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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. 233, No. 6, December

A Perfect Day in Prescott, Az
With a legendary parade, a luxe new inn, and a booming shopping scene, this charming college town proves it's still "Arizona's Christmas City." By Nora Burba TrulssonThe best Christmas parade ever"We start thinking about Christmas in August," says Harold...
Ask Sunset
0: I'd love to make a food gift this year, but I'm not much of a cook. What can I do that's unexpected and easy? -J.C., PHOENIX DEAR J.C. This sweet-tart oatmeal mix is simple to make, looks pretty in ajar--and it's healthy, a welcome antidote your...
Christmas Red
SIPPerfect every year: beef rib roast matched with a newly discovered Bordeaux-bred red wine. By Sara SchneiderFOR most people, multiple traditions create Christmas-the familiar cookies, the prized ornaments. But there's only one tradition in my house...
Christmas Red: Perfect Every Year: Beef Rib Roast Matched with a Newly Discovered Bordeaux-Bred Red Wine
FOR MOST PEOPLE, multiple traditions create Christmas--the familiar cookies, the prized ornaments. But there's only one tradition in my house that's nonnegotiable: the entree anchoring dinner on The Day. It's always a beef rib roast, slathered with...
Friends in High Places
JUNE LAKE looks like a mountain town straight out of the 1950s, with old-fashioned streetlamps and family-run businesses like Ernie's Tackle & Ski Shop that haven't changed much in a half-century. The most recent census, in 2010, put the population...
Gift Guide 2014
OUR BEST FINDS OF THE WEST, JUST IN TIME FOR THE SHARING SEASONCOLLAPSIBLE HOT TUBWhen we first saw this, from Portland-based Original Nomad, we thought, This is brilliant-a hot tub you can take camping! Just fill it up and flip on the heater coils (which...
Go Green
Sweet, mild broccolini brightens cold weather cooking. By Elaine JohnsonROASTED BROCCOLINI with ANCHOVY SAUCESERVES 6/ 35 MINUTESImagine what the salty tang of anchovies does for Caesar salad, and you'll understand the draw of this classic Italian combination....
How We Celebrate
IF SUNSET HAD BEEN AROUND at the dawn of humankind, I'm sure it would have been one of our readers who first learned that oysters make a great snack. Apparently you will try anything once. Evidence: the 200-plus recipes submitted for our Entertain...
It's That Time of Year
"My aunts and I thoroughly enjoy each other's company, and they've taught me to enjoy every second of every day. Tamales are a way for us to get together. "MARCELA VALLADOLIDIn which a few of our favorite Westerners tell us how they celebrate- or survive-...
It's That Time of Year: In Which a Few of Our Favorite Westerners Tell Us How They Celebrate-Or Survive-The Holidays
Mom, tired of the commercialism of Christmas, ditched the angel and put Vladimir the Christmas Vulture on top of our tree. When company was shocked, she blamed it on the children. NEVADA BARR. author of the Anna Pigeon national-parks mystery series...
Party-Ready
GATHERMake-ahead appetizers and drinks-plus the winners of our online recipe contest.PARMESAN and HERB CHEESE PUFFSMAKES 5P / lf/< HOUftS 'These rich pastry bites can be baked right from the freezer so your guests can eat them warm.Vi cup butter,...
Party-Ready: Make-Ahead Appetizers and Drinks-Plus the Winners of Our Online Recipe Contest
PARMESAN and HERB CHEESE PUFFS MAKES 50 1 3/4 HOURS These rich pastry bites can be baked right from the freezer so your guests can eat them warm. 1/2 cup butter, cut into chunks 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 1 1/2 cups flour 6 large eggs ...
Passion Play
BEST WESTERNEREvery year, your holiday cookies are the talk of the block. Or your sister-in-law asks you, for the 14th time, "This loganberry jam is amazing-why aren't you selling it at the farmers' market?" Or you open a $20 box of peanut brittle and...
Reconcilable Differences
A modern Washington cabin blends a couple's opposing styles while making the most of the landscape.FOR YEARS, JEN AND KIRK SCHUMACHER'S weekend house in Washington's Methow Valley was simply a place to drop their bags before hitting a rock face or ski...
Reconcilable Differences: A Modern Washington Cabin Blends a Couple's Opposing Styles While Making the Most of the Landscape
FOR YEARS, JEN AND KIRK SCHUMACHER'S weekend house in Washington's Methow Valley was simply a place to drop their bags before hitting a rock face or ski slope. But once they had their first child, they dreamed of replacing the tiny cabin with a full-time...
Regged Beauties: The Otherworldly Flowers That Are Taking over the West-And the Farmer Who Loves Them
I'm riding in Ismael "Mel" Resendiz's truck, my knuckles white from gripping the handle above the door. I'd been warned about the rough cliffs at Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers, in San Diego County. These warnings feel entirely insufficient. The...
Rugged Beauties
The otherworldly flowers that are taking over the West-and the farmer who loves themI'm riding in Ismael "Mel" Resendiz's truck, my knuckles white from gripping the handle above the door. I'd been warned about the rough cliffs at Resendiz Brothers Protea...
