A Bitten Word Recipe
The fennel gods have been sending us a message.
Last month, while on a trip to Maine, we ate dinner at one of our all-time favorite places -- Chase's Daily, in the town of Belfast. We've mentioned Chase's in the past, and how it has single-handedly changed our worldview on vegetarian food. (For real!) The food at Chase's is so fantastic, even the staunchest carnivore will forget he's eating at a no-meat eatery (no-meatery?).
Anyway, the fennel gods: The one dish that truly wowed us the first time we ate at Chase's, in 2007, was a simple plate of braised fennel. We never knew fennel could taste so delicious -- or stand on its own as a side dish. When we went back this summer, we had an amazing pizza topped with olives, tomato and -- yup -- braised fennel. Here's a (not very flattering) photo of it:
But the fennel gods were just getting started.