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looking for cheap fennel in nova

alkapal Jan 6, 2009 04:59 PM

i'm on a fennel kick, but harris teeter and safeway's prices are a little steep. any recs on good places to get fennel cheaply in arlington, or nearby in nova? thanks, my pizza and my salmon with fettuccine will be happier!

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  1. pleen RE: alkapal Jan 6, 2009 06:15 PM

    Not sure how cheap Penzey's is, but I think they have the freshest spices around - they are certainly VERY comparable to spices you will find at the grocery store. In many cases, they are cheaper and the spices are so much more flavorful and fresh.

    They have a store in Falls Church - below is a link their page on Fennel:

    Penzeys Spice
    513 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA

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      MakingSense RE: alkapal Jan 6, 2009 06:55 PM

      I have never seen inexpensive fennel. Always seems to be at least $2 or above.
      Maybe you could check the case price from a wholesaler and just pig out. It keeps pretty well in the crisper in the fridge.

      Try potatoes and fennel au gratin. Extra special with some bleu cheese crumbled into it.
      Terrific with fish too. Makes a wonderful fish stew with a light tomato broth.

      I love the stuff. Could eat it every day.

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        deangold RE: alkapal Jan 6, 2009 07:05 PM

        If its fresh fennel try the large Asian/Latino stores: Super H, Grand Mart etc. It will be less than at whole paycheck or HT and just as good. But it won't be exactly cheap.

        1. alkapal RE: alkapal Jan 7, 2009 11:29 AM

          fresh fennel is my quest. i'll check the ethnic markets.... <btw, freezing does not seem good for me...>

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            deangold RE: alkapal Jan 7, 2009 11:51 AM

            No cooked or raw fennel does not like the freezer.

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              foodslut RE: deangold Jan 7, 2009 11:55 AM

              it's great with steamed mussels too.

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                deangold RE: foodslut Jan 7, 2009 12:54 PM

                I like to steam it, chop & mix it with good ricotta and a couple of eggs, add the chopped raw fronds, put it in a buttered casserole and top with lots of grana or parmesan,. Bake it till bubbly, about 45 minutes. good with nutmeg or allspice added too!

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                  JRCann RE: foodslut Jan 8, 2009 01:07 AM

                  gee, I thought I was only one to put fennel in my moules. Something I learned in Normandy. Steamed with cream fennel and if no fresh fennel a splash of Pernod. I'd like some with frites for breakfast!

            2. alkapal RE: alkapal Jan 8, 2009 04:48 AM

              you all need to see my fennel thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/576330
              please give me recipe ideas there!

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