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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. 203, No. 4, October

1999-2000 Western Home Awards
Winners in the 22nd biennial round of our program are from Arizona, California, Montana, New Mexico, and Washington * Out of 329 entries, the jury for the 1999-2000 Western Home Awards cosponsored by Sunset and the American Institute of Architects...
1999-2000 Western Home Awards
OUT OF 329 ENTRIES, THE JURY FOR THE 1999-2000 WESTERN HOME Awards-cosponsored by Sunset and the American Institute of Architects-selected 20 winning designs. Ranging from an evocative new log Cabin in Montana's Big Sky country (shown on this page) to...
A Great Big Tamale Pie
Wrapped in banana leaves, it's a crowd-dazzler In the northern part of the Huasteca region of Veracruz, Mexico, they like their tamales big. Crusty, yard-long banana leaf bundles filled with chicken, chili sauce, and masa bake slowly in an adobe oven,...
Art of the Ancients
Nine Mile Canyon in central Utah is a 40-mile-long gallery of precious images They were among America's first plein air artists, toiling under the open sky to chip images of life - as it was a millennium or more ago - into the walls of a Utah canyon:...
Autumn Fruit in a Tart
Showy persimmons brighten the fall season, and if they are the crisp, flat-bottomed Fuyu, you can use them to make this streusel tart. It's an appealing dessert well suited to cooler days. Persimmon-Apple Tart with Gingersnap Streusel PREP AND COOK TIME:...
A WESTERNER's GUIDE TO Tulips
Even mild-climate gardeners can grow tulips successfully. We show you how, and share our favorite color combinations * As anyone who has been to Holland knows, tulips thrive best in cold-winter climates. Nature blesses the land of windmills with...
Beautiful Borders
The secret? Choose a theme, then buy the plants to fit * A beautiful border is like an orchestra: the plants it contains are the notes - of color, texture, and height - that play off one another to form a harmonious composition. To create such...
Best of the West
Where autumn lives * From the moment the first vine maple flushes red in August until the last yellow birch leaf drops in November, autumn passes like a slow parade in the Pacific Northwest. It does have a peak, however, usually in October. To see...
Changeless Chama Valley
O'Keeffe country, a great train ride - and the occasional cosmic event - make this one of New Mexico's best drives It slices the late-afternoon sky over northern New Mexico's Chama Valley - a turquoise streak, a shooting star. I am alone by the...
Chimichanga Mysteries
The origin of Tucson's deepfried masterpiece is an enigma wrapped in a tortilla Once upon a time, somewhere in the Southwest, a clever cook dropped a burro into a deep-fat fryer, and the chimichanga, the savory staple of Arizona's Mexican restaurants,...
Delta County Treasure Trail
Shop for antique saddles and vintage farm tools in western Colorado's tiny towns Rambling around Delta County on a brisk fall day, you'll feel the spirit of old-time western Colorado. The scenery along the area's byways has hardly changed at all....
Denver on Stage
From drama to dance, music to comedy, here's a guide to the city's new performing arts district * A kind of maverick pride surfaces in Denverites when you ask them about their performing arts scene. "Everybody knows we're a major-league sports town,"...
Dinner's Ready!
Devote a weekend to simmering and sauteing, and fill the freezer with a month's worth of easy meals If only we had a month of Sundays, cooking would be easy. It's all those Wednesdays and Thursdays that are a bear. Come 6 o'clock, there are no aromatic...
Gallows and Gardens
It's no wilderness trek, but for a quick heart-starting hike mere miles from downtown Boise, it's hard to beat the Table Rock Trail. What's more, the trail leaves from the Old Idaho Penitentiary, one of the capital city's most interesting historic sites....
Gardenguide: A Marriage of Water, Stone, and Plants
A prizewinning design blends colors and textures on a Colorado hillside * After construction of an addition left a gaping hole in the backyard of their home in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado, the owners sought help from landscape designer Robert...
