Indian Sauteed Fennel and Cabbage

5 04 2017

I was looking for a good side dish to go with my Kitchari last night. This turned out to be very flavorful and a little spicy. It is always a good sign when my husband piles on seconds.


1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1/2 head of cabbage, shredded
1 large Spanish onion, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 green/red chili, chopped
1 teaspoon garam masala
Salt and pepper
Canola oil

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Squash, Fennel and Taleggio Galette

25 02 2017

I looked in my refrigerator and found a Kabocha squash and a head of fennel and got inspired. This is a classic French style galette, meaning an open-form tart. It is easy to make with store bought puff pastry. The texture and flavor combinations are sublime particularly topped off with the creamy Taleggio. It serves 4.


1 small squash or pumpkin

5 tbsp. olive oil (you can use flavored oils as well like rosemary olive oil)

1 tsp mace, ground

2 small fennel bulbs

juice of 1/2 lemon

1 tsp fennel pollen or fennel seeds, crushed

1 lb baby spinach

1 tbsp. unsalted butter

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 egg yolk mixed with 2 tsp milk (for an egg wash)

1/2 lb Taleggio cheese, sliced

1 box puff pastry

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Tomato, Marjoram, and Fennel Sauce

7 09 2011
I made this sauce to go with a potato au gratin style dish, but my family forgot to use it. So the next day, I pureed it and used it on pasta and eggplant parmigiana. It was delicious. Everyone commented on the subtle licorice flavor and the nice pairing of the marjoram with the fennel. It is very simple to make and can be used on almost anything.

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Quinoa and Fennel Pilaf

3 08 2011
Quinoa is still my new favorite grain. This is a very flavorful side dish particularly if you like the sublte licorice flavor of fennel. If you want a stronger fennel flavor add a little fennel powder or fennel pollen into the broth. I served this as a side to the Ratatouille Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms.

1 cup quinoa

1/2 small white onion, finely chopped

1 celery rib, cut into 1/4-inch dice

1 carrot, cut into 1/4-inch dice

1 small fennel bulb, trimmed, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch dice

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups vegetable stock

1 tsp salt or more to taste

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Braised Fennel and Potatoes

6 04 2010
I love fennel. It has a beautiful subtle anise or licorice flavor. You can use it raw in salads but one of my favorite ways of preparing fennel is braising. Braising involves searing the vegetable first then adding liquid and cooking until tender. I served this dish with my Easter dinner and my boys loved it, even the one who says he doesn’t like fennel and onions.

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Fig and Almond Bread Stuffing with Fennel

25 02 2010
I keep finding recipes that I used at Thanksgiving time. I thought I could wait to post this until closer to Thanksgiving, but then I thought I might lose it. Also, why is it that we all love a good stuffing, but we only eat it at Thanksgiving time? And actually it is technically not a stuffing, but a dressing, since I am not actually stuffing anything.  So here is a vegetarian stuffing that you might enjoy even in these colder months for something hearty. You could serve this with a side vegetable and a salad and be perfectly satisfied. I just love the hint of fennel in this stuffing, a beautiful mild licorice flavor. Read the rest of this entry »

Pumpkin, Pear and Fennel Soup

14 02 2010

This is a great soup to use up winter squash.  I used this both as a soup and a dip. If it gets thick, just thin it with some water.

2 tbsp. unsalted butter

2 medium leeks, white and tender green parts only, cleaned and thinly sliced

½ tsp. Coarse sea salt

4 cups winter squash (pumpkin), peeled and roughly chopped

1 lb. Ripe Bartlett or Anjou pears, cored and sliced

1 tbsp. peeled and minced fresh ginger

2 tsp. Fennel seed, toasted and ground*

black pepper

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Fennel and Arugula Salad with Grapefruit

14 01 2010

Serves 4-6

I served this salad with the Quinoa Soup. It is a sweet salad with the grapefruit and fennel. It makes a nice accompaniment to spicy dishes and refreshing in the winter when citrus fruits are a good option. Read the rest of this entry »