The first was a unique side dish of Sauteed Fennel with Almonds and Cherries . My picture didn't turn out that great (check out the original!), but I really liked it. Definitely a unique combination of flavors, and one that I'd certainly make again! I left out the optional cilantro but otherwise followed the recipe (ok perhaps I cooked it a bit longer to make sure it was nice and caramelized!).
Sauteed Fennel w/Almonds & Cherries
The second recipe that caught my eye was one from Dan Barber, whom I saw speak at Harvard . I found his recipe for Fennel Soup over at Two Fat Als and knew I wanted to give it a try. The apple adds a hint of sweetness to this creamy bowl of soup-- delicious!! I happened to be out of fennel seeds and fresh thyme, so I substituted half the amounts with fennel pollen and dried thyme. I added these with the other seasonings so they were sauteed a bit before adding stock.
Dan Barber's Fennel Soup
How about you, do you give veggies a second chance? Do you like fennel raw? Have a favorite fennel recipe?