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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. 218, No. 4, April

3 Ways with Strawberries
Sweet, ripe red berries announce spring in a sorbet, a salad, and a simple dessertRosy strawberry sorbetThis juicy sorbet isn't merely rose-colored, it also contains rosewater, which combines so beautifully with strawberries that its flavor seems like...
3 Ways with Strawberries: Sweet, Ripe Red Berries Announce Spring in a Sorbet, a Salad, and a Simple Dessert
Rosy strawberry sorbet This juicy sorbet isn't merely rose-colored. It also contains rosewater, which combines so beautifully with strawberries that its flavor seems like an extension of the fruit. Neither heavy nor perfume-y, it gives the sorbet...
April Favorites
Recipes from our readers, tested in Sunset's kitchenThai beef saladElizabeth Miller, Lafayette, CAMiller recommends this as a great way to serve leftover steak.PREP AND COOK TIME 35 minutesMAKES 4 servings2 steaks (each 10 oz. and about 1 in. thick)½...
Carmel Valley Spring
Enjoy the simple pleasures of the country on California's Central CoastTHE FIRST GLIMPSE of Carmel Valley will leave you sighing for more. You drive a few miles inland from the central California coast, following a two-lane country road that carries...
Carmel Valley Spring: Enjoy the Simple Pleasures of the Country on California's Central Coast
THE FIRST GLIMPSE of Carmel Valley will leave you sighing for more. You drive a few miles inland from the central California coast, following a two-lane country road that carries you up a small rise. Suddenly the view opens up below: tidy farms; broad,...
Cottage Comeback
The young owners of Heath Ceramics bring a fresh approach to tradition in their update of a classic 19th-century homeDIVING HEADLONG into a challenging project was never an issue for Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic. The two designers found themselves...
Cottage Comeback: The Young Owners of Heath Ceramics Bring a Fresh Approach to Tradition in Their Update of a Classic 19th-Century Home
DIVING HEADLONG into a challenging project was never an issue for Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic. The two designers found themselves having their first child, getting to know a new town, and renovating a house--not to mention acquiring Heath Ceramics,...
Elegant Easter
A springtime dinner, featuring the freshest produce of the seasonEASTER COMES at that time of year when the days are getting warmer and farmers' markets are crowded with new asparagus, fresh-dug carrots, and the first foraged wild mushrooms. These flavors...
Elegant Easter: A Springtime Dinner, Featuring the Freshest Produce of the Season
EASTER COMES at that time of year when the days are getting warmer and farmers' markets are crowded with new asparagus, fresh-dug carrots, and the first foraged wild mushrooms. These flavors usher in the new season, and they're the inspiration for...
Escape to Applegate Valley: In the Wilds of Southern Oregon: Wine Country the Way It Used to Be
METICULOUSLY TENDED GRAPEVINES--Chardonnay and Viognier, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon--march up the steep, narrowing canyon above Wooldridge Creek's wood-and-stone winery. Curiously, tangled along the vineyard's edge are a few unkempt rows of Chardonnay....
Five Best Compact Shrubs
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Five best compact shrubs Name, climate zones, Favorite Landscape uses needs varieties BOTTLEBRUSH (Callistemon 'Little John'. Makes a good ...
From the Editor
I USED TO FEAR that, by the time I finished remodeling my house to reflect my style, my taste would have totally changed and I'd want to start over. Job exposure to so many interesting, evolving home ideas has a downside. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Front Yard with a View
A new private courtyard invites bay watching, lounging, and outdoor diningA GREAT VIEW goes to waste if you don't have an attractive space where you can linger to enjoy it. The vista from the front of Barry Schenker and Diana Rebman's new home in Berkeley...
Front Yard with a View: A New Private Courtyard Invites Bay Watching, Lounging, and Outdoor Dining
A GREAT VIEW goes to waste if you don't have an attractive space where you can linger to enjoy it. The vista from the front of Barry Schenker and Diana Rebman's new home in Berkeley included San Francisco's skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge. But because...
Hawaii's Hidden Gardens
See botanical treasures in spectacular settingsTHESE SIX OUTSTANDING public gardens in Hawaii are "hidden" not because you can't find them, but because too few people actually do. They're not located centrally like Honolulu's Foster Botanical Garden,...
