year-round; green-, white-, and black-sand beaches; majestic...
Nouveau Napoleons
FOOD Crisp layers make savory main and side dishes One Napoleon was a short emperor with big ideas. Another was, until reGently, a tall dessert that rose in tiers of flaky pastry and creamy filling. But today, the edible variety goes way beyond dessert....
Nouveau Napoleons: Crisp Layers Make Savory Main and Side Dishes. (Food)
One Napoleon was a short emperor with big ideas. Another was, until recently, a tall dessert that rose in tiers of flaky pastry and creamy filling. But today the edible variety goes way beyond dessert. The pastry may be crackly layers of fib dough...
Old South Gaylord Street
Reinventing tradition Old South Gaylord Street was on-line in the 1920s-on the trolley line to the University of Denver. But, like many districts overshadowed by growth, it faded. "In the 1980s, the neighborhood had empty storefronts and a shabby main...
Once in a Lifetime
When I was 8, my parents took my older brother and me on a summer road trip from California through Oregon and Washington. It was the first time our family had ventured out of state. The most memorable highlight was just six hours into the trip, when...
Once in a Lifetime. (from the Editor)
When I was 8, my parents took my older brother and me on a summer road trip from California through Oregon and Washington. It was the first time our family had ventured out of state. The most memorable highlight was just six hours into the trip, when...
Open House
Sweet or dry vermouth? Both make delicious martinis I have just read your recipe for the best martini in Death Valley (February, page 16). My wife and I have been making Bombay martinis for many years now, and I believe that your directions may have...
Paint a Floor Canvas: Use a Projector to Capture Classic Decorative Designs. (Home)
Simple to make and surprisingly durable, painted canvas used as a floor mat adds graphic punch to a room. We started by choosing printed designs and photocopying them. The decorative patterns were reflected onto the canvases with a projector (available...
Plant a Tomato Tepee
GARDEN Train four seedlings up poles to save space and reap fruits aplenty You don't need a big yard to grow tomatoes successfully. In Sunset's test garden last summer, we grew four different tomato varieties on a single compact tepee and harvested great...
Plant a Tomato Tepee: Train Four Seedlings Up Poles to Save Space and Reap Fruits Aplenty. (Garden)
You don't need a big yard to grow tomatoes successfully In Sunset's test garden last summer, we grew four different tomato varieties on a single compact tepee and harvested great crops. We grew 'Marvel Stripe' and 'Mortgage Lifter', both of which bear...
Polenta's Sweeter Side: Italian-Style Cornmeal Makes a Great Breakfast or Dessert. (Food)
Polenta is best known as a hearty winter side dish, but its sunny yellow color and sweet corn taste make it a natural for spring too. Enhance its flavor with a little sugar in a creamy but light dish for breakfast on a cool spring morning, or use it...
Puerto Penasco's Natural Side
TRAVEL Famed for sportfishing, this Mexican port is now a great place to learn about the sea It's a seaside-postcard Saturday afternoon in Puerto Penasco, where the Sonoran Desert meets the 700-mile-long Gulf of California, 60 miles southwest of the...
Puerto Penasco's Natural Side: Famed for Sportfishing, This Mexican Port Is Now a Great Place to Learn about the Sea
It's a seaside-postcard Saturday afternoon in Puerto Penasco, where the Sonoran Desert meets the 700-mile-long Gulf of California, 60 miles southwest of the Arizona border with Mexico. In front of the Plaza Las Glorias Hotel, rusting shrimp trawlers...
Red Delicious Treehouse
HOME Build a sandbox-playhouse disguised as an apple tree We built this playhouse at our San Jose remodel last year and watched as touring kids oohed and aahed. The whimsical apple-tree facade masks a childsize, not-too-high-off-the-ground playhouse...
Red Delicious Treehouse: Build a Sandbox-Playhouse Disguised as an Apple Tree. (Home)
We built this playhouse at our San Jose remodel last year and watched as touring kids oohed and aahed. The whimsical apple-tree facade masks a childsize, not-too-high-off-the-ground playhouse that shelters a bottom-level sandbox. The footprint is 5...
Riding the Snake
TRAVEL - MOUNTAIN DAY TRIP Spring river runs highlight a lazy Idaho day in Hagerman The season for whitewater rafting or a relaxing river cruise may still be montns off in much of the mountainous West, but not in south central Idaho. Warm temperatures...
