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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. 188, No. 5, May

Corn Casserole on the Fly
One chef writes recipes in small planes. Another turns to baby food UNEASY SIT THE haunches of those constrained to ride the fluttery windup planes that carry travelers beyond the hub airports to land--or rather, skip and frolic--on gopher-pocked...
Does Vitamin B1 Help Transplants Take Root?
Not really. But the right fertilizer can make a big difference FOR MORE THAN 50 years, vitamin B1 (thiamine hydrochloride) has been touted as a cure-all for transplant shock. Labels typically claim that B1 aids rooting and growth of a wide range...
Fireplace Cover-Ups for the Off-Season
WITHOUT A FIRE burning cheerily in it, a fireplace can become a dreary black hole. We seem forced to accept the empty firebox as the price we pay for having fireplaces, but there is a way to brighten and enliven these dark places once the fire season...
Floors Sag? Yard Slides? Try an Engineer
When you should consider hiring this least conspicuous professional LAST YEAR'S FIRE storms in Spokane and the Oakland Hills thrust consulting engineers back into the spotlight as homeowners sought expert advice on fire damage to foundations and...
Flying in to Your Own Alaska Wilderness Cabin
THE FLOATPLANE that dropped us off quickly vanished from sight and earshot. Now we were enveloped by silence and dense stands of Sitka spruce, Western hemlock, alder, wild currants, ferns, and--underfoot--sphagnum moss. It was hard to believe we'd...
Great Gourds!
Pottery of the plant world, hard-shell gourds grow in a fascinating array of shapes and sizes. When carved, painted, or embellished with colorful designs, they're prized as decorative art. To grow and dry hard-shell gourds (Lagenaria siceraria)...
Hot Lightning? One Way to Use Apple Syrup
ICE CREAM IN INDIA, called kulfi, is almost a candy. Like many Indian desserts, it's based on milk and sugar concentrated by boiling. This intense liquid gives kulfi a delicate caramelized flavor and a smooth, taffylike texture. Flavorings such as...
Idaho's Whitewater Highways: A Rivertrip Is the Only Way to Get into Some Great Country
A RIVER TRIP IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET INTO SOME GREAT COUNTRY Rivers are to Idaho vast highways through an otherwise impenetrable wilderness, compelling you from one bend to another, sweeping you on in a seemingly endless daydream. Hours pass unnoticed,...
Is It Candy or Ice Cream?
ICE CREAM IN INDIA, called kulfi, is almost a candy. Like many Indian desserts, it's based on milk and sugar concentrated by boiling. This intense liquid gives kulfi a delicate caramelized flavor and a smooth, taffylike texture. Flavorings such as...
Living with the Desert
Suspended over its saguaro-studded slope, this dramatic new house at the base of Tucson's Santa Catalina Mountains gives the living desert star billing. With broad window walls and sweeping decks sheltered from the sun by deep overhangs, the house...
May Menus
QUICK SEASONAL BUDGET-WISE...FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS Cooks find May a distracting month. As longer days unfold and the weather grows warmer and gentler, the desire to present meals in keeping with the season competes with a valid desire to get out...
New Homes for the Burrowing Owl: Volunteers Create Nest Sites for a Displaced Species
Volunteers create nest sites for a displaced species HELPING THE homeless takes on new meaning with the Burrowing Owl Alliance. The group was formed to create new nest sites in California's Santa Clara Valley when urban sprawl paves over this owl's...
New Sights along Avenue of the Giants
Stop at the visitor center ... or to marvel at fallen giants AN IMPRESSION OF time-flouting permanence is one of the most appealing attributes of the colossal redwoods lining Avenue of the Giants in northern California's Humboldt Redwoods State...
New Sights, Sounds, Feel at Oregon Caves
Renovation leaves everything more like before ... way before THE FIRST THING repeat visitors to Oregon Caves National Monument, south of Grants Pass, may notice is the sound of running water in sections that for decades were silent. Also, most...
On-the-Go Bars for Breakfast
Chewy, mildly sweet but without any added fat POWERHOUSE cookie bars turn breakfast on the run or anytime snacks into a wholesome treat. These midly sweet and slightly chewy cookie bars are made without added fat and have egg whites (no yolks),...
On the Tulip Trail in Holland
Near Amsterdam, two grand floral extravaganzas FLORICULTURE IS AT its breathtaking best in Holland this year. Until the end of May, dazzling displays of tulips and other spring bulbs edge paths and ponds at Keukenhof, Holland's best-known bulb display...
Onward and Upward with Guacamole
Two new appetizers to try . . . Asian and Carribean MILD, BUTTERY avocados go well with a wide variety of flavors. For a change of pace from the usual guacamole, try one of these recipes as an appetizer at your next party. Asian Guacamole...
Orchids or Butterflies? They're Bauhinias
These versatile tropical trees produce striking flowers BAUHINIAS HAVE A luxuriant beauty that evokes the tropics in mild-winter regions of California and the Arizona desert. Species range from evergreen to deciduous and from shrubs to trees and...
Pasta in Cream ... Rich Flavor, Little Fat
PASTA GETS GOOD marks in today's diet if you accessorize it trimly. You can do this easily with these speedy-to-make tortellini, shaped in round potsticker skins. The sauce is rich-tasting but low in fat. Lightened-up Tortellini To cut won...
Quick Ways with Fresh Fish
For weeknight dinners, you can broil these in minutes WHEN TIME IS SHORT, fish is a quick, nutritious dinner choice. We asked three California chefs for creative ways to prepare readily available Pacific halibut, tilapia, and rockfish, which broil...
Red Greens
Lettuces in bright colors have returned. Here's how to show them off...in salads and appetizers RED GREENS FOR salad are back. Years ago, many lettuces sported a red blush, but current fashion preferred green leaves. Now, style dictates red...
"Summer Camps" in Palm Springs
Temperatures go up and resort prices go down ... with special attractions for children MOST TRAVELERS consider summer the off-season in Southern California's Coachella Valley. But while desert thermometers rise toward triple digits, lodging rates...
Terra-Cotta ... the Great Western Paving
For indoors and outdoors, handmade or machine-made, genuine or look-alikes. . . here's how to choose tiles RESEMBLING CRISP cookies fresh from a giant baking sheet, this array of earth-toned tiles illustrates the variety of terra-cotta and mock...
The Exuberance of a Mixed Border ... in a Pot
Fill a large container with perennials. Here are 4 combinations and 38 plants to work with SPILLING OVER WITH EXUBERANT TEXTURES, flowing forms, and contrasting colors, perennials look as much at home in containers as they do in the garden. Fill...
The Quiet San Luis Obispo Coast
Around Avila Beach you go back to the '50s, even the '40s ONCE A BUSY PORT, Avila Beach--14 miles south of San Luis Obispo--is today a quiet coastal sanctuary with much of the charm of neighboring Pismo Beach and Morro Bay, but without the sprawl...
Treasures and Troubles of the Sierra Nevada
The Sierra in trouble? Like the idea of a hole in the ozone layer, the notion is almost too much to comprehend. But the signs are there--scarred forests, hazy air, muddied streams. Perhaps we've asked too much of the mountains: give us lumber,...
Why Do Cooked Vegetables Change Color ... and Can You Control That Change?
Cooking is an everyday application of science. When you understand why something happens, you can more readily count on a predictable outcome. You'll get better results when altering recipes or making up your own, and can also evaluate the significance...
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