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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. 173, December

A Cold-Climate Heating Scheme That Makes Use of the Sun and the Earth
A cold-climate heating scheme that makes use of the sun and the earth The "sun-earth connection' makes this solar-heated house the next step up the solar evolutionary ladder, claims its designer, Tom Smith. The connection Smith refers to is the continuous...
Admire-and-Sniff Ornaments, Wreaths, Mini-Tree
Admire-and-sniff ornaments, wreaths, mini-tree Delightful seasonal fragrances fill homes during the holidays. But you can go beyond the traditional smells of fresh-cut boughs, hot cider, or baking cookies and create an olfactory cornucopia with scented...
Air-Layering?
Air-layering? Like puppies and kittens, many house plants can grow up faster than seems possible. But unlike pets, you can cut a house plant back down to size, and get an extra plant in the bargain. How? By using a process called air-layering,...
Another Choice for a Holiday Roast ... the "New" Venison
Another choice for a holiday roast . . . the "new' venison It's farm-raised, imported from New Zealand. Forget all the techniques used on wild deer Once the prize of the hunter, venison is now ranch-raised in New Zealand and exported to selected...
Before, during, and after the Holidays, It's a Winner ... Cyclamen
Before, during, and after the holidays, it's a winner . . . cyclamen Few flowers say "Happy Holidays' as brightly as cyclamen. Favorites for gifts and decorating, they stay on as house plants in cold climates. But in mild-winter areas of the West,...
Bike, Skate, Jog on Scottsdale's Path through the Cactus
Bike, skate, jog on Scottsdale's path through the cactus Through the center of residential Scottsdale, about 7 miles east of downtown Phoenix, runs a dip in the landscape that's a verdant chain of parks and lakes. It's also an innovative flood-control...
Championship Chili for Christmas ... or Any Time
Championship chili for Christmas . . . or any time Entrees that are hearty, easy to make in quantity, and just plain good are ideal for holiday parties. Such a dish is this thick, tasty all-meat chili--the specialty of the house for Paula and Ray...
Choose-and-Cut Christmas Trees in Sonoma County
Choose-and-cut Christmas trees in Sonoma County Shopping for a Christmas tree should be fun, but crowds at busy Bay Area tree lots can detract from the pleasure. Consider heading to Sonoma County, where some 50 farms let you select and cut the tree...
Choosing Pruners ... for a Gift, for You
Choosing pruners . . . for a gift, for you Useful any time of year, new pruners are especially welcome tools at Christmas, when the winter the pruning season begins. If you plan to buy a pair of hand pruners or loppers, you may be surprised at the...
Christmas Bring-Togethers
Christmas bring-togethers Bell-ringing parties, wreath-making parties, caroling by boat: our readers celebrate the holidays with some ingenious twists on old traditions. Letters full of Christmas cheer--and good ideas--poured into our offices last...
Citrus Cheer ... in Ports
Citrus cheer . . . in pots Just as fresh citrus fruits brighten our produce markets, so do fruiting citrus trees decorate home gardens in the mild-winter West. While the colorful evidence is all around, you may not have considered buying citrus plants...
Cooky-Cutter Wreaths
Cooky-cutter wreaths Just flour, salt, water, and a bit of elbow grease can produce a striking table centerpiece or a wreath to hang in a window, on a door, or on an indoor wall. Composed of overlapping cooky-cutter shapes, these wreaths get their...
December Menus: Tailgate Picnic for a Tree-Cutting Trip. Artichoke, Egg, and Fish Brunch
DECEMBER MENUS Tailgate picnic for a tree-cutting trip. Artichoke, egg, and fish brunch. Cake and punch as you decorate the tree Family gatherings, with a wide range of ages, are a big part of festivities this month. The challenge in menu...
Earthquake Ride and Other New Science Adventures in Golden Gate Park
Earthquake ride and other new science adventures in Golden Gate Park "Seismophobia' is a term for the exaggerated fear of earthquakes. Confronting that fear by riding out a simulated quake is one learning adventure in the new Earth and Space Hall...
Easy Sledding
Easy sledding Safer too, with the new generation of lightweight, steerable (even brakable) sleds If you had a sled when you were growing up, chances are it looked like the one in the lower left-hand corner. Invented in 1889 by Sam L. Allen...
Face to Face with Desert Creatures ... near Palm Springs
Face to face with desert creatures . . . near Palm Springs Prickly plants and exotic animals from the world's deserts can be seen at close range in The Living Desert in Palm Desert, 13 miles southeast of Palm Springs. Among the animals in this...
Festive Holiday Eggnog or Punch for All Ages
Festive holiday eggnog or punch for all ages Nonalcoholic refreshments for this party season can appeal to all ages. Here we offer two very different choices: a rich eggnog and a sprightly punch. You might consider serving both. Bottled beverages...
