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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!

New Year’s Eve Tips and Recipes

Are boxes still stacked around the house and trash bags full of wrapping paper? The last thing you want to do is stress about planning what to make for New Year’s Eve.  Great Plains Communications wants to help you out! We have looked to a couple of our cable channels, HGTV and the Cooking Channel for some of our favorite recipes and helpful tips when keeping foods at the right temperatures all night.

How to Make an Epic Meat and Cheese Spread

Let’s start with a classic – a meat and cheese board. While they are a crowd pleaser, they can be intimidating to make. In this video, HGTV breaks it down into almost a formula that is sure to result in a beautiful and delicious spread.

Coconut Shrimp Skewers

These skewers are quick to make and definitely not lacking in flavor. Plus, by adding the avocado dip to small glasses, it becomes portable for a more social setting. Make it even easier on yourself and buy some disposable cups, so your guests can toss them when they are finished. Less dishes = less stress!

How to Keep Party Food at the Right Temperature

It can be tough to keep certain foods cold or hot throughout the night. These tips from HGTV will include things like a heated brick and ice packs, things you probably already have around the house – simple yet effective.

3 Ways to Make Ornament Cocktails

Keep the holiday theme rolling with these festive drinks. Make them ahead of time and you get decorations and drinks all-in-one!

 

Great Plains Communications hopes everyone has a safe and wonderful New Year’s celebration!

Christmas Recipes 2018

Don’t worry if you haven’t planned your Christmas menu yet, Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, Food Network for some of our favorite holiday dishes that are sure to shine on your Christmas table.

Christmas Tree Antipasto Salad

Who doesn’t love a good antipasto salad? Make this adorable Christmas tree simply by rearranging the crowd-pleasing toppings. It will be a show-stopping first course that will get everyone in a festive mood.

Holiday Roast Prime Rib

A prime rib roast is not a cheap cut of meat, so it can be scary cooking it for the first time. This recipe is simple as it lets the flavor of the beef shine with a little bite from the horseradish plus the steps are super easy to follow.

Christmas Tree Brownies

Looking for a fun activity for the kids this season? Instead of decorating cookies, let them decorate their own Christmas tree brownies!

Ina’s Fruitcake Cookies

If you have always been afraid of the fruitcake on the holiday table, you will think again with these cookies! Dried apricots and cherries mix with the classic chopped nuts and blend with a classic short bread cookie to jazz up the old tired recipe you always avoided.

Parental Controls and Christmas Vacation

Christmas vacation is just around the corner. This means sledding, snow ball fights and a lot more free-time for the kids. While many holiday movies will be watched, Great Plains Communications understands that some programming may not be suitable for younger members of the household. Keep your family protected with parental controls. We realize that no system can completely take the place of monitoring what media your kids consume, however parental controls can make it a lot easier. This is an easy way to make sure that kids aren’t exposed to mature programming, or even the titles. When a program or channel is blocked, the user must enter a 4-digit pin to access the channel. That way, you can still enjoy all programming, but in a secure way.

These controls are set up right through your remote and are very easy to configure. Blocks can be set by channel, rating, or even specific show titles. The control is in your hands.

Here are the steps to setting up parental controls:

Press the Menu key on your remote

Select the Home Icon

Select Setup

Then select Locks Setup

Once you are in the Locks Setup screen, you will be asked to choose a 4-digit pin.

Once your pin has been selected, you will be given the following options:

TV Rating – Blocking by TV Rating. *Note that you must block every rating you wish to control. This means if you block an R rating, you will also need to block “adult” programming.

Movie Rating – This only affects movie channels such as STARZ, Cinemax, and HBO.

Channel Locks – This will allow you to block specific channels.

Master Lock – Allows you to remove locks, bypass a lock, or change your pin.

Adult Titles – This removes titles from adult video programs. The guide will only display the words “adult movie.”

Just a few steps ensure your family’s safe viewing habits. We do want to point out that your pin is exclusive to you and we do not keep a record of your entry. If you do forget your pin, we can reset your settings, but you would have to reprogram your preferences. We suggest keeping your number in a safe spot so that you don’t forget it.

If you have any additional questions about the parental controls, you can call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

2018 Hallmark Channel Countdown to Christmas

The Countdown to Christmas has begun on the Hallmark Channel. With original favorites and new premieres, the Hallmark Channel encourages family time through their feel-good movies. So, grab a blanket and your loved ones and enjoy the following movies.

