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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. 178, February

An Envelope of Air around This House Keeps It Cool in Summer, Warm in Winter
An envelope of air around this house keeps it cool in summer, warm in winter "We get plenty of cool days here in thePacific Northwest, but real extremes of heat and cold are rare. In our climate, we can use simple but well-engineered building designs...
Baked Long and Slow, Beef Brisket Melts to Succulence
Baked long and slow, beef brisket melts to succulence The easiest approach to beef brisket--long, slow baking--is also an ideal way to get tender, succulent results. Potatoes can bake right alongside to make a warming winter meal. In these two...
Blast Them with Begonias
Blast them with begonias Showoffs sporting flamboyant, brightlycolored flowers, tuberous begonias practically demand center stage in summer gardens. In pots, they can transform even a quiet corner into a kaleidoscope of color. Pictured here are...
Bringing the Front Door Forward ... with a New Skylighted Entry Hall
Bringing the front door forward . . . with a new skylighted entry hall Handsome and problem-solving are adjectives that owners Patand Fred Woerner happily apply to their remodeled house in Sunnyvale, California. In the daytime, its 20-foot-long, barrelvaulted...
Dim Sum Quick and Easy
Dim Sum quick and easy These contemporary Chinese dim sum arequicker and easier to make than the more traditional versions of these appetizer-like morsels. They are based on one versatile pureed shrimp mixture that tops shiitake mushrooms, scallops,...
Easy to Grow and Use (Once You Know How): Jerusalem Artichokes
Easy to grow and use (once you know how): Jerusalem artichokes The problem with Jerusalem artichokes isthat few people know quite what to do with them. They look sort of like lumpy potatoes, but if you treat them the same way, they shrivel in storage...
Folk Art Treasures at San Francisco's Mexican Museum
Folk art treasures at San Francisco's Mexican museum Tradition-rich Mexican folk art, donatedas a bequest from Nelson Rockefeller's collection, is in its final month of display at San Francisco's Mexican Museum. Rockefeller selected and bought...
For Counter Space and Storage, They Pushed out the Walls 4 Feet
For counter space and storage, they pushed out the walls 4 feet When it comes time to remodel, the firstpriority--and the most expensive room-- is the kitchen. Homeowners want more storage, better lighting, expanded work surfaces, new appliances,...
For Winter Bloom or Year-Round Drama ... the Aloes
For winter bloom or year-round drama . . . the aloes Aloes have no down time. In bloom, theydisplay spires of thick, waxy flowers in gold, coral, or flaming orange. Out of bloom, the plants form neat rosettes or dramatic sculptures, often patterned...
His Table Saw Rolls like a Garden Cart
His table saw rolls like a garden cart Limited workspace in his undersize shopforces homeowner Carl Mortensen to take his table saw with attached router outdoors to use it. To make the move easier on his back, he added a few things to the heavy piece...
Jack London's "Dream-Ranch" ... Today a State Park
Jack London's "dream-ranch' . . . today a state park "I am building my dream-house on mydream-ranch,' wrote Jack London in 1911. He had already acquired 1,100 acres near the northern California twon of Sonoma, and work was underway on his four-story...
Leather Gloves in the Garden ... What's Best?
Leather gloves in the garden . . . what's best? Like a second skin, leather gloves canprotect your hands against cuts, blisters, splinters, and abrasions. They can even keep you warm. They're essential for pruning, training, or tearing out anything...
Miracle Blankets for Vegetables?
Miracle blankets for vegetables? Like a warm blanket on a cold day, floatingrow covers make life easier for plants when the surroundings are less than ideal. Laid over vegetables at planting time, they serve as miniature greenhouses, trapping heat,...
Moonlighting in Marin
Moonlighting in Marin Marin County, so delightful by day, canbe just as appealing--and far less crowded --on a dark winter evening. Here, a few miles north of San Francisco, you can join night hikes across empty parklands, stargazing parties on Mount...
Mud Stompers
Mud stompers Rugged and handsome, these door matscan sustain rigorous stomping as you knock the mud off your boots or work shoes. Two of the three styles have builtin scrapers to catch compacted dirt around heels. Made of wood strips glued and mailed...
Mystery Citrus ... Kumquats
Mystery citrus . . . Kumquats Pretty but puzzling little gems, kumquatshave thin, aromatic skin that's edible and sweet tasting. But the fruit inside is lemon-sour, with few or many seeds. To enjoy this fruit, you need to eat it whole-- but how?...
Oats; in Cookies, Oatmeal, Breads, and More
Oats Do oats have life beyond cookies and porridge?Surprisingly, this member of the grass family has many guises beyond the familiar rolled oats, and its nut-like flavor is good in both savory and sweet preparations. Here, we explore different oat...
Off the Beaten Path in Blooming Anza-Borrego
Off the beaten path in blooming Anza-Borrego Desert plants wake up this month for abrief and bright-colored spring at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Just a 2-hour drive east of San Diego (3 1/2 hours southeast of Los Angeles), brilliant flowers...
