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2019 Mardi Gras Party Recipes

Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday is next Tuesday, March 5. Great Plains Communications wants to help you celebrate the flavors of the holiday with some of our favorite recipes from our cable channel, Food Network.

Cajun Shrimp Étouffée

Shrimp Étouffée is a classic Cajun dish, containing the “holy trinity” of onion, bell pepper and celery, along with seafood base and gulf shrimp. You might be wondering what the difference is between étouffée and other classic dishes such as gumbo. Étouffée is a thicker consistency and made with one type of shellfish, while gumbo is more of a soup base and includes a mix of vegetables, meat and shellfish.

 

Slow-Cooker Smoked Chicken and Shrimp Gumbo

This recipe is layered with flavor but skips the hassle of constant attention. You still have to make a deep roux to provide thickening and a crucial flavor to gumbo, but that is the only prep needed with the slow-cooker doing the work.

 

Viv’s Beignets-and-Crawfish Mardi Gras Party

With these recipes, your party will feel like a true Mardi Gras event from the savory twist on a classic crawfish dish, sweet and fluffy beignets and the crowd-pleasing Hurricane cocktail. As Viv mentions, if you can’t find crawfish or aren’t a fan of the flavor, feel free to substitute shrimp in its place.

 

NOLA-Inspired Muffuletta Pinwheels

Another classic dish in New Orleans is the muffuletta. This sandwich is full of pickled veggies pressed down with different meats and cheeses. The key to the muffuletta flavor is the pressing of the sandwich, that generally takes an hour or longer. If you aren’t looking to spend that time or just want something simpler for your Mardi Gras party, try these muffuletta pinwheel bites.

 

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn about the services we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

2019 Oscar Winners

The 91st Academy Awards aired this past Sunday, February 24. If you missed it or just planned to look for the list of Oscar winners after the fact, Great Plains Communications has you covered.

Best Picture:

Green Book”

Director:

Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”

Actor:

Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Actress:

Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”

Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”

Supporting Actress:

Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Original Screenplay:

“Green Book”

Adapted Screenplay:

“BlackKklansman”

Foreign Language Film:

“Roma”

Animated Feature:

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Sound Editing:

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

Visual Effects:

“First Man”

Film Editing:

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

Animated Short:

“Bao”

Live Action Short:

“Skin”

Documentary Short:

“Period. End of Sentence.”

Original Score:

“Black Panther”

Original Song:

“Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”

Production Design:

“Black Panther”

Cinematography:

“Roma”

Costume Design:

“Black Panther”

Makeup and Hairstyling:

“Vice”

Documentary Feature:

“Free Solo”

Sound Mixing:

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

2019 Spring Sunspots

Strangely enough, the sun can impact your cable television service. When the energy from the sun expands, solar flares are created, better known as sunspots. For around two weeks each fall and spring season, you might notice some channels periodically showing a fuzzy signal, sparkles, or even a total loss. Typically lasting 5 to 15 minutes, the sunspot activity should not cause any worry as it will pass.

So, what exactly causes the disruption in your channels? As the satellites orbit, they eventually will align between the earth and sun. As a result of the mini-eclipse the satellite has formed, the sun’s rays overpower the transmission from the satellite. It is important to note that the effects brought on by sunspot activity is not a cable outage and there is really nothing Great Plains Communications or any other cable provider, is able to do. The sun outages are often country-wide, and the only thing we can all do is wait for it to pass. Luckily, after 5 to 15 minutes of disruption, your program should air as normal.

If the problem has not subsided after 20 minutes, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 so that one of our technicians can look into the issue. For more information on sunspots and the current level of solar activity, visit NASA’s website at https://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/SunspotCycle.shtml.

Show Premieres Coming This Month

The temperatures may still be in the freezing, but the drama in these new shows is heating up! Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorite premieres coming out in the next month that you won’t want to miss.

Proven Innocent – FOX

Premieres 2/15/19

A young woman was wrongly accused of murdering her best friend. Once her conviction was overturned she turned to the books and became a lawyer, determined to help others with stories like hers.

