Monday, July 19, 2010

Green Beans and Mosaic Monday

Remember the lyrics from Joni Mitchell’s song, Big Yellow Taxi? One line went, “Don’t it always seem to go you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” I would add to that line... and get it back again. That’s the way I’m feeling about the first green beans picked from the garden in my back yard.

A heaping bowl, more than enough to create a fresh side dish, was picked yesterday morning and served as at dinner last night. Oh how wonderful those beans tasted. I’d forgotten what a joy fresh-from-the-garden vegetables are.

Like a musical piece there are variations on the green bean theme. We’ll have the wasband’s grandmother’s green bean trio: onions and beans sizzling a melody in bacon grease with bacon crumbled on top just before serving. A lighter, fresher solo of steamed green beans with a bit of butter and a squeeze of lemon sing summer delish. Then there’s the symphony of green beans, onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes, all fresh and warm from the garden. Simply fry bacon and drain the crisp slices. Toss in the vegetables and stir with wild abandon until all are tender, but not mushy. Add the bacon before serving and voila!

I’m not worried about green beans overtaking dinner because we planted one row and the entire row did not germinate. I’m expecting enough to enjoy the fresh taste every few days until the vines are green-beaned out. Perhaps we’ll plant another row of green beans next year, but for now I’m perfectly satisfied getting to know the clean, bright taste of vegetables all over again.

Just in case I run out of ideas, would you share your favorite way to create a green bean masterpiece?

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  1. These all sound so delicious! We'll have to try one. That first recipe sounds positively sinful -- and I bet my husband will gladly eat it. He thinks all vegetables should have pork attached somewhere. ;)

    One of my favorites is to take green beans and julienned carrots and sliced mushrooms, steam them until tender, and then finish off by sauteeing in thyme butter. So good! Another recipe we use around here, Romanian Green Bean Soup, is, weirdly enough, mentioned on my blog post of last night, with a link to the recipe. I wrote about our family heirloom green beans. :)

  2. Can't beat fresh beans !
    Love the mosaic...have to visit the other site.

  3. My favorite is grandma's country version, cooked with bacon, onions, and potatoes. Yum! I'll probably put two roses around my new arbor, one yellow and one pink. But it's a bad time of year for roses, so I'll likely wait until spring when the selection is better.


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