Orchids Indoors? Here Are Two Types You Can Grow Easily
Orchids indoors? Should you try growing orchids indoors?Orchids in the two groups shown at right are among the easiest and most satisfying for beginners, blooming well under the light and temperature conditions common in many homes. Their flowers...
Pie, Preserves, Gelato ... All with Kumquats
Pie, preserves, gelato . . . all with kumquats Decorative kumquats are a versatile ingredientin the hands of the creative cook because their sweet-sour flavor suits a number of dishes. We introduced several ways to put this fruit to work on page 76;...
Remodeled and Restored, an "Art Village" at Mills College
Remodeled and restored, an "art village' at Mills College A new "art village' has appeared on theMills College campus in Oakland. Restored and remodeled, the handsome old Spanish colonial revival gallery and adjacent portico now act as a grand entrance...
Rhubarb and Strawberries in a Rosy Sauce
Rhubarb and strawberries in a rosy sauce Pink and pretty, the delicate sauce for thiscool vanilla cream dessert gets its rosy color from hothouse rhubarb and early strawberries. Serve the festive mold and topping for a romantic conclusion to your...
San Diego's Lively New-and-Old Downtown
San Diego's lively new-and-old downtown Long a city of sunshine and suburbs, SanDiego is enjoying a change of heart. For years its downtown has been considered a wasteland--a place where only the train stopped and sailors played. But no longer....
San Francisco's Island Mountain; It's San Bruno Mountain, with 10 Miles of Trails to Hike
San Francisco's island mountain Like a grassy island with a sea of developmentlapping ever higher against its sides, San Bruno Mountain rises 7 miles south of San Francisco. It's the last stronghold for several rare or endangered plant and animal...
Snowcat Skiing High in Colorado
Snowcat skiing high in Colorado It's a downhiller's dream to schussthrough fresh, untracked powder beyond the reach of ski lifts--without paying the steep price of helicopter skiing. In Colorado, where the popularity of the Rockies has turned skiing...
Squeeze Salads
Squeeze salads How about a squeezable meal? Here, wesuggest wholesome spreads that are the base for quick-to-prepare lunches you can carry onto the ski slopes or enjoy during cross-country ski trips. You transport the spreads in flexible plastictubes--sold...
Star Trek in Monterey
Star Trek in Monterey The technical magic behind cinematicspecial effects can be as fascinating as the films they enhance. A new exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium offers outsiders a peek at what went into some of the special effects used in Star...
"Steamroller" Chicken
"Steamroller' chicken A thrifty cook, Bob Peterson buys wholebirds and bones the breasts himself to make a specialty dish he calls steamroller chicken. The breasts--with a portion of the wings attached--look considerably flattened, and so the whimsical...
Stilton and Port ... Au Naturel or in Sauces
Stilton and port . . . au naturel or in sauces Classic partners--Stilton cheese and portwine--are usually savored unadorned. But combining the flavors is equally successful in more elaborate presentations such as these. The first is roast pork...
The Spanish Know How to Wake Up Winter Vegetables
The Spanish know how to wake up winter vegetables To add interest to winter menus, considerthese three Spanish vegetable dishes. At Alambique, a Madrid cooking school,director Clara Maria Llamas serves the first dish chilled to begin a light lunch;...
They Cut into the Roof for a New Top-Floor Bedroom
They cut into the roof for a new top-floor bedroom Inspired by the notion of making "onelittle room an everywhere,' Julia Owens and Larry Thomas of Seattle credit poet John Donne with describing what they wanted in a new top-floor bedroom. More than...
They Revived the Galley Kitchen
They revived the galley kitchen It's hard to spot the remodeled portion ofthis Craftsman-era house in Berkeley. From the outside, the new kitchen looks as though it has always been there, with multipaned casement windows and extra-long barn shingles...
They Used Every Inch of a Tight Square Space
They used every inch of a tight square space Kitchen planning poses particular problemsin a tight square space. Two challenges are making the most of underused corners and taking advantage of often-wasted space in the center of the room. Architect...
Tracking Down Mustangs; You Can Join in near Bishop This Spring
Tracking down mustangs Living symbols of the Old West, wildhorses, or mustangs, are still very much with us today--thanks to a 16-year-old act of Congress that prohibited their capture except by government agents. But the rapidly increasing number...
Utah Powder ... Where the Locals Ski; Three Low-Key Resorts East of Ogden
Utah powder . . . where the locals ski That dry, pillowy snow that can makeeven a tyro feel effortlessly cloud-borne, Utah powder is a powerful lure to skiers. Most of those lured head for the Wasatch Range resorts east of Salt Lake City. But the...
What Should You Look for in an Exerciser?
What should you look for in an exerciser? Going nowhere? On the contrary, simulatingsports normally enjoyed in the great outdoors, the folks in our pictures are actually on the road to better muscle tone, endurance, and aerobic fitness. The convenience...
When Ferns Get in Trouble
When ferns get in trouble Have frizzled fronds replaced gloriousgreen growth on your ferns? Does the plant you brought into the living room for a tropical touch now seem more suggestive of a lifeless desert? Take heart: you can benefit from your...
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