Preparation / Directions:
1. Scrape celery lightly. Using a sharp knife, cut stalks diagonally into 1 1/2 inch pieces. Cut larger pieces in half lengthwise.
2. To make the marinade: In a saucepan, combine the oil, lemon juice, herbs, seasonings, and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil.
3. Drop the celery into the marinade. Stir, and add only enough water to half cover the celery. Invert a dish over the celery. Cover pan and simmer for 10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Cool in the marinade.
4. Store, marinade and all in a covered glass jar in the refrigerator. Serve cold, garnished with the lemon and fennel.