Each and every time I make green beans, I'm transported back to childhood. Nights that we had greens beans were always one of my favorites since it meant I got to help prepare dinner. I stood at the counter snapping the ends off of every bean, one at a time (while also sneaking one into my mouth every so often). It was a small job, yet it always felt like an important one.
While these fresh beans make me feel nostalgic, this quick and easy, subtly spicy side dish is nothing like the plain steamed green beans from my childhood. It's a good side dish for any meal, from simple chicken to a hearty winter braise.