Fruit Canes, Striped or Plain
Fruit canes, striped or plain These candy canes get their fresh fruit flavor and color from concentrated fruit purees or juice. They are attractive plain, but if you prefer them striped, follow the sequence pictured on pages 80 and 81. To make...
Fruits and Vegetables for Winter Salads
Fruits and vegetables for winter salads Fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables, paired and arranged in untypical ways, bring a touch of drama to first-course salads for winter party meals. Each salad has make-ahead steps that can save you time...
Getting Children Up on Skis ... Tahoe Ski Resorts with Programs
Getting children up on skis . . . Tahoe ski resorts with programs Putting on skis, learning to snowplow, and riding a chair lift are basics of alpine skiing, but for a first-time skier, this can all seem like a great challenge. To help young beginners...
Gifts for the Cook: A Carton of Sauces ... Barbecue, Stir-Fry, Your Favorites
Gifts for the cook: a carton of sauces . . . barbecue, stir-fry, your favorites As a shortcut to a quick entree, premixed seasoning sauces are a gift any busy cook will appreciate. If your chef enjoys grilling meat, a selection of marinades might...
Give a Garden ... in a Pot or Basket
Give a garden . . . in a pot or basket A gift of a garden is a fine choice for anyone on your list who enjoys growing plants or would like to learn how but needs a nudge to get started. You simply assemble all the elements needed for one gardening...
Handsome, Inexpensive, and They Cook "Purer and Sweeter." They're Chinese Clay Pots
Handsome, inexpensive, and they cook "purer and sweeter.' They're Chinese clay pots Long used in China, clay and ceramic cooking pots are also sold in the West. Such cookware is integral to the preparation of certain classic Chinese dishes, but in...
History, Art, Music ... Free December Discoveries in San Francisco's Financial District; an Easy Side Trip for Union Square Christmas Shoppers
History, art, music . . . free December discoveries in San Francisco's Financial District An easy side trip for Union Square Christmas shoppers A forest of towering corporate headquarters and bank buildings, San Francisco's Financial District...
Holiday Cookies ... Variations on Three Old Favorites
Holiday cookies . . . variations on three old favorites From the booklets of the Miller-Berra cooky exchange party (page 83), we've adapted three favorite cooky recipes. They were brought to one of the annual gatherings by Mary Ann Champagne of Los...
Hollywood Props, Costumes, Cosmetics, Dreams ... at Three New Museums
Hollywood props, costumes, cosmetics, dreams . . . at three new museums The stuff of dreams has been Hollywood's major product for many years, and three new museums show how this glamorous entertainment factory delivers its goods. On a Thursday or...
Inside and Up the Stanford Tower: Good Views from the Top, History at the Hoover Institution
Inside and up the Stanford tower Good views from the top, history at the Hoover Institution Often controversial and increasingly influential (more than 50 former or current scholars have served in the Reagan administration), the Hoover Institution...
In the Heart of Berkeley's Fabric Artist Country, Seven Specialty Fabric Shops
In the heart of Berkeley's fabric artist country, seven specialty fabric shops Labors of love are what the people behind Berkeley's specialty fabric stores have made of their work. A rich concentration of these shops occurs in stimulating proximity...
Living with Dwarf Citrus: Watering, Feeding, Keeping Them Small
Living with dwarf citrus: watering, feeding, keeping them small Dwarf citrus plants in pots (see page 94) require a certain amount of attention to grow and produce well. To formulate guidelines for outdoor care, some 40 Sunset readers and nursery...
Munlie Making: With a Few Twists and Cuts, You Shape These Mildly Sweet, Dancing Bread Men
Munlie making These jolly, dancing little men, made of mildly sweet bread dough, are called "munlies' by the Petsche family of Canyou Lake, California. Their origin is definitely German, and making munlies is a tradition that's been handed down...
Old England Comes West in This Mellow Steamed Pudding
Old England comes West in this mellow steamed pudding Moist and rich right from the steamer, and even more so when mellowed by a few weeks' aging, this Christmas pudding (shown on page 79) is traditional in shape and preparation, but Western in ingredients....
Oranges and Lemons and a Holiday Roast
Oranges and lemons and a holiday roast If you can boil water, you can make a citrus glaze that will give your holiday roast tangy flavor and a beautiful, shiny finish. You boil down fresh citrus juice to intensify its bright, tart flavor and natural...
Ornamental Peppers Display Their Colorful Fruit through the Winter
Ornamental peppers display their colorful fruit through the winter The showoffs of the pepper clan (Capsicum), ornamental peppers are bred for color--not flavor. In vivid succession, their fruits turn from green to yellow to various hues of red;...
