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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. 180, No. 4, April

45 Minutes of Ferns and Redwoods ... North of Eureka
45 minutes of ferns and redwoods . . . north of Eureka A relaxing break from hurried U.S. 101, the Fern Canyon Trail at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, about 56 miles north of Eureka, is also just a chance to enjoy tremendous walls of lush ferns...
A Year's Worth of Sunset Recipes Now under One Cover
A year's worth of Sunset recipes now under one cover Keeping track of your favorite recipes in Sunset Magazine has been handsomely simplified by our newest book, the Sunset Recipe Annual, 1988 Edition. In this first collection (Lane Publishing...
Bookcase Wall, Headboard, Closet, Counter Pockets ... All Built-In, All Plaster
Bookcase wall, headboard, closet, counter pockets . . . all built-in, all plaster Sculptural form and practical function unite in the plaster-covered built-ins in this Southern California house. The kitchen's island and open cabinets, the living...
Bread, Salad, Vegetable Dishes All with (Surprisingly) Lentils
Bread, salad, vegetable dishes all with (surprisingly) lentils Lentils provide a mellow background for complex flavors, such as those characteristic of Indian cuisine. Inspired by these flavorings, here we use lentils in Western ways with bread,...
Canyon-Exploring in Utah's San Rafael Swell
Canyon-exploring in Utah's San Rafael Swell If the San Rafael Swell were anywhere other than southeastern Utah, where aweinspiring landscapes are the norm, it would probably be a national park. But it lacks such a lofty designation, so visitors...
Chateaus by Canoe
Chateaux by canoe Medieval chateaux and limestone cliffs, pate de foie gras and local truffles, flourishing rural gardens and 15,000-year-old cave paintings: such attractions are making France's Dordogne Valley increasingly popular with both French...
Chilies Rellenos? This Is Simpler. It's Guatemalan "Hide and Seek." (Recipes)
Chilies rellenos? This is simpler. It's Guatemalan "hide and seek" Escondidas, or "hide-and-seek," is the playful name for this quick and tasty dish from south of the border. Hiding beneath a puffy mantle of golden-fried egg batter is a flavorful,...
Colorful Cutouts to Help Prevent Glass-Door Accidents
Colorful cutouts to help prevent glass-door accidents When a person, all too often a child, crashes into a clear plate-glass door that looks as if it is open (but isn't), the results cna be tragic. You can't prevent such accidents, but bold, bright...
Devilish Bunnies ... Easter Eggs Transformed
Devilish bunnies . . . Easter eggs transformed Overwhelmed by hard-cooked eggs from the Easter bunny? Take a devilish turn and make them into egg bunnies--appetizers that all ages can enjoy. Vegetables become ears, eyes, and tails. Deviled...
Easter Brunch Simpler Than It Looks ... with These, You Can Do Much Ahead
Easter brunch simpler than it looks . . . with these, you can do much ahead Easter morning activities may leave little time for cooking. But these festive egg dishes go together smoothly and quickly if you take advantage of the make-ahead steps we...
Easter Creatures as Egg Holders
Easter creatures as egg holders When hand-sculpted clay creatures cradle hard-cooked eggs, they turn them into bulging bellies, smiling faces, a snail's shell, or an oversize egg from a diminutive bird. These permanent egg surrounds out-last the...
From China's Kitchens to Yours
From China's kitchens to yours For centuries, China has been famous for its foods--for the infinite variety and subtle complexity of its cuisine, and for the cultural importance of esthetic dining to its people. When Chinese people settle in different...
Gravel: Good-Looking and Water-Efficient, It Deserves More Respect
GRAVEL: good-looking and water-efficient, it deserves more respect Gravel is the Rodney Dangerfield of the garden: it just gets no respect. All too often, it gets chosen only for utilitarian roles, such as a quick surface for a driveway. It...
Historical Accuracy
Historical accuracy Restoring a fine old house to its early state calls for more than replacing worn-out materials. According to Philip Dole of the University of Oregon's Department of Architecture, it requires patience, detective work, and time...
