Saturday, June 9, 2012

For the love of green beans

Fresh plucked vegetables. Inhale the fragrance of sunshine mingled with earth and washed with rain. 

A college care package once arrived bearing a few pints of home-canned green beans.  I savored them as much as any other package of goodies from home.  I love green beans.  Even after the summer that we canned well over 100 quarts and I saw beans when my eyes were closed, I still loved beans.  Nothing beats a homegrown green bean.  Nothing. 

My little pickles have acquired a love for green beans, questioning when I serve them if they are "from a can."  Apparently they too have the taste for a lovingly canned bean. 

Most often we consume them all by themselves.  Just enjoying the bean. 
But some days, we enjoy our beans like this:

Rustic Beans

2 quarts fresh green beans, cleaned, stems removed*
1 cup onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
5 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces

1.  Place beans in a large pot and cover with water.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat and cook at a gentle boil for about 10 minutes or until desired tenderness is reached.  Remove from heat and strain.

2.  Meanwhile in a skillet, fry bacon until cooked but not crisp.  Remove to a plate, leaving bacon grease in skillet.  Add onions and garlic to skillet and saute until onions are translucent and slightly brown.  Add beans, stir to combine and heat to combine flavors.

*If using canned beans, skip the first step.

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