"MY MOTHER was from North Carolina, and she preferred green pole beans to green snap beans. I've found that either is delicious in this recipe, as long as long as the beans are fresh. Mother also brought with her from North Carolina the custom of chopping and 'mounding' the beans before serving—a touch that makes them even more special."
GRANDMOTHER often prepared her fresh green beans this way, and we much preferred them to plain buttered beans.
This recipe goes back to before the 1920s and was a favorite dish of our family when I was growing up.
-Lois Gelzer, Standish, Maine
"For me, the most time-consuming part of preparing this side is picking the green beans in the garden," says Jeanne Bennett of North Richland Hills, Texas. "My family loves their fresh taste, and I love that they're fast to fix!"
A touch of lemon juice gives a fresh taste to this simple side dish from Ruth Andrewson of Leavenworth, Washington. "Slivered almonds look so pretty with the French-style green beans, and they add a tasty crunch, too," she notes.
THIS DISH was my grandmother's way of getting us young kids to eat our green vegetables. She was a wonderful cook and inspired me to get creative in my cooking.
Sunday dinner was always served at noon at her house, and everything on the table was homemade and delicious.
-Linda Poole, Rainbow, Texas
I FOUND that beans, basil and tomatoes make a very tasty combination of flavors, especially in summer, when all these ingredients can be garden fresh.
I like to serve this pretty vegetable dish when entertaining. It's so colorful!
-Shirley Heare, Fayetteville, North Carolina
Rosemary and basil complement green beans, celery and onion in this savory side dish from Ruth Andrewson of Peck, Idaho. "My mother always cooked with fresh herbs from her garden," she writes. "Now I find myself doing the same."
Being a teenager, my great-grandson Derek has developed his own tastes and doesn't always care for the same things I do. But this recipe is a tasty vegetable dish we both enjoy.—Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana
A mixture of celery, onion and green pepper adds a spark to this simple green bean side dish from Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana. It's pleasantly seasoned with dried tarragon and lemon-pepper, so its flavor complements most main-dish meats.