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Old 10-17-2007, 08:39 AM   #1
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I have retired and my husband is still working. I like to cook, but prefer healthy low fat options for recipies with nutrition information. Have trouble passing up good desserts tho. Watching my food budget (go up!). Looking forward to the forum and hope that I have something to offer in return.
Recently made a "potato lasagna" that called for fresh fennel which I couldn't find. I live in Iowa. Where would I find this and is it as pungent as the spice fennel?
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Old 10-17-2007, 11:13 AM   #2
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Don't know about Fennel

But welcome Good to have you! Surely someone here knows about what you are looking for, lots of knowledgeable people around DC.
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Old 10-17-2007, 11:39 AM   #3
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Welcome DD .Fresh Fennel can be hard to find sometimes but you could probably substitute some crushed fennel seeds instead.Personaly I dont care for fennel but then I dont like black licorice which is what it tastes like to me.
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Old 10-17-2007, 11:43 AM   #4
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Old 10-17-2007, 11:54 AM   #5
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welcome dippy.

i think when you say "the spice fennel" you're referring to fennel seeds, either whole or ground. they taste very similar to a fresh bulb of fennel, but are usually much stronger in the licorice flavor, as jpmcgrew mentioned. sort of like how coriander seeds taste a lot like cilantro leaves.

you could use a little of them to get the fennel-ish flavor, and i'd add blanched celery to approximate the texture of the bulb.

hope this helps.
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Old 10-17-2007, 12:13 PM   #6
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Fresh fennel bulbs may alternately be labled as Sweet Anise, but it's the same herb. They are grown in California, and are normally available from October until May.

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Old 10-17-2007, 07:52 PM   #7
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Hi, dippydiner. Welcome to DC. Fresh fennel is difficult for me to find, too, in my rural area. It can be a taste that you either love or dislike. Although, I love the flavor fennel seed gives to Italian sausage and Italian sauces.

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Old 10-20-2007, 04:09 AM   #9
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Thanks to all for the welcome. Found buckytom and caine replies especially helpful. Will give the celery idea a try along with some crushed fennel seed.
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