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!"
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
Marian Platt of Sequim, Washington dresses up crisp-tender green beans with celery, pimiento, Parmesan cheese and sunflower kernels. This quick side makes a nice complement to any entree, particularly Italian dishes.
A bright, colorful side option, this quick dish makes any entree look good. Make it with fresh veggies in the summer or as is with frozen in the winter months; either way, it's a winner! —Kimberly Stine, Milford, Pennsylvania
"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."
I wanted to make a colorful vegetable for Christmas dinner one year and came up with this combination. It was a big hit with our guests. Even my nephew, who attended culinary school, was impressed!
-Joan Sieck, Rensselaer, New York