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. 237, No. 6, December

All Is Calm
As it is with many families, establishing holiday traditions is a work in progress for Aron and Ashley Muir Bruhn and their kids, Hudson, 5, and Skyler, 2, of Davis, California. "It's fun to figure out what our holiday looks like," says Ashley, author...
All Is Calm: One Family Puts Their Own Cool Twist on the Holidays
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As it is with many young families, establishing Holiday traditions is a work in progress for Aron and Ashley Muir Bruhn and their kids, Hudson, 5, and Skyler, 2, of Davis, California. "It's fun to figure out what our holiday...
A Perfect Day in Downtown Portland
All you can eatAlmost overnight, the new Pine Street Market has transformed a snoozy section of southwest downtown into a hub of retail and restaurants. Set in a former 1886 carriage house, the 10,000-square-foot food emporium features spinoffs of some...
A Perfect Day in Downtown Portland: A Big-Deal Food Opening and a Spate of New Indie Boutiques Are Turning the Blocks around Pioneer Square into a Shopper's Paradise
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] All you can eat Almost overnight, the new Pine Street Market has transformed a snoozy section of southwest downtown into a hub of retail and restaurants. Set in a former 1886 carriage house, the 10,000-square-foot food emporium...
Baby Dutch Babies
Miniaturizing the iconic poufy pancake isn't just a cute party trick--it's a practical one: By using a muffin tin, you can easily customize flavors for a crowd. This recipe makes a dozen chile-and-cheese Dutch babies, but you could, of course, reduce...
Big-Batch Gifts
BEST-EVER SHORTBREADThere is shortbread, and then there's this shortbread, ultra-buttery with a light crunch. The secrets are rice flour for the sandy texture and a slow-and-low baking process to develop the flavor. It's a recipe that lends itself to...
Big-Batch Gifts: Easy Shortbread, Chocolate Hark, and Caramel Sauce to Give-And Devour!
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] BEST-EVER SHORTBREAD There is shortbread, and then there's this shortbread, ultra-buttery with a light crunch. The secrets are rice flour for the sandy texture and a slow-and-low baking process to develop the flavor. It's...
Celebrating the Season
"It's all about the rice," says Naz Deravian as she turns a pot upside down onto a platter. Saffron scents the air as she lifts the pot, revealing the tahdig, a dome of crunchy golden rice. Her mother, Monir Taha, claps happily. "Tahdig is never guaranteed,...
Celebrating the Season: In Los Angeles, Actor and Food Blogger Naz Deravian Hosts a Holiday Party, Persian-Style
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It's all about the rice," says Naz Deravian as she turns a pot upside down onto a platter. Saffron scents the air as she lifts the pot, revealing the tahdig, a dome of crunchy golden rice. Her mother,...
Chocolate Bark
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Melt chocolate, spread it out, and add your favorite toppings--that's almost all there is to making bark. We added one important step, though: tempering the chocolate so the bark stays shiny and snappy (see more on the technique...
For the Adventurer
From the perfect pair of Pendleton socks to a tiny tech tool that turns your smartphone into an off-grid communicator, we've got a list worthy of a modern-day Jack London.1LEATHERMAN KNIFELESS REBAR MULTITOOL$80; leather man.com.2ZEISS VIRTUAL REALITY...
Gifts We Love
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Some are eminently practical; others are just plain pretty. But each and every one of the 57 presents on these pages is something we really, really want for ourselves. For the person who has everything: a sleek outdoor...
Green Giants
Consider the cactus. You need only to stand in the shade of the saguaro's massive limbs for a moment to feel its power. Have patience, and you might see resident wrens and woodpeckers flutter from nests deep inside the stem. But to truly appreciate the...
Green Giants: What Lives Longer Than a Tortoise, Grows Taller Than a Giraffe, and Is Illegal to Bag-Dead or Alive-In a National Park?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Consider the cactus. You need only to stand in the shade of the saguaro's massive limbs for a moment to feel its power. Have patience, and you might see resident wrens and woodpeckers flutter from nests deep inside the stem....
Holiday Spirit
ten years AGO, my husband and I spent Christmas Day with friends on the beach in Mendocino. We packed blankets and bundled ourselves in layers and spent the entire afternoon going on long, spectacular walks along the sand. Instead of a turkey dinner,...
