Blog Posts by Sunset Magazine

  • 10 Easy Edible Plants

    Starting your own edible garden? Never fear with these easy-to-grow crops.


    LettuceLettuce
    Lettuce

    These leafy greens are a cinch. They prefer the cooler temperatures of spring or fall. Loose-leaf varieties can be trimmed down multiple times for repeated harvesting. We love that!
    > More: All about growing lettuce


    TomatoTomato
    Tomato
    Full sun and plenty of compost are just about all you need for successful tomatoes. You'll never buy store-bought again.
    > More: All about growing tomatoes


    Sugar snap peasSugar snap peas
    Sugar snap peas
    These quick growers prefer cool temps; sow them in spring or fall. Their crunchy pods are so delicious plucked straight from the vine that we find they rarely make it all the way inside.
    > More: All about growing sugar snap peas


    BeansBeans
    Beans
    It makes no difference whether you go with a bush or pole variety-beans need sun and some water, and they'll willingly produce a bounty.
    > More: All about growing beans


    Radish
    Radish
    One of the fastest crops around! Grow in

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  • 20 Delicious Strawberry Recipes

    Spring and summer are always better with a strawberry shortcake, tart, soda, pie, and more .

    Cream Cake with StrawberriesCream Cake with Strawberries
    Cream Cake with Strawberries
    What a great use for the season's best berries. Toss them in sugar and spoon onto this extra-moist cake.

    Ingredients
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 1/2 cups sugar, plus additional to taste for berries
    2 1/2 cups whipping cream
    2 large eggs
    1 quart strawberries, sliced

    Preparation
    1. Preheat oven to 325°. Grease a 9- by 13-inch pan. In a large bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, 1 1/2 cups cream, and eggs until smooth, creamy, and quite thick.
    2. Pour batter into pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes. Let cool at least 30 minutes before serving.
    3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss strawberries with sugar to taste and let stand for at least 20 minutes. Whip remaining cup cream to soft peaks. Serve cake topped with strawberries and

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  • 14 Tasty Lamb Recipes

    Get the most of this tasty meat in soups, burgers, kebabs, and more.

    Lamb Keema with Potatoes and PeasLamb Keema with Potatoes and Peas

    Lamb Keema with Potatoes and Peas

    Ground lamb gets an Indian spin in this easy one-pot meal. It's great when served with a few pieces of warmed naan.

    Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 small serrano chile, minced
    • About 1 tsp. salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
    • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
    • 1 1/2 pounds ground lamb
    • 2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, cubed
    • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
    • 3/4 cup whole milk
    • 3/4 cup frozen peas
    • Hot cooked rice
    • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

    Preparation

    1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 minutes. Add garlic, chile, 1 tsp. salt, and the spices; cook 2 minutes longer. Stir in tomato paste.
    2. Add lamb and cook, breaking up large chunks of meat, until no longer pink,
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  • 18 Amazing Front Yard Makeovers

    Gain curb appeal and outdoor living space with fresh ideas for your porch, patio, and garden.

    Modern façade makeover (before)Modern façade makeover (before)
    Modern façade makeover (before)
    A dated façade and a bleak concrete front yard-that's what the owners of this '50s rancher got when they bought their house in Encino, California. Instead of remodeling the home, though, the couple used a simpler, less costly strategy to solve both problems...


    Modern façade makeover (after)Modern façade makeover (after)
    Modern façade makeover (after)
    This may look like a whole new house, but the sleek façade is really a wall masking a brand new open-air living room. Click below for how they did it, plus a peek at the outdoor room within.
    > More: Get this front yard makeover


    Desert front yard facelift (before)Desert front yard facelift (before)
    Desert front yard facelift (before)
    A scruffy lawn and an oddly configured walkway do nothing for this Phoenix house-the yard is wasted space


    Desert front yard facelift (after)Desert front yard facelift (after)
    Desert front yard facelift (after)
    They replaced the lawn with drought-tolerant grasses, then added young trees and a paved area beside the front door.
    > More: Get

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  • 6 Quick Asparagus Recipes

    Asparagus is the star in these quick and easy meals, made in 30 minutes or less.

    Roasted AsparagusRoasted Asparagus
    Roasted Asparagus
    Here's a quick way to cook asparagus with flavorful results. If you're making roast chicken, you can throw this in the oven in the last 20 minutes and have both ready at the same time.

    Ingredients
    2 bunches asparagus (about 2 lbs.)
    2 teaspoons olive oil
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1/3 cup packed freshly shredded parmesan cheese
    2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

    Preparation
    1. Preheat oven to 475°. Hold the end of an asparagus stalk and bend until it snaps off. Repeat with remaining stalks and discard woody ends.
    2. Toss asparagus with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss well. Arrange asparagus in an even layer in a shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake until asparagus is crisp-tender and cheese is browned, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Serve hot or warm.


    Prosciutto-wrapped AsparagusProsciutto-wrapped Asparagus

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  • 21 DIY Salvage Makeovers

    Transform castoffs into stylish accessories you'll really use.


