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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. 184, No. 5, June

117 Miles of Twists, Turns, Red-Rock Splendor; It's Highway 12 in South Central Utah
Time, wind, and water have carved the earth in south central Utah into canyons, arches, and minarets so intricate and graceful that they look like sculpture. It is a landscape so fantastic that author Wallace Stegner once called this the "land of the...
After You Bring Home a Portable Spa
Instant gratification-that's the beauty Of a portable spa. Unlike a permanent, inground model, a portable unit is more like a giant-size self-contained appliance. Fill it with water and plug it in. After that, the well-insulated, energy-efficient unit...
Birthday Celebrations at Sequoia and Kings Canyon
Get ready to celebrate more national park birthdays in addition to Yosemite's 100th (the subject of the cover story of our May issue): this year marks the centennial for Sequoia, too-and neighboring Kings Canyon turns a half-century old. This summer,...
Bozeman Celebrates Its Cowboy Heritage
Some folks around Bozeman bristle at the label "cow town." After all, this southwest Montana city just off I-90 offers inviting cafes and B & Bs, the outstanding Museum of the Rockies, and Yellowstone Park just 90 miles south. Nevertheless, it's...
Central American Tacos? They're Called Gallos
For lunch or a snack in Central America, it's common to see sandwiches made with fresh corn tortillas instead of bread. The soft tortillas are wrapped around savory tidbits. In Costa Rica, they're called gallos; in Mexico, tacos. For this meal, you...
Choose Your Distance and Difficulty at Tomales Bay
While summer fog swirls around the rugged headlands of Point Reyes National Seashore, nearby Tomales Bay is sometimes sunnier and warmer, protected by the peninsula's ridge. New trails and old favorites offer a range of hiking and picnicking options...
Colorful, Almost Fat-Free Salad Dressings Start with Fresh Fruit
Made from fresh fruit, these brightly colored dressings complement the flavors of mild or bitter salad greens, fruits, and cold meats such as chicken, duck, or pork. Slightly thickened with cornstarch, the dressings cling nicely as they flow over salad...
From Old to New Paris on Napoleon's Canal
A historic canal links Paris's past and present. At the south end of Canal St. Martin stands the new glass-paneled opera house on Place de la Bastille. At the north end, 136-acre Parc de la Villette-a museum, exposition, and park complex is near completion...
How San Francisco Might Have Been; Exhibition of Visionary Architecture Opens This Month
The 3600 view from Twin Peaks so impressed urban planner Daniel Burnham that in 1904, when he was asked to redesign San Francisco's streets, parks, and waterfront, he established his workspace near this extraordinary vantage point. From there, he envisioned...
How to Bring Fragrance into Your Garden
One of the pleasures of summer is the blend of rich scents that tease your nose on warm evenings, filling gardens and entire neighborhoods with fragrance. The plants that delight in this way are often somewhat ordinary-looking in nursery containers and...
Knife and Fork Appetizers ... Cheese in a Crust
Baked in a crust, cheese is the foundation of these two savory appetizer tarts. In the first, ricotta laced with nutty emmenthal and a dash of parmesan bakes in a butter pastry. In the second, you slather a sheet of purchased puff pastry with sauteed...
Lively Summer in Boise
Biking, boating, Basques, and the Bard: that's how a summer day can go in Boise. In the morning cool, pedal along the banks of the Boise, spend the rest of the day on the water and in town, and at dusk return to the banks for an evening of Shakespeare....
Main-Dish Salads: They Combine Meat, Vegetables
Meat and vegetables team up in distinctive ways in these two main-dish salads. The first pairs tongue with a mixture of herb-seasoned white kidney beans and tomatoes. You have a choice of meats: because veal tongues (which are usually much smaller than...
Meet the Perennial Sages
It's a growing clan, the perennial sages (salvia); Western nurseries now carry a wider selection of them than ever. Leaves come in colors ranging from chilly whites and silver-grays to more vibrant bluegreens. Flowers are white, blue, or warmer tones...
Mint Does Its Aromatic Job on Salmon and Salad
Adding a cool dimension to sweet-sour seasonings, mint flavors these three dishes. In the first, salmon broiled with a honey-balsamic vinegar glaze is strewn with the fragrant herb. In the second, a sauce of mint, sweet onion, and tart sorrel tops poached...
Move over, Zucchini
If you've been stuck on the same no-name variety of zucchini in your summer vegetable garden, you may be missing out on some of the tastiest summer squash around. Catalogs now offer a whole new range of colors, shapes, and sizes, with flavors that range...
New Cruises through the Soviet Ukraine
In the spirit of glasnost, beginning in October, you can--for the first time ever take a cruise ship through the Soviet Ukraine and link up with another ship continuing up the Danube into Austria. The complete voyage passes through seven countries,...
