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The Art of Using Fennel

The Art of Using Fennel©

By Arlene Wright-Correll

This week’s email question asks, “Can you tell me a little about fennel seeds and cooking with it?”

Yes, I can.   It is a highly aromatic and flavorful herb with not only culinary uses, but medicinal uses also and along with the similar-tasting anise, is one of the primary ingredients of absinthe. Florence fennel or finocchio is a selection with a swollen, bulb-like stem base that is used as a vegetable. I love grilling this.  Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a flowering plant species in the celery family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae.

Fennel, Foeniculum vulgare, is a perennial herb that is easy to grow in most zones and especially in our zone 6. It is erect, glaucous green, and grows to heights of up to 2.5 m, with hollow stems. The leaves grow up to 40 cm long; they are finely dissected, with the ultimate segments filiform (threadlike), about 0.5 mm wide. (Its leaves are similar to those of dill, but thinner.) The flowers are produced in terminal compound umbels 5–15 cm wide, each umbel section having 20–50 tiny yellow flowers on short pedicels. The fruit is a dry seed from 4–10 mm long, half as wide or less, and grooved and should be stored in a dark cook place.

One of my favorite recipes is Stewed Sweet Sausages in Fennel-Tomato Sauce and was created by Chef April Bloomfield. This recipe brings back many childhood recipes of living in Brooklyn and on Long Island, New York.

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
12 sweet Italian sausages (4 1/2 pounds)
3 fennel bulbs—trimmed, each bulb cut into 8 wedges, fronds chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
Kosher salt
One 28-ounce can San Marzano whole tomatoes, crushed with your hands, juices reserved
1 cup dry white wine
3 pequin chilies or 2chiles de árbol
Creamy polenta, for serving

In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the olive oil. Add half of the sausages and cook over moderate heat, turning, until browned all over, 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate; repeat with the remaining sausages.

Add the fennel wedges to the casserole and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add the onion, garlic, fennel seeds and 1 teaspoon of salt and cook, stirring, until the fennel is lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and their juices, the wine and chilies. Tuck the sausages into the sauce. Cover and cook over low heat for 15 minutes. Uncover and simmer until the sausages are cooked through and the sauce is thickened, about 45 minutes longer. Garnish the stew with fennel fronds and serve over polenta.

We always serve it over pasta, but you can serve it over anything you want such as rice, orzo or whatever.

May the Creative Force be with you!

Arlene Wright-Correll


Gourmet Baby Back Rib Dry Rub

grilled summer svory ribs          

Home Farm Herbery chemical free, organic Gourmet Baby Back Rib Dry Rub is another secret blend of herbs and spices by The Little Old Lady in The Flowered Hat. All ingredients are organically grown. This 8 ounce or 1 lb. package is good for many, many fine meals and is great for a dry rub on any meat, chicken or fish. We organically grow all the herbs here and the spices we buy are also certified organically grown.

Home Farm Herbery Gourmet Dry Rub ingredients include brown sugar, kosher salt, chili powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, basil, oregano, thyme, & onion powder. Rubs are better than marinades for large pieces of meat such as briskets and pork butts. For cuts such as these, the internal and external fat melts through the meat during cooking keeping it moist. They also produce a wonderful, flavorful crust.

  We also include a free herb or herb blend of our choice and free shipping within the USA so order now.


Four great hand blended Teas to choose from this week

Four great hand blended Teas to choose from this week.  Order today for the best tea you will ever taste and get free shipping and a free herb, herb blend, tea sampler or Heirloom seed of our choice. 

Hibiscus Mint Tea    

Hibiscus Mint Tea  The red flowering tropical hibiscus plant gives this infusion drink its unique taste and wonderful color. The rich fruity flavor has the perfect hint of mint making a wonderful cup of tea that can be enjoyed all year round. Try it hot or cold with a slice of lemon. Try a Sampler today.

Our Home Farm Herbery Belgian Chocolate Tea has a velvety chocolate smoothness with decadent notes of truffle melting in your mouth. This is an excellent combination of cacao and rooibos. Order a sampler today and getfree shipping.

Epicurean Coconut Tea   At Home Farm Herbery in Munfordville, KY we hand blend Luxury Black Tea, Sweetened Coconut and Natural Flavors to create a full bodied tea that captures the flavor profile of coconut beautifully. The taste and aroma are exquisite. This blend has medium caffeine content and a little milk helps to bring out the flavor. Order today and we will pay for the shipping. 

