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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. 215, No. 6, December

A Day in the Country: Savor Peace, Quiet, and Great Holiday Shopping in West Marin
A clear winter day makes Point Reyes Station and its neighbor, Olema, sparkle like faceted gems, with angular silhouettes and cool, Edward Hopper light. This month brings a bonus too: The two towns offer holiday shopping that's far more creative and...
Art in a Pot
Create a "painting" with succulentsThree-dimensional paintings composed of succulents. That's how Arree Thongthiraj describes her container creations, which pair small, shapely Crassulas and Echeverias with pieces of frosted-glass tile or stone. Succulents...
Art in a Pot: Create a "Painting" with Succulents
Three-dimensional paintings composed of succulents. That's how Arree Thongthiraj describes her container creations, which pair small, shapely Crassulas and Echeverias with pieces of frosted-glass tile or stone. Succulents are good container subjects,...
Christmas in the Rockies: A Rich and Hearty Norwegian Dinner Brings the Old World to Colorado
Every Christmas, three generations of the Maybach family--now ages 2 to 92--gather in a thoroughly modern log cabin near Keystone, Colorado, to celebrate the Old World in New World style. A few years ago, Carol Maybach, then a recent culinary school...
December Favorites
Recipes from our readers, tested in Sunset's kitchenSwiss Chard with Leeks and ShiitakesLISA SARENDUC, SANTA FEThe abundant chard in Lisa Sarenduc's garden inspired this earthy side dish.PREP AND COOK TIME: 30 minutesMAKES: 4 servings2 bunches (2 Ib....
December Favorites: Recipes from Our Readers, Tested in Sunset's Kitchen
Swiss Chard with Leeks and Shiitakes LISA SARENDUC, SANTA FE The abundant chard in Lisa Sarenduc's garden inspired this earthy side dish. PREP AND COOK TIME: 30 minutes MAKES: 4 servings 2 bunches (2 lb. total) Swiss chard ...
Decorating with Poinsettias
Pair them with colorful houseplantsThey're lovely on their own, but poinsettias can be even better when you combine them with other indoor plants. So toss the foil wrap that adorns their pots and pair them with colorful bromeliads, caladiums, or ivy...
Decorating with Poinsettias: Pair Them with Colorful Houseplants
They're lovely on their own, but poinsettias can be even better when you combine them with other indoor plants. So toss the foil wrap that adorns their pots and pair them with colorful bromeliads, caladiums, or ivy to dress an entry or tabletop. New...
Felt Rug Revival
A young designer brings back an ancient tradition"Sophisticated yet humble" is how Melina Raissnia describes her medium. It's also a pretty apt description of Melina herself. A painter and the owner of Peace Industry, a new rug shop in San Francisco's...
Felt Rug Revival: A Young Designer Brings Back an Ancient Tradition
"Sophisticated yet humble" is how Melina Raissnia describes her medium. It's also a pretty apt description of Melina herself. A painter and the owner of Peace Industry, a new rug shop in San Francisco's Hayes Valley, she's the modern face of a 7,000-year-old...
Got Guests? Where to Go in the Bay Area during the Holidays
San Jose * Go skating. Warm up with some wholesome skating at Downtown Ice (Nov 18-Jan 16, call for hours; $12-$14, $10-$12 ages 12 and under, including skate rental; Circle of Palms, S. Market St. between the San Jose Museum of Art and the Fairmont...
Green-Built Idea House National Sponsors
AGIO uses the latest trends in materials--all-weather wicker, alumicast designs, powder-coated aluminum, stone- and resin-top tables--to create high-quality outdoor furnishings. www.agio-usa.com or 800/416-3511 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] CRATE...
Holiday Cactus
More reasons than ever to love this great plantChristmas cactus can grow on you in more ways than one. Sure, the plants just get bigger and better every year. They pump out masses of delicate jungle flowers in rosy red, white, orange, pink, and pale...
Holiday Cactus: More Reasons Than Ever to Love This Great Plant
Christmas cactus can grow on you in more ways than one. Sure, the plants just get bigger and better every year. They pump out masses of delicate jungle flowers in rosy red, white, orange, pink, and pale yellow, depending on the variety, just in time...
It's Ski Town, U.S.A
THREE-DAY WEEKENDColorado's Steamboat Springs is the ultimate snowy getawayBordered by endless ranchland and the snow-smothered Medicine Bow Mountains, Steamboat Springs peeks out of Colorado's broad Yampa Valley as a compact island of civilization more...
It's Ski Town, U.S.A.: Colorado's Steamboat Springs Is the Ultimate Snowy Getaway
Bordered by endless ranchland and the snow-smothered Medicine Bow Mountains, Steamboat Springs peeks out of Colorado's broad Yampa Valley as a compact island of civilization more than 100 miles west of Denver. Above the town, a cap of steam rises...
Just Visiting?
Where to go during the holidays around the WestSeattle* Visit the market. Browse the holiday wreaths, swags, and seasonal floral bouquets on the Pike Place Market farmers' tables (open daily; Pike Place at First Ave.; www.pikeplacemarket.org or 206/682-7453),...
Living Green Now: Lessons in Earth-Friendly Design from Our Green-Built Idea House
Like a compact hybrid car, Sunset's Green-Built Idea House is modest in size but big in resource-efficient features. Comprising two side-by-side homes in Menlo Park, California--one decorated and one with cutaway wall sections to reveal construction...
Peace on Earth
The minute I sign up for my beginning meditation course, Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human, I worry about what to wear. "Hemp," my wife advises. "Everything has to be made from hemp." Check. I want to look like one of the models...
