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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!

Grilling this Labor Day Weekend

It’s just about Labor Day weekend which means there is still time to get a few more grilling recipes in before the fall weather takes over. Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorite recipes to enjoy this long weekend from our cable channel, Food Network.

Grilled Chicken and Avocado Pesto

Liven up grilled chicken (or grilled chicken skewers) with this flavor-packed pesto. By adding the avocado, it adds a smooth and luxurious texture to the herb and nutty flavors of traditional pesto.

 

Grilled Sheet Pan Paella

Think past the usual grilled steak and chicken menu with this unique grilled paella. It is completely customizable, so if you don’t like mussels – add chunks of chicken breast or even go completely vegetarian. Just make sure all proteins are cooked to appropriate temperature before serving.

 

Ree’s Picnic Pasta Salad

Headed to a Labor Day party? Take this easy pasta salad that is sure to please not only the adults at the event, but the kids as well. Who doesn’t love chunks of cheese and bacon mixed throughout their pasta?

 

Giada’s Italian Panzanella Salad

Take the grilling indoors with this recipe by Giada De Laurentiis. The grilled bread and artichokes add great texture to the freshness of the tomatoes and basil. You get the familiar grill flavor but in a light and refreshing dish.

Back-to-School Lunch Recipes

It is officially August and that means the school year is just around the corner. With the school year comes new routines and lots of planning: new clothes, checklist of supplies you need to get, and lunches and snacks to prepare. Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, Food Network for some of our favorite school time recipes the kids will love.

Jeff’s French Toast in a Mug

French toast isn’t really considered a portable breakfast, but with this recipe combines the comforting flavors of cinnamon French toast with the ease of breakfast from the microwave. By using disposable cups, this could be a carpool breakfast with no mess.

 

3 Locker-Friendly Foods for School

It can be tough to think of meals or snacks that can successfully sit in a locker for the morning hours and still taste as intended when lunch rolls around. These tips are full of techniques you may have not thought about – like putting your condiments between the meat and cheese instead of on the bread of the sandwich!

 

Ree’s Schoolday Chicken and Noodles

Ree Drummond or better known as The Pioneer Woman, homeschools her children, which means she is cooking their lunch meals. This is a comforting classic of chicken noodles that could also be a good weeknight meal as fall weather approaches.

 

Rachael’s Frozen Grape Slushies

Kids are often hungry as they come through the front door after school and it can be hard to think of not only fast but healthy snacks. These grape slushies are just two ingredients but will still feel like a treat as the kids slurp down the refreshing and healthy snack.

Fourth of July Dessert Recipes

Are you scrambling to think of a recipe to bring to the barbecue this holiday? Impress all the guests with these simple and festive dessert recipes we found from our cable channel, Food Network.

 

Red, White and Blue Cherry Pies

Keep it easy with a boxed pie crust or splurge and get the pre-made stuff from the store. Either way, this recipe will be done in no time and your friends will love the freshness of the berries mixing with the flakiness of the crust. Plus, if you omit the ice cream, these delicious gems become portable – perfect for a party.

 

Summer Berry Baked Alaska

Again, use those berries while they are in season but this time for a frosty treat like Baked Alaska. Help everyone cool down from the summer heat with the light flavors of raspberries and blackberries topped with the show stopping outer meringue shell.

 

Red, White and Blue Swirled Cheesecake

A swirl design is always a fun way to jazz up a basic dessert such as cheesecake and the patriotic red and blue will be beautiful mixed against the white of the simple batter.

 

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer but would like to learn about the services we provide in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and one of our representatives would be happy to assist you. We would like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful Fourth of July!

Grilling for Father’s Day

It’s the week before Father’s Day and Great Plains Communications is looking to the grill and Food Network to celebrate dad. Maybe your family is planning to go camping or your dad loves spending the summer evenings out back with a beer and his barbecue. Whatever the case, we found some delicious recipes from breakfast to dessert, that the family can gather around to honor dad.

 

Grilled Breakfast – Get Up and Get Grilling

Fried eggs to French toast skewers, don’t think grilling is just for lunch and dinner. Take breakfast or brunch outdoors before it gets too hot and enjoy these morning “outside the cereal box” recipes.

 

Sweet and Spicy Chili-Lime Flank Steak

The balance in this rub will have your taste buds dancing. The smokiness of the cumin pairs beautifully with the sweet robust brown sugar and is balanced by the lime. Don’t forget to cut against the grain when slicing for a tender bite of steak.

