A Day in My Life: Creamed Onions


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A few years ago, my cousin Bill brought my folks over on Thanksgiving Day. I think it was the first time Dad didn’t recognize me. Usually I can see recognition in his eyes, but not that day. Could have been there was just too much going on—we had a crowd. Regardless, it was my own fault—I hadn’t seen him in a number of weeks.

But one funny moment sticks out to me. The day before Thanksgiving, I spent considerable time hunting for the ingredients for creamed onions—Dad’s Thanksgiving favorite. You know what stores are like the day before Thanksgiving . . . crowded! Finally, I decided to make them from scratch. Everyone loved them! My sister said they were the best creamed onions she ever had.

Dad had one helping of the meal, then we took him back to the kitchen for another helping. I spooned them out for him, and he shook his head vehemently. “Dad, I worked so hard on these! Are you telling me you don’t want any?”

“No!” he said. “Don’t like ’em.”

You have to laugh!

Here’s the recipe I used for creamed onions:

Prepare steamed onions (I used a bag of frozen pearl onions and followed directions to steam them off the bag.)

Make one cup white sauce. (Melt two tablespooons butter. Add 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons flour and blend over low heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup of milk slowly. It will thicken and smooth out. Season to taste.)

Cover onions with white sauce and cook for one minute. Add 1/4 cup chopped parsley, a dash of cloves, 1/4 teaspoon paprika. Enjoy!


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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Kathleen Berman says:

    My mother used to make those. I am going to try to make a vegan Thanksgiving loaf for my vegan son. Fingers crossed. I am also going to try a new brussel sprouts recipe with a maple vinagrette. I have somehow bought enough sprouts to feed us for weeks.

  2. Lisa Stifler says:

    Blessings to you Suzanne. My husband and I moved his mother in with us after she developed Alzheimers! I am very aware of the challenge that you face in daily care! Sometimes you just have to laugh. May God bless you and be with you! Thank you for sharing this recipe, cant wait to try it. I creamed onions a long time ago and loved them. ~ Blessings ~