Scarves with Soul: A Textile Designer Gives the Gift of Warmth
Bolts of red and orange Italian virgin wool surround Hiroko Kurihara in the downstairs studio of her Oakland home. "This one is called Flow," says the up-and-coming textile designer, handling one of her scarves sewn in waves of blue and pale green....
Season's Eatings in Salt Lake
The town's full of tempting food shops-you just need to know where to lookSalt Lake City may have only a few great shopping neighborhoods, but there are plenty of great shops, especially if you love food. Here's how to make a big dent in your holiday...
Simple to Spectacular
TECHNIQUEMake beautiful cookies, even if you don't have time to fussEveryone is pressed for time during the holidays, but that shouldn't stop you from making a lovely batch of Christmas cookies. Our treats look great whether unadorned or dressed to the...
Simple to Spectacular: Make Beautiful Cookies, Even If You Don't Have Time to Fuss
Everyone is pressed for time during the holidays, but that shouldn't stop you from making a lovely batch of Christmas cookies. Our treats look great whether unadorned or dressed to the nines, so you can tailor them to suit your interest (and schedule)....
Southwest Sizzle: Suddenly Phoenix and Scottsdale Have a Ton of Great Places to Eat-Here Are the Ones You Can't Miss
Scottsdale has 600-plus restaurants--and more important, both it and neighboring Phoenix now have quality to match the quantity. In fact, as popular as the cities already are with sun seekers and spring-training baseball fans, the food alone is now...
Spanish Cheese: A New Twist on Cocktail Parties
Spanish cheeses are the new brie and chevre--cult favorites pegged for full cocktail party status. It's about time: No tradition makes better use of cheese in its pure state than Spanish tapas. Transforming a wedge into an hors d'oeuvre with a bit...
Starring Roles
Holiday decor takes a modern turn in a Seattle homeIt's a challenge every year: how to display your traditional ornaments in fresh new ways. Seattle homeowner Christopher Alviar-who has collected holiday decorations on trips to the Philippines-suggests...
Starring Roles: Holiday Decor Takes a Modern Turn in a Seattle Home
It's a challenge every year: how to display your traditional ornaments in fresh new ways. Seattle homeowner Christopher Alviar--who has collected holiday decorations on trips to the Philippines--suggests thinking of the room as a frame. That means...
Tender Braised Beef
Tasty short ribs, browned and slow-cooked in a single potThe most comforting winter meal on the planet has to be braised beef short ribs. Unlike the cut of ribs we throw on the grill, these do best with long, slow cooking. The reward is huge amounts...
Tender Braised Beef: Tasty Short Ribs, Browned and Slow-Cooked in a Single Pot
The most comforting winter meal on the planet has to be braised beef short ribs. Unlike the cut of ribs we throw on the grill, these do best with long, slow cooking. The reward is huge amounts of flavor. In this stovetop recipe, the beef juices meld...
Theater: Christmas Pageants
Be it big-city ballet or little kids stumbling through a nativity scene, holiday entertainment is best when it's live. Let one of our favorite events become your family's next tradition. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHAT TO SEE MORE INFO...
The Best of Arizona
Do the state's namesake trail-one hike at a timePlanning for the Arizona TrailEven day-hikes on the AZT require planning: Check the road and trail conditions (snow is possible at higher elevations in December), weather forecasts, and availability of...
The Family Tree: Head to the Farm to Choose the Freshest, Most Fragrant Pines and Firs
Some things are still worth doing the old-fashioned way. That's how it is with Christmas trees: There's nothing quite like setting aside a sunny December afternoon for an outing to a tree farm. Let the kids run ahead and burn off steam while you wander...
The Passion of Frederico Vigil
As Albuquerque turns 300, a gifted artist celebrates Hispanic culture in plaster and paint. MATTHEW JAFFE explores a one-of-a-kind work of artSitting at a draftsman's table, Frederico Vigil is surrounded by paints, brushes, and the other tools of his...
The Passion of Frederico Vigil: As Albuquerque Turns 300, a Gifted Artist Celebrates Hispanic Culture in Plaster and Paint. Matthew Jaffe Explores a One-of-a-Kind Work of Art
Sitting at a draftsman's table, Frederico Vigil is surrounded by paints, brushes, and the other tools of his trade. He's surrounded, too, by Madonnas, spirits, elders, philosophers, and scholars--some still pencil sketches, others glowing with brilliant,...
The Season Outside: Outdoor Decorations Inspired by Nature
on the coast Chances are, all you need to make beautiful decorations in minutes is right outside your back door. In Pajaro, California, for example, we paired natural materials with accessories in cool coastal colors to decorate a deck in a breezy...
What to Do in Your Garden in December
SHOPPING * Gift plants in pots. Bypass crowded malls and head to nurseries this month for plants that the gardeners on your list can enjoy long after the holidays. For an edible treat, tie a bow around a dwarf citrus tree or a cluster of strawberry...
What to Do in Your Garden in December
DECORATING* Containers. Pot up evergreen shrubs and trees in frost-proof foam containers and place them outdoors in a sheltered area, such as on a porch. Add creeping raahonia, English ivy, or hardy herbs, if desired, and decorate with bows, lights,...
Your Sunset
OFF THE PAGE, ONLINE, IN YOUR LIFEAnd the winner is...Kari Bowers had never entered a recipe contest before she took home the $50,000 grand prize in Sunset's Thanks giving in the West recipe contest. She and the other finalists celebrated at a dinner...
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