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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. 178, March

A Long Happy Life for a Wooden Container
A long happy life for a wooden container Some call them homely, others say they'rerustic; but no matter how you view whiskey or wine half-barrels, you can count on them as reliable containers for a small collection of vegetables or flowers, or for...
Are Earwigs Eating Seedlings?
Are earwigs eating seedlings? Are nocturnal marauders demolishingyour newly emerging seedlings? Do you set out plants in the afternoon, only to find that most of the leaves have been chewed off by the following morning? If you don't see the silvery...
Arizona Firebox Sculpture
Arizona firebox sculpture X-ray vision would reveal the inner mechanismsof these distinctive cast-concrete fireplaces: they're simple steel fireboxes, widely available and designed to be disguised. Tucson architect Judith Chafee experimented with...
Arranging a Stay in a French Chateau
Arranging a stay in a French chateau To stay in a chateau, to stroll a topiariedgarden, to sit down to dinner under an exquisite chandelier . . .. These French experiences are not difficultto arrange. One international organization provides luxurious...
Choose-the-Color Chili
Choose-the-color chili A standby favored for generations, chilihas a new look these days. You'll find it takes beautifully to variations, as in these different-hued, different-tasting choices. Three of the chilies are hearty. Blackbeans give dark...
Classic Beach Town ... Cayucos
Classic beach town . . . Cayucos A vanishing species, the funky Californiabeach town still lives on in Cayucos. Located on the central California coast, it has small houses dusted with sand, a beach often empty except for a surf fisherman or two,...
Dahlias for the 21st Century; Still Spectacular but More Versatile Than Ever ... from New Dwarfs to Classic 6-Footers
Dahlias for the 21st century Brilliant colors and fanciful shapes havelong made dahlias the stars of late-summer flower shows across the West. But until recently, floppy growth habits made most dahlias unlikely candidates for center stage in gardens....
Dutiful, Wholesome, Satisfying ... Celery Root Is the Winter Cook's Friend
Dutiful, wholesome, satisfying . . . celery root is the winter cook's friend Drab, gnarled, rough--not adjectives suggestiveof beauty, but they do describe celery root. Although ugly, it's packed with culinary potential, and in its prime these cool...
Exuberantly Colorful Year after Year ... the Perennial Sages
Exuberantly colorful year after year . . . the perennial sages Their colors are not for the cautious. Brilliantblues, blazing reds, and rich purples are typical of the perennial sages. In mild-winter areas, these exuberant plants bloom year after...
Ground Beef Wrapped Up in Lettuce, Rolled Up in Fila
Ground beef wrapped up in lettuce, rolled up in fila Dressy wrappers and international seasoningsturn humble, economical ground beef into party fare in these two recipes. In a dish inspired by Thai and Chinesecuisines, lettuce encloses curry-flavored...
Haiku to High Tech; a New Show at San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art Celebrates Today's Tokyo
Haiku to high tech What is Tokyo? Shoji screens and skyscrapers,haiku and high technology, earthquakes and cherry blossoms, past and future: it's all celebrated in a major exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The imaginatively conceived...
High-Rise Dollhouse ... or Whatever Children Make of It
High-rise dollhouse . . . or whatever children make of it This peekaboo high-rise has six legs, sixrooms, three floors, a dozen hinged doors, and a bright red roof. Otherwise, it's what your kids and their friends make it: puppet theater (with front...
How to Make Cut Daffodils Last Longer
How to make cut daffodils last longer It's daffodil-picking time in many areas ofthe West this month and next. These bright spring flowers make appealing bouquets, but often gardeners are disappointed that the blooms don't last longer than two or...
Long-Blooming, Flexible, Easygoing ... the Solanum Clan
Long-blooming, flexible, easygoing . . . the solanum clan For profuse bloom over a long season withlittle effort, try one of the Solanum varieties shown here. All three bloom from the first balmy days of spring through the last days of Indian summer....