Hallmark Channel (All 7 PM Central Time)

December 4 – Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe

December 5 – Road to Christmas

December 6 – A Shoe Addict’s Christmas

December 7 – Mingle All the Way

December 8 – Homegrown Christmas – World Premiere Original

December 9 – Welcome to Christmas – World Premiere Original

December 10 – Miss Christmas

December 11 – Christmas Getaway

December 12 – Christmas at Graceland

December 13 – Welcome to Christmas

December 14 – Homegrown Christmas

December 15 – Entertaining Christmas – World Premiere Original

December 16 – A Gingerbread Romance – World Premiere Original

December 17 – Finding Santa

December 18 – A Gingerbread Romance

December 19 – Welcome to Christmas

December 20 – Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe

December 21 – Entertaining Christmas

December 22 – Jingle Around the Clock – World Premiere Original

December 23 – Christmas Made to Order

December 24 – A Shoe Addict’s Christmas

December 25 – When Call the Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing – Original Premiere

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

Discover the Savings with our Holiday Promotion!

 

The holidays are here, and your wallet might already be feeling the weight of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but Great Plains Communications (GPC) wants to help you save this season. Discover the magic of our new Value Bundle and save up to 40% each month!

Value Bundle includes:

Upgraded Equipment

FREE Wireless

FREE HD Cable Channels

FREE Long Distance & Calling Features

 

And that’s not all! Through January 4, 2019, you have a chance to receive up to a $100 bill credit plus FREE installation!

Looking to connect your devices with reliable high-speed Internet? All new Internet customers can sign up now for the new Value Bundle and receive a $100 bill credit with free installation.

Already a GPC Internet customer but thinking a higher speed might be what your family needs this holiday? Upgrade your speed now and receive a $25 bill credit! With the addition of any single service, you will receive free installation.

Call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 today to sign up!

It’s All About Thanksgiving Side Dishes

We talked turkey, now it’s time to focus in on some show-stopping side dishes your family and friends are sure to love this Thanksgiving. Again, we have looked to our cable channel, Food Network for some of our favorite comforting recipes.

 

Alton’s Green Bean Casserole

While canned cream of mushroom soup will hold a special nostalgic place in our hearts, this recipe shows how easy it is to make a rich mushroom gravy from scratch.

 

Sausage, Apple and Sage Stuffing

The sweet and tart notes of the apple play well with the savoriness of the sausage. A quick mix and pop it in the oven for a fall flavored side that will shine on your Thanksgiving table.

 

Alex’s 5-Star Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Looking to impress your family and friends with more than the gelatinous can shaped cranberry sauce? This recipe will add true cranberry flavor with warm hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Plus, it is a beautiful accompaniment to any turkey.

 

Ree’s Creamy Corn Casserole

If your family likes a little spice, this creamy corn casserole will have the slight kick you need to heat up the Thanksgiving spread. Add as much or as little jalapeno as you want and don’t worry about substituting frozen corn for fresh if that is what you have available.

 

We’re Talking Turkey and Learning How to Prepare It

We are talking turkey today. Thanksgiving is just over a week out, but some turkey recipes can take up to 5 days of prep! Great Plains Communications has turned to our cable channel Food Network to find some of our favorite turkey preparations, if that is a wet brine, dry brine, no brine, or even just the turkey breasts for a smaller crowd.


Lemon and Herb Roasted Turkey

As Geoffrey Zakarian says in the video, “Don’t stress, because this is just a very big chicken.” Instead of worrying about room in your fridge for a wet brined turkey, this recipe requires just one shelf big enough for your roasting pan. The salt in the dry brine will dry out the skin to ensure it crisps in the oven and the seasonings provide a bright citrus note accompanied by familiar fall herb flavors.

 

Bobby Flay’s Cajun Brined Turkey

This recipe is if you are looking to jazz up the flavor profile a bit. Instead of using traditional thanksgiving herbs such as sage, rosemary and thyme, here Bobby Flay uses different chili powders and paprika for not only the brine but the dry rub as well.

 

Alton’s Butterflied Turkey How-To

A shorter cooking time, but also less area needed in the refrigerator – this recipe provides a new presentation of the turkey but still provides crispy skin and juicy meat. As Alton Brown explains, along with the other chefs in these videos, be sure to check the internal temperature of your turkey with a meat thermometer before assuming it is done. Do not rely on the pop-up “thermometers” that come with some turkeys.

 

Thanksgiving on 2 Sheet Pans

Maybe you are planning a Friendsgiving or your family is on the small side and a whole turkey would be way too much. This recipe provides season favorites such as sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and beautifully roasted turkey breasts – all cooked on two sheet pans!

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