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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. 174, April

1985's Vegetable Breakthrough: "Sunburst" Squash
You've never seen a squash like the new 'Sunburst' pattypan. Brightly colored like yellow crookneck squash, with creamy white flesh, it has a mild flavor and satiny texture similar to that of regular pattypans or scalloped squash. "Sunburst', bred in...
A Leisurely Four-Day Trip in the Scottish Highlands
Reason for visiting the Highlands of Scotland aren't the same as for most of the rest of Europe. You don't come for Highland food, night life, monuments, weather, or shopping (the need for kilts and tartan neckties is finite.) What the Highlands...
America's Finest Topiary Garden?
Topiary art requires adaptable shrubs, plenty of gently watered acreage, and many years of cultivation--as well as a certain exuberant eccentricity on the part of the gardener. The West, with its arid landscape and more youthful traditions, has lacked...
An I-5 Detour through Coalinga's Oil and Cattle Country
Struck down by an earthquake in May 1983, Coalinga, California, has sprung back to its feet. If you'll be passing nearby on Interstate 5, you might want to swing through for a look at this plucky, oil-pumping town on the west side of Fresno County....
April Menus: Country-Style Portuguese Pork Barbecue, Italian-Chinese Pasta for Supper, and a Quick English Trifle for Breakfast
International favorites contribute interesting flavors to this month's menus. Portugal's spicy vinegar marinade gives boneless pork roast a lively, piquant flavor. Traditionally, the roast goes with kale and white kidney beans for a rustic, country-style...
As You Plan a New Garden or Remodel an Old One, When Should You Call in Landscape Architect?
More than a backdrop, a well-designed garden expands a house by providing room outside where your family can eat, entertain, work, play, sun, swim, relax. Creating this kind of outdoor livability can call for the addition of patios, decks, dining...
A Week of Cruising the Greek Islands by Motor Yacht
Cruising the Greek islands aboard a yacht would be a dream come true for many travelers: to weave through the Cyclades, that circle of islands in the southern Aegean . . . to stroll the streets of an idyllic whitewashed village clinging to a mountaintop,...
Bagels or Rolls Made from Matzo Dough
Matzo meal is the base of these crisp, hollow-centered bagel and rolls. They are appropriate for Passover, and delicious any other time for snacks or sandwiches. Serve the lightly sweetened version with tea or coffee. During Passover--which starts...
Blood Orange Is a Citrus Surprise: Startling Fruit, Handsome Tree
Despite their sanguinary name, blood oranges (pictured in color on page 250) are delicious: sweet and tangy like 'Valencia' oranges, but with a hint of raspberry flavor. Specialty produce dealers sometimes charge as much as $2 apiece for blood oranges...
Braid, Coil, and Glue Tissue Paper ... That's All You Do
Our barnyard rooster, rabbit, basket, and huge Easter egg all start with tissue-paper braids. To build them, you coil and glue the braids; each takes about 4 hours. Materials. For each basket, you'll need three or four 20-sheet packages of tissue...
Couch or Bed Uses Standard Lumber, a Standard Mattress
Literally a sofa bed, this bed-seat has a standard 39- by 75-inch mattress as its bottom cushion. Large bolster pillows transform it into a comfortable couch. Standard lumber is used throughout, with lap or notch joints formed with dado blades on a...
Diablo ... the "Island Mountain." (Mount Diablo State Park, California) (Includes Other Related Articles)
Girdled by suburbs, Mount Diablo State Park is a unique 15,000-acre chunk of near-wilderness less than an hour from major Bay Area Freeways. Spring is the prime season to visit its now-green slopes for a picnic, a hike, or both--and enjoy the rich complexity...
Fish in the Microwave ... It's like Steaming
Because fish is delicious steamed, it also cooks perfectly in the microwave oven. When you prepare portions for two or three, as we do here, cooking time is about the same as for steaming the fish, but you have fewer utensils to deal with. Thin fish...