Meet 1987's Crop of New Roses
Meet 1987's crop of new roses Something old, something new, and somethingunusual describes this year's crop of new roses. "Old' are classic colors, though improved in versions such as "Rodeo Drive.' "New' is the "Spanish orange' color category created...
Microwave Custard in Just 5 Minutes
Microwave custard in just 5 minutes Baked custard in minutes? With a microwaveoven, you can reduce conventional baking time by at least half and eliminate the traditional water bath. Simply mix the ingredients, heat until warm, then cook in cups...
Oahu's Other Beaches
Oahu's other beaches Hawaii means the beach, and for many visitors, "the beach' isstill the 1 3/4-mile crescent of gleaming sand called Waikiki. With good reason: Waikiki has great places to swim, it's safe, and it's within a Frisbee toss of Oahu's...
Political Quilts; and Other Expressions of Women's Suffrage ... on Display near San Jose
Political quilts Teas and quilting bees can serve as politicalforums just as well as smoke-filled rooms. Exhibits and special events at Cupertino's De Anza College this month offer convincing evidence. Through March 13, artifacts and photographson...
Six Recent Books on the "Spiritual Heart of the West."
Six recent books on the "spiritual heart of the West' If the West possesses one spiritual heart,it may lie in the Colorado Plateau, 130,000 acres that spread over Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico and take in such wonders as Grand Canyon, Bryce...
Snail Strategy and Sympathy
Snail strategy and sympathy The final word still isn't in on snails andslugs. Last April, we published an article on how gardeners are coping with them, and many readers wrote us in response. Some gardeners expressed enthusiasm forvarious controls...
The Believe-It-or-Not One-Day Vegetable Garden
The believe-it-or-not one-day vegetable garden How much time does it take to put in avegetable garden? With good planning, you can do it in a day, even if you start from scratch on a weedy lot. The proof is on these four pages. We followed an...
The Giant Pretzel That Feeds Six Hungry Sports Fans
The giant pretzel that feeds six hungry sports fans Sports fans will appreciate this variationon standard game-watching fare. You shape beer- and rye-flavored yeastdough into a giant pretzel, then bake it, split it, and layer cold cuts inside....
Their Deck Has Bloom Built In
Their deck has bloom built in A steep hillside drops abruptly away beneaththis deck, leaving the structure itself about the only place where flowers can grow. Thanks to good design, the flowers grown here give an impression of profusion without taking...
The West's Water Future
The West's water future "The most important issue facing Westernstates through the end of this century is water . . ..' That concern was repeated time and again at a meeting of Western governors last summer in Colorado. The issue is real. As the...
The Wide-Open Spaces of Marin; Three Preserves for March Outings ... Views, Wildflowers, Redwoods, Oak Pastures
The wide-open spaces of Marin It takes nothing away from Point Reyes orMount Tamalpais to say there are other excellent places in Marin County to hike. The lands of the Marin County Open Space District may not be as famous, but they make for fine...
Three Tricks to Speed Seed Sowing
Three tricks to speed seed sowing You can sow more kinds of seeds in Marchand early April than at any other season. There's still time to start cool-season vegetables and flowers, and heat lovers should also go in so they'll be ready for transplanting...
What about Right-in-the-Oven Smoking?
What about right-in-the-oven smoking? A hint of hickory smoke in the air makesmost mouths water in anticipation of a succulent treat from the barbecue. But you can have the same effect--and achieve similar flavor--without a fire, using just your...
Wide Open; These Two Houses Make One Big Volume out of Working Areas and Living Area
Wide open Wide-open spaces have always been animportant part of the West--and not only in the landscape; they can be important indoors, too. The open floor plan, which breaks from the traditional concept of separate rooms with separate functions,...
Wildlife Watching at Three Bay Area Nature Centers
Wildlife watching at three Bay Area nature centers In the animal world, spring brings allkinds of activity to a freshly greened environment, as winter-hungered creatures teach their awkward young to feed, fight, and survive. It's a rewarding time...
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