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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. 221, No. 6, December

Cab's Big Night: Chef and Wine Pro Maria Helm Sinskey Serves the King of Reds with the King of Beef for a Pull-out-the-Stops Holiday Meal
MENU Crispy shrimp with arugula and lemony mayo Salt-and herb-crusted prime rib with fresh horseradish sauce Golden olive oil-roasted potatoes Braised winter greens with bacon Caramelized pears with toasted hazelnuts and chocolate sorbet...
Caramelized Pears with Toasted Hazelnuts and Chocolate Sorbet
SERVES 8 TIME About 2 1/4 hours These golden-brown pears make a stunning finale, and they can be made well ahead of time. Chocolate sorbet adds a deep, rich flavor note. 1 cup hazelnuts 3 tbsp. superfine sugar 8 to 10 large, firm-ripe...
Create a Stunning Centerpiece: All-Natural, No-Fuss Holiday Decor That's as Simple as It Is Beautiful
Combine organic and architectural elements for streamlined elegance. A piece of 1/4-inch-thick acrylic plastic (cut to fit at a framing shop) rests atop a bright jumble of berries and seeded eucalyptus. Vintage blue-glass bowls overflowing with...
December: What to Do in Northern California
Go shopping Get bare-root roses Sunset climate zones 7-9, 14-17: They start arriving in nurseries this month (after purchase, soak them for 24 hours before planting). The largest possible choice of varieties is available from specialty rose nurseries...
Dungeness 101: If You've Never Cooked Live Crabs, It Can Seem a Little Intimidating. but Our Paper-Bag Method for Getting the Critters in the Water Helps Things Go Smoothly
How to cook 1 Keep live crabs chilled up to 12 hours. Fill a large pot with enough water to cover crabs by 2 to 3 in., leaving 3 to 4 in. clearance below pot rim; bring to a boil. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 2 Gently unwrap crabs into a sturdy...
East Bay Day Solano Avenue
Why go now: 20 walkable blocks of stores in Albany and Berkeley let you knock out your holiday shopping in a single decisive blow. 'Tis the season: White lights drip from the lampposts and local teens play jazz from the street corners. [ILLUSTRATION...
Good Wraps: This Month, Get Crafty (and Cut Costs) with Beautifully Ordinary Packaging Materials from around the House
Keep it simple: more ideas for reducing holiday waste CHRISTMAS TREES Rent a live tree, or buy one that can be planted in your backyard. To learn more about rental programs in your city, visit livingchristmastrees.org (Portland), adoptachristmastree.com(San...
Peppermint Ice Cream Bonbons
SERVES 8 to 10 TIME 40 minutes, plus about 6 hours to freeze BAKERS' TIP When you dip the ice cream balls in chocolate, make sure you coat some of the skewer too--this keeps the ice cream from sliding off as it melts. 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream,...
Rethink the Garage: The Result: A Light-Filled Guest Cottage, Playroom, and Home Office
PARKING IS AT A PREMIUM in San Francisco, but Reed Maltzman and Jennifer Gosselin had to admit that their two-car garage was overkill. They needed space for people, not cars. So the couple enlisted Maltzman's childhood friend, architect Jonathan...
Sausalito Secrets: An Insider Shares the Top Five Experiences You Won't Read about in Guidebooks
LIKE MANY OF MY NEIGHBORS, I learned to tell high tide by the markings on the wooden piers at Scoma's restaurant, an oldie but goodie along our town's well-visited southern waterfront. But far too many Sausalito travelers don't make it much beyond...
The Giving Garden: A Bland Backyard Becomes a Lush Landscape for Healing
ASK A TEENAGE GIRL what she covets most, and her answer may range from an iPhone to a chance to meet the Jonas Brothers. But when Rebecca Gologorsky of Piedmont, California, was asked this question several years ago, she suggested something more...
The Green Bed: How to Have an Eco-Sensitive Snooze
YOU CAN GET an environmentally friendly. car and an environmentally friendly washing machine. But can you get an environmentally friendly night's sleep? The answer is yes. As we become more concerned with the state of the planet--and more aware...
The Last Great Ski Resort: No Glitz, No Attitude. Just World-Class Snow and Welcoming People. High in the Utah Mountains, Alta Will Remind You Why You Love to Ski
"I HAD SUCH A CRUSH on him when I was a kid," says my friend Didi Linburn, pigtails peeking out from beneath her pink ski helmet rather than the wool pompom hat she wore as a kid. I peer into the tiny ski shop at the Alta Peruvian Lodge and catch...
The Secret to Our Crabcakes? No Bread, Lots of Seafood, and Diced Bell Peppers for Crunch and Color
Ultimate crabcakes SERVES 6, as a first course TIME 40 minutes Frederick Basgal of Menlo Park, California, a stellar home cook, shares with us his extravagant recipe for crabcakes loaded with seafood, plus bright chives and a tiny dice of bell...
The Sustainable Holiday: Allison Arieff Investiges a Kinder, Gentler-And Less Stressful-Spirit Giving
TRYING TO HAVE an environmentally friendly holiday is a bit like serving Tofurky in Texas. Your enthusiasm for soy may spur your guests to scramble for steak, and merely expressing a desire to put limits on gift giving may make your family think...
The West at Its Best
Our ultimate gift guide From surprising finds under $30 to dreamy indulgences: Here's a look at what Sunset staffers and friends are giving (and craving) this holiday season No-fail hostess gift Inspired by the terraced olive groves of Italy,...
Tourist in Your Own Town
JOEL STEIN TAKES A HOME TOWN TOUR OF L.A. THROUGH A NEWBIE'S EYES AND CAN'T BELIEVE HOW MUCH HE LIKES IT. I'd never really seen the Ivy before. Sure, I'd eaten at the snooty, overpriced restaurant. But with tables full of trophy wives, and celebrities...
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