HIT the LINKS: The Backyard @ Yardbarker

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Throughout my many years playing this game, I have come across many websites that specialize in fantasy sports. I saved them all and many of them are included in the

FANFOOD Fantasy Baseball Tools

 

Each week a different website, twitter feed or mobile application will be highlighted and reviewed for you before you “HIT the LINKS”. I’m going to mix things up a bit this week as I ask you to check out the backyard at yardbarker.com. It’s not a fantasy information site, although you can access fantasy news there.  The backyard has links to all of the articles from all sports in one handy page.

As always it’s followed by a great recipe, this week its Ginger Flank Steak with Sake-Glazed Vegetables.

 

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. It’s a sports site where everyone’s an insider. Sports fans, bloggers, and professional athletes all hang out in the Yard to read and discuss sports articles, view the latest sports photos and videos, debate and interact with each other, and much more.

Yardbarker subscribes to thousands of feeds from sports blogs, news outlets, official team sites, and other sources. They aggregate them all and deliver the best articles to the sport, team, and player Yards.

 

You can:

• Read news and rumor stories from the homepage or from the Yards of any sport, team, or player. You can also search for content using the search box.
• Comment on a story from the homepage or anywhere around the Yard.
• Add your opinion to a forum discussion or start a new discussion.
• Interact with verified athletes by reading and commenting on their blog posts, barking on their player pages, and sending private messages.
• Press the “I like it” button on any story or forum post you like to help boost its visibility to other users.
• View photo galleries with continuously updated photos from your favorite sports, teams, and players.
• Take a quiz and compare your sports knowledge with others.
• Follow your favorite sports and teams by adding them as favorites.
• Connect with other Yardbarker users by adding them as favorites, barking on their pages, and sending them private messages.

 

The Yardbarker homepage is updated throughout the day with the best sports stories from around the web, handpicked by the editors. Stories may include blog posts, news articles, athlete blog posts, and more. When you click on a story, a Preview will pop up. From there you can click to read the full story at the source, or click to comment about it on Yardbarker.

Sources are sports blogs, news outlets, team sites, Twitter feeds, and other sources they have found on the web that are relevant and trustworthy. You can look at their list of sources by sport or by team. Many of the stories you see in the News & Rumors sections come from these sources.
The backyard’s editor’s and algorithms curate the best sports content from the network and beyond.

 

The Backyard @ Yardbarker.com

 

 

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Ginger Flank Steak with Sake-Glazed Vegetables

 

INGREDIENTS

1 2-pound flank steak

1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup sake
1/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 pound asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1 1/2-inch lengths
3 tablespoons peanut oil
2 red bell peppers, cut into 1-inch-wide strips
1 1/2 pounds crimini mushrooms, halved, each half cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
4 green onions, cut into 1-inch lengths
2 teaspoons cornstarch

 

PREPARATION

Combine first 6 ingredients in 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Add meat. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 1 day. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour before continuing.

Cook asparagus in large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Drain. Rinse under cold water to cool. Drain again.

Heat 2 tablespoons peanut oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add red bell pepper strips and sauté 3 minutes. Add crimini mushrooms and sauté until mushrooms are soft, about 5 minutes. Add green onions and asparagus and sauté until vegetables are tender, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer vegetables to serving platter. Tent with foil to keep warm.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon peanut oil in same skillet over high heat. Remove steak from marinade; reserve marinade. Add steak to skillet and cook to desired doneness, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to cutting board. Tent with foil and let stand 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, place reserved marinade in small saucepan. Whisk in cornstarch. Whisk over high heat until sauce thickens and boils, about 3 minutes. Remove sauce from heat. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.

Cut steak across grain on diagonal into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Arrange steak slices atop vegetables on platter. Spoon some of sauce over meat and vegetables. Serve, passing remaining sauce separately.

 

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