Serene Lakes: A Throwback Community That's Its Own Mini Tahoe, but Closer, Quieter, and All about the Snow
Small is beautiful You might remember when all of Tahoe was this way: a string of cabins along the lake, a handful of mom-and-pop businesses that handle the basics. Serene Lakes, a cluster of 850 vacation homes ringing a pair of lakes just west...
Tamales Made Easy
Marcela Valladolid and her family turn out dozens of tamales in a few hours (story on page 56). Here's how.Shopping listDried cornbusksFind bags of husks at Latino markets, well-stocked grocery stores, and online at mexgrocer.com. Choose husks that look...
Tamales Made Easy: Marcela Valladolid and Her Family Turn out Dozens of Tamales in a Few Hours (Story on Page 56). Here's How
Shopping list Drie.combusks Find bags of husks at Latino markets, well-stocked grocery stores, and online at mexgrocer.com. Choose husks that look fresh and smell sweet. Lard Widely available, hydrogenated lard will work in these recipes....
The Greenest Tree: The Most Eco-Friendly Christmas Tree Is One That Lasts for Years. Here's How to Decorate and Care for a Container Conifer
SHINE THEORY Go ahead, gild that little tree. But stick to ornaments in a single metallic finish for .a polished outcome. Tuck in twigs spray- painted gold and doused with glitter for extra shimmer. TREE Bosnian pine (Pinus heldreichii leueodermis)....
The West's Best Family Ski Spots_
More great kid-friendly slopes, from the Southwest to the Northwest. By Megan McCreaLAKESHORE, CAResidents of California's Central Valley might assume that a ski trip requires a fourhour drive. But in fact, there's a mountain right in their own backyard,...
The West's Best Family Ski Spots: More Great Kid-Friendly Slopes, from the Southwest to the Northwest
LAKESHORE, CA Residents of California's Central Valley might assume that a ski trip requires a four-hour drive. But in fact, there's a mountain right in their own backyard, less than 70 miles northeast of Fresno. The family-owned China Peak draws...
'Tis the Season
to light the luminaria ...to make potstickers ...to hit the beach. We celebrate the many ways Westerners mark the holidays, starting with one cook's lively tamale-making party.One memory of Christmas past has always stuck with me: opening the steamy,...
'Tis the Season: To Light the Luminaria ... to Make Potstickers ... to Hit the Beach. We Celebrate the Many Ways Westerners Mark the Holidays, Starting with One Cook's Lively Tamale-Making Party
One memory of Christmas past has always stuck with me: opening the steamy, fragrant tamales given to my family as gifts when we lived in Guadalajara. Our celebrations tended to involve roast beef and Yorkshire pud- ding, and decades later, they still...
Tower Power
A modern, window-filled tower helps an old Victorian house see the light."semidistressed" isn't usually a term on a firsttime homebuyer's wish list, but for Daniel Thomas, it signified opportunity. When he purchased an 1888 Victorian in Portland, it...
Tower Power: A Modern, Window-Filled Tower Helps an Old Victorian House See the Light
"SEMIDISTRESSED" isn't usually a term on a first-time homebuyer's wish list, but for Daniel Thomas, it signified opportunity. When he purchased an 1888 Victorian in Portland, it was a run-down version of its former self. "Eleven-foot ceilings were...
Weeknight Cooking
Recipes in 30 minutes or lessCHICKEN THIGHS PEPERONATASERVES 4 TO 6 / 30 MINUTESRoasting the chicken and vegetables in the same pot makes for a rich, sweet-tart dish. Serve with crusty bread to sop up the juices.2 tbsp. olive oil, divided1 onion, halved...
Weeknight Cooking: Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less
CHICKEN THIGHS PEPERONATA SERVES 4 TO 6 / 30 MINUTES Roasting the chicken and vegetables in the same pot makes for a rich, sweet-tart dish. Serve with crusty bread to sop up the juices. 2 tbsp. olive oil, divided 1 onion, halved and sliced...
Welcome to Hollywood!
Writer Mickey Rapkin finds there is more to fame than fast cars and paparazzi. Stars-and our celebrity impersonatormust be ready for chia pudding, frog jumps, and sheep-placenta facials.i put the Porsche boxster in park and lock the doors. Click-click....
Welcome to Hollywood: Writer Mickey Rapkin Finds There Is More to Fame Than Fast Cars and Paparazzi. Stars-And Our Celebrity Impersonator-Must Be Ready for Chia Pudding, Frog Jumps, and Sheep-Placenta Facials
I PUT THE PORSCHE BOXSTER in park and lock the doors. Click-click. Not that I need to. I'm high up in the posh Los Feliz Hills, climbing the stairs to a 1927 Mediterranean estate once occupied by the British director James Whale. The house, dubbed...
Your Checklist
PLAN For the best selection of hybrid tea and floribunda roses, order bare-root plants this month from Garden Valley Ranch. Owner Mark Grim's favorites include deep plum-colored 'Ebb Tide' and sweetly scented 'White Licorice'. Roses will begin shipping...
Your CHECKLIST
ROCKY MOUNTAINSPLANTStart new plants of wandering Jew (Tradescantia zebrina) from your own plant to share with friends. Cut off a few stems about 8 to 10 inches long, remove leaves from the bottom 6 inches of the stems, and insert the ends into a container...
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