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Janet A. Zimmerman

My Favorite Things: Fennel

By December 9, 2012

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fennel saladThe first time I saw a fennel bulb, I had no idea what to do with it. Looking like deformed celery, it was intimidating and mystifying. I've since learned to love this faintly licorice-flavored vegetable, both as the star of a dish as in this shaved fennel and celery salad or in a supporting role in recipes like Italian stuffed peppers or cioppino. It turns out to be versatile -- it's great braised or roasted as well as raw -- and easy to use, once you get past the forbidding appearance. You should try it.

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