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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. 213, No. 5, November

Add Some Sparkle
Easy touches that will make any party shineThe first rule of holiday food is that it should be delicious, but when it comes to a party, a little glamour is in order.Luckily, beautiful presentation doesn't mean fuss or frills. Less is more when you're...
Add Some Sparkle: Easy Touches That Will Make Any Party Shine
The first rule of holiday food is that it should be delicious, but when it comes to a party, a little glamour is in order. Luckily, beautiful presentation doesn't mean fuss or frills. Less is more when you're dressing up holiday party food, so stick...
A Southwest Thanksgiving
When Sean Yontz was growing up, holidays were all about food in his large Hispanic family. "Everybody got together at my grandmother's house for an enormous meal: posole, menudo, tamales," he says. "My mother brought her special green beans; my aunt...
A Southwest Thanksgiving: Denver Chef Sean Yontz Cooks a Feast That Draws on His Family Roots
When Sean Yontz was growing up, holidays were all about food in his large Hispanic family. "Everybody got together at my grandmother's house for an enormous meal: posole, menudo, tamales," he says. "My mother brought her special green beans; my aunt...
Craig and His List
My friend Fred wasn't looking for a saxophone case. But during his daily cruise of the For Sale Musical Instruments board on Craigslist, there it was: a baritone sax case, near-new, one-third off retail. Emails were exchanged; Fred met the owner in...
Dining Rooms: Forget Formal-The New Focus Is on Casual Style
A few years ago, the dining room was headed for extinction, as many people favored family rooms with eat-in kitchens over more formal spaces. But the popularity of at home entertaining has generated a renewed appreciation for the dining room, though...
Favorite Holiday Dishes
Recipes from our readers, tested in Sunset's kitchenCranberry Port SauceTHERESA LIU, ALAMEDA, CAThe combination of cranberries, orange, and Port in this easy sauce makes a wonderful accompaniment for pork, duck, and turkey, writes Theresa Liu.PREP AND...
Favorite Holiday Dishes: Recipes from Our Readers, Tested in Sunset's Kitchen
Cranberry Port Sauce THERESA LIU, ALAMEDA, CA The combination of cranberries, orange, and Port in this easy sauce makes a wonderful accompaniment for pork, duck, and turkey, writes Theresa Liu. PREP AND COOK TIME: About 15 minutes MAKES:...
First in a Series: In Building and Product Design, We Must Think Green; the Notion That Buildings Can Benefit Both People and the Environment Is Gaining Influence
There's an old saying in the environmental movement: Think globally, act locally. That is, keep the planet's needs and processes in mind, and take action in your own community to help those processes continue and thrive. But what if we thought galactically...
Go Slow
Leisurely cooking makes a melt-in-your-mouth mealMediterranean cooking expert Paula Wolfert takes it easy when she entertains. Her meals are not a blur of speed and anxiety but a measured cadence where food cooks unattended-often for hours-slowly and...
Go Slow: Leisurely Cooking Makes a Melt-in-Your-Mouth Meal
Mediterranean cooking expert Paula Wolfert takes it easy when she entertains. Her meals are not a blur of speed and anxiety but a measured cadence where food cooks unattended--often for hours--slowly and surely, retaining a succulence that's often...
Holiday Polenta
Dress up this simple dish for any celebrationPolenta-onedme food of peasants-now consorts with the grandest roast meats on restaurant menus. Chefs here in the West are putting delicious spins on the dish, giving it great holiday potential. A simply flavored,...
Holiday Polenta: Dress Up This Simple Dish for Any Celebration
Polenta--onetime food of peasants--now consorts with the grandest roast meats on restaurant menus. Chefs here in the West are putting delicious spins on the dish, giving it great holiday potential. A simply flavored, soft polenta laced with cheese...
Inspired by Nature: When Designing for Indoors, a Renowned Style Setter Looks Outdoors
Plants, colors, textures, light: Not the usual stock-in-trade of a home store, but then Alta Tingle is not your usual store owner. Twenty years ago, Tingle, a former landscape designer, opened the Gardener in Berkeley, California. It's a store where...
