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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. 231, No. 6, December

Ask Sunset
HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT LIFE IN THE WEST? WE HAVE THE ANSWERS.Shape while you harvest: Cut here to force upward growth.Cut here to force outward growth.Q: We have two big fir trees and a holly hedge. I'd like to collect some of the greenerv for wreaths...
Ask Sunset: Have a Question about Life in the West? We Have the Answers
0: We have two big fir trees and a holly hedge. I'd like to collect some of the greenery for wreaths but I don't want to butcher my plants. Any tips? -L.M., KIRKLAND, WA DEAR L.M.: Taking greenery from your own garden for holiday decorations...
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WHY YOU'LL LOVEThe ski resort is the main attraction, but you don't want to miss the shopping, gold-medal bourbon, and dashing Santas. By Kelly BastoneYou can find the perfect holiday giftUnique fabric is the focus at Magical Scraps, a boutique that...
Creative Cookie
"COOKIES ARE COMING OUT1" exclaims Romina Rasmussen. With a glee undimmed by decades of baking, she pulls a couple dozen fragrant gingerbread snowflakes from the oven. She's famous for her kourgn-amann, a French pastry, but the truth about Rasmussen--owner...
'Cue the Roast
A velvety cut of meat, bold cheese filling, and savory-sweet sauce: This holiday dish, cooked on a grill, has it all. GORGONZOLA-STUFFED BEEF TENDERLOIN with PORT WINE SAUCE SERVES 6 TO 8 / 3 HOURS Creating a two-zone fire lets you sear the...
Divisadero Street: In the Heart of San Francisco's NoPa Neighborhood, One Street Shows That It's Much More Than Just Another Hipster Playground
Change isn't always bad Old-timers in what used to be called the Western Addition like to grouse about the stretch of Divisadero between Fell and Fulton going glam. And, sure, swapping a homey plant store for La Urbana, a chic new restaurant adorned...
Gift Guide
Our staffers fought to road test the Electra Townie Go, a new e-bike. You pedal, but a battery and motor offer extra oomph-30 no-sweat miles per charge. $2,300; electrabike.com. Shop directly from this page! See page 8 for instructions or go to...
Gift Guide
This holiday season, our travel, home, garden, and food editors are giving gorgeous gearJ and extraordinary experiences.Our staffers fought to road test the Electra Townie Go, a new e-bike. You pedal, but a battery and motor offer extra oomph30 no-sweat...
Gifts That'll Get Them Cooking: A Beautiful, Well-Tested Cookbook Is a Great Gift on Its Own. but for a Present That's a Little More Personal and Useful, We like to Bundle a Cookbook with a Related Tool or Ingredient. Here Are a Few Pairings We'd like to Get Ourselves! for More Ideas, See Sunset.Com/holidaygifts
Manresa: An Edible Reflection by David Kinch with Christine Muhlke (Ten Speed Press; $50) A stunning first cookbook--almost an art object--from the Northern California restaurant known for its use of local ingredients, many from its own farm....
Give Where You Live
MOVING OUT OF THE HOUSE we'd lived in for 14 years last winter--and confronting the archaeological dig our closets had become--has made me allergic to acquiring more stuff. My daughter, now a junior in college, apparently kept every math worksheet,...
Give Where You Live
MOVING OUT OF THE HOUSE we'd lived in for 14 years last winter- and confronting the archaeological dig our closets had become- has made me allergic to acquiring more stuff. My daughter, now a junior in college, apparently kept every math worksheet, every...
Holwl: It Is 7:30 on a Wyoming Winter Morning
WOLVES HAVE COME BACK TO YELLOWSTONE, AND WINTER, WITH ITS BRIGHT WHITE CANVAS, IS THE IDEAL TIME TO SEE THEM. We are standing on the side of the road in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park. It is beyond cold. We are looking to the south,...
Howl
WOLVES HAVE COME BACK TO YELLOWSTONE, AND WINTER, WITH ITS BRIGHT WHITE CANVAS, IS THE IDEAL TIME TO SEEIt is 7:30 on a WYOMING WINTER MORNING.We are standing on the side of the road in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park. It is beyond cold....
In the SUNSET KITCHEN
GET-AHEAD TRICKBig-breakfast brillianceThe house is full of family, and you can't bear the thought of getting up at the crack of dawn to cook breakfast. So don't-use our feed-a-crowd-fast tips instead.BAKE THE EGGSThe night before, break eggs into buttered...
It's All Downhill Form Here
Skiing at Yosemite's Badger Pass has been a family affair for generations. It's California's oldest ski area and-refreshingly-its most low-key and traditional too. By Bill DonahueWHEN NIC fiore first came to Yosemite National Park in 1948, it was dark...
It's All Downhill from Here: Skiing at Yosemite's Badger Pass Has Been a Family Affair for Generations. It's California's Oldest Ski Area And-Refreshingly-Its Most Low-Key and Traditional Too. by Bill Donahue
WHEN NIC FIORE first came to Yosemite National Park in 1948, it was dark outside. It was snowing, and when the young ski instructor awoke on the valley floor the next morning and gazed up at the sheer cliff of Half Dome and its topping of glittery...
