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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. 185, No. 1, July

Baking on the Barbecue
When you plan to fire up the barbecue for the main dish, whether it's fish fillets or flank steak, allow some time before or after this course to do a little barbecue baking. You might make a bread to serve with dinner: both the olive-studded rolls...
Bayside to Creekside on Corte Madera's Path
False-front buildings running higgledy-piggledy toward San Francisco Bay, newly restored wetlands, and a wide, twisting feeder creek lure walkers along a paved bike-and-hike path in the Marin County town of Corte Madera. Corte Madera Creek Path...
Bold and Colorful Solution to a Tough-Lot Challenge
Squeeze the state of Nevada from east and west, and you would get the odd shape of the lot occupied by the house pictured here. Challenged to design within this irregular wedge, Santa Barbara architect Mark Kirkhart of DesignArc devised a walled compound...
Call It Mush, People Giggle. Call It Polenta, People Will Genuflect
What's in a name? A great deal, at least in the case of boiled cornmeal. if you call it mush, people giggle; if, on the other hand, you call it polenta, people will genuflect. Such is the current popularity of Italian cuisine. It was not always...
Can You Make Use of an Electric Hedge Trimmer? Which Kind?
Trimming thick growth can be one of summer's greatest gardening battles, especially if stems are tough. With hand-operated hedge shears, the job is time consuming and exhausting. One way to ease the effort is with an electric trimmer. With the right...
Cool and Colorful, Here Are Summer Vegetable Soups
A smooth escape from summer's heat, these cold vegetable soups are chilled even further with brightly colored vegetable ices. In the first recipe, a fiery tomato-jalapeno ice is soothed by a creamy avocado soup. In the second, a golden yellow bell...
Cool Company Appetizers in Waiting
Expecting guests to drop by for an afternoon visit and a little refreshment? What could be handier than a cool appetizer waiting in the refrigerator? Here are three contrasting choices; each stands on its own, or serve them all as a colorful array....
Cool Cooking in the Microwave
A billowy puff of white meringue, piled high and cooked in the microwave just enough to slightly firm its tiny bubbles, makes an ideal backdrop for a spectrum of summer fruits. In this light-to-rich (as your taste dictates) dessert, the partners...
Cut and Carve, Watermelon Fun
Nothing refreshes like the cool, succulent juiciness of chilled ripe watermelon; it revives flagging spirits even in the toughest hot weather. Enjoy crisp-fleshed watermelon icy cold and plain, or try these simple low-fat serving suggestions. Use...
Decadence, Torte, or Shortbread ... They're Malted
Used generously, malted milk powder leaps beyond its role as a supporting flavor to lend its own sweetness to these four desserts. The powder, made with extracts of wheat and malted barley, is available unflavored (often called original) and with...
Easy-Going Shrimp Salads
Tiny, pink, and ready-to-eat shrimp, sold shelled and cooked, are easy to use. Conveniently, they are also one of the most widely available shellfish, and usually a good buy. Shrimp harvests tend to come in cycles; currently, they're particularly bountiful....
Let the Produce Stand Inspire You; It's a Bountiful, Buy-and-Serve Party
The overflowing bounty and vibrant, colorful appeal of a summer produce stand inspired this show feast of fruit and vegetables backed up by heartier, purchased, ready-to-eat foods. It's a buy-and-serve, self-paced, nibble-as-you-chat party, so it's...
Little Water, Big Effect: Secrets of Mediterranean-Style Gardens
Mediterranean themes lend subtle beauty to these three California gardens. To create their striking effects, all rely on heat-tolerant plants, decorative paving, and water in some form. Colors and textures in the gardens echo those found in the surrounding...
Main Dish Sandwiches and Salads
These attractively arranged sandwiches and salads contain all you need for a hearty lunch or light supper-meat or fish, or pasta and vegetables. Present bread or pasta, and vegetables. Present them on trays, as individual servings. Antipasto Focaccia...
New Looks, New Uses for Awnings; for Shade, for Shelter, as Design Features ... with Old and New Fabrics
A time-honored source of shade and shelter, the awning has grown up outliving its image as a half-a-pup-tent extension hanging over a storefront. New synthetic fabrics have made awnings more durable, versatile, and colorful than ever. Instead of short-lived...
New Ridge and Living History at Old Fort Ross
Views from the dramatic blufftop setting of Fort Ross State Historical Park are now as much a part of the park as the intriguing architecture of the old Russian fort itself. In February, the park's size tripled with the purchase of the ridge of redwoods...
Old-Fashioned Ways to Get around Eureka
Since the mid-1970s, Eureka's Old Town district has been staging a slow but steady comeback. Renovation of its Victorian commercial structures-many now occupied by attractive restaurants, art galleries, and shops has returned an air of prosperity to...
Overnight Sensations; They're Appetizer Pickles, Easy to Pack in Just Minutes
Peter Piper had a peck of pickles to pack, but we propose smaller quantities. Pack a pint in just minutes, then age them overnight or longer in the refrigerator. No canning or processing is needed. You just fit raw, cooked, or canned vegetables into...
Pack Snacks; Light Refreshments to Pull out on the Hiking or Biking Trail
For a surge of renewed energy, light refreshments give a boost to active outings, whether you choose to nibble without breaking stride or stop occasionally for a short rest and a bite to eat. Here are snacks that need no refrigeration and can be...