Hawaii's Hidden Gardens: See Botanical Treasures in Spectacular Settings
THESE SIX OUTSTANDING public gardens in Hawaii are "hidden" not because you can't find them, but because too few people actually do. They're not located centrally like Honolulu's Foster Botanical Garden, yet each of these gems is in itself well worth...
How to Stencil a Shade
Create a spring-inspired accent to brighten your windowGIVE A BLANK ROLLER SHADE an airy, elegant new look with the image of your choice, applied in a few easy steps.Using a paper product called stencil board or heavy card stock, you can create a stencil...
How to Stencil a Shade: Create a Spring-Inspired Accent to Brighten Your Window
GIVE A BLANK ROLLER SHADE an airy, elegant new look with the image of your choice, applied in a few easy steps. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Using a paper product called stencil board or heavy card stock, you can create a stencil from almost any simple...
Instant Patio
Transform your backyard frorn dreary to dreamyCREATING A COLORFUL OUTDOOR LIVING ROOM from an unruly yard can seem intimidating. But by breaking down the process into a series of manageable tasks, busy parents Trina and Mark Whiteley were able to remodel...
Instant Patio: Transform Your Backyard from Dreary to Dreamy
CREATING A COLORFUL OUTDOOR LIVING ROOM from an unruly yard can seem intimidating. But by breaking down the process into a series of manageable tasks, busy parents Trina and Mark Whiteley were able to remodel the backyard of their small Palo Alto,...
Jane Smiley
CARMEL VALLEYThe Pulitzer Prized winning author talks about her new book, the movies, and her passion for horsesOn setting her new novel, Ten Days in the Hills, in Hollywood For Americans, Hollywood just looms huge. It's a feature of our environment,...
Jane Smiley: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Talks about Her New Book, the Movies, and Her Passion for Horses
On setting her new novel, Ten Days in the Hills, in Hollywood For Americans, Hollywood just looms huge. It's a feature of our environment, like Mt. Everest. Her all-time favorite movies In no special order, Tom Jones, Ashes and Diamonds--a great...
Kitchen Update
Infuse a bungalow space with subtle color and contemporary styleWHEN THE ERA of your house and the style of your dreams are separated by decades, mixing the two can be a satisfying option. Joanne Heyler knew turning her 1940s Los Angeles bungalow into...
Kitchen Update: Infuse a Bungalow Space with Subtle Color and Contemporary Style
WHEN THE ERA of your house and the style of your dreams are separated by decades, mixing the two can be a satisfying option. Joanne Heyler knew turning her 1940s Los Angeles bungalow into what she wanted would mean a lot of work. The house wasn't in...
Loveland
Catch spring fever in a lively city north of DenverTHERE'S MUCH TO LOVE about Loveland, especially in spring, when the lustrous snowcapped mountain peaks sparkle in the sun, the lakefront swells with starryeyed couples ambling hand in hand, and the snow...
Open to the Outdoors
A 1950s Eichler home gets a seamless update for a modern family of eightLIVE IN A HOUSE for at least a year before making any major changes. That's standard advice for new homeowners, and it turned out to be true for Olga and Max Seybold. Their search...
Open to the Outdoors: A 1950s Eichler Home Gets a Seamless Update for a Modern Family of Eight
LIVE IN A HOUSE for at least a year before making any major changes. That's standard advice for new homeowners, and it turned out to be true for Olga and Max Seybold. Their search for a home that would work for their blended family--including six children,...
Passover Pastry
This blend of nuts, eggs, and sugar makes a great dessert to follow a special dinnerAlmond torteDuring Passover, when most foods made from, wheat flour are forbidden, almond desserts are popular, especially with Sephardic Jews. A version of this recipe...
Passover Pastry: This Blend of Nuts, Eggs, and Sugar Makes a Great Dessert to Follow a Special Dinner
Almond torte During Passover, when most foods made from wheat flour are forbidden, almond desserts are popular, especially with Sephardic Jews. A version of this recipe dates back to at least 1855 and is probably much older. When baked, the batter...