Mango Swirl Tea from Home Farm Herbery in Munfordville, KY is a fruity, tropical, refreshing and unique aroma and flavor.  It makes a wonderful fruity cup of hot tea or iced tea.  All orders are shipped free and all orders receive a free, complimentary herb or herbal blend. Order now.  

Home Farm Herbery’s Natural Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Home Farm Herbery’s Natural Red Velvet Cake

Makes two 9-inch cakes or 24 cupcakes 


2-1/2 cups cake flour
3 tbsp. NATURAL cocoa powder (not Dutch processed or dark)
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1 cup butter
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup to 1 cup  beet puree (from Home Farm Herbery Natural Beet Powder
(Just add a few tablespoons of water to the beet powder to make the puree)
1/2 cup raspberry juice (from frozen or fresh raspberries)  
2 tbsp. white vinegar
2 tbsp. lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 F Grease two 9-inch cake pans and line the bottom with parchment paper OR line cupcake tins with paper liners.

Prepare beet puree and raspberry juice beforehand. For the raspberry juice, heat up raspberries in microwave until they become mushy. Strain to remove seeds.

Sift together dry ingredients and set aside.

Cream together butter, vanilla, and sugar.

Beat in eggs, one at a time.

In a separate bowl, mix together the buttermilk and yogurt. Whisk in the beet puree and the raspberry juice. Stir in the vinegar and lemon juice.

Alternate adding the dry and wet ingredients to the butter/egg mixture, mixing until combined.
Pour batter into the prepared tins. Bake cakes for 25-35 min (18-22 for cupcakes) or until toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to cool 10 minutes in the pan, and then completely on a wire rack.
Decorate with cream cheese icing.

You can make cupcakes, whoopie pies, roll or log, cakes.  You can use our all natural beet powder to color eggs at Easter time or as a natural dye.

Happy Cooking from Home Farm Herbery


It is really easy to make Home Farm Herbery Gourmet Linguica Sausage

It is really easy to make Home Farm Herbery Gourmet Linguica Sausage Seasoning and this recipe makes great Linguica Sausage. 

You do not need a lot of equipment.  An old meat grinder will do or get your meat ground at the meat department.  You simply make patties and/or scramble sausage instead of links.

  To Make Home Farm Herbery Linguica Sausages you will need the following ingredients:  

The contents of Home Farm Herbery Linguica Sausage Seasoning, 5-lbs pork butt, coarsely ground, 2-tbsp liquid smoke, 2-tbsp minced garlic & 1/2-cup red wine.

Hand-trim fat from the outside of meat to your desired fat preference.  Grind the meat with a course grinding plate. After grinding, add the Linguica sausage seasonings to the meat and blend by hand or use a meat mixer. 

Be sure to mix thoroughly to ensure the ingredients are spread evenly throughout the meat.  Stuff by hand or by using a sausage stuffer or sausage stuffing attachment for an electric meat-grinder.

 (Note: do NOT use the blade in meat-grinder when stuffing and it is best to use a stuffing (bean) plate). If you wish, You can also form patties without casings.

Happy Sausage Making.

Arlene  Wright-Correll

How to use our Sun Dried Tomatoes

Sun Dried Tomatoes (All Natural)
One of the things we love to do in the Home Farm Herbery Creativity Center Kitchen is to create our famous Sun Dried Tomatoes and when we do we are left with the best gourmet Sun Dried Tomatoes that have a sweet, distinctive and tangy taste and aroma. 

Our sun-dried tomatoes are a great staple to give a quick flavor boost to recipes, but you will need to first reconstitute them.

 Here's how:
Place sun-dried tomatoes in heat-proof bowl.
Completely cover with boiling water.
Let sit for 30 minutes until soft and pliable.
Drain and pat dry.

Reserve the soaking liquid to use in soups and sauces.
Refrigerate and use leftovers within three days or cover with oil and refrigerate and use within two weeks.
To reconstitute in oil, simply cover with a good-grade olive oil for 24 hours before using
Sun-dried tomato oil may be reserved to use in salad.

Just say NO to gene-altered foods


Carrots diced and dried will keep 2 years so stock up for cooking or surviving.

Carrots Diced and Dried

All natural and chemical free. Order your supply now.

Our Home Farm Herbery Carrots Diced and Dried is just the thing to use when you make pasta and breads, soups, on pizza, chicken and salads.   Our Carrots Diced and dried take up less room than cans in your pantry or in your freezer and they have a longer shelf life.   We love this about it but we love the flavor better.  We have been able to maintain a subtle, sweet and pleasant authentic carrot flavor in the taste and a great carrot aroma.

