All this talk about fennel made me recall this recipe:
FWIW, the LCBO Food and Drink magazine has 71 recipes that come up when one puts in fennel. This does include recipes that use the seeds. One recipe is for a rhubarb-fennel shortcake. Sounds interesting. And, Dawglover, there is one using fennel bulb and tomato sauce, if not more than one. I happen to have everything to make the pork tenderloin-fennel dish...hmmm....
I've made this fennel confit
(very nice with salmon as I recall)
And this soup was devine (might be on next weekend's list of things to cook...)
And no, I don't work for the LCBO. But I do like the recipes that are included in Food and Drink. If I am entertaining (something I haven't done for awhile), I go to Food and Drink for inspiration.