I finally broke down Friday night and harvested one of the fennel bulbs. This is what fennel looks like. At my store it costs $2.98. It has a unique lemon/licorice scent.
Since it was only one bulb I sauteed it in some butter till soft and lightly browned and ate it with some bread.
My usual favorite way to cook fennel is chopping it up along with some butternut squash, onion, and red bell pepper. I cook it in a pot on the stove until it's softened. It can be combined with many other vegetables or grains, and spices. It's considered a comfort food at our house.