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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. 187, No. 6, December

A Day in a Balinese Village
MOST OF ALL, BALI IS temples, art, and the mystical relationship of the people to the land. And, while you'll find exotic temples and good art in cities and tourist centers, the best way to get a feeling for their cultural role is to spend a day or...
A Lean Chocolate Sigh Cake: Is It Possible?
UNSWEETENED COCOA is the star of this lightened-up version of a Sunset favorite, Chocolate Sigh. The original cake was a calorie-laden chocolate inside and out. Cocoa, lighter and leaner than chocolate, lends intense flavor to this cake and pudding-like...
An Alpine Lodge for Today: Designed for Heavy Snow Loads, Seismic Safety, and Challenging Setback Regulations
Snowbound and serene. That's how it was last winter in this new vacation house near Soda Springs in the Sierra. The owners didn't mind being confined by the weather because the house is open, bright, and easy to keep warm. With its steep roof, massive...
A Northern New Mexico Winter
In northern New Mexico, winter is more than a season: it's a state of mind. Snowstorms alternate with brilliant sunny spells, and the shadows of the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo mountains stretch moodily across pinon-studded mesas. Charming adobes...
A Warm, Welcoming Holiday
Walk through a snow-frosted adobe gateway and come inside for a warm gathering of family and friends. That welcoming Western spirit is what this December issue is all about. In this holiday section we share ideas from the party pictured at right,...
Books to Inspire Young Gardeners
JUST ONE EXCURSION to an urban elementary school where container gardens dot acres of asphalt is all it takes to understand why gardening is an excellent way to introduce ecology. Children are naturally drawn into the ever-changing world of greenery,...
December in Your Garden
DURING THE HOLIDAY WHIRLWIND, GARDENING IS OFTEN relegated to the back burner. Fortunately, chores are less demanding now, and finding time to do them between festive rounds can sustian your garden until you can pick up your tools again. While...
December Menus
During this busy entertaining season, be kind to the cook with simple but special meals for all to enjoy. Offer cheddar scones and warm apples with frozen yogurt for breakfast. Bake sausages and pasta in one pan for supper. Or celebrate with a festive...
Donner Summit's Historic Lodges
THERE WAS A TIME, before interstates, 4-by-4s, and condominiums, when a ski outing from the Bay Area was a true communal adventure. Transportation options were limited to winding two-lane highways and the train. And once ensconced in a lodge, skiers...
Give a Dog a Bone
HERE'S A GIFT FOR Fido that children can have the fun of making themselves. While you're gearing up for preholiday baking, add a batch of bones to your list. The crunchy treats won high marks with our canine tasters and are chock-full of ingredients...
Giving a Green Christmas
A GREEN CHRISTMAS can be even more satisfying than a white one when it means giving and receiving gifts that can help keep the planet healthy long after your Christmas tree has turned brown. We asked conservation groups and wildlife and park officials...
Holiday Cactus
During the holiday season, Christmas cactus hold their blossoms like colorful birds perching on the tips of dark green branches. Years of breeding have produced an array of jewel-tone colors in shades of lavender, pink, orange, red, white, and--just...
Ideas for Party Planners
GIVING A HOLIDAY PARTY? Here are some menu ideas and serving tips to make planning and hosting easier. For parties including children, provide activities such as wreath making, cooky decorating, or caroling to make it more enjoyable for all ages....
In Culinary Terms, Manicotti Are Tubes for the Cook to Fill
MANICOTTI IS ITALIAN for muffs--those puffy, fur-covered, silk-lined tubes that ladies once stuffed their hands into to keep them warm while riding in a carriage or touring car. The oldest of us may remember that our mothers or grandmothers had them,...
Is There a Water-Scrooge on Your Gift List?
SAVVY WATER-conserving gardeners are sure to welcome as Christmas gifts any of the devices pictured here. They measure garden water, store it, apply it with less waste, or make it go further. Prices range from $1 to $90. Use the least expensive...
It's Real. This Christmas Tree Is a Camellia
YULETIDE CAMELLIAS make radiant--and flowering--Christmas trees. This variety of C. sasanqua naturally blooms in autumn and early winter; 3-inch flowers with vibrant red petals and bright yellow stamens decorate the tree for two months or longer each...
Lean but Glamorous Holiday Desserts
REFRESHING CITRUS accents these cool desserts. Their glamorous appearance and palate-pleasing flavors belie their relatively lean composition and offer little threat to your waistline. Four-Orange Custard 1 envelope unflavored gelatin 1/4 cup...
Lighter, Quicker Latkes
BY TRADITION, LATKES (golden fried potato pancakes) are eaten during Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. Instead of the calorie-raising and time-consuming frying of individual cakes, we bake the potato mixture on large pizza pans. Baking turns...
Memories of WW II
RIPTIDES OF RUMOR swept the Bay Area after Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. One crackled over the radio during dinner that night: "This is New York," said the announcer. "Reports from the West Coast say there are 50 Japanese planes over...
One-Dish Entrees Are Simplifiers
ONE CHALLENGE OF holiday entertaining is how to spend time with your guests rather than in the kitchen. These make-ahead entrees offer a solution by getting all the major steps out of the way a day or two before. Choose from a black bean cassoulet...
Protecting against Frost: What You Can Do to Help Tender Plants
A YEAR AGO THIS month, the freezing "Siberian express" left many Western gardens decimated--and gardeners wondering how to protect borderline-hardy plants when temperatures dip well below normal for prolonged periods. "Plastic wrap, roof, and cloud...
Sacramento Builds Fund-Raising Playhouses
FUND-RAISING TOOK A surprising twist in Sacramento last April. The bright colors and imaginative designs of 13 playhouses greeted shoppers and enlivened the Arden Fair Mall. Child-scaled mansions, fire stations, Ninja Turtle forts, farm-houses, and...
Stretching Crab Elegantly
TIS THE SEASON TO enjoy one of the West Coast's special delicacies--Dungeness crab. But even at its peak time, shelled cooked crab can be costly for entertaining. These two elegant entrees stretch a small amount of crab among several guests. ...
Sunset's Kitchen Cabinet
Apple Oatmeal Waffles 1 cup regular rolled oats 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional) 1 cup nonfat milk 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup orange or apple juice 1 large egg 3...
Sweden's Traditions for Breakfast or Supper
ST. LUCIA, SAINT OF light, ushers in the Swedish holiday season with the festival of lights. At daybreak on December 13, the youngest daughter dons a crown and serves her family S-shaped cardamon buns. The Ritter family of Mill Valley, California,...
The Changing Western Home
Daylighting PRIVACY, SEATING, AND VENTILATION IN PLACE OF A CONVENTIONAL WINDOW SOMETIMES A window lets in more than light and air. One at designer Daryl Rush's Piedmont. California, house also brought in views of the scruffy side of a neighboring...
The Meaning of Life: From the Pages of the Little, Brown Book
I am not arrogant enough to assume that I know what the meaning of life is. When I contemplate the fact that the universe goes on forever, it is impossible for me to understand. If I think about the endlessness of time, if I think that when I die...
To Plant or to Recycle?
BUY A CHRISTMAS tree--live or cut--with a clear conscience this year, knowing that after the holidays it can improve your garden or the local landscape instead of choking a public landfill. All it takes is a little planning. Here are options. ...
What's Up with Holiday Lights? Here's the 1991 News
A THOUSAND POINTS of light punctuate many an outdoor holiday display, but getting those lights up easily and without defacing your house with staples or nails can be a trick. Our pictures show you some temporary, reusable, and permanent hardware...
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