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. 2, February

Airing Differences
Decanting vs. aerating: a primerThere are two reasons to pour a wine out of its bottle before you drink it; unfortunately, they often get mixed up. Aerating and decanting have very different effects, needed by entirely different wines.How are aerating...
Airing Differences: Decanting vs. Aerating: A Primer
There are two reasons to pour a wine out of its bottle before you drink it; unfortunately, they often get mixed up. Aerating and decanting have very different effects, needed by entirely different wines. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] How are aerating...
All-Star Kitchens
Three examples show how to make the heart of the home more functional, airy, and stylish1 Warm and modernIn this Orinda, California, kitchen, chatting with the cook is easy and comfortable: There's a built-in couch right near the range. It's one of the...
All-Star Kitchens: Three Examples Show How to Make the Heart of the Home More Functional, Airy, and Stylish
1 Warm and modern In this Orinda, California, kitchen, chatting with the cook is easy and comfortable: There's a built-in couch right near the range. It's one of the highlights of a remodel that opened up a 300-square-foot kitchen. The kitchen was...
Art and Coffee
Explore two Salt Lake City districts, plus the Maynard Dixon showSure, it's cold out, but this February there's another reason to stay indoors: A major exhibit of paintings by Maynard Dixon continues at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts on the University...
Black Gold
I am standing inside a convincing facsimile of a diving bell, gazing out through a porthole at a simulated sea. Lights flash and the diving bell shudders and descends beneath the water then deep into the earth's crust below, mile upon subterranean...
Butchart Turns 100
British Columbia's magical gardens celebrate a birthdayFrom the moment you walk through the entrance of the Butchart Gardens, you know that you're in for a wonderful horticultural adventure. Beds along the path brim with seasonal color, and huge containers...
Butchart Turns 100: British Columbia's Magical Gardens Celebrate a Birthday
From the moment you walk through the entrance of the Butchart Gardens, you know that you're in for a wonderful horticultural adventure. Beds along the path brim with seasonal color, and huge containers overflow with vibrant plants. Just beyond a tunnel...
Creative Casserole
Use up a day-old loaf for a savory rendition of classic bread puddingMy kitchen is a constant host to half-eaten loaves of breadbaguettes, rustic loaves, ciabattathat went with some forgotten meal. The simplest way to make those odds and ends into a...
Creative Casserole: Use Up a Day-Old Loaf for a Savory Rendition of Classic Bread Pudding
My kitchen is a constant host to half-eaten loaves of bread--baguettes, rustic loaves, ciabatta--that went with some forgotten meal. The simplest way to make those odds and ends into a satisfying last-minute dinner is to toss them with a healthy dose...
Delicious Solutions
As a lacto-vegetarian, I love to cook Thanksgiving dinner, but it has never been one of my favorite meals to eat. Left with only potatoes, veggies, and vegetable stuffing, my plate has always seemed a bit bland. This year I added Gorgonzola Broccoli...
Dishes for Sharing: Add Extra Romance to Any Dinner Date
With small-plate restaurants popping up everywhere these days, sometimes it's easy to forget the pleasure afforded by large plates. A romantic dinner is made even more so when you share a single delicious dish. And if you've forgotten the fun of going...
Flea-Market Treasures: Turn Inexpensive Items into Tabletop Decor
The key to why some people find great stuff at flea markets and others don't is thinking outside the box. To the flea-market "pros," there really are treasures in those dusty bins of old toys, bottles, and books. The trick is to look past the clutter...
Free Information
Travel To receive all information on a state or category, circle the state or category number. 101. Destination: Alaska 102. Alaska Railroad Corporation 103. Alaska Sealife Center 104. Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau 105....
Grooming Grasses: How to Keep Ornamental Kinds Looking Good
Ornamental grasses are garden mainstays, and with good reason. Their graceful silhouettes add softness and texture to mixed perennial borders, shrub borders, and backyard meadows. They're carefree growers, but to look their best they need periodic...
Hearty Winter Entrees
Cold, blustery nights call for meals that warm you from the inside out. These hearty meat dishes satisfy with rich, bold flavors. From quick pan-browned chops to slow oven-braised ribs--all will add comfort to your winter evenings. [ILLUSTRATION...
