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. 173, November

Adventures with the Faraway Nuts
Unmistakable reminders of fall, bountiful crops of nuts can come from your garden almost as easily as from the grocery store. Three nuts--macadamia, European hazelnut, and pistachio--have faraway origins but thrive in the West; they also share an exotic...
Bike-BART Adventures
Why lug your car along on a bike ride? In the Bay Area, you don't need to. You can avoid the automobile with a combination of old-fashioned pedal power and the computer-driven BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) system. BART stations bring you within a...
Bok Choy with Turkey? Why Not?
How do you keep food traditionalists and innovators happy at the same Thanksgiving table? It's a challenge you can easily meet by exploring alternatives to the old standby vegetables. The surprise is how traditional the alternatives taste and look...
Can You Avoid Jet Lag?
It's noon in Munich but your body still thinks it's 3 A.M. in San Francisco. After a 12-hour flight, your head feels like a top and your tongue like a chalkboard eraser. You're suffering from severe jet lag. What is jet lag? Simply, it's the disruption...
Catching on in the West: Wallyball
Off-the-wall volleyball? Indeed, but the game is officially known as "wallyball," and it's played worldwide in some 2,200 racquetball clubs, colleges, gyms, and military installations. Popular in the East and Midwest, wallyball is now catching on in...
Cranberry Chutney to Go with Turkey, Cranberry Sauce for Many Things
Crimson cranberries make the base of these two sweet but tart sauces. The first is a thick chutney with the surprising juicy touch of whole grapes. The second is a liqueur-laced sauce finished with fresh orange segments. Although both go well with...
Don't Mention Its Name "Old Clothes." (Beef Enchiladas)
Beef braised until it's so tender it falls apart as you tear it into fine shreds is known in Mexico as ropas viejas--old clothes or rags. Despite the humble name, this flavorful meat is a classic filling for enchiladas. These enchiladsas team ropas...
Endive Dippers, Potato Scoopers ... Appetizers
On scene in time to help you through holiday entertaining with ease and style is Sunset's all-new cook book, Appetizers--Hors d'Oeuvres to Light Meals (Lane Publishing Co., Menlo Park, Calif.; $4.95). From tidbits you nibble with refreshments, to dishes...
For a Hedge, for Fragrant Flowers, for Leathery Leaves ... These Viburnums
For a versatile large shrub or small tree, consider an evergreen viburnum. Fall is a prime time to plant. One of the most popular is Viburnum tinus, pictured above. Its dense habit makes it a good choice for small gradens as a hedge, screen, or...
For a One-Two Punch, Bulbs and Annuals Together
Stuffed with annuals, pots of fall-planted bulbs stage a changing color show in spring. First the annual flowers appear, then the bulbs push up, bursting into bloom above them. Once bulb flowers are spent, the annuals carry on the show. "You get...
French Peasant Supper: Pork, Cabbage, and Lentils
The French favor cabbage with pork in country foods. In Alsace, choucroute garnie combines cabbage and sauerkraut with an assortment of smoked pork and sausages. In Provence, a less well-known variation replaces the sauerkraut with lentils simmered...
Geraniums from Seed ... Here's How
Is it worth the trouble to grow geraniums from seeds instead of cuttings? Since seeds are becoming more available to home gardeners, we decided to find out. Our conclusion: it can be both rewarding and disappointing. In any event, it takes patience:...
Gopher Guards for Roses or Bulbs; Using Wire Baskets You Make or Buy
Gophers find many fleshy roots tasty, and expensive bulbs and rose roots are too often their gourment delicacies. If gophers have invaded your garden in the past but your arsenal or weapons (traps, poison) has failed to control them, the best solution...
Hanging Map Is a 50-State Puzzle
Young geographers can literally grasp the shapes, sizes, and locations of states as they arrange these foam-core puzzle pieces. Tabs of hook-and-loop fabric (Velcro) attach the states to a painted plywood backboard. Hung on a wall, the map beckons family...