Pasta Pies
Pasta pies Whether served as a first course or the main event, most pasta dishes require some last-minute attention. Not so with these two puff pastry-crusted pasta pies we sampled in Italy. The cooked and sauced pasta can stand as long as an...
Perhaps Your Ham Deserves a Champagne Bath
Perhaps your ham deserves a champagne bath It's just possible during the holidays that you may have an extra bottle, or fraction thereof, of champagne. Assuming that it's not a noble vintage that could add luster to your cellar, consider using it...
Pickling Is One Way to Tame Garlic or Shallots
Pickling is one way to tame garlic or shallots Strong-flavored bulbs like garlic or shallots take on sweet-sour overtones when pickled--and they make intriguing gifts. Serve the pickles as a condiment with cold meats and cheeses, in salads, or in...
Planning a Caroling Party ... Lighting, Safety, Sustenance, the Route, the Music
Planning a caroling party . . . lighting, safety, sustenance, the route, the music For spreading holiday cheer door to door, there's nothing like an old-fashioned caroling party. Over the years, we've heard from readers who've joined voices with...
Porcelain Ornaments You Roll, Cut, Paint
Porcelain ornaments you roll, cut, paint Soft blue lines against the light gray color of the clay give these handmade ornaments the look of delftware pottery from Holland. But you can easily make them at home--just take them to a ceramics shop for...
Previewing the Rose Parade Floats ... or Even Pitching In
Previewing the Rose Parade floats . . . or even pitching in Bulging forms of chicken wire, color coded with paint and festooned with papier-mache, await their final adornment of fresh flowers. Jersey-wearing teen-agers paste dry flowers into place,...
Pumping Maple: For a Gift of Good Health
Pumping maple Novice woodworkers, here's a project for you--hardwood workout weights. They make great gifts, because you can build a pair of dumbbells or a barbell in a couple of hours, and they couldn't be much easier: cut a pair of blocks, drill...
San Diego Harbor Has News Ashore and Afloat
San Diego Harbor has news ashore and afloat The first wave of development has swept San Diego's downtown waterfront, leaving a shimmering 25-story hotel tower, a new park, new dining spots. The 681-room Hotel Inter-Continental, opended in March,...
See-Through Containers from Needlepoint Canvas
See-through containers from needlepoint canvas Simple stitchery lets you form see-through gift boxes from inexpensive plastic needlepoint canvas. The boxes make durable containers for toys, toiletries, jewelry, sewing supplies, or sachets. If adults...
Snorkeling Hawaii's West Coast; Clear Calm Water within an Hour's Drive of Kailua
Snorkeling Hawaii's west coast Clear calm water within an hour's drive of Kailua Protected from the prevailing northeast tradewinds by 2 1/2-mile-high volcanoes, the dry west coast of Hawaii offers clear calm waters for snorkeling. Boat trips...
Stained Glass the Fast Way
Stained glass the fast way Vibrant, glowing colors from these tissue-paper panels can turn a window into a cheery focal point this holiday season. In the daytime, sunlight through the windows can bathe your home's interior with color; at night, the...
Their Holiday Wreaths Start in the Garden
Their holiday wreaths start in the garden Winter prunings lend themselves to handsome, long-lasting wreaths. Brightened with berries or fruits, fresh foliage, or dried flowers, their rustic framework takes on a festive look to suit the season. ...
The Pliable Pyracantha ... Three Ways to Wall-Train an Espalier
The pliable pyracantha . . . three ways to wall-train an espalier Ornamented with sprightly red berries, pyracantha is a choice plant for gifts and outdoor holiday decorating. It's also one of the most versatile evergreen shrubs in the mild-winter...
Trout? No, They're Baby Silver Salmon
Trout? No, they're baby silver salmon Looking like trout, these baby silver salmon have been raised in ponds and harvested young. The small fish, enough for one serving each, are boned and butterflied for market. Pan-dressed and quick-cooking,...
What Makes This Oregon Kitchen So Bright and Cheery? A Light Scoop
What makes this Oregon kitchen so bright and cheery? A light scoop The soft curve of a room-wide skylight scoop bounces diffused daylight into this kitchen. Even on the grayest of rainy days, the overhead windows provide enough natural light to...
When You Really Need a "Santa's Helper."
When you really need a "Santa's helper' Where Santa comes from is no mystery to most young children--why wouldn't such a magical man live at the North Pole? But for parents and grandparents who would like Santa to pay a personal visit to their little...
Yosemite's Back-Country Camps ... Now's Time to Reserve for Summer
Yosemite's back-country camps . . . now's time to reserve for summer Drifting snow has covered the High Sierra Camps in Yosemite National Park; the tent foundations are empty and forlorn, the rock-walled dining rooms boarded up. But unless spring...
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