Heavenly Climbers: Roses Are the Stars of This Mendocino Garden
At Mendocino's Whitegate Inn, two roses give the garden a softly romantic look. Covering the fence and creeping up a trellis is a three-year-old 'Sally Holmes' rose. This vigorous shrub, usually grown as a climber, produces huge clusters of single...
Laminated Walls
The graphic cabinetry pattern in Frank Clementi and wife Julie Smith's remodeled kitchen and dining room isn't just a pretty facade. It plays an important role in updating the space and making it comfortable. The challenge was to design a floor-to-ceiling...
Let's Play Ball
Plan now to score the rays, the food, and the laid-back fun of spring training in ArizonaWe were among those lounging on the grass berm, soaking up the warm sun and watching the San Francisco Giants take on the Texas Rangers during a spring-training...
Mushroom Magic
A simple saute turns pasta into a seasonal specialtyWith wild shapes and exotic names, more and more mushrooms are available these days. Mixing them adds layers of texture and flavor to the simplest dishes. Gourmet Mushrooms (www.gourmetmushroomsinc.com...
Mushroom Magic: A Simple Saute Turns Pasta into a Seasonal Specialty
With wild shapes and exotic names, more and more mushrooms are available these days. Mixing them adds layers of texture and flavor to the simplest dishes. Gourmet Mushrooms (www.gourmetmushroomsinc.com or 707/823-1743), in California's Russian River...
Northern California in February: Tips and Trips
* SALINAS Celebrate Steinbeck's birthday The new "Valley of the World" wing nearly doubles the permanent exhibit space at the National Steinbeck Center. Focusing on the region's rich agricultural heritage, it details the lives and stories of Salinas-area...
Out for a Lark: Explore the Gastronomic and Natural Wonders of Marin County's Larkspur
At the turn of the century, San Franciscans used to flock across the Golden Gate to Larkspur for outdoor dances and sleepovers in the mild-weathered woods. These days San Franciscans are still flocking to Larkspur--only now it's for the food. "It's...
Pretty in Pink
Rhubarb's sweet-tart flavor brightens classic dessertsRhubarb seems to be one of those love-it-or-hate-it foods, and I've never really understood why. Its perfectly lovable, tartly refreshing taste is wonderful in simple desserts. Bake it with sugar...
Pretty in Pink: Rhubarb's Sweet-Tart Flavor Brightens Classic Desserts
Rhubarb seems to be one of those love-it-or-hate-it foods, and I've never really understood why. Its perfectly lovable, tartly refreshing taste is wonderful in simple desserts. Bake it with sugar to make an easy compote that's great on its own or in...
Prize Catch
Delicious recipes for three great fish you can feel good about servingThe reasons to cat fish are numerous and compelling: It's a delicious, low-fat, quick-cooking source of protein whose health benefits have made headline news in the last few years....
Prize Catch: Delicious Recipes for Three Great Fish You Can Feel Good about Serving
The reasons to eat fish are numerous and compelling: It's a delicious, low-fat, quick-cooking source of protein whose health benefits have made headline news in the last few years. But recent cautions from environmental groups about the dwindling supplies...
Ranch House Revival
Skylights vaulted ceilings transform a 1950s houseInterior designer Nicki Moffat and her husband, Pete, a contractor, wanted to bring their 1950s suburban ranch-style home into the 21st century. Typical of such houses found across the West, this Palo...
Ranch House Revival: Skylights and Vaulted Ceilings Transform a 1950s House
Interior designer Nicki Moffat and her husband, Pete, a contractor, wanted to bring their 1950s suburban ranch-style home into the 21st century. Typical of such houses found across the West, this Palo Alto, California, home had small, dark rooms, with...
Resort Cooking Classes
Learn the nuances of Southwest cuisine from top Arizona instructor-chefsUsing kitchen tongs and a small utility knife, the chef gingerly plucks fuchsia-hued fruits from one of the garden's prickly-pear cactus and puts them in a big plastic bucket. The...
