Sunset

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. 174, February

Above and beyond the Slopes at Sun Valley
Before Sun Valley became the West's first ski resort, people journeyed to the mountains just to breathe the icy air and rejuvenate. Inhaling seems a little tame for most of us, but along with skiing, celebrity spotting, and shopping, this Idaho resort...
A Constellation of Choices, the Chinese Might Say
To celebrate Chinese New Year (the Year of the Ox begins on February 20) or any other revelrous gathering, consider this Szechwan-style appetizer dinner party. It stars a cluster of tasty dishes--a constellation of choices, the Chinese might say. We've...
Almost an All-Potato Buffet
One potato, two potato, three potato, four--guests at this party may find themselves eating that many baked potatoes just to try all the tempting toppings you've set out. Inspired by the potato bars in some Western restaurants, this inexpensive buffet...
Celery's Downstairs Cousin Goes into Crunchy Winter Salads
Upstairs, downstairs is the relationship of celery and celery root. Celery is grown for its fat stalks. Its underground relative, celery root or celeriac, is a tuber with a mild flavor and texture combining the crunch of celery with the smoothness of...
China's Countryside, the Great Wall, Yangtze River Valley ... on a Bike
Cycling along a country road outside Canton (Guangzhou), you stop at a small village bounded by terraced rice paddies. Within seconds, a crowd of villagers forms around you, staring at perhaps the first foreigner they've ever met. Then their eyes meet...
Eleven Roses New for 1985
This season 11 new roses make their debut. Availability and planting times depend on your region. In mild-winter areas, set our bare-root plants in January and February. In cold-winter regions, plant in March, April, or May. Hybrid teas--the classic...
Extra Security for Silver Keepsakes
Whether it's your baby mug or antique candlesticks, silver pieces are prime targets for home burglars. "We had full replacement insurance on everything," one reader told us, "but when I realized that they'd gotten the tea service my grandmother brought...
February Menus: French Farm Breakfast, Valentine Dinner, Cracked Crab and Soup
Selective shopping keeps kitchen activities relaxed in February. This month's options include a simple breakfast with French origins, a valentine dinner children can engineer, and a calorie-light dinner with elegance. Ready-to-use foods fit in well....
Gawky Onion or Elegant Ingredient? It's the Leek. You Can Start Some Now
It takes patience--four to seven months' worth--to grow leeks. But their mild onion flavor makes them well worth the wait for knowledgeable cooks. Prized as the key ingredient in classic vichyssoise, leeks can also be used in many other ways that capitalize...
Have You Ever Tasted Freshly Dug Potatoes? You May Not Recognize Them
Potatoes may seem humble, but if you've tasted new ones fresh from the garden, you know they can be sublime. Thin-skinned red and white kinds are favorites of gardeners, especially when harvested while small (no more than 3 inches in diameter) and...
Hawaiians Use It for Jam ... Poha. You Can Order Seeds Now
A strange fruit with some better-known relatives, poha is edible like tomatillo and has the papery husk of Chinese lantern. If you'd like to grow poha (Physalis peruviana, also called Cape gooseberry or husk cherry), you can order seeds now. Poha...
Hazelnuts and Trout and Pasta?
Cream infused with the flavor of toasted hazelnuts (filberts) gives elegance to this sauce for fettuccine. A combination of green spinach noodles and more toasted nuts, slivers of smoked trout, and lemon peel, the dish makes a stunning first course...
How Do You Get Pearl Tomatoes? Green Eggplant? You Become a Seed Saver
Surprises are a staple in Suzanne Ashworth's Sacramento vegetable garden. Peppers come in half a dozen colors and shapes; tomatoes range from pea-size to whoppers 6-1/2 inches across. Certain potatoes open to reveal yellow or blue flesh. Although...
Installing Edging Boards around Planting Beds and Lawns
If you're relandsccaping this spring, you may want to use wood edging to outline planting beds and lawsn. Although edging is simple to install, many gardeners pick the wrong lumber or fail to install it properly. We checked with the pros to find out...
It's a White-Wine Lasagna
This delicate seafood version of lasagna features scallops in a wine-and-cream sauce layered between wide noodles. You can assemble the entire dish a day before you entertain. Present small portions as a first course; larger servings, with a green...
It's Entry Time for Western Home Awards 1985-86
Why the doors to introduce our biennial Western Home Awards program? Opening doors to show off the best of Western resisdential architecture is one of Sunset Magazine's proudest traditions. And the image of an open door seems an appropriate signal to...
