At Christmas we exchange all sorts of confections and condiments, some of them put up in summer and some of them made just for the holidays. Libby Demetree was born into dual old Lowcountry families—the Scottish Frasers of Georgetown and the French Hugers (pronounced “U.G.”) of Charleston, both renowned for their cooking skills. Her aunt Bessie Fraser Betancourt makes wonderful preserves and candies, among them these orange-flavored, sugared nuts, which Libby brings to me. Of these favored treats, Bessie says, “Very easy and very nice.” I’ll say!
Taking care not to dig into the white part, zest the orange rind and set aside. Squeeze the juice of the orange into a measuring cup; you should have
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