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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. 3, March

Beyond Basic Gray
Underfoot but overlooked for years, concrete floors are rising in stature. New techniques for making, coloring, and texturing concrete help make it an attention-getting surface for any room in the house. Consult with a concrete contractor, and you'll...
Chefs of the West: Adventures with Food
DICK STURZA WAS ALL set for a juicy beef Stroganoff: the beef was cubed, the mushrooms were sliced, and all the other necessary ingredients were at hand. Then tragedy struck. The sour cream had gone over the hill, and there was no time to replace it....
Germany's Fast and Smooth New Train
ON JUNE 2, 1991, GERMANY rejoined France and Japan in the business of very fast and extremely comfortable trains. Germany's train, the electric-powered ICE (InterCityExpress), does the nine-stop, 450-mile trip between Hamburg and Munich in 5 hours...
Give a Bird a Home ... or a Laugh
LIKE WEATHER VANES AND sundials, birdhouses can be as much garden art as garden accessory. Consider: galleries and museums display birdhouses as folk art, architects and artists design them, nature lovers build or buy them. Why the interest? Birdhouses...
It's Glory Time for Ceanothus
Spectacular in flower and capable of surviving on limited rainfall alone, ceanothus are increasingly recognized as dependable landscape plants. Many gardeners discovered them during California's 1976-77 drought. Now, with increasing pressures on limited...
Kite Crazy
Feeling a little tako kichi these days? Going "kite crazy" is a spring obsession in Japan, where whole villages turn out to build and fly giant kites. Here in the West, we've caught some of their kite madness, turned it high tech--and taken the lead....
Lightening Up with a New 'Sunset' Book
HELPING YOU REDUCE fat in what you eat is an ongoing objective of recipes published in Sunset Magazine and Sunset Books. Our recently released Low-Fat Cook Book gives you another effective tool for keeping proper proportions of fat and cholesterol...
Malibu, Naturally
To get to Malibu, head west from Santa Monica and make a Zen-like leap of faith: understand that you must lose Malibu before you find Malibu. The preconceptions will be hard to overcome. The name Malibu resonates like few others in American culture....
March Menus
Counter the last chills of winter with these casual, warming meals. Even if you,re not Irish, a little "wearing of the green" is appropriate if you take advantage of mid-March price specials on corned beef to create a Saint Patrick's Day meal. Simple...
Mexico's Regal Sauce
MOLE POBLANO MAY BELONG TO PUEBLA, but all of Mexico honors it as one of the nation's finest dishes. This rich, thick sauce of chilies and other indigenous ingredients also contains chocolate--to the uninitiated, a rash choice; to the knowing, an inspiration....
Portable Vines ... Grown in a Barrel Trellis
SCRAMBLING UP A TRELLIS a colorful flowering vine provides a striking vertical focal point for a patio, a deck, or any quiet corner of the garden. The barrel trellis shown here is portable, making it particularly suitable for frost-tender vines...
Quick Clay Cutouts Tell You Which Plant Is Which
TURN YOUR GARDEN into a curiouser and curiouser wonderland with these Alice-inspired plant labels. The labels are made from self-hardening clay--no kiln-or oven-firing is necessary. Just an hour's efforts yield these functional garden decorations....
Sacramento by Train ... for the Day
AFTER A 30-YEAR hiatus, daily round trip train service between the Bay Area and Sacramento is back. Amtrak's Capitol is the first new intercity train service funded by California's 1990 rail bond issue (Proposition 116). For commuters fighting the...
Squash That Mind Their Manners
IF RAMPANT VINES AND behemoth fruit have deterred you from growing winter squash, consider a bush or compact variety that takes little space and yields an abundance of flavorful fruit. After perusing seed catalogs last spring, Sunset editors tested...
Stretching Your Stereo
IT MAY TAKE CRAWLING UNDER THE HOUSE, BUT YOU can turn your stereo into much more than a stack of gear and a couple of speakers cluttering up a corner of your living room. New products have come on the scene that can help you tap the potential in your...
Sunset's Garden Guide
A SURE SIGN OF SPRING, BRILLIANTLY HUED TULIPS HIGHLIGHT THE scene at San Francisco's Pier 39 during Tulipmania (for details of this year's show, see Garden Calendar on page 82). Visit and make notes of your favorite varieties to plant next fall in...
Sunset's Kitchen Cabinet
Scrambled Eggs and Helen Aunspach, Trinity Center, California 2 cups regular-strength chicken broth 1 cup bulgur (cracked wheat) 1 tablespoon butter or margarine 1 medium-size (5 to 6 oz.) onion, thinly sliced 1 medium-size (about 6 oz.)...
Sunset's Travel Guide
Live comedy is popular all over the country these days, and nowhere more so than in and around San Francisco. Styles range from droll intellectual distillation to in-your-face comic chutzpah to downright toilet talk. How do you know what you,re getting...
The Ranch House Rides Again
Low price was part of the promise when the original stampede on subdivision tract houses occurred after World War II. To meet the demand, earth movers and construction crews surged over open land around nearly every Western city from Denver to Honolulu....
The Salinas River Wetlands Grow on You
THE JOINING OF THE Salinas River and the Pacific Ocean doesn't rank with the meeting of the Amazon and the Atlantic, or other great conjunctions of rivers and oceans. For much of the year, the Salinas doesn't even get its feet wet in ocean water, but...
Tidbits on Skewers ... Hot off the Barbecue
FLAVORFUL MORSELS on a stick--peppered beef with savory-tart onion marmalade, shrimp with pancetta, and pork enriched with a maple syrup-miso marinade--make great menu starters. They can also be prepared up to a day ahead. Peppered Beef Skewers...
Tropical Treasures ... Desserts That Make the Most of Hawaiian Fruits
A WARM, SANDY BEACH SEEMS just steps away when you,re enjoying one of these tropical indulgences from Hawaii. With ingredients like sweet pineapple and coconut, aromatic mango and guava, and rich macadamia nuts, these desserts are deliciously exotic...
Watching Wildlife at Denver's Arsenal
DEADLY COCKTAILS OF TOXIC mixtures dot parts of the 17,000-acre Rocky Mountain Arsenal, where chemical weapons and pesticides were manufactured from World War II to 1982. For nearly 50 years, this windswept prairie just 10 miles east of downtown Denver...
What's New on Lanai?
THE OPENING, OVER the past two years, of two posh hotels on Lanai has propelled the smallest developed island in the Hawaiian chain into the state's tourism mainstream. And this is only the beginning: Castle & Cooke Properties, a subsidiary of...
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