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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. 179, No. 6, December

A Cowboy Christmas
A cowboy Christmas "The cow-boy's outfit of clothing, as a rule, is of the very best from hat to boots. He may not have a dollar in the world, but he will wear good, substantial clothing, even if he has to buy it on a credit.' So cowboy W.S. James...
A Dazzling New Home for the Triton Museum in Santa Clara
A dazzling new home for the Triton Museum in Santa Clara For the first time in 17 years, a Bay Area fine arts museum has a new building. The boom town of Santa Clara recently ended the cultural dry spell with a stunning new home for the Triton Art...
A Dozen Smorgasbord Dishes to Choose From
A dozen smorg sbord dishes to choose from Given several days to cook, Maud Hallin can whip right through the 12 dishes basic to the lavish make-ahead Swedish smorg sbord described on page 80. It's big enough to serve 36, and she adds cookies for...
Beef, Lamb, Pork ... Here Are Holiday Roast Showpieces
Beef, lamb, pork . . . here are holiday roast showpieces Handsome, savory, and quick to prepare-- these three roasts meet the demands of your hectic holiday schedule. Choose beef standing rib, stuffed leg of lamb, or boneless pork loin. Each carves...
Big-Scale and Bright, Architectural Lighting Makes a Bay Area Comeback
Big-scale and bright, architectural lighting makes a Bay Area comeback Rudolph can rest his red nose this year. In the Bay Area, other bright landmarks can help guide his master's sleigh through December's night sky. Urban architectural lighting...
Brunch Bundle: It's Gift-Wrapped Eggs, Sausage
Brunch bundle: It's gift-wrapped eggs, sausage After the packages have been opened on Christmas morning, delight the family with one thing more to unwrap: this stunning, fila-swathed breakfast torta. The torta--a baked egg and ricotta casserole...
Cattleya Orchids as a Gift? Yes, Even without a Greenhouse
Cattleya orchids as a gift? Yes, even without a greenhouse In bloom or in bud, a cattleya orchid plant will please any flower fancier. But does it require too much care to be a sensible Christmas gift? We think not. Even without a greenhouse,...
Chicken Cloud and Egg Crepe: They're Light and Mild Chinese Soups
Chicken cloud and egg crepe: they're light and mild Chinese soups A departure from soup's more familiar appearance at the beginning of a meal, these broths from China are designed as palate cleansers, to follow the main course. At many Chinese banquets,...
Chocolate Log, Raspberry Wreath ... You "Sculpt" Ice Cream
Chocolate log, raspberry wreath . . . you "sculpt' ice cream It's easy to transform ice cream or sorbet into a festive yule log or Christmas wreath. You just sculpt purchased, frozen desserts, and the only cooking required is for the simple sauces...
Cross-Country Skiing ... Changing Even Faster
Cross-country skiing . . . changing even faster It's as true now as 10 years ago that if you can walk you can learn cross-country skiing. In fact, as our pictures show, fast-paced change has created many more ways to do it. And despite the shimmering...
December Menus
DECEMBER MENUS It's that busy time of year when celebrating begins to fill your calendar. Keeping in mind that time is minimal, we've devised three satisfying yet simple-to-prepare menus. After trimming the tree, reward your family with crusty...
Emeryville's Stroll, a Chance to Buy Unusual Gifts
Emeryville's Stroll, a chance to buy unusual gifts You wouldn't walk around this part of town for the scenery. But during the Emeryville Holiday Stroll you can shop your socks off here, just north of the Bay Bridge, in the warehouses and studios--...
Flashing? It's a 16th-Century Look for a Stocking, Pillowcase or Vest
Flashing? It's a 16th-century look for a stocking, pillowcase, or vest A 16th-century sewing technique called "flashing' gets updated in a Christmas stocking, pillowcases, and a vest. Basically, you layer five pieces of fabric, stitch them together...
From the Jungle to Your Front Door: "Air Plants" in Wreaths
From the jungle to your front door: "air plants' in wreaths Flowers of the sky: in their native habitats of Central and South America, many bromeliads and tillandsias grow in tree canopies or on rocks as epiphytes ("air plants') that derive their...
Holiday Hikes, Programs, and Bird-Watching at Rodeo Lagoon
Holiday hikes, programs, and bird-watching at Rodeo Lagoon During the holidays, an outdoor jaunt that offers both dramatic scenery and brisk coastal air can make an invigorating break from seasonal indoor activity. Rodeo Lagoon, in the Golden Gate...
How to Raise Money for Worthy Causes
How to raise money for worthy causes In "Gifts of time and talent' in our December 1986 issue, we talked about the letters we received from Sunset readers all across the West on their involvement in a great variety of volunteer projects. Many spoke...
If You've Been Intimidated by Pheasant
If you've been intimidated by pheasant . . . For an elegant, intimate occasion, try a farm-raised pheasant. Check your supermarket's freezer section for frozen birds, usually sold whole. Some grocers or meat markets may stock fresh pheassants, whole...
In the Tracks of the Olympians
In the tracks of the Olympians Who gets to use all the facilities before and after Calgary's Winter Olympic Games? With the games less than three months away (February 13 through 28), must you resign yourself to watching them on television, or can...
