My onion fiasco

Steva Dooley
The Cook's Corner

I will have lots of onions this year. That is, if they all grow. When I was growing up, we always grew our onions from sets. I never knew anyone that grew them from plants. We just grew plain old yellow onions. They just had to produce well because we used a lot of onions. A few years ago, I started growing onions from plants, they have to be started in like January, so I usually just buy them. When I started it was easy, they were available at a local store and I just pick up a couple of bundles when they came in. And as humans are wont to do, I just assumed they would always have them. This year, they didn’t get any.
That left me in a quandary. I was pushing the envelope for ordering from my preferred catalogue, so I had to decide quickly whether to order or just use sets this year. I ordered. Then the more I thought about it the more I was convinced that I was too late and wouldn’t get any onion plants. I had also ordered two pounds of a special variety of onion sets. I was absolutely sure that I wasn’t going to get any of those things.
So I went to the local store and bought a big bag of onions sets to plant this year.  Then surprise about two days later my whole order of onion plants and sets all came in. I had no garden ready for them, no tubs, no beds, nada, nothing. I got on the ball and got three barrels ready to go and two planted when a storm blew in and I had to stop.  So then a friend that recently moved here offered to come help. I accepted, not that I needed the help, but it is more fun to work with a friend. We got the soil in the last two tubs prepared and the onions stuck in the ground. I watered them well and then watered them again on Sunday.
So that takes care of the roughly 200 onion plants. Now, I still have two-pounds of Stuttgart onions sets and about the same amount of regular yellow onions to deal with, so I guess I better get some ground worked up. The rain will help ready the soil to be tilled, so I guess it can wait a little while. I am going to have A LOT of onions this year, but that is okay because we use a lot of onions.
How about a different sort of onion recipe?

Scalloped Onions
- 2-pounds small white onions
- ¼ cup butter
- ¼ cup flour
- 2 cups milk
- ½ teaspoons salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup grated sharp cheese
- ¼ cup chopped pimiento
- ¼ cup chopped parsley
- ½ cup bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon butter
Peel onions and cook in salted water for 15 minutes until just tender, drain. Place in a 1 ½ quart baking dish. Melt butter in saucepan, add flour and cook mixture for three minutes; add milk, stirring constantly until thick. About five minutes. Pour over onions, sprinkle on border of crumbs mixed with one tablespoon butter. Bake in a moderate oven (375º) for 15 minutes. Makes about 8 servings.