 

Grilled Banana Split

Finish out the day by the grill or even fire pit and let everyone create their own grilled banana split masterpiece. The banana will become caramelized from the heat of the fire, melding with the chocolate chips and finish it off with your favorite ice cream, and of course sprinkles.

Memorial Day Weekend Grilling Tips

We are in for a heatwave this Memorial Day weekend and what better way to celebrate than throwing some food on the grill and enjoying it with family and friends. Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, Food Network for some of our favorite grilling tips.

 

How to Set Up a Charcoal Grill Like a Pro

First things first, you have to get your grill set up. Not everybody has a gas grill, or maybe you will be out at a campsite and will be using the stationary charcoal grill provided. Don’t fret, we have you covered from what charcoal to choose and the easiest way to get the coals lit.

 

How to Grill Steak for Beginners

Steak can be expensive, so you may be a little nervous about messing it up on the grill or overcooking it. These tips will help you decide what kind of steak to buy, how to prep it, and much more.

 

How to Grill Salmon Steaks and Fillets

Maybe you are getting tired of grilling burgers and steaks. Salmon is a good alternative and lends well to the grill. Learn what cut of salmon, how to season, and how long you should cook it in the video below.

 

Cinco de Mayo 2018 Recipes

It is Cinco de Mayo this Saturday and we have looked for some of our favorite recipes from cable channel Food Network to add to the menu.

Mexican Tortilla Pizzas with Chorizo

Great for an appetizer at your Cinco de Mayo party, this dish promises a punch of flavor as the chorizo and beans are balanced by the salad and crema topping.

 

Easy One-Pot Carnitas

Prepare this easy one-pot dish for juicy pork carnitas tacos your friends are sure to love. Add a toppings bar and everyone can make their own to their liking.

 

Healthy Zucchini Enchiladas

Trying to stick to a low carb diet but still want to enjoy the rich flavors of the Cinco de Mayo holiday? Try this recipe and swap the tortillas for zucchini strips.

2018 Valentine’s Day Recipes

Are you looking to skip the expensive restaurant bill and long wait times this Valentine’s Day? If so, Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorite love inspired recipes from our cable channel Food Network. No matter if you are looking for something to spice up the night for you and your babe or if it’s a single-ladies-only event, these recipes are sure to please the

Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Mozzarella Hearts

Get the night started off with these sizzling hot Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Mozzarella Hearts. Everything you crave in a mozzarella stick but with a kick from the spicy cheese-flavored snack we all know and love, these are sure to get your taste buds warmed up for the rest of the meal.

Ina’s Engagement Roast Chicken

The infamous Engagement Roast Chicken has been rumored to make knees drop, including this most recent Royal engagement as Prince Harry proposed to Meghan Markle while the couple were at home roasting a chicken. Ina Garten tweeted, “Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan! I always knew roast chicken had magic powers!! I’m so happy for both of you!”

Giada Lobster Linguine

Add some decadence with this Lobster Linguine. Lobster is a rather expensive ingredient, so stretch a dollar by adding it to pasta rather than giving each person their own tail or claw.

Love Letter Valentine’s Day Cookies

Looking to get a little creative this Valentine’s Day? Skip chocolates and make these adorable and customizable cookies. This would also be a super fun activity for a Galentine’s Day party.

Our Favorite Christmas Recipes

There should be just a few spots left on your advent calendar, because Christmas is almost here. This weekend will be full of last minute shopping, wrapping, and planning. As you venture out for those last few things, don’t forget to stop at the grocery store for Christmas dinner. Great Plains Communications has once again looked to our cable channel, Food Network and found some of our favorite recipes that are sure to impress your guests.

Baby Back Rib Crown Roast

Looking for something other than the traditional turkey and ham this year? This rib crown roast is budget friendly and will look stunning on your table, not to mention it’s delicious.

 

Christmas Pull-Apart Bread

Say good bye to your ordinary dinner roll and say yes please to this Christmas pull-apart bread. Melty cheese mixed with the herbs on top, this adorable tree shaped bread is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

 

Ugly Christmas Sweater Pie
This “knit” pie goes a step further by turning it into an ugly Christmas sweater. The crust lovers of the family won’t be able to get enough of this festive dessert.

 

Christmas Coal Candy

These cheeky candies would make great party favors or a playful prank on the kids. Either way, the cocoa-flavored candy is sure to create a few laughs.

 

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, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

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