Plant a Flower Garden
Choose easy annuals in colors you love, give them good soil, then watch them grow. Here are our no-fail tips for a summer of abundant bloomMY FIRST EXPERIENCE growing flowers started with a paperwhite bulb in a drinking glass, perched on the windowsill...
Plant a Flower Garden: Choose Easy Annuals in Colors You Love, Give Them Good Soil, Then Watch Them Grow. Here Are Our No-Fail Tips for a Summer of Abundant Bloom
MY FIRST EXPERIENCE growing flowers started with a paperwhite bulb in a drinking glass, perched on the windowsill of my San Francisco apartment. Skeptical about how easy growing a narcissus would be, I checked on my plant daily, wondering if it would...
Reader Letters
Hidden getawaysWhen my wife showed me the cover featuring the Waimea Plantation Cottages, I nearly flipped ('Top 10 Romantic Cottages," February, page 28). We stayed at that property in 2003 and it was one of the most relaxing four days we can ever remember....
Resources
Following are sources for some products in this issue. Care has been taken to verify information, but info can't be guaranteed. Items not included may have sources named elsewhere in the issue, have come from personal collections, or have been discontinued....
Rethink the Classics
Give Old World glamour a new look by updating vintage and mass-market findsTRADITIONAL ELEMENTS with tongue-in-cheek flair form the backbone of Vanessa De Vargas's style. In her tiny 500-square-foot bungalow in Venice, California, the owner of the eight-month-old...
Rethink the Classics: Give Old World Glamour a New Look by Updating Vintage and Mass-Market Finds
TRADITIONAL ELEMENTS with tongue-in-cheek flair form the backbone of Vanessa De Vargas's style. In her tiny 500-square-foot bungalow in Venice, California, the owner of the eight-month-old Turquoise furniture showroom displays a charmingly off-kilter...
Rooftop Getaway
Put the garden where the view is, and add movement and color"FROM HERE, I can see the morning sunrise," says homeowner Steve Williams. Because the best view on his property happens to be from about 12 feet above ground level, that's where his garden...
San Diego Canyonlands
MAYBE YOU ARE, like me, a casual visitor to San Diego. And maybe you, like me, think of it as a city of beaches, sunshine, the Padres, and pandas. These are its obvious attractions--except for the pandas, which are invariably hiding when you try to...
Seamless Garden Flow: Join Multiple Outdoor Rooms with Focal Points and a Unified Color Scheme
GIVE A GARDEN a well-planned footprint, and its plantings can change frequently without disrupting the overall look or flow. "The layout is forever," says landscape designer and garden consultant Eric Teberg, who helped design Dianne and Ben Etling's...
Tasting Ojai
Fresh food fills the landscape and nurtures a community in a Southern California valley. Meet the people inspired by this region and taste their seasonal recipesTHE SCENT OF BLOSSOMS-orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon-floats on the fresh, cool air...
Tasting Ojai: Fresh Food Fills the Landscape and Nurtures a Community in a Southern California Valley. Meet the People Inspired by This Region and Taste Their Seasonal Recipes
THE SCENT OF BLOSSOMS--orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon--floats on the fresh, cool air every spring in Ojai. Thousands of citrus trees grow in this little mountain-ringed valley 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles. So do avocados, olives, lavender,...
The Abalone Renaissance
The world's tastiest mollusk is making a tentative comeback-on farms, in restaurants, and maybe, one day, in the PacificTO GAZE UPON ABALONE is to be unimpressed.The glistening black slabs look as appetizing as socks hauled from a marsh. The cats here...
The Abalone Renaissance: The World's Tastiest Mollusk Is Making a Tentative Comeback-On Farms, in Restaurants, and Maybe, One Day, in the Pacific
TO GAZE UPON ABALONE is to be unimpressed. The glistening black slabs look as appetizing as socks hauled from a marsh. The cats here at the Abalone Farm in Cayucos, California, snub them. Glancing at the red abalone resting on a plate beside the...
The Real Deal
The right wine shop is full of worthy discoveriesMOST OF US have run into enough horrific bottles of wine to assume that if it's unfamiliar-and cheap-it's bad. A good wine shop can turn that assumption on its ear.Walk into Peter Granoff's place, for...
