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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. 181, No. 5, November

$100,000,000 Worth of Vintage Cars in Contra Costa County
Autos of style and luxury, once so important to flashy characters and notable or notorious celebrities, are on display at a new Bay Area museum. Real estate developer (and new owner of the Seattle Seahawks) Ken Behring has collected more than 200...
Adding Zip to Eggplant with Southeast Asian Seasonings
Asian cooks often treat eggplant as a big, absorbent sponge, letting its soft, mildtasting flesh soak up spicy sauces. In our first entree, from Cambodia, eggplant is steamed, then bathed in a lemoncurry sauce. The second dish, from Sichuan,...
Amazing Adhesives
Are you searching for that one allpurpose, fix-anything glue? Forget it; the range of jobs calling for a dab of sticky stuff is so vast that no single glue could possibly do it all. And even if there were such a glue, you'd be lucky to find it....
Around and onto San Francisco Bay
Access is better . . . new parks and trails, new ways to get out on the water But the bay is still a treasure with an uncertain future Dipping a paddle, dropping a fishing line, dining at dockside, walking grassy headlands, or watching a working...
Cartoon California
Beep beep. Boop boop de doop. I'll get you, you pesky wabbit. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations hasn't yet enshrined the above phrases between its covers. They'll probably get around to it. Cartoons speak the classic American vernacular, wisecracking...
Come to a Political Party
This light-hearted gathering is timed for election night. The menu is mostly make-ahead, or you can delegate You've cast your vote. Did your candidates win? Why not have some friends over to follow the election returns as they come in? You can...
Does Our Veal Stew Have Enough Garlic to Ward off Vampires and Werewolves?
In medieval times, garlic was thought to ward off werewolves and vampires. Very likely. The trouble is that it also wards off your friends and relations. In spite of garlic's sometimes overwhelming fragrance, it remains a valuable flavoring ingredient....
Down-to-Earth Salads
A sweet earthiness predominates in these winter vegetable salads. Steaming brings out the vegetables' flavors; the turn of your knife gives them geometric shapes. For the first, serve rutabaga matchsticks, seasoned with a sweet and sour Oriental...
Garden and Nursery Touring on Maui
Maui visitors have an other-than-beach option: nursery and garden touring. Many of the island's public gardens and nurseries lie high on the Kula slope along the route to the top of Haleakala-or on the lush Hana side. At display gardens, you...
Getting Acquainted with Eight Breeds at Santa Ynez Valley Horse Ranches
Through morning mists, the Santa Ynez Valley awakes at daybreak to hungry whinnies and nickers. These sounds come from the equine residents of this lushly pastured basin about an hour's drive northwest of Santa Barbara. Grazing along whitewashed...
Island to Island by Air or New Ferry
New flights and ferries make island hopping in Hawaii easier, faster, and less expensive than ever. For the first time since the '70s, a regularly scheduled ferry stops at island ports. Recent airline startups and consolidations have resulted in...
It's a Coffee Table ... or a Holiday Dinner Table
If you're hosting this season's holiday gathering, you may be worried about where everyone's going to sit. You can solve the overflow graciously with this convertible table. Building it takes a weekend, average woodworking skills, and simple tools....
It's a Roof That Lets the Sun In
The multilayered structure shown above, called a "space-frame" roof, can define an outdoor area with a minimum of wood and overbead coverage. Two overlapping grids of squares and rectangles float above a deck to suggest a roof without blocking sun...
Landscape Lessons from the 1987 Fire in Pebble Beach
Fires teach harsh lessons. And those lessons have been starkly apparent over the last two summers, when fires have swept through several Western communities. If we have another dry winter this year, yet fail to reduce fire risks around homes in...
Landscaping for Security
Residential security through landscape design is a notion that's gaining popularity in many urban and suburban areas throughout the West. People are discovering that their homes needn't look like Fort Knox, with metal bars and expensive electronic...