 

The Umbrella Academy – NETFLIX

Premieres 2/15/19

You will see some familiar faces in this 10-episode adaptation of graphic novels highlighting a family of superheroes. The show is sure to be jam packed with action and an underlying thread of comedy.

 

Whiskey Cavalier – ABC

Premieres 2/24/19

The infamous rivalry between the CIA and FBI is not new to our screens, but Whiskey Cavalier looks to provide not only action and drama but romantic tension between the two agents as they both work to obtain the same target.

 

The Widow – Amazon Prime

Premieres 3/1/19

This is the American debut of the eight-episode British thriller starring Kate Beckinsale. Her husband is believed to be dead after a plane crash, however Beckinsale’s character isn’t so convinced.

 

The Act – Hulu

Premieres – 3/20/19

Keeping with the true-crime trend, this short series tells the intense story of a toxic relationship between mother and daughter, based on the Dee Dee and Gypsy Blanchard true crime story.

Easy Valentine’s Day Recipes

Skip the reservations this Valentine’s Day! We have looked to our cable channel, Food Network for some of our favorite date night recipes that you can enjoy at home. No matter if you spend the evening cooking together or surprise your sweetheart with a home-cooked meal, these recipes are definitely some to consider.

Lobster Linguine

By adding an expensive seafood, such as Lobster or crab, to a pasta dish, you can enjoy the decadence while stretching your money. This recipe has very few ingredients and comes together in 30 minutes but spares no flavor. The freshness of the arugula and peas added at the end will brighten the creamy sauce and won’t overpower the flavor of the lobster.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts might not be your first choice for date night, but this recipe will have you reconsidering. By wrapping the cutlets in prosciutto, you are adding fat that will keep the chicken moist while cooking and add a ton of salty, delicious flavor.

Date-Night Carrot Cake for Two

This perfectly portioned cake will add a sweet ending to your Valentine’s Day dinner. The classic flavors of naturally sweet carrots, vanilla and cinnamon accented with the chopped pecans make for a beautifully spiced base for the indulgent cream cheese frosting.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Tart

The thought of making a tart can be intimidating, but this recipe is as simple as making the filling and placing the whole thing in the refrigerator. While Katie Lee made her shell, you can also buy pre-made shells at most grocery stores.

 

From all of us at Great Plains Communications, we wish you a very happy Valentine’s Day! If you are not currently one of our cable customers and would like to learn more about the services we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Valentine’s Day DIY Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is next week, which means there is plenty of time for DIY gift ideas. Great Plains Communications has turned to a few of our cable channels for some of our favorite gift ideas you can make at home, getting the kids involved as well.

DIY Valentine’s Day Door Decoration – HGTV

This door decoration only takes a few things to make and the kids will love helping stick on the fake moss. It is simple and will add a beautiful romantic touch to any door or wall in the home.

 

DIY Barnwood Wine Glass Holder – DIY Network

This country chic wine glass holder will make a great gift accompanied by your special someone’s favorite wine. Spend less money and more time, showing how much you care with this beautifully resourceful gift.

 

Tiered Planter Box – DIY Network

Are you someone who loves working with your hands? Get the older kids involved in making this tiered planter box as a Valentine’s Day gift for the gardener of the family.

 

Andi’s Origami Valentine’s Day Hearts – Disney Channel

Making these origami Valentine’s Day hearts is a fun craft for the whole family. Write personal messages inside and take the time to show younger children how to fold the intricate designs and watch as they glow with pride when their folds turn into a beautiful heart.

2019 Big Game Commercials

We have covered recipes for your big game day party, but how many of you are primarily there for the commercials during the game? Great Plains Communications has found a few of our favorite commercials you can expect to see this year and teasers for those brands that are making us wait.

Amazon – Not Everything Makes the Cut

 

Avocados from Mexico – Top Dog

 

Bubly – Can I have a bublé (Teaser)

 

Colgate – The Close Talker

 

Hyundai – The Elevator

 

Michelob Ultra – The Pure Experience

 

Pepsi – More Than OK

Don’t miss the big game between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams this Sunday, February 3 at 5:30 PM CT on CBS.