Keeping Dry but Also Keeping Natural Light
Transparent rain protectors offer overhead cover while keeping doorways bright. All four of our examples--shown here and on page 114--use tempered glass or acrylic for roofing material. The first two examples use the glass as part of long walkways...
More Indian Doings at Museum in California, Arizona, New Mexico
Los Angeles and Phoenix aren't the only cities with news in their Southwest Indian museums (see page 78). Sunset polled nearly 40 museums that devote significant display space to Southwest Indian subjects and found the following 15 with new displays...
Nose-Wrinkling Souffles
Even ardent cheese lovers may sniff at the idea of souffles made with strong, aromatic cheeses not normally used for cooking. But the results are milder than the cooking aromas might suggest. And if you don't normally favor cheeses with bold character,...
One Lobster Serves Four in This Soup
Costly lobster can be stretched to serve four--instead of just one or two--in this firsr-course soup. Served with chunks of lobster meat and leeks, it has a luxurious look and flavor. The day ahead, you can cook the lobster, simmer the leeks, and...
Opening Up the Ceiling
Just above your head in most gable-roofed houses, there's an overlooked space with rich potential for remodeling: the triangular void called the attic. Removing the ceiling and reclaiming some or all of the attic volume can make a startling change...
Red, White, Yellow, Green: Choose Your Onion Soup Color
Warm to cool in hue, these four soups display the delicate palette of different onion varieties. Slow cooking brings out the natural sweetness of each type of onion. And additional ingredients reinforce its color and enhance its flavor. Red onions,...
Splendid New Showcases for Southwest Indian Art
Indians and the American Southwest share such an ancient marriage it's naive to consider one without the other. Yet we newcomers to this land often suffer great gaps in our understanding of the Native American heritage that preceded us and still thrives....
Squiggle Bread
These squiggles of fried bread get their shapes from the tools used to drop them into hot cooking oil. To get crisp, shattery, lacy rounds, pour a thin batter through a funnel or squirt it from a squeeze bottle. Or, for golden strands, push a cream...
Surprising Companions: Chocolate and Rhubarb in Small Tarts
The contrast of tangy red rhubarb with sweet dark chocolate is a feast for eye and palate. Here they go together in small tarts. You gently stew the rhubarb and bake the fragile cooky crumb crusts separately, then assemble just before serving. The...
Szechwan Vegetables, Condiments: Alone or Together, Quick and Simple
These simple, quick dishes and condiments are designed to be part of the Szechwan party pictured on pages 88 and 89. Prepared individually, they can also add variety to everyday menus. Predominantly seasoned by a blend of soy sauce, vinegar, and...
These Roses Are for Eating. They're Marzipan
Modeled from marzipan, these roses are for eating. Working purchased marzipan like clay, you shape it into a roll, thinly slice it, and then wrap the slices around each other to form the flowers. Make flowers only a few hours before serving, since they...
Those Who Shun the Uncooked Oyster May Turn out to Enjoy a Good Oyster Stew
The world is divided into oyster lovers and other people. The other people, who squirm at the sight of this homely invertebrate, may never be won over unless they're led to the table blindfolded. Oyster lovers, on the other hand, close their eyes in...
Towering Views of San Francisco
Rain-scrubbed winter skies can bring great views for picture taking or just gazing, especially when you look out over San Francisco's cityscape and the bay beyond. But finding a vantage point that's protected from the elements is a challenge: there...
Urban Hiking in San Francisco's Marina District
Like some shimmering apparition, an instant city sprang into being within the city of San Francisco in 1915. The occasion was the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, and the location the present-day Marina district, where 635 acres of swampy tideland...
Valentine Food Fun. Four Gift Ideas That Are Tasty, All Red
A far cry from chocolates, flowers and cands, these little red-hued edibles nonetheless carry their own affectionate message. All four are simple to make, and each can be made ahead. Heart Beets Serve these whimsical heart-shaped beets as a relish...
When It Rains Hard, These Drainage Systems Move Runoff Quickly, Naturally, Attractively
How well does your garden stand up to heavy rain? Do you find areas where water collects and stands for several days? Water-eroded gullies on hillsides? Signs of flooding near driveways and walkways? Drainage channels can carry surplus water off...
When Time Is Short, How to Find Lodging in Northern California
It's Tuesday afternoon and you've decided you'd like to spend the weekend at a Napa Valley bed-and-breakfast inn. But you're faced with a near-hopeless telephone search to find a vacant room. There's a better way. In many of northern California's...
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