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Backyard Theater

Turn a typical dinner and movie night into a fun new experience by heading to your backyard. A great steak doesn't have to be reserved for an expensive restaurant. Heat up your grill and enjoy this sweet and savory version -- then watch a movie under the starry sky.

Couple cooking romantic dinner at home

Summer is coming to a close which means the evenings are pleasant and the bug populations are decreasing. Take advantage of the weather before the winter chill sets in by creating an outdoor movie night in your backyard. Grab a few extension cords and set up your television or laptop. Create a comfy setting by blowing up an air mattress and covering it with a few blankets and a lot of pillows. Place your bed out in the open so that if you get bored of the movie, you can gaze at the stars. Add in some citronella candles and a box of candy and your romantic, invitation-only theater is ready to be enjoyed.

Since your after dinner activities involve the great outdoors, you might as well prepare dinner outside, too. Fire up the grill and make a few steaks. The blend of sweet, savory and tangy flavors will make you think of steak in an entirely new way. Serve with a rich red wine, like a Zinfandel.

Blueberry, balsamic and feta sirloins

Blueberry, balsamic and feta sirloins

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 center-cut sirloins
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Two tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

Blueberry-balsamic sauce:

  • 1/4  cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

  1. In a shallow dish, mix together balsamic vinegar, soy sauce and olive oil. Sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic powder on each side of the steak and marinate in the vinegar mixture for a few hours.
  2. Grill steaks to your desired specifications.
  3. When the steaks are about 10 minutes away from being cooked, prepare the sauce. In a small sauce pan, combine blueberries, balsamic vinegar, sugar, soy sauce and garlic powder. Simmer until the sauce thickens. Once the blueberries soften, smash a few of them to release the juice.
  4. Pour the warm sauce over the cooked steaks and top with feta cheese.

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