Lamb and Springtime Companions
Lamb and springtime companions Lamb and spring have a special affinity. They go together out of tradition, from the times when young lamb came only in spring. Here we propose ways to show off three fine cuts: a crown roast (made with racks); a...
Lobelias in New Colors, Lobelias That Trail or Stand Upright
Lobelias in new colors, lobelias that trail or stand upright Edging a border or cascading out of a container, few plants can match annual lobelia (L. erinus) for versatility and long-lasting bloom, from summer till frost. Gardeners are rediscovering...
Loft Ladder Folds in and out of the Way
Loft ladder folds in and out of the way To ease the ascent to a sleeping loft tucked beneath his home's cathedral ceiling, architect Lawrence Steiner designed this two-position, swing-out ladder. During the day, the hinged foot folds in so the...
Magnificent Melons
Magnificent melons Growing melons used to depend on heat and a long growing season--if you didn't have both, you passed up this crop. It's still easier with long, hot summers. But with new varieties and techniques, many coastal and high-elevation...
Now the Frosting on Australia's Bicentennial Cake: Expo 88
Now the frosting on Australia's Bicentennial cake: Expo 88 Expo is the world as it ought to be. Traffic is replaced by a monorail purring overhead. Nations who are enemies outside the gate live as neighbors on flower-lined streets. Fairgoers caught...
Once Ranches, Now They're Parks in Southern Alameda County
Once ranches, now they're parks in southern Alameda County Ridged with trails cut by a hundred years of grazing cattle, the rolling Hayward hills provide views of San Francisco's South Bay you've probably never seen. To the southwest are the smooth...
Our Own Wild Iris ... in Your Garden
Our own wild iris . . . in your garden The native iris of the Pacific Coast--and their hybrid offspring--combine the toughness of native plants with a gracefulness and color range that few exotic perennials can match. This is the month to see and...
Practical to Fantastical, Ideas for Gardeners at San Francisco's Landscape Show
Practical to fantastical, ideas for gardeners at San Francisco's landscape show Gardens to inspire both novice and experienced horticulturists are part of the third annual San Francisco Landscape Garden Show. This year's event, April 13 through 17...
Rag Rugs, 1988-Style; They're Tailored, Color-Coordinated
Rag rugs, 1988-style Uncle Archibald's knickers and other discarded clothes were once the starting point for traditional rag rugs. But for these tailored and color-coordinated rugs designed by Esther Morris of Sacramento, you raid fabric stores rather...
Salad Garden on a Deck Rail ... It's Hydroponic
Salad garden on a deck rail . . . it's hydroponic The word "hydroponics" came into U.S. dictionaries 50 years ago. Mostly, this practice of "growing plants with their roots in nutrient mineral solutions rather than in soil" takes place under lights...
Salute to Umatilla County; This Homespun Meal Celebrates the Abundance of Eastern Oregon
Salute to Umatilla County To celebrate their region's abundance, members of a cooking club in Mermiston in northeastern Oregon put together this homespun meal featuring local foods. Lamb, beef, barley, green beans, and peas--all grown in Hermiston's...
Slate Comes Down from the Roof; for Floors, Counters, Hearths. It's Durable, Affordable, Even Colorful
Slate comes down from the roof Slate has a wild side. It's known mainly as the dependably dark gray material of roof tiles, flagstone walks, and old school blackboards. But new access to quarries in countries around the world--from Wales to Africa...
Small Space, Big Yield; If Your Garden's Limited, Here Are Ways to Get Bountiful Results
Small space, big yield Finding space to grow vegetables and flowers can be a challenge, especially when the only patches of ground with full sun are in out-of-the-way places. Whether squeezed into the front yard, pushed into the parking strip in...