Riding the Snake: Spring River Runs Highlight a Lazy Idaho Day in Hagerman
The season for whitewater rafting or a relaxing river cruise may still be months off in much of the mountainous West, but not in south central Idaho. Warm temperatures and good water levels make April the start of the season for two easy trips on the...
Shepherd's Pie: A Fresh Start for a Legendary Dish. (Food Adventures in Cooking)
In days past, when Sunday dinner was routinely a roast with gravy, a meal of leftovers inevitably followed. One appealing roast reincarnation was as shepherd's pie (or "cottage pie")--cold meat and gravy with a top crust of mashed potatoes, baked until...
Souffles Made Simple
Use our easy techniques to take souffles to new heights The thought of making anything as fragile-looking as a tall souffle can terrify cooks. The dish seems magical, but you only need a little basic cooking science to make one-it is nothing more than...
Souffles Made Simple: Use Our Easy Techniques to Take Souffles to New Heights
The thought of making anything as frgile-looking as a tall souffle can terrify cooks. The dish seems magical, but you only need a little basic cooking science to make one--it is nothing more than flavored white sauce folded into beaten egg whites....
Sunny in Seattle
This house makes excellent use of natural light The weather report for greater Seattle often reads, "Overcast with light rain." Architect Martin Moberg designed this Kirkland, Washington, house with the local climate in mind. "The house is on a site...
Sunny in Seattle: This House Makes Excellent Use of Natural Light. (Home)
The weather report for greater Seattle often reads, "Overcast with light rain." Architect Martin Moberg designed this Kirkland, Washington, house with the local climate in mind. "The house is on a site with lots of tall trees," Moberg says. "We had...
The New Spring Green: Mache Makes a Beautiful Salad-And Tasty Hot Dishes Too. (Food Guide)
In the West's luxuriously crowded field of greens, there's another player. Until recently, mache--also known as lamb's lettuce or corn salad and a longtime staple in France--could be found here mainly in tony restaurants and upscale markets. Now, however,...
The Stuff of Spring
Retro dishes-like stuffed peppers-might remind us of long hours in the kitchen, but these can be on the table surprisingly fast. Overflowing with lamb and couscous, they're light and satisfying at the same time. Lemony fattoush, a Middle Eastern salad...
The Stuff of Spring. (Food Quick Cook)
Retro dishes--like stuffed peppers--might remind us of long hours in the kitchen, but these can be on the table surprisingly fast. Overflowing with lamb and couscous, they're light and satisfying at the same time. Lemony fattoush, a Middle Eastern...
The Versatile Soybean: Healthy and Easy to Use, These Beans Are Breaking out of Their Shells. (Food)
Whole soybeans, enjoyed in Japan for centuries, have been going incognito in this country for a long time. In Japanese restaurants, as you pore over the sushi list, a bowl of warm, slightly fuzzy pods--called edamame--arrives. You squeeze open the...
Vines That Say Good Morning
GARDEN How to use these colorful easy growers There's something magical about morning glories, which do indeed bloom gloriously in the morning, then swirl closed as the day fades. For growers Sheryl and Marshall Lozier, that's just what makes these vining...
Vines That Say Good Morning: How to Use These Colorful Easy Growers. (Garden)
There's something magical about morning glories, which do indeed bloom gloriously in the morning, then swirl closed as the day fades. For growers Sheryl and Marshall Lozier, that's just what makes these vining annuals and perennials so irresistible....
Way Down Under
TRAVEL In the Mojave Desert, Jack Mitchell's caves are unforgettable The caverns he made famous almost cost Jack Mitchell his life, or at least his sanity. Lowered hundreds of feet below ground in a boatswain's chair, the spelunking Mitchell became trapped...
Way Down Under: In the Mojave Desert, Jack Mitchell's Caves Are Unforgettable. (Travel)
The caverns he made famous almost cost Jack Mitchell his life, or at least his sanity. Lowered hundreds of feet below ground in a boatswain's chair, the spelunking Mitchell became trapped in darkness when the three ropes that supported him twisted...
What to Do in Your Garden in April. (Mountain)
PLANTING * ANNUALS. Four to six weeks before the average date of the last frost in your area, start seeds indoors of drought-tolerant warm-season flowers such as coreopsis, globe amaranth, lion's tail (Leonotis leonurus), and rudbeckia. In mountain...
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