I always thought I hated green beans. Growing up we had them only one way: straight from the microwave into the freezer. As an adult, and as a vegetarian, I've tried to find more vegetables that I like and that means trying the really weird looking or sounding ones, weird smelling ones, and ones I hated as a kid.
Last summer I discovered that I really do like green beans! I had just not cooked them right before! Sorry, Mom...
There are FOUR easy steps to the perfect green beans:
1. Rinse and trim your beans
2. Boil for 3-4 minutes
3. Plunge them in an ice bath
4. Saute with enough olive oil and garlic (a little or a lot, your choice), season with salt & pepper
*Optional, add red pepper flakes in step 4 to kick it up a little.
When you blanch a vegetable, you are just halting the cooking process by boiling for a brief time and placing the veggies in ice. You can keep them in their ice bath for a little while if you've got other things cooking.