Questions about Gray Water; Is It Safe, Legal? How Can You Collect and Use It in Your Garden?
Faced with severe water rationing, what can you do to help your garden survive? If other conservation measures don't stretch your water far enough, you may have one more option: gray water. The term refers to household water recycled from showers,...
Quick Breakfasts to Go; Built around Burritos, Muffins, Italian Cookies
Early morning light is an invitation to get up and go while the hour is young and the day is still quiet. If the sunrise promises to be spectacular, if the fish bite better as dawn cracks, or if you'd just enjoy a peaceful moment as the day...
Ready in the Freezer to Refresh
Stimulate appetites with one of these cooling ices as a prelude to a meal. Or conclude a meal, particularly a rich one, with an ice for a light dessert. Festive combinations include port with orange juice enriched by aromatic bitters; sweet vermouth...
Rediscovering the Heart of Golden Gate Park
The heart of Golden Gate Park, the Music Concourse, is the site of the park's earliest buildings and now some of its latest changes. The range of activities in this area is good reason to discover or revisit San Francisco's biggest city park. Here...
Salmon and Walla Wallas
Two legendary Northwest treats form the heart of this barbecue dinner from Seattle. Sharing the grill with a fresh salmon fillet glazed with brown sugar are young, sweet, green-topped Walla Walla onions-but you could use any large-bulbed new onion....
Saving Your Big Trees
What does it take to water large trees like 30-year-old redwoods, 5-foot-diameter Monterey pines, or 35-foot birches? After four years of drought in much of California, the real question may be what does it take to save these large trees, many of which...
"Seviche" Salads ... the Seafood Is Cooked
Light, refreshing, and piquant, these salads based on cooked seafood taste much like seviche, the classic Mexican seafood appetizer. In authentic seviche, uncooked fish marinates in tart citrus juice; the acid slowly firms the flesh, giving it an...
Small Towns of Puget Sound
"Gunkholer's delight," sailors might call Puget Sound. That old salt-water saying reflects an appreciation for sheltered waters with an abundance of good anchorages. It's a legacy of the days when this inland sea was itself the only real highway, and...
Spirited or Mellow ... Sauce Choices
Give variety to the season's procession of grilled meats, seafood, and poultry by basting them as they cook with one of these barbecue sauces. When foods are served, offer more of the sauce used as a baste to add to taste. Your choices are a spirited,...
Submarines Show You Hawaii's Undersea World
Outside, hundreds of smaller fish scatter as an enormous barracuda flexes its jaw. Inside, 46 passengers sit back-to-back in two long rows, eyes glued to large portholes. Some gasp when a diver with food disappears behind a sudden swarm of fish. Others...
Summer Fruit Coolers
Fresh fruit, backed up by fruit juices, fruit-flavored ice creams, sorbets, or other beverages, is the starting point for these smooth coolers. They taste rich enough to be dessert. Strawberry Cherry Soda About 1/2 cup strawberry ice cream About...
The 30 Percent Solution; Here Are Meat-Salad Combinations That Meet Guidelines for Nutritional Balance
A wholesome challenge in planning good, balanced menus is to keep the number of calories from fat in our diet at 30 percent or less. Actually, it's easier than you might think, even when you serve cuts of meats that have a reputation for being ...
The Steep Walls and Gentle Trails of Eldorado Canyon
The challenge of hidden overhangs, sheer faces, and steep sandstone walls lures some of the world's best rock climbers to Colorado's Eldorado Canyon State Park. But now the park is facing its own challenges. One is the threat of an expansion by a nearby...
Treasure Hunting for Tahoe Wildflowers
A soft wind stirs the summer air, lifting bright riffles on the surface of the lapis-colored lake. It would be tempting to stretch out on a slab of sun-warmed granite, breathe deeply, and space out for a while. But equally seductive is that glimpse...
Triumphs for Junior Cooks
Playtime and appetites have a way of merging on active summer days. When the simple ingredients for the following treats are on hand, young cooks can engineer their own refreshments. Some require no cooking; those that need heat use the microwave oven....
Vienna Is an On-Foot Museum of Early Modern Architecture
The city that talked to Freud, listened to Schoenberg's experimental music, and Philosophized with Wittgenstein also produced a remarkable collection of early modern architectural monuments. Between 1894 and 1914, Vienna experienced a golden era of...
Where-To Books for Bay Area Biking
From the ocean's edge to oak-bordered bike paths, the Bay Area is a great place to bicycle. The increasing popularity of the sport in this region has given rise to cycling guides offering a wide variety of local perspectives: some give aerial views;...
Windscreen Moves out of the Way. It's Made of Sliding Doors
Whipping across a deck, afternoon winds can make sitting outdoors uncomfortable. The owners of this northern California house enjoyed the shady covered section of their house-long deck, but blustery winds discouraged using it for entertaining. They...
You Can't Go Wrong with Ripe Tomatoes
Vine-ripened tomatoes are a summer treat not yet mastered by technology. Enjoy them simply sliced and lightly seasoned to your heart's content. But also use them for a flavorful impact with other foods. Here, sweet, petite cherry tomatoes team up...
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