Garden-Fresh Green Beans

I let my imagination be my guide when I cook garden-fresh green beans. I steam the beans in a small amount of water with a little salt and sugar. After draining the beans, I stir in butter and different seasonings, such as dried savory or mustard, or toasted almonds. Sometimes I put cooked beans in a broiler pan and arrange a cooked ham slice on a rack above the beans. I broil until the ham is lightly browned. The drippings add great flavor to the beans. —Opal Sanders, Glouster, Ohio