Fresh Fruit or Nuts Top These Cheesecake Two-Biters
These dainty squares of cheesecake are jut two-bite size. Glazed with jam and topped with fresh fruit or nuts, they make delicious pick-up-to-eat sweets for a tea or reception. You bake the cheesecake in a thin, large rectangle; chill, then cut into...
Getting to Know Japan's Farthest-North Island
Hokkaido may well be the only part of Japan where visitors from the American West feel more at home than do visitors from Tokyo or Osaka. This northernmost island was Japan's frontier, settled in the mid-1800s by pioneers drawn by prospects of fortunes...
Grand Canyon to the Border ... a 500-Mile Bike Adventure
Few states can rival Arizona for natural beauty and diversity of terrain. That's why the Greater Arizona Bicycle Association (GABA) has devised a "Grand Canyon to Mexic Almost Across Arizona Bicycle Tour." Beginning at the Grand Canyon and generally...
Here Comes Another Podocarpus. It's a Handsome Small Tree
A little-known podocarpus is gaining ground in California gardens. It's called the long-leafed yellow-wood (Podocarpus henkelii). While the familiar fern pine (P. gracilior) is soft and willowy, and the yew pine (P. macrophyllus) is stiff and upright,...
Hot, Cold, Crisp, Tender ... Meat Salads
Contrasting elements--hot and cold, crisp and tender--plus lively seasoning work together to make these meat-laced salads refreshing and satisfying. Consider them for lunch or supper. The first salad features beef; the second, pork. Spiced Beef and...
How Did Beerocks Get to Fresno? Are They Ready to Spread?
A tasty meat pie with an unlikely name makes Fresno, California, its home. How the pie got there is fairly clear; how it got the name beerock is muddled. Distinctly seasoned with lots of black pepper and wrapped in a thin yeast dough, these individually...
If Only It Could Talk ... This Arbutus Has Survived Several Brushes with Extinction
It comes as a disappointment to Western gardeners that the handsome native madrone tree is very difficult to cultivate: trees are sensitive to garden transplanting, and the slightest overwatering in summer will kill them. For good reason, nurseries...
Looking in on Altamont's Wind Farms ... by Car or on a Tour
For a hundred years, ranchers have fed cattle on the windswept hills of Altamont Pass. But now there's a new herd: vast rows of weird-looking wind turbines. Some 3,800 windmills--nearly half the U.S. total--stand like spinning sentries along the pass....
Mine Touring in Nevada
The grizzled prospector who once panned and tunneled for gold and silver has faded into Nevada history. But mining still holds a firm place in the state's economy; last year, some 200 mines coaxed about 700,000 troy ounces of gold from the earth. You...
New Rating System for Hikes in Utah's Virgin River Narrows
Snaking into the main canyon of Zion National Park, the Virgin River seems a languid thing. Yet after a rain, its upper gorge--the steep-walled Virgin River Narrows--can become a boiling torrent. Rangers tell of seeing watermarks 25 feet above normal...
Orienteering Is Kind of a Race, Treasure Hunt, and Navigation Test. Here's How to Join In
"A cross-country Easter egg hunt." That's how one panting neophyte described orienteering. An off-trail sport import from Sweden, orienteering is catching on in the West. With family-oriented clubs forming and a permanent course in Oakland's Joaquin...
Our Chef Has His Own Way of Putting Waffles with Orange Juice for Breakfast
People who ponder such matters tell us that "waffle" comes from the word "wafel," which is simply the dutch way of saying "wafer." A waffle iron creates the crisp, dimpled exterior of this wafer, but on the inside it is tender and warm--attributes it...
Pasta Packed with Peppers ... Mellow to Assertive
Mellow to assertive, these peppers and chilies pack a flavor surprise into pasta. A puree of sweet red bell peppers or chilies becomes part of the liquid in an egg-tender dough. You roast fresh peppers and chilies, toast and soak dried chilies. ...
Santa Monica Beach Cottage Opens Up, Pops Up
High real estate prices sometimes force first-time home buyers to consider purchasing houses they would never have looked at a few years ago. That's what happened to Julia and Joel McLafferty. They found a rock-bottom bargain house in Santa Monica...