The Real Deal: The Right Wine Shop Is Full of Worthy Discoveries
MOST OF US have run into enough horrific bottles of wine to assume that if it's unfamiliar--and cheap--it's bad. A good wine shop can turn that assumption on its ear. Walk into Peter Granoff's place, for instance (the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant &...
Top 10 Waterfalls
Visit the West's most memorable cascades, from Hawaii to Yellowstone1 GRAND CANYON, AZHAVASU FALLS Other falls are taller; other falls carry greater volumes of water. And boy, are other falls easier to reachto get to Havasu, you hike 10 miles into Havasu...
Top 10 Waterfalls: Visit the West's Most Memorable Cascades, from Hawaii to Yellowstone
1 GRAND CANYON, AZ HAVASU FALLS Other falls are taller; other falls carry greater volumes of water. And boy, are other falls easier to reach--to get to Havasu, you hike 10 miles into Havasu Canyon, having obtained the required trail permit from...
Toss and Serve
We've packed a lot of flavor-without the cream-into our quick take on a classic pastaSpaghetti carbonaraSilky with egg and melted cheese, freshened with parsley, and spiked with black pepper, spaghetti carbonara brings intense flavors into balance. We...
Toss and Serve: We've Packed a Lot of Flavor-Without the Cream-Into Our Quick Take on a Classic Pasta
Spaghetti carbonara Silky with egg and melted cheese, freshened with parsley, and spiked with black pepper, spaghetti carbonara brings intense flavors into balance. We also love this dish for its short cooking time. The ingredients are things we...
Tucson's Wild Side
Explore the ancient cactus forest budding into bloom at Saguaro National ParkSTANDING BENEATH a 4O-foot saguaro in Arizona's Rincon Mountain District foothills, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer size of this cactus. Soon, however, it's not the...
Tucson's Wild Side: Explore the Ancient Cactus Forest in Arizona's Saguaro National Park
WITH CACTUS BUDS forming and with temperatures warm but still far from summer's heat, spring is magic time in the desert. But the desert seems like a long way to travel in a month unblessed by long weekends. That's why we love Saguaro National Park,...
Washington's Hidden Coast
Escape to the Long Beach Peninsula for fresh seafood, beach strolls, and the rough Charm Of Shore towns BY BONNIE HENDERSONFOODIES HAVE BEEN FLOCKING to the Long Beach Peninsula for a long time. Ever since, in fact, Jimella Lucas and Nanci Main started...
Washington's Hidden Coast: Escape to the Long Beach Peninsula for Fresh Seafood, Beach Strolls, and the Rough Charm of Shore Towns
FOODIES HAVE BEEN FLOCKING to the Long Beach Peninsula for a long time. Ever since, in fact, Jimella Lucas and Nanci Main started coaxing exciting seafood dishes from their restaurant perched on the Nahcotta dock. That was 20 years ago. Today, oysters...
What to Do in Northern California April
SACRAMENTO Catch the season's color Roses burst into bloom this month at two spectacular Sacramento gardens: the World Peace Rose Garden at State Capitol Park and William McKinley Park Rose Garden. With thousands of roses between them--including,...
What to Do in the Rockies: April
NEAR MORRISON, COCheck out Easter bloomsHere's a fun fact: The pasque flower's name comes from the French word for Easter. This month, the low-growing bloom debuts in dense purple blankets along Bruin Bluff Trail in Lair o' the Bear Park, part of Jefferson...
What to Do in Your Garden April
Planting Annuals Sunset climate zones 7-9, 14-17: Shop for warm-season annuals; choose from celosia, coleus, cosmos, impatiens, Madagascar periwinkle (vinca), marigold, phlox, and sunflower. Zones 1-2: Wait until the soil warms and any chance of...
What to Do in Your Garden: April
PlantingBest new plants A cooperative program administered by Colorado State University and Denver Botanic Gardens, Plant Select is designed to identify and distribute the best plants for gardens in the high plains and intermountain regions. Introductions...
Winters: West of Sacramento, Discover a Small Town with Artsy Flair
NEIGHBORHOODS of restored Victorians, pocket parks, a thriving downtown bursting with local art and independent restaurants--this hardly sounds like your average exit off the interstate. That's why the small town of Winters is a refreshing mini detour...
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