Lights Fantastic
GARDEN WE LOVEWHEN THE SUN SETS in Santa Fe, almost every garden in town lights up at this time of year. At Nedra Matteucci Galleries, the staff decorates the adobe-walled entry gate and a courtyard tree with red string lights, and tops the walls with...
Mountains of Fun for the Whole Family
Across the West, a lot of ski resorts have added kid-friendly perks. Here are some of our favorite family venues.At Yosemite's badger PASS SKI AREA, set to open its slopes this season on Dec 13, you can snow tube with your little ones, lounge on the...
Mountains of Fun for the Whole Family: Across the West, a Lot of Ski Resorts Have Added Kid-Friendly Perks. Here Are Some of Our Favorite Family Venues
At Yosemite's BADGER PASS SKI AREA, set to open its slopes this season on Dec 13, you can snow tube with your little ones, lounge on the sundeck and watch your children learn to ski cc snowboard from acclaimed instructors, or hit the slopes yourself....
Peak Experience
Elevate your holiday dinner with recipes from a mountainside restaurant known for creative comfort food. ONE JANUARY ABOUT FIVE YEARS AGO, my dad and my aunt, icy-cheeked after a morning of skiing on Colorado's Aspen Highlands mountain, happened...
Sparkling PARTY
* ountless holiday toasts are fueled by sparkling wine, yet most partygoers don't pay much attention to what's in the glass they're raising. But look deeper into the bubbles and you discover two terrific things: First, sparklers are fantastic with food....
Sparkling PARTY: Plenty of Bubbly Wine, Five Amazing Appetizers, and a Houseful of Hungry Guests-That's All You Need for a
COUNTLESS HOLIDAY TOASTS are fueled by sparkling wine, yet most partygoers don't pay much attention to what's in the glass they're raising. But look deeper into the bubbles and you discover two terrific things: First, sparklers are fantastic with food....
Sprigs of Silver
Start a new holiday tradition: Deck your halls with shimmery foliage.There tends to be a certain formula to holiday decorating: Trees and wreaths bring the greenery, while tinsel and lights take care of the shimmer. But take a second look at the plants...
Sprigs of Silver: Start a New Holiday Tradition: Deck Your Halls with Shimmery Foliage
There tends to be a certain formula to holiday decorating: Trees and wreaths bring the greenery, while tinsel and lights take care of the shimmer. But take a second look at the plants in your garden or nursery. "Silver foliage is nature's tinsel,"...
The Real Waikiki
Three Islanders share their secrets about the land of aloha. As told to Erin KlenowWhat's your favorite beach?KAIMANA BEACHRORY COSMAi Right at the foot of Diamond Head-kaimana means "diamond" in Hawaiian. There's not a lot of reef here, so it's a great...
The Real Waikiki: Three Islanders Share Their Secrets about the Land of Aloha
As told to Erin Klenow What's your favorite beach? KAIMANA BEACH RORY COSMAI Right at the foot of Diamond Head--kaimana means "diamond" in Hawaiian. There's not a lot of reef here, so it's a great place to swim. And cook. It's where the locals...
The Smart Remodel: What We Used to Call "Green" Design Is Now Just Common Sense. Take It from a Contractor Who Called on His Eco Savvy to Update His Own Home. by Fess Chamberlain
BY INDUSTRY DEFINITION, Jeff King is a contractor specializing in sustainable building, but he'll be the first to warn you against the G-word. "Green has become so overused a lot of people don't take it seriously," says King, who became a certified...
Weeknight Cooking
Food & DrinkRecipes in 30 minutes or lessQUICK-BRAISED CHICKEN with CARAMELIZED FENNEL and ENDIVESERVES 4/30 MINUTESThis dish delivers a lot of sophistication for not much time spent in the kitchen. The chicken rests on a bed of mild autumn vegetables,...
Weeknight Cooking: Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less
QUICK-BRAISED CHICKEN with CARAMELIZED FENNEL and ENDIVE SERVES 4 / 30 MINUTES This dish delivers a lot of sophistication for not much time spent in the kitchen. The chicken rests on a bed of mild autumn vegetables, enriched with cream and wine....
Winter Fresh
Cold weather brings out some of the West's best ingredients: tangy tangerines, frilly frisée, and sweet Dungeness crab.CRAB and TANGERINE SALADSERVES 8/20 MINUTESJust a few deftly chosen ingredients make for an elegant, complex-tasting salad. Serve it...
Winter Fresh: Cold Weather Brings out Some of the West's Best Ingredients: Tangy Tangerines, Frilly Frisee, Land Sweet Dungeness Crab
Food & Drink CRAB and TANGERINE SALAD SERVES 8 / 20 MINUTES Just a few deftly chosen ingredients make for an elegant, complex-tasting salad. Serve it with warm rolls and glasses of cold, crisp white wine (our wine editor suggests Grenache...
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* PLANT Shop for bare-root fruit trees for planting now through February. Check out stone-fruit crosses, such as pluots and apriums, which are suitable for California climates. In small spaces, consider a tree grafted with multiple varieties of...
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