June harvest and a string bean recipe

Happy July! Yesterday was the last day of June and I got a small harvest out of my garden that consisted of several sweet banana peppers and two more okra.

Now here's the real treat. Last week, I took all my beans that I harvested and made string beans with lemon zest. This is a recipe that I got from the show Down Home with the Neely's. It's very simple.

Lemon Zest String Beans


2 lbs. string beans (cleaned and ends chopped off)
one lemon
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
two cloves of garlic (chopped)
2 tbsp. olive oil
3 tbsp. butter

Boil water with a pinch of salt. Take two pounds of string beans and add to boiling water. Cook for one and a half minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.

In a frying pan heat the olive oil and butter. Add the chopped garlic and red pepper flakes and saute over medium flame. Add your string beans and stir with tongs for about two or three minutes.

Remove from frying pan and add the zest of one lemon. Serve!

It will look like this:

I then added this to my dinner plate of ribs and macaroni and cheese...YUMMY!

There you have it! There's nothing like enjoying fresh veggies from your own garden. Until next time garden gals and guys.....

Happy gardening!!


  1. Love green beans..will try!

  2. I've been looking for a good green bean recipe. The farmers market always has a good crop. Next year I may even try growing my own. Keep up the good work, Ducky. REALLY like your site.

  3. Audra,

    Loved having you visit. Why didn't you fix that recipe when you were here. Keep up the good work.


  4. i havea terrific recipe for short ribs that has a piece of dark chocolate added to the gravy at the very end of the cooking process this will be perfect as the vegetable dish. thanks

  5. Audra, I am living vicariously through your garden this year. My Aunt was very sick and passed away in June and my best laid plans of this year's garden didn't happen. So keep those recipes and harvests coming. Love to hear about them. Believe it or not they finally put curbs on Madison Avenue and paved the street. They took out most of our beautiful old trees though. I took on the township to get them to put in new ones throughout the President's streets and won! God Bless you. Cindy

  6. Thank you everyone for the wonderful posts! I love to see comments...it let's me know you are reading.

    @ Cindy: I can't believe Madison Avenue finally has curbs and a new road! Wow! Congrats on getting them to put in new trees...that's quite an accomplishment!!! I will keep the posts coming. My garden is your garden!


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