File under delicious dinner pairings: pork chops and fennel recipes. One of the reasons they work so well together is that fennel has an anise-like herbal note, which cuts through rich pork. Here, the pork chops get a lemon and Dijon mustard crust, and are served with a carrot-and-fennel salad. Using a vegetable peeler to make ribbons of the carrot means they’ll quickly soak up the lemon juice and oil. Ditto goes for slicing the fennel on a mandoline. If you don’t have either tool, slice as thinly as possible with a knife, and marinate for longer with the lemon, olive oil, and salt to soften some of the crunch.