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How to use Anise Seeds (NOT Desserts)

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I love anise flavoring. I would love to use it in healthier ways thatn just cookies or cakes. What foods go well with it? I think my mom used it in sausage, but I've only seen recipes calling for fennel seed. Would they be interchangable?

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  1. I'd try it with pork, applied however (rub, marinade, sauce etc). I bet a tenderloin with anise and sage would be awesome.

    It's fresh enough that I'd put it with fattier, richer things to balance them out.