    Before: Salvaged planks, After: FenceBefore: Salvaged planks, After: Fence
    Before: Salvaged planks, After: Fence
    Boards salvaged from an old horse corral and railroad station become a warm Los Angeles fence. After sinking posts into concrete footings, both sets of boards were screwed to posts and finished with a sealer. Using old wood is not only Earth-friendly, but it adds personality to a garden of designer Eric Gomez (valledeverde.net).
    Cost: Free--salvaged (with permission) from old horse corral and a railroad station


    Before: Broken doorknobs, After: Patio flooringBefore: Broken doorknobs, After: Patio flooring
    Before: Broken doorknobs, After: Patio flooring
    Doorknobs, salvaged steel discs, and a stovetop burner make up this cobblestone-esque patio floor. The knobs' chrome and brass finishes brighten the shady patch of designer Matthew Levesque's (matthewlevesque.com) patio. And, set in soil, the knobs are surprisingly stable.
    Cost: Free--salvaged (with permission)
    > More: Find your perfect patio


    Before: Salvaged pavement, After: Outdoor tabletopBefore: Salvaged pavement, After: Outdoor tabletop
    Before: Salvaged pavement, After: Outdoor tabletop

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  • 20 Favorite Perennial Flowers

    These unfussy, long-lived plants pump out beautiful foliage and flowers year after year. Plant in fall or spring when cooler temperatures help them get a healthy start.

    Set out these flowers (and one gorgeous foliage plant) in fall or spring for beautiful garden color year after year.


    Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily)Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily)
    Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily)
    Flowers of the evergreen hybrids come in shades of purple with dark flecks and last well in bouquets. Alstroemeria aurea blooms come in shades of yellow and orange.

    The 2-to 3-foot tall plants produce flowering shoots as long as the soil doesn't get too hot. (Twist the shoot off at the base to keep them coming).
    > More about growing Alstroemeria


    Aster x frikartiiAster x frikartii
    Aster x frikartii
    Delicate-looking flowers on ultra-tough plants tolerate just about any soil type. 'Mönch' grows to 2 feet-tall and pumps out 2 1/2-inch lavender-blue flowers almost all year if spent ones are removed.

    'Wonder of Staffa' is another favorite with lavender blue blossoms.
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  • 26 Delicious Main-dish Salad Recipes

    Fresh ideas for light and easy weeknight dinners.

    Poached Salmon NiçoisePoached Salmon Niçoise
    Poached Salmon Niçoise
    This reinvented version of Salade Niçoise uses wild Western salmon instead of tuna and anchovies, and adds watercress-because we love greens.

    Ingredients
    2 bay leaves
    1 tablespoon kosher salt
    10 black peppercorns
    2 cups white wine
    2 pounds skin-on wild salmon fillet pieces (1 to 1 1/2 in. thick)
    3 garlic cloves, minced
    1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
    5 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
    2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
    2 tablespoons chopped basil
    Sea salt to taste
    2 large bunches watercress, root ends trimmed, leaving stems intact
    10 small yellow-skinned new potatoes, boiled until tender and cut in half
    4 hard-cooked eggs, cut into quarters
    1/4 pound haricots verts (French green beans) or regular green beans, trimmed and boiled until tender-crisp
    1/2 cup pitted Niçoise olives

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  • 10 Easy Artichoke Recipes

    Discover delicious ways to savor the spring vegetable, from salads to light stews to pastas.

    Baby Artichoke AntipastoBaby Artichoke Antipasto
    Baby Articoke Antipasto
    Part salad, part appetizer, and all delicious, this is a great way to turn small artichokes into a special dish.

    Ingredients
    2 cups reduced-sodium or homemade chicken broth $
    About 2 tsp. kosher salt $
    3 bay leaves
    About 15 small fresh thyme sprigs, divided
    3 or 4 small garlic cloves, peeled and halved $
    1 teaspoon black peppercorns
    2 lemons $
    24 baby artichokes
    8 ounces fresh mozzarella balls (see Notes)
    2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil $
    Freshly ground black pepper
    Red-pepper Pine Nut Aioli

    Preparation
    1. Put broth, 2 cups water, 2 tsp. salt, bay leaves, half of the thyme sprigs, the garlic, and peppercorns in a large pot. Halve 1 of the lemons, squeeze juice from both halves into pot, and drop in juiced rinds.
    2. Working with 1 artichoke at a time, snap off outer leaves

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  • 10 Great One-night Escapes

    These 24-hour getaways will leave you feeling like you've been gone a week.

    2 hours from L.A.: Party at the pool in Palm Springs

    1PM: A cute waiter cruises by while you catch rays on a canopied rope lounge chair at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club and soak up views of the San Jacinto Mountains.

    3PM: After a hot rock massage ($110 for 60 minutes), flag down that waiter for a snow cone spiked with vodka, followed by a catnap in a shaded hammock.

    5PM: Poolside happy hour gets going with margaritas from the Amigo Room ($$) paired with killer fish tacos―and lasts until the desert sky turns dark and the stars start to twinkle.

    10AM: After you roll out of bed in your stylish digs, treat yourself to ricotta hotcakes at the King's Highway ($), the hotel's refurbed Denny's gone locavore. Snap a few pics in the lobby photo booth before heading out.


    Hit the beach in Santa CruzHit the beach in Santa Cruz
    45 minutes from San Jose: Hit the beach in Santa Cruz

    1PM: On your way to the ocean, swing by the Swift Street Courtyard. Some of

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