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. 172, June

30 Miles out to the Farallones ... Alive with Birds, Seals, Sea Lions
From a distance, your first glimpse of Southeast Farallon Island--a 30-mile boat trip west of San Francisco--is of a deserted, ominous outcropping of rock. Then, as the vessel approaches, you can hear the island come alive. The raucous calls of thousands...
40 Minutes out of Anchorage, One-Day Fishing Adventures
We've all heard the tales before: "The river was so loaded with fish they were bumping off my legs," or "This fish was so big it took two of us to carry it." And we have all been justifiably skeptical. After all, most fishermen are notorious storytellers....
At Last: The Croquet Set That Won't Trip You at Dusk
Seeing well enough to play croquet at dusk is no problem with these homemade wickets. Their white PVC pipe legs stand out much more clearly than their thin wire counterparts. Designed by William Stanley of Buellton, California, the simple, lightweight...
Auctions for Old Books and Photos
A signed first edition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study in Scarlet (1887) went for $15,000 at a recent auction; a 13-panel panorama of San Francisco photographed in 1868 by Eadweard Muybridge sold for $37,500. While classic works draw dramatic bids,...
Bakers' Aprons Keep Everything in Plain Sight
These easy-to-sew vinyl aprons keep confectioners clean and their paraphernalia at hand. Making them requires a small investment in time (less than an hour) and materials ($5 for two aprons). Consider them as a gift--perhaps already outfitted with...
Bay Area Potters Sell on June 17, Open Their Studios on June 24
More than 70 Bay Area ceramists and glass-blowers--many of them award winners--will participate this month in their annual spring exhibition and sale. On Sunday, June 17, the Association of San Francisco Potters and Glass Blowers celebrates a quarter-century...
Branches Wilting? Maybe It's Verticillium
A branch withers on your olive tree, then another wilts a few weeks later. In spite of regular watering, the lower branches and growing tips of your tomato plants droop and dry up. These symptoms, though different, suggest verticillium wilt, a soil-borne...
Cake Showmanship
Stop the show with these special-occassion cakes. Elegantly tiered or sleekly cloaked in chocolate, each will serve 30 to 50 guests at a reception or other party. These grand-scale cakes are inspirations of two professional California bakers. Ann...
California History Comes Alive at 13 State Parks ... Watch or Join In
Captain John Sutter stomps across the parade grounds, his heels kicking up swirls of dust that settle slowly in the midday heat. A ragtag line of men, most dressed in heavy buckskin or scratchy homespun, are reloading their still-smoking flintlock rifles...
Choosing a Sleeping Bag. It's More Complicated Now
Buying a sleeping bag used to be easy. Seasoned outdoorsmen counseled novices to look for snug-fitting bags "filled with as much goose down as you can carry." Today, choosing a bag isn't so simple. You have to decide among time-honored down or newcomer...
Colorado Regattas at 9,020 Feet
It's the most popular sailing lake in Colorado--and the most challenging. Dillon Reservoir, about 70 miles west of Denver, sits in a bowl edged by 14,000-foot peaks, so winds gust, swirl, and shift. Though this sounds like a sailor's nightmare, each...
Coping with Olympic Traffic
Worst-case scenarios paint a picture of traffic on Los Angeles streets and freeways choked to a standstill during the Olympic Games. But the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans), the Southern California Rapid Transit District (RTD), and...
Duck on the Barbecue ... Not Tricky If You Know How
Grilled domestic duck can be delicious or a disaster. The results depend on how you deal with the fat. Because duck carries a thick layer of fat between the skin and its moist, dark flesh, you must use considerable caution to avoid dangerous flare-ups...
Feijoas Hit the Market. Here's How to Enjoy Them
Elliptical, olive-green feijoas, increasingly available in markets, may remind you of the small pineapple guavas that grow in many Western gardens. With good reason: feijoas are commercially produced pineapple guavas, marketed under a word taken from...