2019 Game Day Recipes

The big football game is this weekend, which means you have plenty of time to plan that perfect menu to wow your friends. Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, Food Network for twists on some of our favorite game-day classic recipes.

Tomatillo Beef Nachos

As Eddie Jackson says, the beauty of this recipe is that you can make the different components ahead of time, so all you have to do is assemble when your guests arrive. The charred tomatillos will add a smoky flavor that melds perfectly with the savory beef. Keep the different toppings on the side for people to garnish as they please and you will have a fan favorite!

Spicy Pop Pulled Pork

Another make-ahead meal, you could prepare this pork the day before and reheat it in the crockpot for whenever your guests are hungry. The sugar in the pop and brown sugar levels out the spicy, smoky notes of the chipotles. Grab packages of buns and you have a sweet, savory, spicy dish that will have your friends’ taste buds dancing.

3 Ways to Amp Up Queso

Not wanting to take the time to make your own queso but are looking for a way to jazz up that jarred cheese? Here are three toppings that will add flavor, heat and freshness to the already beloved cheese dip.

Jamaican Meat Pie Footballs

Okay, this one might not be a classic game-day dish, but if you are looking to add something different to your table of treats, these Jamaican Meat Pies are just what you need. There is spice from the pepper mix and the dough is flaky, plus they look like little footballs so that’s a total touchdown!

If you aren’t currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn about what services we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Healthy Breakfast Recipes for a Healthy 2019

As we think about fitness this week with our Fit Social Giveaway on Facebook, let’s focus on food – breakfast foods to be exact. What we put in our bodies is a big part of staying healthy and reaching those 2019 resolutions, along with staying active. While breakfast is very important to get your metabolism working and start your day off on a healthy foot, not everybody is too excited about jumping in the kitchen in the a.m., especially with the busy schedules of life. So Great Plains Communications wants to help! We have looked to our cable channel, Food Network, for some of our favorite healthy, but still flavorful, breakfast recipes.

4 Whole30 Breakfast Recipes

Taking part in Whole30 or just want to see what the recipes are like? Unlike other diets or meal plans, these four recipes will have you feeling not only full but satisfied. They are packed full of protein and comforting flavors such as apple, sweet potato, and yes, BACON (sugar free)! All of these recipes can also be made ahead and placed in the freezer to reheat as needed.

Bobby’s Blueberry-Pomegranate Power Bowl

Breakfast bowls and “power bowls” have been a fad for a couple years now, but it is because they are delicious! This recipe gets thickness from blended oats, sweetness from the fruit and crunch from the protein packed crumble.

Overnight Carrot Cake Oats

Like Bobby Flay’s power bowl, these oats need to be made ahead of time so that the oats can soak up all the flavor from carrots, sugar and vanilla extract. The next morning, all you have to do is grab your jar and toppings and head to work. You will find yourself with a sweet, yet wholesome breakfast right at your desk.

How to Eat Salad for Breakfast

If you lean more toward the savory side of breakfast foods, this recipe could be for you. The vinaigrette is tart and sweet from the fresh orange, which goes well with the peppery bite of the arugula. Place it all on the crowd pleasing avocado toast and you have a breakfast that will have your taste buds dancing.

Find more recipes like these on the Food Network channel! If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn more about the services we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1484.

Last Chance to SAVE with Our Holiday Promotion!

You don’t have much time left! The holidays might be over, but there is still time to take advantage of our great holiday promotion. Discover the magic of savings with Great Plains Communications and our new Value Bundle. Connect all your devices with reliable high-speed Internet and you could receive up to a $100 bill credit.

The Value Bundle includes:

Upgraded equipment

FREE Wireless

FREE HD Cable Channels

FREE Long Distance & Calling Features

 

New Internet customers can sign up for the bundle now and receive $100 bill credit and FREE installation. If you are already a Great Plains Communications Internet customer but are looking to increase your speed to fit your family’s needs, receive a $25 bill credit when you upgrade now. This promotion ends tomorrow, so call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 to sign up for this great deal while it is still available!

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