Is This the Ultimate Living Christmas Tree Container? It Disassembles. It Has Wheels
Is this the ultimate living Christmas tree container? It disassembles. It has wheels Mobile and dismountable, this five-part wooden container has two big advantages. First, casters on the bottom and strong handles on two sides make it relatively...
Mola Cards: You Layer Paper
Mola cards: you layer paper Inspired by the reverse-applique fabric molas made by Panama's Cuna Indians, these cards and ornaments layer paper cutouts to create simple graphic designs in vibrant combinations of colors. You'll need good-quality...
One-of-a-Kind Glass Gifts ... with Easy Chemical Etching
One-of-a-kind glass gifts . . .with easy chemical etching Aglow with back lighting, the etched white wreath in the living room window above gives nighttime visitors an unusual holiday greeting. Centered within its own frame, the wreath's image looks...
Ornaments with the Scent of Applesauce and Cinnamon
Ornaments with the scent of applesauce and cinnamon Take a whiff. These whimsical ornaments do more than just decorate the Christmas tree: they fill the room with spicy aromas. To make them, you simply mix powdered cinnamon with applesauce, roll...
Paper and Plants, Simple and Cheerful
Paper and plants, simple and cheerful Snipped and folded paper has long enlivened various cultures' folk art. Here and on the following two pages, we offer ideas from Czechoslovakia, Japan, and Sweden. You can use them on greeting cards, as tree...
Pegboard, Shoelaces, and Square Knots ... These Play Shelters Couldn't Be Simpler
Pegboard, shoelaces, and square knots . . . these play shelters couldn't be simpler Square knots and shoelaces are the glue and nails that hold together these pintsize Western store- and tepee-shaped playhouses. The walls are made of pegboard (a tempered...
Plaza to Plaza in Barcelona
Plaza to plaza in Barcelona A Mediterranean appreciation for the high drama of daily life makes Barcelona a city of plazas. It's there that Barcelonans become most themselves, gossiping, cuddling babies, and coaching the babies' older siblings in...
Practical or Just Pretty, These Gift Ideas Help Give a Garden Its Character
Practical or just pretty, these gift ideas help give a garden its character Your garden's a place to relax in and enjoy as much as it is a place to work. Whatever the day calls for, well-crafted objects that add to its character can only enhance...
Puffy Ornaments from Cloth or New Cellophane
Puffy ornaments from cloth or new cellophane Start with circles--cellophane or fabric-- to make these colorful ornaments. Cellophane balls. Shifting iridescent colors sparkle from these multifaceted paper ornaments made from a new opalescent cellophane....
Sharing Your Favorite Recipes: Three Ways to Go
Sharing your favorite recipes: three ways to go Instead of bringing a poinsettia, baking a fruitcake, or buying a present, why not share some of your favorite recipes as gifts for relatives or friends? Here we show three simple, easily managed...
Slot-Togethers
Slot-togethers Ho ho ho, pardner! A cowboy Santa, his faithful donkey, and his better-known team of reindeer impart a Western flavor to the holiday season. Cut from pine 1-by-12s, each figure slips together easily with intersecting cross-lap joints....
Spirited Fruit
Spirited fruit Beribboned bottles of fruit liqueur and jars filled with layers of steeped dried fruits make welcome holiday gifts. Both the fragrant orange nectar and the fruits need at least a week to blend flavors. Serve the liquid as an after-dinner...
Talk about Good Timing ... Citrus That Grow Their Own Ornaments
Talk about good timing . . . citrus that grow their own ornaments Dangling like ornaments amid glossy, dark green leaves, vivid orange and yellow fruits add a cheery note to garden citrus plants. By December, when most shrubs and trees have long since...
"Try a Little of Many Dishes." (Recipes)
"Try a little of many dishes' "It's an extravagant array--but with careful planning, it's really quite achievable.' That's how Maud Hallin of San Francisco describes the smorg sbord party she gives to share her Swedish heritage with friends. Like...
When the Call's for Christmas Cookies
When the call's for Christmas cookies A menagerie of cookies, this collection of twelve choices is wildly delectable. From the dozens of cookies that result, you have ample variety and supply to make gift packs, offer to guests, or just simply enjoy...
When You Team Up Two Scrawny Douglas Firs
When you team up two scrawny Douglas firs . . . "The scrawny, misshapen evergreen was far too ugly to ever be chosen as a Christmas tree. But then it teamed up with another just like it--and together they became the prettiest tree ever!' This...
With Sturdy Gingerbread, You Can Build Almost Anything
With sturdy gingerbread, you can build almost anything The basic building material for this selection of fantasy gingerbread structures is a strong, good-tasting ginger cooky dough that bakes to sturdinees in flat slabs or slightly contoured pieces....
You Make This Three-Dimensional Fabric Wall Hanging without Touching a Needle and Thread
You make this three-dimensional fabric wall hanging without touching a needle and thread You can layer your fantasies--for Christmas or another festive occasion--with three-dimensional tapestries like these. Our inspiration was the design pictured...
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