WSJ 2023 serves 4 Bake 450º QED


1 large fennel bulb

6 bone-in chicken thighs

3 TB olive oil

2 tsp turmeric

2 tsp fennel seeds, lightly crushed

2 tsp cumin seeds lightly crushed

salt & fresh ground pepper

2 C water

1 C jasmine rice

1/2 C Castelvetrano olives, crushed, pitted

1 juice 1 lemon

1/4 C chopped parsley


  1. Halve fennel bulb lengthwise, cut each half into 4 wedges
  2. In large bowl, toss chicken, fennel and spices with olive oil
  3. Large sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Spread fennel and chicken (skin side up) on pan.
  4. Roast 15 min, remove fat (paper towels) or pour off rendered fat. Return to oven, roast 10-15 min more until skin crispy.
  5. In pot on stove, bring 2 C water to boil, add 1C rice & 1 TB oil & pinch salt. Simmer until tender 15 min, let sit 10 min.
  6. Remove chicken from oven, squeeze lemon over chicken, fennel etc. Garnish with chopped parsley. Serve with rice


Cam made this, QED! (Bon Appetite?) 2018 4 svgs 425°


  • 6 chicken bone in, skin on thighs ~ 2lbs
  • ¼ C plus  2TB olive oil
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 2 med shallots
  • 1 large beefsteak tomato
  • 1 lemon

Roast in top ¹⁄³ oven, 425°, use large oven safe skillet.

  • CHICKEN THIGHS: In large skillet add 2 TB oil and thighs skin side down (COLD pan). Turn on Med heat, cook until skin golden brown. Transfer skin side up on plate.
  • FENNEL – remove fronds & save. Cut head in half length wise.. Place cut side down, cut into 1/2″ wedges.
  • SHALLOTS cut into quarters lengthwise.
  • TOMATOES Cut crosswise into 1/2″ rounds.
  • LEMON Use 1/2 of lemon, cut into thin 1/8″ rounds
  • Turn skillet med-hi heat. Add, fennel, shallots, sliced lemon. Cook 4 min until fennel softens. Remove from heat.
  • Add chicken, arrange chicken skin side up  & tomatoes on top of fennel mixture.
  • Transfer to oven, 16-20 min.   Remove and rest 5 min.
  • SAUCE chop remaining fronds, 1/4C olive oil & juice from half of lemon.  Spoon fennel sauce over each thigh.

Serve with salad (greek salad , red onion, klamath, feta etc.)

Roasted Potato Fennel Soup

January 7, 2018

Ina Garten 2017       4-6 svgs

  • 2 LBs potatoes (red or yukon) unpeeled & quartered
  • olive oil (2 TB roasting & 2 TB sauté  onions)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 C (2 yellow onions chopped)
  • 2 C  (~ 2 LBs fennel chopped) remove & save tops, slice in half, remove tough core, slice & chop.
  • 6 C chicken broth (1.5 Quarts)
  • 1/2 C heavy cream

A,  Roast quartered potatoes, toss with 2 Tb oil,  s&p, garlic. spread on baking sheet. Bake  in 400° Oven 30 mins.

B. In stock pot: Sauté chopped onions, & fennel in 2 TBs olive oil. med heat  until translucent, 10 mins.

C. Add roasted potatoes (include scrapings from baking sheet) & chicken broth to B  stock pot (onions & fennel). Cover, bring to boil, then simmer 1 hour.

D. Add 1/2 C cream & let soup cool. Pass through food mill (removes skins) or chop coarsely in food processor or hand held blender.

Top each soup bowl with a few fennel fronds, drizzle with cream.

WSJ 7 2017. 35 min, svgs 4 Use Sea bass or tilapia or (cat fish? or maybe trout?) Simple dish: Sauté diced fennel & onions, add herb butter, steam summer squash. Separately pan fry fish.


  • 1 bulb fennel with fronds – dice bulb; thin slice stalks & mince fronds.
  • 2 oz butter (¼C)
  • 1 TB minced dill
  • 1 TB minced  chives
  • 1 TB sliced tarragon
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ shallot minced
  • zest & juice 1 lemon
  • 1 yellow onion minced
  • 2 LBs summer squash cut into ½” dice or sliced
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 4 – six oz sea bass fillets (or4 tilapia fillets) season with salt & pepper
  • 2 Tb dry white wine (vermouth)

HERBED BUTTER in a bowl:

  • Stir together: butter, dill, chives, fennel fronds, tarragon, garlic, shallots, lemon juice & zest.

SAUTÉ ONIONS & ADD SQUASH in a Sauté pan with lid

  • Over med-hi heat: 1 ½ TB of herbed butter, add diced fennel bulb & stalks & onion. Sauté 3 min.
  • Add diced squash & 1 Tb herbed butter. Reduce heat to med-low, cover & stew until tender & sweet 10-15 min.