How Deep to Plant Daffodil Bulbs? Chill Then or Not? We Put Them to the Test
Testing the rules is one way to expand your gardening knowledge. When you see the reasons behind the rules clearly, you understand better how far you can bend them to suit your own circumstances and desires. How deep should you plant a daffodil...
How Do You like Your Phlox? Low and Casual, or Formal and Stately?
Phlox has two personalities. If you like a casual look, try low-growing annual phlox, which produces an abundance of colorful blooms on plants 6 to 20 inches high. For a formal, more stately bloomer, try perennial summer phlox; varieties available...
How Dry Do You Want to Stay?
A downpour of new materials, styles, and design features has hit the recreational rainwear field. If you're in the market for rain gear, you'll find a colorful if confusing array of choices in the stores this month, coinciding with the start of the...
How Long to Roast the Turkey?
If you plan to present a whole roast turkey for your Thanksgiving dinner--or any other occasion--you want a beautifully browned bird with moist, juicy meat. But because there is much conflicting information about how long to cook a turkey, we decided...
If You Can Get Hold a Albacore, Here's a Cold Terrine to Try
Albacore tuna, most familiar in its canned form, is also sold frozen or thawed with increasing regularity. When cooked, the raw fish taste milder and moister than the canned version. Here it's baked as a terrine to serve cold as an appetizer, a first...
It's a Hassle-Free Holiday Dessert Masterpiece
At the end of a party meal, preparing a complicated dessert with last-minute steps is not the choice of the rational cook. But remove the complications, and who wouldn't want to present a stunning dessert like this elegant version of creme brulee?...
It's Block-Printing but without the Carving
Quickly and at little cost, linoleum-block printing lets you put a personal stamp on your Christmas cards. This version of the craft eliminates time-consuming carving; the block is made of cut-out linoleum pieces on a vinyl-covered backing. Only...
Know Your African Daisies ... If You're Looking for Cool-Season Color
When you want color, few low-growing plants offer more than the four shown: Cape weed, arctotis, gazania, and osteospermum. During cool weather between January and June, they become a solid sheet of flowers, then continue with intermittent bloom all...
Last Chance to View Reno's Classic Cars?
Wave good-by to seven Duesenbergs, a 1932 Rolls-Royce Salamanca, a 1932 Bugatti Coupe, and a 1922 Mercedes Targa Florio Racer, among other rare and wonderful cars. The world's largest car collection--Harrah's Automobile Collection in Reno--is being...
Meet the Colorful Peppercorns
Salt's cohort, black pepper, is the most familiar pepper on the grocer's shelf, sold ground or whole as peppercorns. Recently, though, many other peppercorns have found their way into Western markets. Each is peppery, yet each has its own properties....
Monterey Bay and Its Astonishing New Aquarium; It's a Good Time to Explore Both
Why would a group of marine biologists spend seven years and $40 million to build the nation's largest aquarium in Monterey? The answer begins at the bottom of Monterey Bay. Just beyond the rushing waves and drifting fronds of kelp is the head of a...
Not Hash Browns. They're Cooked Spaghetti Squash
Golden strands of spaghetti squash make an intriguing alternative to shredded potatoes when they are cooked as hash browns. The flavor of the squash is deceptively rich, almost nut-like, and the texture is subtle. Serve these hash browns as you would...
November Menus: Out of the Oven, Two Meals from Two Panfuls of Vegetables. After-Thanksgiving Chowder
Plan ahead and streamline meal preparation for November menus. The time you save will be useful in many other ways during busy holidays. Our first two meals are based on one recipe, though each is finished in a different way. You roast two batches...
One Small Truffle Is All That These Dishes Ask
Truffles, mostly the black variety and some white, are available canned in fine foods markets throughout the West. But now and through December, a few of those markets have (or can quickly get) fresh truffles from France and Italy. Fresh or canned,...
Ready for a Woodstove? Here Is How to Decide
When the oil crunch 10 years ago set homeowners searching for ways to save fuel, heating wtih wood seemed to be an old-fashioned yet practical step toward energy independence. Fireplaces were often found to be energy losers, pulling more heat up the...
