Canned beans from the store do little justice to what a real green bean is supposed to be. For maximum flavor, green beans (like many other humble yet wonderful vegetables) should be served fresh, with a minimum of preparation. And what better way than a simple, quick saute? The added bonus is that this preparation won’t heat up the kitchen too much in the waning days of summer. You’ll need a handful or two of your favorite fresh beans (we choose a fun purple-podded variety that became mottled with green as it was sauteed), a couple of small shallots, and a few cloves of garlic. You can either leave the beans whole (trim off the ends) or cut them into bite-sized pieces. Toss everything into a pan with a little olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and saute for a few minutes. You can serve these beans as a side dish to just about anything (we like them with scalloped potatoes, honey ham or breaded chicken). They would also be good in salad. However you enjoy them, you’ll be sure to appreciate the flavor of real green beans.