  • Med heat, 2 Tb oil. When pan is very hot, lay in fillets. Cook until golden brown ~ 3 min. Carefully flip fish, add wine to deglaze. Add remaining herbed butter, cook until butter melts and fish done 1-2 mins.

SERVE: divide squash onto each plate, top with fish fillet


INGREDIENTS: 4 oz tin of sardines in olive oil, 3 cloves garlic, 1 small head fennel sliced thinly  with fronds, chili flakes – optional, 1 C canned peeled tomatoes – crush if whole, 2 oz dry white vermouth,  1 med lemon juice & zest, 1/3 C toasted Panko bread crumbs – add zest to bread crumbs., ¾ LB dry linguine.


  • Start to boil pot of water for pasta.
  • Skillet: add 1 TB sardine oil to pan, add fennel cook until fennel soft starting to caramelize, add garlic. Add tomatoes and juice. Cook until liquid reduced, add vermouth and reduce.
  • Add sardines to skillet, break up into chunks, add juice of lemon.
  • Cook pasta short of al dente, use tongs to transfer pasta to skillet, add a bit of starchy water & toss to combine.
  • Transfer pasta mixture to serving bowl or individual bowls, drizzle with olive oil,  sprinkle toasted bread crumb lemon zest on top. Garnish with some fennel fronds


INGREDIENTS: 1 garlic clove, 2 oz ~ 2 C spinach, wilted in pan, 1 english muffin toasted , 2 sardines smokes in oil, 1 tomato sliced. lemon juice, mustard & mayo.


  • Heat 2 tsp oil in pan, sauce garlic, add spinach – wilt, remove from heat, drain.
  • Toast bread, add little mayo & mustard,add spinach, then sardine, drizzle lemon juice, top with slice of tomato.

WSJ  2017 Serves 4

INGREDIENTS: 4 olive oil packed anchovies, 4 Tb olive oil, 2 C green or black lentils, 1 head garlic halved crosswise, 2 sprigs fish sage, 2 med heads fennel halved lengthwise sliced very thin, 2 C ricotta, 2 TB chopped parsley, lemon zest & juice ½ lemon.


  • Anchovies- place on dish, drizzle with some oil, lemon zest.
  • Cook lentils- use heavy pot (Dutch oven) cover lentils with 2 inches of water, add garlic halves & sage & 2 TB olive oil. Bring to a boil, reduce heat & simmer until lentils tender ~ 20 min. Add more water if needed. Strain and drizzle with oil & S&P.
  • Sliced Fennel- if woody, sprinkle with lemon juice. 2 Tb olive oil.
  • Each plate: ½ C Ricotta, arrange dressed fennel on top, spoon lentils over fennel. Top with marinated anchovies, extra oil and chopped parsley.
  • 1 med fennel (10 0z) quartered, sliced thin
  • 1 long or 2 short celery stalks cut this crosswise.
  • 2 c cooked black quinoa
  • ¼ C chopped parsley
  • 2 TB chips chives

Dressing – mix together

  • 2 TB lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • S & P
  • 5 TB oil


Sunset 2015 serves 4

  • ²⁄³ C red quinoa, cooked to package directions (about 20 min)
  • 2 small carrots thinly sliced on diagonal (mixed colors)
  • ½ very thinly sliced fennel bulb
  • ¹⁄³ C olive oil
  • 3 TBs sherry vinegar
  • ½ tsp each salt & pepper
  • 8 Cups baby kale or mixed green, roughly tear large pieces
  • ¹⁄³ C crumbled goat cheese
  • ¼ C toasted sliced almonds
  • pomegranate molasses or balsamic vinegar
  • flake salt for finishing

Whisk oil, sherry vinegar, kosher salt & pepper in small bowl.

Then toss kale, carrots, fennel with ²⁄³ of dressing in large bowl.

Drain cooked quinoa,stir in remaining dressing & add to kale mixture.

Divide salad among 4 salad plates, scatter cheese, almonds and drizzle with pomegranate or balsamic, sprinkle with salt flakes.


From WSJ 2012


  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 3 TBS Sherry vinegar

In small bowl, cover shallots with vinegar. Let sit 10 minutes, then add and whisk constantly:

  • 3 TB olive oil
  • 2TB canola oil
  • season with salt & pepper

Prepare fennel & Artichokes

  • 1 Cup fennel, sliced 1/8th inch thick, sprinkle with flaky sea salt & juice of ½ Lemon. Set aside 5-10 Min.
  • 3 -4 whole artichokes in olive oil, quartered.

Prepare Arugula greens

  • 8 Cups arugula toss with pinch of salt
  • 3 ounces shaved parmesan (use vegetable peeler)
  • Add artichokes, fennel.
  • Toss with half of vinagrette, add extra to taste.