Natural Survivors
SOLUTIONRainfall alone waters these dry-climate beautiesAnni Jensen's garden in suburban Richmond, California, doesn't have a lawn or foundation shrubs like other gardens in her neighborhood. Instead, it's filled with native and Mediterranean plants...
Natural Survivors: Rainfall Alone Waters These Dry-Climate Beauties
Anni Jensen's garden in suburban Richmond, California, doesn't have a lawn or foundation shrubs like other gardens in her neighborhood. Instead, it's filled with native and Mediterranean plants that put out an eye-popping show of blooms in spring,...
Outdoor Living Room
For the last two years, I've been clipping articles and pictures from Sunset for inspiration and ideas in designing a backyard makeover. Your articles on alfresco dining rooms, outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, and tropical retreats were all fantastic...
Party Wraps
Give cannelloni a simple new twist with Asian egg roll wrappersWhen I first started entertaining, casseroles were a mainstay. They weren't always easy to assemble, but the payoff came later-you could pop them into the oven, charm your guests, then pull...
Party Wraps: Give Cannelloni a Simple New Twist with Asian Egg Roll Wrappers
When I first started entertaining, casseroles were a mainstay. They weren't always easy to assemble, but the payoff came later--you could pop them into the oven, charm your guests, then pull the steaming dish out and serve dinner within minutes. Casseroles...
Pasta Paella
Put a new spin on a one-pan Spanish dinnerPaella is one of Spain's great one-pan dishes, but in its best-known form, it's too much work for a quick weeknight supper. A lesser-known version, however, uses thin pasta instead of rice. It's a Spanish classic...
Pasta Paella: Put a New Spin on a One-Pan Spanish Dinner
Paella is one of Spain's great one-pan dishes, but in its best-known form, it's too much work for a quick weeknight supper. A lesser-known version, however, uses thin pasta instead of rice. It's a Spanish classic too, with a different character. And...
Perfectly Made Beds
How to shape, plant, and edge themLaMina Smith puts together garden beds with the flair of a fashion designer. She has six of them in her garden in La Selva Beach near Santa Cruz, California-some filled with flowers, others with foliage plants. "I'm...
Perfectly Made Beds: How to Shape, Plant, and Edge Them
LaMina Smith puts together garden beds with the flair of a fashion designer. She has six of them in her garden in La Selva Beach near Santa Cruz, California--some filled with flowers, others with foliage plants. "I'm not a perfectionist," she's quick...
Perfect Turkey
How to cook the classic Thanksgiving dinnerPumpkins and pilgrims aside, a beautifully browned roast turkey is what Thanksgiving is all about. We've tested a mind-boggling number of variations in our kitchen, but we still love a simple, butter-glazed...
Perfect Turkey: How to Cook the Classic Thanksgiving Dinner
Pumpkins and pilgrims aside, a beautifully browned roast turkey is what Thanksgiving is all about. We've tested a mind-boggling number of variations in our kitchen, but we still love a simple, butter-glazed bird. Here's how we produce it, as well as...
Quick Study
Walla Walla wines are earning high marksA three-college, Pkasantuilk prototype of a town, Walla Walla, Washington, anchors a wine-growing region in the southeast comer of the state. Clearly, students there are doing their homework, since this appellation,...
Quick Study: Walla Walla Wines Are Earning High Marks
A three-college, Pleasantville prototype of a town, Walla Walla, Washington, anchors a wine-growing region in the southeast corner of the state. Clearly, students there are doing their homework, since this appellation, just 20 years old, is producing...
Road to Enchantment; Santa Fe, Taos, Ancient Wonders, and Sublime Food: Take the Ultimate Drive around New Mexico
Always take the backroad. It's the smart traveler's truism everywhere, but nowhere will it work magic more reliably than in New Mexico. Set your course with all the certainty of a cottonwood leaf surfing an autumn breeze, pack a thick road atlas so...
Savory Spread
Salt cod brandade makes a comebackHumble old dishes have a way of coming back with glory. Salt cod brandade, a homey blend of preserved cod and creamy mashed potatoes, traditional in southern Europe, is showing up on French-leaning restaurant menus all...