Heart of the West
"We're actually a cult," Jack Wong confides. "Quite subversive." I scan the convention center's ballroom. The singing cowboy has lit into an up-tempo number, and dancers skitter across the parquet: women in sequined dresses, men in bolo ties. At the...
Late Performers for a Grand Finale
Fall-blooming perennials and showy grasses Most gardeners plant for peak color in spring. Not Steve Walker. His garden in Olympia, Washington, features a cast of characters that put on a spectacular show in October, just before winter brings the...
Mashed Potatoes, Please
The ultimate comfort food takes well to lively seasonings Like so many other comfort foods, mashed potatoes need to be just so to do their job-to make you feel good, inside and out. But, chameleon-like, they can conform to any taste or mood. Like yours...
Open House
LETTERS FROM OUR READERS PROUD POND BUILDERS My husband, Larry, and I - with no building experience - followed your step-by-step directions ("Instant Pond," June, page 58) and successfully built a garden pond (shown at right) on a Sunday. We...
Prime-Time Beef
ANSWERS TO COMMON COOKING QUESTIONS If your taste buds are set for a tender, juicy steak, it's the beef couch potato muscles that will deliver what you seek. Most steaks that come from these muscles have distinctive shapes and bones that make them easy...
Rent a Chipper and Turn Prunings into Mulch
Disposing of garden prunings can be a daunting task, especially when you're cutting hedges, trees, and shrubs. Try renting a machine to turn that woody waste into a pile of chips you can use as mulch. You'll find gasoline-powered machines in a variety...
Secrets of the Oregon Coast-Revealed
Follow our map to one of the West's best road trips, and explore surprises most guidebooks miss Who discovered the Oregon coast first is still debated, though Captain Bruno Heceta is generally credited, having sailed along its shores in 1775-with Captain...
Sensational Small Trees
A single tree growing in a large, handsome container adds a significant grace note to any garden. Carefully placed, it can become a sculptural focal point. It can define an entry or an outdoor living area - or screen one. Place it on a sunny deck or...
Shades of Green
Muted colors, vibrant flavors in a fall salad * Salad is one of those words that get tossed around. It's applied to such a wide-ranging variety of presentations that one wonders, are there any limits? I'm certainly in no position to draw the line, as...
The Low-Fat Cook: One Sweet Date
HEALTHY CHOICES FOR THE ACTIVE LIFESTYLE By rights, Medjool dates-soft, sweet, and seemingly decadent-ought to be loaded with fat. They're not. They have none at all, in fact, and just 50 calories each. Those 50 calories go a long way in deliciously...
The Quick Cook: MEALS IN 30 MINUTES OR LESS
MENU Lamb Loin Roast Chili Mascarpone Sauce Roasted Tiny New Potato Halves Tiny Green Beans Lemon Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce Petite roasts for special feasts * Party meals and elegant roasts go hand in hand. And for the occasion...
The Quick Cook: Petite Roasts for Special Feasts
Party meals and elegant roasts go hand in hand. And for the occasion that's intimately scaled, there's a fine selection of diminutive roasts-with a big bonus: they can be table-ready in no more than half an hour. Cuts that work include boned lamb loin...
The Wine Guide
Soft on red * It's time for a confession: I just don't get the superstar popularity of Merlot. Over and over I hear people say they prefer Merlot to other red wines. Why? "Because it's softer. "Softer than what? Zinfandel? Well, Zinfandel...
Travelguide
Cornfield mazes offer high yield of fun Six puzzles sprout in mountain states this month * What began as an unremarked-upon oddity just three years ago has taken root as a favorite fall pastime. The Maize, a Utah-based company that began the...
Western Wanderings
OUR MAN IN COLORADO SPRINGS Heart of the West * "We're actually a cult," Jack Wong confides. "Quite subversive." I scan the convention center's ballroom. The singing cowboy has lit into an up-tempo number, and dancers skitter across the parquet:...
Where Autumn Lives
* From the moment the first vine maple flushes red in August until the last yellow birch leaf drops in November, autumn passes like a slow parade in the Pacific Northwest. It does have a peak, however, usually in October. To see it at its best, head...
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