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Green beans were one of the fresh veggies that I got to work with as a kid. In the summer in Atlanta, GA, we would sit on the porch, snap the tips and peel the string. I always knew them as snap beans or string beans. And then my mom cooked these until they were soft, seasoning with a couple of strips of bacon and some diced onion.
I like southern style beans but not as much as when they are cooked only for a few minutes. This is the way I cook them now - just long enough for them to be tender but not long enough to lose any of their bright green color.