Actually, I've been buying the steamer vegetables in the freezer section. My kids enjoyed the steamed green beans - add a little brown sugar and butter. I wanted to fix fresh green beans that had that same fresh taste with out cooking them to a pulp.
On a side note - a thing that I think is wrong with the world, not stringing beans together on a front porch. I have great memories of picking green beans and then sitting together as a family, mom, grandma, cousins, stringing and snapping baskets of beans to be canned. I'm sure I complained of the work at the time, but it is something I miss now. Your hands were busy and your talk was casual. I think it created a shared bond. We now longer provide as many of these opportunities for ourselves or for our children. It is a sad loss.
String Beans with Shallots
Barefoot Contessa Parties! by Ina Garten (My notes in bold).
1 lb. French string beans, ends removed ( I used stringless green beans from the farmer's market.)
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