Not all vintage recipes are worth bringing back but it’s fun to give some of them a try. I have my mother’s recipe box and enjoy experimenting with some of the old recipes. Golden Touch Beans is one of the recipes I recall my mom liking although I had never tasted it myself. It was her mother’s recipe and she grew up eating it. I decided to give it a try.
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Golden Touch Beans
My mom has been ill and I’ve been trying to bring her dishes to tempt her appetite. I’ve heard her talk about how much she loves this green bean salad that her mom used to make and I found the recipe in the old recipe box she gave me. I made it for her last night and she was thrilled. In fact, she called me two different times to thank me!
As you can see from the photo below, the recipe card has been around awhile. That’s my mom’s handwriting on the bottom and Myrtle was her mother (my grandmother). It’s the only recipe card in the file that is typed. My grandmother worked at McDonnell Douglas (an aerospace manufacturing corporation) so it’s possible she typed it at work. Or maybe my grandfather did. Who knows?
Golden Touch Beans
Serve as relish or salad
- 1 15 oz. can cut green beans
- 6 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 3/4 tsp dried tarragon
- 1/3 cup salad oil
- 2 tbsp green onions, sliced
- 1 can mandarin oranges, drained
In a saucepan, combine 1/4 cup liquid from drained green beans with lemon juice, sugar, salt, pepper and tarragon. Heat to simmering.
Cool slightly; combine with salad oil and green onions.
Combine cooled liquid with drained oranges and green beans in shallow dish, mixing well.
Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
Drain, saving dressing to pass in separate bowl or to use later as salad dressing.
If you notice, the recipe card mentions using a sliced, medium-size orange. My mom always made it with canned mandarin oranges but you can certainly use a fresh orange or tangerine.
The recipe also says to drain after chilling but my mom serves it as is.
I just got off the phone with her and she said she can remember begging her mom to make this for her. I asked if she knew where the original recipe came from but she didn’t know. I did a bit of a search but couldn’t find anything. Another mystery…
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