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Susan Lutz is a photographer, artist and television producer who is currently writing a book about heirloom foods and the American tradition of Sunday dinner.  She is a certified Master Food Preserver through the University of California Cooperative Extension, where she helps community members with canning and food preserving techniques. She has produced over 300 hours of documentary and nonfiction television programming for numerous cable networks including The Food Network, HGTV, A&E and History on topics that range from food chemistry to knitting to Haitian voodoo.    When she isn't blogging about Sunday dinner, she is often making photographs of heirloom foods or teaching the history of photography.  Raised in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley (where her father still cures his own hams), she currently lives near Washington, DC.


Winter is the perfect time to start fermenting foods. Although it is possible (and sometimes even desirable) to ferment foods in warm weather, it's

apple butter

Apple butter might not seem like a traditional holiday food, but it holds a place of honor at my family's Thanksgiving and Christmas table

homemade Concord grape jelly

Last year my youngest daughter fell in love with grape jelly, specifically my mother's homemade grape jelly made from Virginia Concord grapes grown on

Prickly pear. Credit: Susan Lutz

I knew of Pascal Baudar as a fellow Master Food Preserver, so I was intrigued to hear about his workshop "End of the World

Pint jar of sweet pickles

About six months ago, I salvaged a beautiful marinara sauce jar that I intended to refill with home-canned sweet pickles made using my mother's

Sliced watermelon

When summer rolls around, my thoughts inevitably turn to watermelon -- where to get them, how to pick them, and how to store them.

Brownie s'mores

I hate to bake. That's not to say that I can't bake. I just don't like it very much. Over the past 10 years, I've


I didn’t eat a canned vegetable until I was 12. I was at summer camp, and the minute the canned green bean touched my