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October 03, 2009

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a tasteful garden

this looks absolutely delicious. i grow a few yards worth of shell beans each summer and sauteed in olive oil and some cracked pepper is always a favorite dish.

Meg Houston Maker

Allison, thanks for your note. Yes, these beans are so simple—humble, even—and yet when they're cooked fresh like this they can be very nuanced. This dish shows what I call "the magic of three:" a main element (beans), a main complement (garlic), and a third, bright element that rounds these out (pepper). The fruity oil helps, too, though it tends to stay in the background.

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