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Stumbling Toward Dinner

Winner-winner, onion dinner! Recently, The Rogue Estate gang entered a contest offered by search aggregate website StumbleUpon, seeking dinner party concepts built upon themes and recipes found using only their web service. The result? WE WON! My love of onions in all their forms is no secret around the Rogue Estate Kitchens and often the platform for good sarcastic laughs. "One of these days, we should do a dinner of nothing but onions, ha ha ha." And so it was meant to be, another snotty comment turned hair-brained scheme. The challenge - using StumbleUpon's keyword based stumble tool, find recipes to build a menu for a dinner party. The subject - no kidding - Onions. Not merely recipes that just happen to have onions as supporting players, but recipes of which the onions are the stars, supported by the other ingredients. Additionally, I wanted a full cohesive menu instead of a collection of random dishes or appetizers. Lastly - some variety. Rogue Estate is about culinary exploration, not "same old same old". After a few evenings of stumbling and researching recipes, the menu was set. I wrote up our contest entry and submitted it to StumbleUpon. A couple weeks later after the contest had been forgotten, this email arrived: "Thanks so much for applying to the StumbleUpon Dinner Party promotion. We'd love for you to host this awesome "Onion Themed" potluck!¬†We thought that was a funny concept." Onion Chef's Night was a GO! This is the full menu we prepared, with StumbleUpon links to the source recipes: App / Snack Caramelized Onion & Bacon dip with chips http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1eSySl/networkedblogs.com/nrwkY Salad Shaved brussels sprouts and onion salad - we added more onion varieties to this, including a fried red onion garnish. http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/296bw6/www.food52.com/recipes/7650_shaved_brussels_sprout_salad_with_red_onion_lemon_and_pecorino Main Red Onions stuffed with pork sausage - fuck martha stewart, but this is a good reference and we used Corridor Sausage to hit this one out of the park. http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/172RhB/www.marthastewart.com/857640/sausage-stuffed-red-onions Grilled Onion "Steaks" with honey dijon glaze. Ridiculously simple, and quite satisfying. http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/3rrcZj/www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/BBQ-ONION-STEAKS-WITH-HONEY-MUSTARD-SAUCE-235354 Sides French onion soup stuffed mushroom caps - fuck yeah. these things were killer. An awesome alternative to the bowl of soup. Will definitely use this concept again somewhere. http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/32lhDQ/thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/11/french-onion-soup-stuffed-mushrooms/ Sweet & Savory Dessert Cauliflower & Onion Tart - this was a monster, or maybe we were burned out on onions by dessert. Either way we took it over the edge by serving with a dollop of Slow Jams Cranberry & Red Onion Jam. http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/7qRubQ/smittenkitchen.com/2010/02/cauliflower-and-caramelized-onion-tart/ We took a bunch of photos, of course... for the sake of laziness, they're posted to our Facebook Page, of which you are hopefully a fan and if not, show us some thumbs-up love! -///  
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