Seattle Sushi. You Use Leftovers and Serve It Hot
Traditionally, Japanese sushi is presented cold as finger food. But one Seattle cook has combined the flavors of the sweet-sour vinegeard rice with nonexotic ingredients--including leftovers--to make an attractive hot luncheon entree. Hot Bowl Sushi...
Somehow This Glorious Garlic Gobbler Reminds Us of an Allegorical Painting on a Baroque Ceiling
Perhaps a few people eat turkey at Thanksgiving solely as a duty, but most of us regard it as a pleasure. Still, as a Roman comedian once observed, no pleasure endures unseasoned by variety. In this spirit, Michael Glassman gives us a bird seasoned...
"Something like a Pet Parrot." That's a Dwarf Rhapis Palm
Why bother with dwarf rhapis palms? They're expensive, slow-growing, and a bit temperamental. But they're also beautiful and long-lived: century-old speciments are not uncommon. "It's something like deciding to have a parror for a pet," says one grower....
Spinning Again, Santa Monica's 62-Year-Old Carousel
A whirling mechanism of delight, Santa Monica's seaside carousel reopened this fall after months of restoration. The venerable beachfront institution, at the head of the municipal pier, is the first completed phase in ongoing pier restoration (set back...
Thai Cooks Heat Up Things with Curry Paste
Staples of Thai cooking, curry pastes flavor spicy dishes, from mild to fiery hot. Good cooks first pound the chilies and seasonings with a mortar and pestle to make a smooth paste. This mixture can be stored for fairly long periods, becoming a conveience...
The Butter Topping Gets Deep into This Cinnamon Flatbread
Slashes do more than decorate this sweet flatbread. They catch and hold the butter topping so it penetrates the baking bread. Serve warm as a fragrant treat for brunch or after a football game. Cinnamon Slashed Flatbread 1 package active dry yeast...
Their Housewarming Turned into a Planting Party
Friends wanted to celebrate the completion of Patti and Les Polette's house in Auburn, California, so the couple planned a housewarming party. It took a new twist when, in answer to offers of household gifts, the owners suggested garden plants. The...
Three Book Stands to Build ... Lectern, Wall-Mounted, Desk-Top
Practical in the library, living room, den, or home office, a book stand allows you to keep your unabridged dictionary or other text open for quick reference. Here and on page 174, we show three easy-to-build types--a freestanding lectern, a wall-mounted...
Timber! Shasta History, Just off I-5
Hours of backbreaking work with ax and saw are about to pay off, as the Shasta red fir starts to crack and list. You hear the yell of "Timber!" before the tree heaves with a roar to the forest floor. This scene, repeated countless times in Siskiyou...
Turkey Loco
"Crazy turkey" is the centerpiece of this Mexican-inspired Thanksgiving fiesta. The turkey takes its shape and seasonings from a popular Mexican technique for barbecued chicken. Split through the backbone and laid flat, the butterflied bird cooks...
Views and History as You Explore Russian Hill on Foot
You can take the #60 Powell-Hyde cable car or the #59 Powell-Mason cable car. Our loop walking tour begins at the intersection of Vallejo and Mason streets. Nearby Italian and Chinese food shops sell picnic supplies. Starting where the 1906 fire stopped...
What a Head Start on Christmas? These Crazy Cats Are Easy to Sew
Our independent friend, the cat, has movable joints, a hand-embroidered smile, and a bit of a zany streak in this stylized incarnation. Durable polyester stuffing keeps the felt creature firm, however much it's tossed and tumbled. An investment of...
Why Bergenia? Big Leaves, Pink Flowers, and You Can't Kill It
Few evergreen perennials are as obliging as bergenias. Undaunted by ocean breezes or winter snows, these paddle-leafed plants flourish in all but the dry desert areas of the West. Aside from their sturdy nature, bergenias appeal to gardeners because...
You Roll Up Sausage, Cheese, Spinach Inside Flank Steak
Flank steak--split open, stuffed, and rolled--is the basis of a flavorful braised dish the Italians call braciola. This is a loose extension of the actual definition of the word, which means cutlet, and comes from the way the steak is handled. Slices...
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