New Submarine Museum at Pearl Harbor
A The war beneath the sea is an aspect of World War 11 that most of us know little about. Half a block from one of Hawaii's most visited sites-the memorial to the USS Arizona-a recently completed park gives you a glimpse of the harrowing world of a submarine...
No-Flop, No-Fungus Perennials with This Irrigation System
Using standard sprinklers, it's not easy to maintain a closely planted perennial border that combines both herbaceous flowers and woody shrubs. The heavy, overhead stream of water can cause tall, soft stemmed plants to become top-heavy and collapse....
Now's a Good Time to See the Two Forks Country
The most controversial dam proposal in recent Colorado history involves a Y shaped section of the South Platte River where the north and south forks meet. In what may prove a major victory for conservationists, the Environmental Protection Agency regional...
Ordinary Materials, Extraordinary House
A simple, humble ranch building? Hardly. This remarkable owner-built house in Mesa, Arizona, did use the same commonplace materials (corrugated siding, concrete block, pine flooring, even wire cattle fencing) found in and around genuine ranch buildings...
Saving Water While You Shower
Hit the showers just a little differently and you can cut the water you use while showering by more than 50 percent. And you won't just save water; you'll also save the energy it takes to heat it. The following steps should significantly reduce your...
Slightly Squeaky, It's Finnish Cheese
When you bite into it, this homemade Finnish cheese is mild and creamy-and slightly squeaky. But unlike most cheeses, it's not ready to eat until it's been toasted beneath the broiler; this gives the cheese its distinctive look and taste. Once it's...
Steak and Sauce Together on the Barbecue
It's doubly tantalizing: a show-stopping steak sizzling on the barbecue and an aromatic sauce or fresh relish simmering alongside as its complement. You start with a 2-inch-thick steak, either a bone-in cut or an easy-to-slice boneless piece, big enough...
Summer Fruit Pies ... Readers Share Their Favorites
Sun-ripened fruit, served fresh or cooked in a flaky crust, is a classic summer dessert. Pioneers, cherishing the harvest of their newly planted orchards and gardens, considered fruit pies a joy of the season. They're just as popular today. Last year,...
Sun Bear Forest: New Jungle Exhibit at the San Diego Zoo
A hundred acres every minute: that's the rate at which the world is bulldozing and burning its tropical rain forests. But the San Diego Zoo is reversing that process, albeit at a slower pace: 1 1/2 acres in six months. The zoo's new equatorial rain-forest...
Take the Japanese Breakfast. Add a Western Twist
As more Japanese travel to the West, the Japanese breakfast is joining American and Continental breakfasts on menus. Here we present two ways to enjoy this cultural merger: a typical Japanese morning meal, and a Western adaptation of it. Some of the...
Three Times as Big, but That's Not All; New Master Suite, Dining Room, Family Room ... All without Overwhelming the 36-Year-Old House
"Triple the size, but make the changes seamlessly." Those were Laurie and David Bailard's goals when they decided to remodel their two-bedroom, one-bath house. Though the T-shaped house was modest (only 1,000 square feet), its lot was quite generous,...
Time to Ask Serious Questions about Lawns and Water
The notion that panels of mowed grass should serve as the prime carpet within our landscapes comes to Westerners as a historical hand-me-down. The West was settled mostly by people from the Eastern United States and Northern Europe places where green...
Tiny, Speckled, or Packed in Mud ... the Unusual Eggs
Scrambled, poached, or fried any question what we're talking about? But bow about if we say salted and coated with ash, packed in mud, or tiny and speckled'? For each, the answer is the same: eggs. Here, we offer inviting ways to use unusual eggs from...
Tray, Trivet, or Tabletop: You Start by Smashing Tile
A smack with a hammer is all it takes to start the mosaics decorating the tray, trivet, and table featured on these pages. You'll need basic woodworking and tilesetting skills, but it's the arrangement of the broken tiles that gives the projects their...
Water Garden in a 30-Inch Tube
A little water goes a long way in an aquatic container garden, which can provide a cool oasis on the porch, in a courtyard, or out in the garden. Once filled and stocked with plants and fish, the container needs only to be topped off with an inch or...
What Can You Do about Hazardous Leftovers around the House?
What should you do with the half-used cans of paint, left-over pesticides, and old bottles of thinners and cleaners in the garage or garden shed, or under the sink? Some people think you can toss them out with the trash, flush them down the toilet,...
Whatever the Subject, the Barbecue Experience Is a Primal One
A burning marshmallow on the end of a stick-this is typically the budding Western chef's first barbecue experience. He will go on to frankfurters, and eventually to chicken, steak, perhaps even turkey. Whatever the subject, the experience is a primal...
Where Bait Shops Outnumber Boutiques ... Back-Road Touring on the Oregon Coast
The undulating coastline near Tillamook is one of only two spots on the Oregon coast where U.S. 101 deviates from its shoreline-hugging route. But this rugged setting is far from inaccessible: narrow, winding roads perfect for a leisurely drive or spectacular...
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