London Walks for Fair Weather or Foul
A London visit means unpredictable, often inclement weather that may call for flexibility in your sightseeing plans. But you don't have to settle for bus tours or taxis; by dodging into nearby hotels, pubs, shops, and museums when rain gets heavy,...
Pioneer Country Pies
Autumn apples are the mainstay of these pies from two good Utah cooks. One has a traditional double crust and a fragrant hint of orange, the other a streusel topping. Both have festive embellishments. For either pie, choose Golden Delicious,...
River and Jungle Adventures in Ecuador
Jump in a lake full of piranhas and emerge unscathed. Walk through rain forest and wonder where the mosquitoes are. Lie awake in predawn Amazon darkness and puzzle over the distant wail of wind in unmoving trees-then realize it's really only howler...
Small Now, but Designed for Expansion
"It has potential for remodel and addition." People looking for a house are used to hearing this; for someone looking over blueprints of a new house, though, it may come as a surprise. But Seattle architectural firm Nissen/Nissen designed Michael...
Taking a Walk through the Past in Eureka
At first glance, Eureka looks a bit like the setting for a melancholy Bruce Springsteen song. U.S. Highway 101, gateway to this hardworking northern California lumber town, is lined by a blur of motels, gas stations, and coffee shops. In the distance,...
The Adjustable Thanksgiving
Tradition tailored to personal taste is the essence of this fine Thanksgiving dinner. Almost every dish offers pick-and-choose options designed to please all generations, with particular regard for finicky eaters, fancy eaters, and those with special...
The Cheese-Bread-and-Eggs Make-Ahead Casserole
What's in a name? These make-ahead (8 to 36 hours) breakfast, brunch, lunch, or supper casseroles may be called stratas, fondues, puffs, or overnight casseroles, but they are all essentially the same. You start by fitting layers (strata) of bread,...
There Are Ways to Use Chipotle Chilies without an Explosion
A chipotle chili is not a variety of chili. It's a mature red jalapeno that is smoked as it dries, acquiring a pungent flavor and aroma that can be detected despite its assertive heat. How can you put this exceptional flavor to use without an...
These Puppets Are Home-Baked
Whimsical puppets, molded easily and quickly from plastic modeling clay, offer their young creators theatrical and artistic diversion. You can find materials at art supply or hobby stores. The foil ball keeps the puppet's head a manageable weight....
This Honolulu Kitchen Is Especially Friendly
The bright and inviting core of this Honolulu house is an airy kitchen around which all social activities seem to orbit. Family and friends can gather in four distinct seating and eating areas that radiate out from the 10- by 16-foot space. At...
Turning to the Sun for Power
They follow the sun like giant sunflowers, shifting almost imperceptibly from dawn until dusk. Quietly and cleanly producing power, nearly 800 towering, computer-driven trackers stretch across the lonely Carrisa Plains, along State Highway 58 northeast...
Weaving Wheat; This Holiday Wreath Is Easier Than It Looks
The art of weaving wheat is timeless, celebrating the richness of the earth and using a staple of civilized life as the decorative element. It harks back to times when Man harvested wheat by sickle and evolved ceremonies to appease the gods and assure...
What about All the New Plastic Pots?
The container of choice for many who make their living with plants may surprise you: plastic. And not just because of its reasonable price. Consider some of the material's many virtues. It's light often only 10 to 20 percent the weight of clay...
When Can You Ask Your Nurserymen for Help?
For many gardeners, nurseries are more than places to buy plants: they're places to get advice and to find solutions to gardening problems. Full-service nurseries, where mostly plants and garden supplies are sold, are staffed by people who can...
"Wild California" ... New at S.F.'S Academy of Sciences
From a microscopic view of teeming life in seawater to antelope racing across grasslands, a new exhibition in San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences shows the state's diverse wildlife. Opened last month in Meyer Hall (formerly North American...
Wildflowers for Garden Gamblers
If "normal" rains come this winter, you can have a colorful payoff from a small investment now With unpredietable water and weather patterns ahead, it's a good year to take a gamble and sow wildflowers. If rains come, you'll have your own patch...
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