Fishing, Hiking, Biking at Marin's Hidden Lakes
Hidden on the north slope of Mount Tamalpais are four lakes with exceptionally clear and clean waters. These watershed lakes provide Marin County residents with the basic ingredients for morning coffe, evening ice cubes, and late-night hot tubs. Beyond...
Fresh or Dried, Statice Is a Long-Laster
Long-lasting flowers are annual statice's claim to fame. These agreeable bloomers (Limonium species) produce bit but airy-looking clusters on stalks that reach 2 feet in height. They make excellent cut flowers, lasting up to two weeks, and are outstanding...
Get It from Italy or Your Garden ... Radicchio
Red-leafed chicory--called radicchio (radeek-ee-o)--is a northern Italian salad green that's rapidly gaining popularity in the West. The first thing you notice is that it isn't green: leaves can be rose red to bronzy maroon. Next, its nutty, slightly...
Have You Grown New Fruit Varieties?
If you grow new or compact varieties of deciduous fruit trees, we would like to hear from you. Over the past 10 to 15 years, there has been an explosion in the diversity of fruit trees available. Now you can buy almost every type of fruit in dozens...
How to Get Your Hands on Scarce Alstroemeria Seeds
Judging from the response to Sunset's cover article last September, in a few years you should be seeing many more alstroemerias (Peruvian lilies) blooming in home gardens. The supply of plants is increasing but still limited to a few nurseries. The...
In Sacramento, a Competitive Show of the Best Hand-Carved Decoys
In the 1800s, hunting decoys were fairly crude, with unpainted, almost featureless bodies. Then carvers began adding realistic touches such as protruding wings with the shaft and barbs of each feather detailed, and necks arching as if for preening....
Into His Fresh Trout Goes a Confetti of Chopped Vegetables
Some gastronomes insist that trout need only be garnished with butter and almonds. Others say the only way to go is truite au bleu: you dispatch the fish, eviscerate it swiftly, and drop it at once into simmering court bouillon with a little vinegar....
It Will Give Your Garden Vertical Punch ... New Zealand Flax
"Big, bold, and glamorous" are the words one landscape designer uses to describe New Zealand flax (Phormium). Anyone looking for a plant to put vertical punch and unusual foliage color into a garden is likely to agree. These striking plants are easy...
June Menus: A Chili Dog Picnic, Three-Flavor Chicken Wing Barbecue, School's-Out Pizza Party
Greeting summer is what June and these menus are about. There's picnic featuring chili to eat in a nonwintry way--out-of-hand. A barbecue supper offers chicken wings flavored three ways: you could call it a tasting. And to celebrate the beginning...
Knife-and-Fork Soups from Colombia
Chicken simmered in broth is the base for these two knife-and-fork soups from Colombia. Punctuated with a colorful variety of summer vegetables and accented with fresh lime and avocado, they make light but interesting one-bowl entrees for summer entertaining....
Making a Pad to Fit Your Rolling Chaise
For lounging comfort on the chaise shown on page 120, you'll need a pad. Prices for ready-made ones run from $25 to more than $150. The cost of making one is about the same, but you have a wider choice of fabrics and grades of foam. We used special...
Mountain Mansions at Tahoe Invite You in for a Visit
"A big cabin with a lot of class," recalls a 1938 guest of Valhalla, a stately Lake Tahoe summer retreat. "We used paper napkins at lunch, but a very proper English butler took the plates." In the early 1900s, Tahoe was a summer haven for the families...
Mung Beans as They Are Sprouting
After three days in moisture, mung beans swell into interesting vegetables that you can eat raw or lightly cooked. They still look like beans, but the green wrapper pops, revealing a pale gold flesh that is easy to chew but still pleasantly firm. In...
Olympic Peninsula
If there is a single place where the romanticized images of the Pacific Northwest merge into reality, it is on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. Mist-shrouded mountains soar above moss-draped rain forests. The ocean thunders onto beaches strewn with derelict...
On the Barbecue or in Salad, Ways to Enjoy Radicchio
Resembling small, loose-leaf cabbages, red-purple radicchio is appearing with increasing regularly in markets with well-stocked produce sections Unlike cabbage, radicchio has very tender leaves; they are almost waxy smooth, with the same delicate bitter...
