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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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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