The CSA to which my husband and I belong, Harvest Patch (located in Strykersville) is overflowing with bush beans!  We’ve gotten them in our weekly bags a few times, and I recently took advantage of their ‘pick your own’ option, in which I was able to go and pick to my little hearts’ content.  Well, in this summer heat and having to bend down in the rows, this girl lasted about 40 minutes.  I got a reusable grocery bag-full and figured it wouldn’t be that much…until I got home with them all.  Seven blanched/shocked/frozen pounds later, I still have A LOT of beans on my hands!  I have both green and white/yellow wax beans, so I’ve amassed a slew of recipes in which to use them!

Garden Bean Salad – your classic three-bean salad

Ellie Krieger’s Asian-Style Three Bean Salad

Saffron Chicken, Boiled Lemon and Green Bean Salad

Sesame Ginger Green Beans

Fresh Green Beans, One Way – Pioneer Woman

Green Beans with Mushrooms and Crispy Fried Onions



Holly R. Layer received a B. A. in Journalism from Penn State and served four years in the U. S. Air Force before deciding to go back to school to become a Registered Dietician.  She loves running, reading, fine stationery, colorful kitchen gadgets and ALL things food-related.  An avid cook and baker, you can find her in the kitchen most days whipping up something yummy.  Too bad her husband, Andrew (an East Aurora native) is the pickiest man alive!  You can find her at