Simplicity Is the Way to Showcase Tropical Fruits
Natural showoffs, the tropical and subtropical fruits shown on pages 138 to 143 are best served simply to make the most of their distinctive looks and taste. Here we explore ways to cut and serve each of the 18 fruits, and suggest appetizers, salads,...
So Small You Use Them Whole ... Baby Squash Stew
Once available only to gardeners and the restaurant trade, baby squash are appearing often, though sporadically, in supermarkets with specialty produce sections. These immature squash are a bit sweeter and more tender than the adult squash, and they...
Strawberries from Seed ... Should You Try? Have You Tried?
You can grow strawberries from seed, but is it worth the effort? To find out, we tried it ourselves. The only large-fruited variety offered as seed is 'Sweetheart', and its catalog description is tempting: "Great big ever-bearing strawberries with...
Taking the Chaos out of Your Closet; by Remodeling, with Storage Systems. You Have Options
Living with a disorderly closet is a fact of life for most people. But bringing some order to it--and some relief to the life of the closet's owner--may be easier than you think. The ideal closet fits you like a glove. It has places for a variety...
That Shinny Space along the Side of the House
That skinny space between the side of a house and the fence is a challenge to make inviting. But the payoff can be more than you expect. As these homeowners discovered, they not only got rid of that garbage-can-alley look outside, they created living...
The Easy-Sprout, Easy-Bloom Annual Whose Leaves You Can Eat
Summer color is easy with nasturtiums. These flower factories (Tropaeolum majus) sprout readily and provide reliable color from six weeks after sowing until frost. And you now have more choices than ever--from compact varieties excellent for containers...
The Shell Is White Chocolate, Inside Is Creamy Dark Truffle
Easier to make than their polished appearance implies, these chocolate eggs are just right for Easter giving. With plastic egg molds, you can achieve remarkably professional results. Inexpensive sheets of plastic molds especially designed for candy...
The Tropicals Are Here
Slicing a bigger share of space in Western produce markets, tropical and subtropical fruits are more available, more often and in greater quantities, than ever before. They're arriving from distant and not-so-distant lands. Many have unusual shapes...
This Spring Feast Is Easy to Tote
This portable feast has a festive spring air and travels well because none of the foods requires refrigeration. You don't need to take a lot of extra gear. An intriguing tarragon--flavored fresh strawberry and canned pear relish that goes with the...
Together for Easter, Lamb with Vegetables
A perennial favorite for Easter or other special spring dinners, leg of lamb scores high with its ease in preparation. We have embellished the basic roast with vegetables that cook alongside and seasonings that flavor both. Two of the recipes use...
Virtuoso Vines
In full glory, a flowering vine is a sight that draws admirers from throughout the neighborhood. Even in 1- to 5-gallon nursery cans, blooming tendrils grab many an impulse shopper. In the mild-winter West, many of the most popular vines are evergreen....
What's for Dessert? the Easter Basket
Eat the Easter basket? Male from a stack of toasted almond cooky rings, this basket is a centerpiece that becomes dessert. You shape a malleable nut dough into rings of graduated diameters. Our recipe creates 9- or 10-inch-diameter basket. Extra...
What's Left of Early Ranch Life in the Santa Clara Valley?
Each year, the Santa Clara Valley loses a bit more of its rural heritage--an old ranch becomes a housing tract, an orchard sprouts an office building. But since Santa Clara County voters passed a park bond issue in 1972, more than 38,000 acres have...
Why Do Rhododendrons Droop and Die? Suspect Phytophthora. That's Root Rot
When a well-fed, well-watered rhododendron looks shabby or suddenly wilts and dies, suspect Phytophthora (fie-toff-thora) root rot. This parasitic fungus attacks the water-conducting tissues of rhododendrons as well as azaleas, junipers, petunias, pines,...
Yucatan Ribs ... Salsa Plenty
The barbecue does double duty when you prepare these succulent pork ribs from Merida, Yucatan. First you char tomatoes and mild chilies over the hot coals to make a piquant salsa. Then, as the ribs grill, you coat them with some of the salsa. Extra...
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