Resort Cooking Classes: Learn the Nuances of Southwest Cuisine from Top Arizona Instructor-Chefs
Using kitchen tongs and a small utility knife, the chef gingerly plucks fuchsia-hued fruits from one of the garden's prickly-pear cactus and puts them in a big plastic bucket. The rest of us watch from up the hill as we fill smaller buckets with bell...
Savory Favorites
Readers' recipes tested in Sunset's kitchensOven-Fried ChickenMICKEY STRANG, McKINLEYVILLE, CAOven-fried chicken is a favorite of Mickey Strang's because it can be served warm or cold. She livened up this version with sharp cheddar cheese and ancho chili...
Savory Favorites: Readers' Recipes Tested in Sunset's Kitchens
Oven-Fried Chicken MICKEY STRANG, McKINLEYVILLE, CA Oven-fried chicken is a favorite of Mickey Strang's because it can be served warm or cold. She livened up this version with sharp cheddar cheese and ancho chili powder. Have a whole chicken...
Secrets of the Flower Farmers
Western growers reveal their tips for cut-flower successProfessional growers who supply cut flowers to farmers' markets face the same constraints home gardeners do-not enough time, not enough space. But cut-flower pros have another challenge: They need...
Secrets of the Flower Farmers; Western Growers Reveal Their Tips for Cut-Flower Success
Professional growers who supply cut flowers to farmers' markets face the same constraints home gardeners do--not enough time, not enough space. But cut-flower pros have another challenge: They need to turn a profit. They can't afford to cultivate flowers...
Ski Weekend Cooking
Warm up with cozy dishes after a day in the snowThere's no more exhilarating way to spend a winter weekend than by renting a mountain cabin for a few days of skiing with friends or family. All too often, though, when you're ravenous after a day on the...
Ski Weekend Cooking: Warm Up with Cozy Dishes after a Day in the Snow
There's no more exhilarating way to spend a winter weekend than by renting a mountain cabin for a few days of skiing with friends or family. All too often, though, when you're ravenous after a day on the slopes, you find that the charming cabin is...
The Rockies in February
TIPS AND TRIPS* YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING Track wolves February is the height of wolf-mating season, and you can observe their elaborate courting rituals on the Yellowstone Winter Wolf Adventure, a four-day outing run by naturalists and authors...
The Train to Winter
Ride the rails to snowy bliss in the Canadian Rockies and beyondAs the lights of Vancouver, British Columbia's eastern suburbs slid away across the wide, placid Fraser River, the woman seated in front of me in the domed viewing car put her arm around...
The Train to Winter; Ride the Rails to Snowy Bliss in the Canadian Rockies and Beyond
As the lights of Vancouver, British Columbia's eastern suburbs slid away across the wide, placid Fraser River, the woman seated in front of me in the domed viewing car put her arm around her husband and gently leaned on his shoulder. I took a sip of...
The West's 20 Best Seaside Inns
From the storm-lashed Pacific Northwest to perpetually sunny Southern California, winter is the perfect time for a romantic coastal getawaySand between the toes isn't a pleasure exclusively reserved for summer. Neither are long walks on the beach or...
Utah Sleepers
Ski uncrowded slopes at four lesser-known ski resortsThick blankets of fluffy, untracked snow, finely manicured runs, expansive bowls with great pitch, acre after acre of aspen and conifer glades to explore: These descriptions aptly apply to Utah's Olympic-caliber...
Utah Sleepers: Ski Uncrowded Slopes at Four Lesser-Known Ski Resorts
Thick blankets of fluffy, untracked snow, finely manicured runs, expansive bowls with great pitch, acre after acre of aspen and conifer glades to explore: These descriptions aptly apply to Utah's Olympic-caliber brand-name resorts. But they also perfectly...
What to Do in Your Garden in February
PLANTING * Carrots in containers. Sunset climate zones 7-9, 14-17: It's difficult to grow long, straight carrots in the heavy, wet soil typical of early spring. To avoid these conditions, grow carrots in containers. For small carrots ('Thumbelina'),...
Where Eagles Fly: Watch Them Soar near Fresno and Paso Robles
Early on a winter morning, Millerton Lake, about 20 miles north of Fresno, shines in the golden light. The steady dip and sweep of canoe paddles in the calm water is mesmerizing. The murmur of the oars and an occasional creak from the boats are the...
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