I've always felt much love for butter beans. As a kid, I hated broccoli and brussels sprouts, but man, I would happily put away the limas.
Lately, it seems as if the little butter bean is showing up on more and more menus. The Fat Hen has a mean seared grouper with sautéed mushrooms, garlic, tomatoes, and herbs that are poured on top of fresh, local butter beans to make a delicious soupy mess. I absolutely love this dish.
Perhaps the butter bean's newfound prominence on these menus has something to do with the eat-local trend that's been growing in popularity. Personally, I'm just glad to see veggies like the little old butter bean get top billing.