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February 2010

Food for Thought: John Adams - Our Constitution

Birkhead Wilderness AreaJohn Adams
Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Second President of the United States

[W]e have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. . . . Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

(Source: John Adams, The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States, Charles Francis Adams, editor (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co. 1854), Vol. IX, p. 229, October 11, 1798.)

Orange Marmalade

Orange Marmalade      Homemade jam, jelly and marmalade are delicious toppings for your savory homemade bread.  Homemade is less expensive plus it taste much better.  This winter I purchased organic navel oranges and made orange marmalade using two different recipes.

      I used Anna's Orange Marmalade recipe for the three jars on the right in the photograph.  It was made using oranges, lemons, sugar and water.  The jell was achieved by cooking it to 220 degrees F on a candy thermometer.  This takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes of cooking time which creates the dark golden orange color. 

     The three jars on the left were made using Sure Jell fruit pectin and following the Sure Jell recipe.  It also requires oranges, lemons, water and sugar.  It differs from Anna's recipe in that the jell depends on the pectin rather than a long cooking time.  I like this recipe because it is simple, easy and requires less cooking time.  This marmalade turned out so well I was inspired to take blackberries and blueberries from the freezer to make blackberry jelly and blueberry jam using the Sure Jell recipes.  They also turned out beautifully.  

     Homemade Orange Marmalade and other jams, and jellies are well worth the effort.