This is a perfect dish for early and middle summer days when great-tasting, fresh green beans are both cheap and plentiful. These green beans represent something totally different for a stovetop side dish and you will simply not believe how terrific they taste. One plus is that it's not loaded with cheese or canned soup. This is the real thing from scratch, a recipe I developed after growing tired of the same old stuff at the supper table. It took me awhile to perfect but these beans actually made my wife turn around and look at me after her first bite -- she was very pleased, which means that I am very pleased too. This dish goes great with fried, or baked, bone-in pork chops. It's also versatile enough to complement more elegant entrees for more formal dinners. There are multiple steps involved in preparing this dish but even a beginning chef can achieve them easily enough and the end result is well worth the effort.