Savory Spread: Salt Cod Brandade Makes a Comeback
Humble old dishes have a way of coming back with glory. Salt cod brandade, a homey blend of preserved cod and creamy mashed potatoes, traditional in southern Europe, is showing up on French-leaning restaurant menus all over. And the dried salt cod...
Seaside Savings
In winter, enjoy the Mendocino coast at its least expensiveMy grandmother lives in the frigid Midwest, so I wanted to treat her to a California getaway as a winter splurge. But with holidays approaching, I was watching my budget. The Mendocino coast...
Seaside Savings: In Winter, Enjoy the Mendocino Coast at Its Least Expensive
My grandmother lives in the frigid Midwest, so I wanted to treat her to a California getaway as a winter splurge. But with holidays approaching, I was watching my budget. The Mendocino coast was the perfect solution. The town of Mendocino, 150 miles...
Sweet Seeds
Bright red pomegranates are perfect for a fall saladThat apple Eve succumbed to in the Garden of Eden might really have been a pomegranate, according to some scholars. If so, she would have been the last person on earth to have broken into one of these...
Sweet Seeds: Bright Red Pomegranates Are Perfect for a Fall Salad
That apple Eve succumbed to in the Garden of Eden might really have been a pomegranate, according to some scholars. If so, she would have been the last person on earth to have broken into one of these without fear of staining her clothes. (My mom's...
The Directory
"The Art of Sunset" Poster The first 100 readers who request information from our advertisers featured in THE DIRECTORY will receive "The Art of Sunset" poster FREE. This large (24" by 36"), beautiful poster features historic covers from Sunset...
The Main Event
True confession: I have never made a Thanksgiving turkey. Though I've made my share of pumpkin pies and side dishes, I've always been lucky enough to be invited to celebrations where someone else was master of the main event.My grandmother, Ua, used...
The New Heavyweights in Las Vegas
From classic French comfort to California fresh to cuttingedge seafood, the city's latest generation of restaurants is definitely packed with knockouts.Bradley OgdenOf the headliner chefs in this city, Bradley Ogden is the only one who actually appears...
Time for Tennyson
Stroll and shop in the heart of Denver's Berkeley ParkIn 1995, when Denver's Elitch Gardens left its Tennyson Street and West 38th Avenue site and moved downtown, you could almost see the area start to fade. But as young families began moving into the...
Tudor Update
An old house is revived inside and outsideThe remodel of this 1926 Tudor-style cottage in Los Angeles would have given the most stouthearted remodeling junkie pause. "The house had been unoccupied for seven years," says architect-owner William Hefner....
Tudor Update: An Old House Is Revived Inside and Outside
The remodel of this 1926 Tudor-style cottage in Los Angeles would have given the most stouthearted remodeling junkie pause. "The house had been unoccupied for seven years," says architect-owner William Hefner. "The roof was leaking, and it had termites."...
Upside-Down Cakes
Now they have fresh fruit-and they're simpler to makeEasy enough for everyday treats and pretty enough for company, upside-down cakes are an unbeatable dessert for the holidays. Especially when they're accompanied by ice cream or whipped cream.In our...
Upside-Down Cakes: Now They Have Fresh Fruit-And They're Simpler to Make
Easy enough for everyday treats and pretty enough for company, upside-down cakes are an unbeatable dessert for the holidays. Especially when they're accompanied by ice cream or whipped cream. In our new variations, we use fresh fruit rather than...
Vegas Hits the Jackpot
DININGThe City's new restaurants offer a big payoutDining in Las Vegas has been moving from buffet to gourmet for at least a decade, but with the latest round of restaurants, it's vying to become the country's culinary capital.Westerners can attribute...
Warm and Modern: A Washington Family Builds a Contemporary Home with Comfort in Mind
What makes the Kaneko family's house such a successful home? "The spaces are large enough to be flexible but small enough to be comfortable," explains Lane Williams, the Seattle architect who designed the home for Steve and Gail Kaneko and their two...
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