Gently air dried and carefully selected vegetables; No additives or preservatives; Non-GMO in our carrots and dehydrated vegetables maintain their high nutritive value with less nutrients lost, plus you can store for 1-2 years in your cupboard; No more wasted food.  Dehydrated foods save time and money; 16 ounces of dried carrots yields 84 ounce; When reconstituted.
To prepared your carrots as separate vegetable just Add 3 parts water to 1 part carrot. Allow Dehydrated Carrots to hydrate for about 20 minutes or until fully re-hydrated.

Did you know that the world's largest carrot weighing in at an astonishing 19 pounds was grown in Alaska in 1998?

This product comes with a free recipe card for wonderful Carrot Muffins.  Buy now!

2 oz sample pack is $6.95

4 oz is 11.95 or buy 3 four oz packages and get 1 free.  A $47.80 value for only $35.85 Buy today.

1 lb $29.95

5 lbs. $129.95

10 lbs. $249.95

50 lbs $679.00

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Tea of the Week is our newest Three Berry Tea Blend.Order your sampler now and get free shipping

Tea of the Week is our newest Three Berry Tea Blend.  This Caffeine Free infusion swirls with the aromatic harmony of a summer garden, complete with the floral undertones of hibiscus. Order your sampler today and get free shipping and a free gift.


Home Farm Herbery’s Gourmet Falafel Mix is a relatively healthy vegetarian meal

Gourmet Falafel Mix

At Home Farm Herbery some of our valued customers call this Falafel Dry Mix or Falafel Veggie Burger.  Regardless, it tastes great!  There is no substitute for Home Farm Herbery gourmet Falafel Mix.

Originating in the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean we have been able to duplicate it with our Hand Blended Ingredients: All Natural Fava Beans, Garbanzo Beans, Spices, Salt, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Baking Powder, Dehydrated Parsley and Corn Oil resulting in a distinctive aroma and a complex and delicious taste. Our Falafel is a relatively healthy vegetarian meal; rich in protein, fiber and many other nutrients.  Plus it is Gluten free, sugar free and vegan!

It is easy to use: Add 3/4 cup of water to 1 cup dry mix, mix and let stand for 20 minutes. Form patties, fry in hot oil or bake until crisp and golden brown. Use in salad, pita and veggie burgers.

4 oz. Sampler $14.95

16 oz. $45.74

5 lbs. $183.00

10 lbs. $274.00

50 lbs. $539.85

Order today and get free shipping, plus a free herb or herb blend, tea sampler or heirloom seed of our choice.


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We thank you in advance for your order as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Get Home Farm Herbery’s Value Gift Pack of all 7 organic, chemical free Jerky seasonings

Get Home Farm Herbery’s Value Pack of all 7 organic, chemical free Jerky seasonings. It makes a great gift or just a great treat for you! A $47.93 value now save $6.00 and order it today for only $39.93 plus we will ship it to you free and include a free herb or herb blend of our choice so buy today.
When you order today all our net proceeds from this sale goes to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Order now.


Home Farm Herbery Zesty Pumpkin Soup Blend offers a great recipe and a 4 pack gift card for Chirstmas

Home Farm Herbery Zesty Pumpkin Soup Blend offers a great recipe and a 4 pack gift card for either your use or for really unique and affordable gifts at only $12.98 any time of the year for family, friends, work staff or just your favorite cook.  Why not try some today to make your family and friends some good home made chemical-free soup?
When you order today you help send the net proceeds to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. So order now. 

gourmet Polish Kielbasa or Polish Sausage is easy to make using Home Farm Herbery Seasoning.

Hand blended, organic, chemical free, gourmet Polish Kielbasa or Polish Sausage is easy to make using this Seasoning order now


This was the best and easiest Gourmet Dru Brined turkey Seasoning you will ever use.

This was the best and easiest Brined turkey I ever made with Home Farm Herbery’s Gourmet dry Turkey Brine Seasoning Order some today

How to make your own salami With Home Farm Herbery Salami Seasoning

I made some great salami using Home Farm Herbery’s Hand blended, organic, chemical free, gourmet Salami Seasoning order now http://www.localharvest.org/salami-seasoning-C23465

Tea of the Week Chocolate Mint Rooibos Tea The aroma is delightful and the taste is simply delicious.

chocolate mint rooibos samplerTea of the Week Chocolate Mint Rooibos Tea The aroma is delightful and the taste is simply delicious. Buy some today. It makes a special Christmas gift. Chocolate Mint Rooibos Tea

We thank you for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital so place your order now.
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