Sorrel Adds Tang ... to Omelet, Salmon, Chicken, Turkey Soup
Sorrel adds tang . . . to omelet, salmon, chicken, turkey soup It looks like spinach, but sorrel has a distinctive tang. In mild-climate gardens, this perennial grows year-round, providing kitchens with a steady supply. You can also find it in supermarkets...
Squeezing in a Vest-Pocket "Victorian." (Victorian House's Design)
Squeezing in a vest-pocket "Victorian" Empty lots in densely populated areas usually stay empty for good reasons. The site of this vest-pocket "Victorian" in Oakland is a good example: squeezed between houses built 40 years earlier, the 3,200-square-foot...
Strawberries, Lemon, and Pistachios for a Spectacular Spring Cake
Strawberries, lemon, and pistachios for a spectacular spring cake Refreshing tart-sweet berries, lemon, and pistachios combine to spectacular effect in this special spring cake. If you like, you can prepare the cake's components a day ahead. Assemble...
Swiss Chard Is Easy to Grow from Seeds or Nursery Seedlings
Swiss chard is easy to grow from seeds or nursery seedlings Western gardeners recognize Swiss chard as one of the easiest vegetable crops to grow. Cook its leaves like spinach, and slice its edible stems to eat raw (like celery) or cooked by steaming...
The More-Than-White World of Canada's Arctic
The more-than-white world of Canada's Arctic Remote as it seems, the Canadian Arctic is easy to reach, comfortable--dress for it, and you need never be cold--and graced with warm native peoples, fantastic wildlife, affordable art, and a landscape...
The Wildflower Parks of Sonoma Valley
The wildflower parks of Sonoma Valley Meadows bursting with color, days warming yet still free of summer's fog and heat--spring can be the best time to hike Sonoma Valley's sprawling parklands. Five parks maintain valuable open space in an increasingly...
Tilt-Up Post-and-Beam: One Way to Go for the Owner-Builder
Tilt-up post-and-beam: one way to go for the owner-builder Modular, low-cost, and solar efficient, this metal-roofed house combines a centuries-old style of framing (post-and-beam) with a modern building method (tilt-up) used largely for light commercial...
Turkey Breast on the Barbecue ... Piccata, Saltimbocca
Turkey breast on the barbecue . . . piccata, saltimbocca Turkey breast is no longer simply the choice segment of a winter holiday bird. It's available year-round, without the rest of the Thanksgiving apparatus, and in forms that are suited to a great...
Two Big Bay Area Theaters Offer Alternative Seasons
Two big Bay Area theaters offer alternative seasons The twin pillars of the Bay Area theater establishment--the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and Berkeley Repertory Theatre across the bay-- now offer interesting supplements to their...
Two-Person Pot Lifter ... It Knocks Apart
Two-person pot lifter . . . it knocks apart Why strain your back moving a heavy pot or tub by yourself? This wooden device, built much like a hospital stretcher, lets you and a partner bend down, get a good grip on the lifter's handles, and move...
Under a Box Is Where to Grow Belgian Endive
Under a box is where to grow Belgian endive One of the easiest gourmet greens to grow is Belgian endive, especially if you use the method shown here. Instead of the traditional labor-intensive digging and forcing indoors, Sonia and Gustavo Kuster...
Ventana ... Wilderness South of Salinas
Ventana . . . wilderness south of Salinas The 164,000-acre Ventana Wilderness straddles the Santa Lucia Mountains in Monterey County. Most hikers and campers enter it from the north and the west and keep to the Carmel, Big Sur, and Little Sur river...
Volunteering to Restore Historic Ships in San Francisco
Volunteering to restore historic ships in San Francisco The nine-vessel fleet of the National Maritime Museum in San Francisco is the country's largest floating collection of historic ships. But insufficient funding for maintenance has let some of...
Where to Watch the Free-for-All Known as Rugby
Where to watch the free-for-all known as rugby Grimacing with the strain and intensity of the struggle, rugby players tear after each other and the ball in what appears to a newcomer as a wild free-for-all. But after a few minutes of close scrutiny...
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