green beans galore + heirlooms

The garden is finally looking lovely…

as a garden should, on the coast of Maine, by mid-August…and the green beans have been abundant.  It’s amazing how many beans grow on one bush, organically…here’s a super simple recipe for green beans and it’s yummy served warm or cold.

2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed

Zest of 1 lemon

2 Tbsp. lemon juice (about 1 lemon)

3 Tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. cracked black pepper

2 ounces goat cheese, softened and crumbled

In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil. Add green beans. Cook 3 minutes; drain well. Set beans aside in colander; do not rinse (they will continue to cook).

Whisk together lemon zest, juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss with beans in large bowl.

Transfer to serving platter and sprinkle with crumbled goat cheese.

*This vinaigrette can be made up to a day in advance, covered, and refrigerated, and brought to room temperature before serving.
I just have to mention the heirloom tomatoes too. I picked (and enjoyed eating) my first ripened black krim tomato. They are so incredibly delicious and luscious I had to include them…everyone should be able to experience the taste of a REAL tomato – not one which has been trucked across the country, green, ready to ripen ‘on route’ – no.
A tomato which has truly been vine ripened, without chemicals, pesticides or been biologically mixed with some other life form…and not one which you have to take out a loan to afford…one you grow yourself. Simply slice, salt and enjoy – your taste buds will love you!

10 thoughts on “green beans galore + heirlooms

  1. Black Krim was my first ripe tomato this year too– delicious! My green beans are finished for this year, and now seeing your recipe I wish I had planted a second round. It sounds so good Your garden is looking great!

    • Hi Kate – thank you for the compliments, it’s a very small and very rustic garden, but it grows beautiful veggies nonetheless…your gardens are spectacular! This year was my first year for multiple plantings of green beans and I have so many I’m going to try and freeze some…black krim are the best aren’t they? I only wish mine would ripen faster! The Maine coast is a slow-to-ripen area unfortunately…but lovely nonetheless…thank you so much for your comment!

    • Hi Norma – Glad you like the recipe -it is delicious! And yes, if everyone experienced the taste of a fresh, real, tomato they would refuse to buy those so called things in the grocery store called ‘tomatoes’….I don’t eat fresh tomatoes anymore, unless they are home grown of course…everyone should try growing their own. Thank you so much for your comment Norma!

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