I am a green bean lover, but these little beauties have topped my list of favorites. One of Julia Child's pet peeves was undercooked green beans, a style of preparing them that became very popular as California Cuisine spread across the landscape. Yet the flavor of green beans does not blossom until they are adequately cooked, so be sure to test fresh green beans several times to be certain they are done. True haricots verts are about the size of pencil lead or matchsticks. You can sometimes find these in farmers' markets. If you are using bigger green beans, the cooking time will longer.