In the SUNSET KITCHEN
HOW TOTEMPER CHOCOLATEFor glossy, streakfree chocolate bark (page 84), you'll want to master this. Be sure hands and tools are totally dry.1. Melt 12 to 1 ó oz. chopped dark or white chocolate in a bowl over Vi in. barely simmering water, stirring, to...
In the Western HOME
THIS IS SMARTDIGITAL GENIE"Okay, Google, add milk to my shopping list." With the new Google Home, users can delegate a range of domestic duties, whether it's updating that grocery list, playing your favorite tunes, or turning on the lights (the device...
Mix Master
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A successful planting combination is as much about beautiful foliage as it is about flowers--that's the premise of the upcoming book Gardening with Foliage First (Timber Press, 2017; $25). For example, this lively planting,...
New Hawaii
Away from the bloat and bluster of Waikiki lives a city that's full of soul, style, and serious street cred. Come see how the locals do Honolulu. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "It's like L.A. here," my almost-12-year-old daughter observed, as we crawled...
New Hawaii
"IT'S like L.A. here," my almost-12-year-old daughter observed, as we crawled through the inevitable Honolulu traffic toward our hotel. "Except pretty. With trees. And flowers."A few minutes later, as we passed a strip mall anchored by a Jack in the...
O Christmas Tree
Two years ago, Seth and Kendra Smoot moved from New York to Northern California seeking a total lifestyle 180. The couple had originally relocated from Utah to New York for Seth's job as a photographer, but found themselves longing to return to the West....
O Christmas Tree: One Family Kicks off the Holiday Season by Getting Back to Nature
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Two years ago, Seth and Kendra Smoot moved from New York to Northern California seeking a total lifestyle 180. The couple had originally relocated from Utah to New York for Seth's job as a photographer, but found themselves...
San Miguel Modern
IT'S a quiet Saturday afternoon in San Miguel de Allende, a town that loves to party. The heart-palpitating celebrations that echo through the corridors have quieted. The growing number of wedding parties that parade through the streets, led by ebullient...
San Miguel Modern: A New Creative Class Is Putting Down Roots in the Tiny Colonial Town of San Miguel De Allende-And Giving It Some Serious Cosmopolitan Cred
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It's a quiet Saturday afternoon in San Miguel de Allende, a town that loves to party. The heart-palpitating celebrations that echo through the corridors have quieted. The...
Skiing, British Columbia-Style
SKIING, BRITISH COLUMBIA--STYLE Dry, deep powder. Jaw-dropping scenery. Relatively mild temperatures. Affordable prices! This is the year to explore B.C.'s Canadian Rockies and Coast Mountains--on and off the slopes. Bonus: Getting there might actually...
Super Bottles
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The blend that saved Tuscany's red wine credibility is more affordable than ever. Might be time to drink Italian again AT THE RISK OF DATING myself, I admit to drinking more than a little wine from bottles nestled in straw...
Super Bottles
AT THE RIST OF DATING myself, I admit to drinking more than a little wine from bottles nestled in straw baskets back in the day. Remember? (Millennials and Gen Y, you're off the hook here.) It was Chianti, of course-the red that was all we knew of Italian...
The Art of the Roast
A grand roast is a holiday tradition, the centerpiece of a once-a-year meal. But that doesn't mean you can't change things up from year to year. From a beef rib with a surprising seasoning to a parade of whole vegetables to a storybook goose, the roasts...
The Art of the Roast: Four Showstoppers to Feed and Dazzle a Crowd
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A grand roast is a holiday tradition, the centerpiece of a once-a-year meal. But that doesn't mean you can't change things up from year to year. From a beef rib with a surprising seasoning to a parade...
Weeknight Cooking
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] DUNGENESS CRAB MAC and CHEESE SERVES 4/45 MINUTES While Dungeness crab may seem like a splurge for a weeknight, when you add it to this family favorite a little goes a long way. 12 oz. elbow pasta or medium-size shell pasta 1/2...
Weeknight Cooking
DUNGENESSCRAB MAC and CHEESESERVES 4/45 MINUTESWhile Dungeness crab may seem like a splurge for a weeknight, when you add it to this family favorite a little goes a long way.12 oz. elbow pasta or medium-size shell pastaV2 cup each panko(Japanese-style...
Your CHECKLIST
SHOPOrder bare-root roses now for a wide selection; plant in January. Introductions for 2017 from Regan Nursery (regannursery.com) include 'Fruity Petals', a climber with pale-edged pink flowers; 'Princesse Charlene de Monaco', a ruffled apricot hybrid...
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