Painless (Almost) Transportation to and from SFO ... 24 Choices
Veterans of San Francisco International Airport (SFO) agree: flying is the easiest part of long-distance travel. It's driving into and out of the airport that makes the blood pressure rise--packed parking lots and structures (airport and private), mayhem...
Quick Color Bowls. They're Easy with June's Ready-to-Go Flowers
A few years ago, a gardener had to plan ahead for June weddings and patio parties. But now in nurseries all over the West, you can walk in on Friday and wheel out Saturday's ready-to-show-off plants. The collection on the opposite page shows a sampling...
Salmon Ravioli? They're Stuffed with Fish Mousse
A mousse of fish, instead of meat or cheese, fills these elegant ravioli. The filling is very light in texture and much like the mixture the French use for quenelles, their classic fish dumplings. Cooked in wrappers, these modified quenelles are much...
Serve-from-the-Pan Suppers from Southern France
A quick supper gets a boost from protein-rich eggs in these recipes suggested by the flavors of southern France. All three dishes are served from the pans they're cooked in, and none takes more than a half-hour to prepare. For a more substantial...
Space Was Tight, but They Found Room for Waterfalls, a Pond, Fish, Entertaining
Like many older-neighborhood houses, the one Chris and Ross Nooney bought in Seattle was on a narrow lot. The rear garden had the most space for outdoor living, but since much of it was on a steep slope, usable space was shortly. To gain room for...
Step by Step to the Perfectly Flaky Croissant
Baking the perfect croissant--golden and astonishingly light for its size, with crisply defined layers of flaky pastry--may seem beyond the reach of home bakers, But success is at hand when you borrow secrets from professional baker Jean Lapuyade...
Strong but Light, Our Rolling Chaise Is for Serious Lounging
Lean, spare good looks and lightweight practicality characterize this garden chaise, and its easy mobility and adjustable back will satisfy even the most dedicated lounger. Redwood, copper plumbing parts, and even clothes dryer pulley wheels give...
Strong, Versatile Potting Table: You Choose the Size, Add a Shelf
Flexibility distinguishes the design of his sturdy potting table. You can scale the basic table larger or smaller to fit your garden space, and you can change the position of the lower crosspieces, if you want to add a shelf below its slotted top. (A...
Surviving the "Wind Tunnel": There Are the Most Wind-Tolerant Flowering Plants
Brisk summer winds from the Pacific Ocean are tough on plants in coastal gardens. They bring cooler temperatures than many plants prefer and cause water stress by increasing transpiration and evaporation. Gale-force winds can defoliate plants, spray...
The Armenians Are Picnicking and Odars Are Invited
Picnicking Armenian-style means you're never too old to dance, never too young to challenge a master in backgammon, and never too full to accept another skewer of shish kebab. June through August, you can join in the feast and festivity of an Armenian...
The Remodeled Remodel
Not every remodel is a total success. Roughly eight years ago, this little Sacramento farmhouse underwent a front-side remodel that gave the former owners neede floor space but destroyed its charming bunglow character. To restore a bit of the house's...
Tours and Trails through the Astonishing Landscape of Mono Lake
A temporary reprieve--successive wet winters that raised the water level--is just part of the good news about California's shrinking Mono Lake. There are new trails and tours through this wrinkled landscape with its pumice beaches, tufa cones, and volcanic...
You Choose from the Colorful Cool Vegetables in This Mediterranean Lunch
In Mediterranean countries at lunchtime or in early evening, you are often presented with a tray or cart laden with colorful vegetable dishes. Together, they make up a light but attractive meal; your task is simply to choose among them. Some of the...
You "Cook" the Fish in Salt, Sugar, and Dill
The Swedes has special ways with salmon. One favorite is gravlax, salmon cured in dill with a mixture of salt and sugar. The process, similar to the first steps for curing meat, draws moisture out of the fish, firms its texture, and introduces pleasant...
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