Who was born 175 years ago, died 100 years ago, and wrote the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 125 years ago? Did you say Samuel Langhorne Clemens? You're still right even if you said Mark Twain, which was his pen name.
There will be celebrations all through 2010 and all through the country, although Twain might not have approved, since he said, "What ought to be done to the man who invented the celebrating of anniversaries? Mere killing would be too light. Anniversaries are very well up to a certain point."
I'm offering up a vintage huckleberry jam recipe in just such a celebration, so round up Tom, Huck, Jim, Becky, Aunt Polly, the Yankee, Arthur, and all the neighborhood children. There are jams and pies to eat while the tales take us down the river, and even to King Arthur's Court in Camelot.
Huckleberry Jam Recipe
4 1/2 cups huckleberries
7 cups sugar
1 bottle fruit pectin
Wash fruit thoroughly. Crush . Add lemon juice. Add grated rind of 1/2 lemon. Add sugar. Mix thoroughly. Heat rapidly to full rolling boil. Stir constantly before and while boiling. Boil hard 2 minutes. Remove from fire and stir in fruit pectin. Skim.
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