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Our Family’s Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe

Tonight is the first of our Thanksgiving Done Right classes at The Cooking Cottage this year.  We’ll be making some twists on old favorites to update your Thanksgiving table and add a little extra flavor to your joyous celebration.  This year Molly, Peggi’s youngest daughter, will be hosting Thanksgiving at her home in Michigan, and Peggi and Herb will be joining her there.  Kate, Peggi’s middle daughter, will be staying in PA to celebrate with her fiance’s parents, and Winnie & Pete will join that holiday feast.  And Alysia, Peggi’s oldest, will stay out on the West Coast for Turkey Day – joining her boyfriend’s family in Tahoe (not a bad place to go for holidays, huh?).  So while we regret that we won’t all be together for the holiday, we will all still be in the company of people we love, and there’s one recipe that we will all make sure shows up on our tables this Thanksgiving as it does every year:


Recipe: Golden Creamed Onions


  • 3 lbs. pearl onions, blanched in boiling water for 2 minutes, drained and peeled (if using frozen pearl onions you can skip this step, but be sure to drain the frozen onions well)
  • 2 TB. butter
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup minced parsley leaves


  1. In a deep skillet large enough to hold the onions in one layer combine the onions, butter, sugar, salt and enough water to cover the onions by 1/2,” bring the water to a boil and boil the onions until the liquid is almost evaporated. Cook the onions over moderate heat, swirling the skillet, until they turn golden and begin to brown.
  2. Add the cream, bring the liquid to a boil and boil the mixture, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thickened slightly.
  3. Season the mixture with salt and pepper and stir in the parsley.

Quick notes

The onion mixture may be made one day ahead, kept covered and chilled, and reheated in a skillet over moderately low heat, stirring, until it is hot.

Number of servings (yield): 8

The Cooking Cottage wishes you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving, with much to be thankful for and, of course, delicious home-cooked food on the holiday table!

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