The 2017 Ford F-350 Super Duty

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If you need a truck that has strong towing and payload capacities and can handle the rigors of winter, stop by Link Ford to test drive the 2017 Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat with the optional 6.7-liter turbo diesel V-8 engine. The diesel engine has been updated for the new model year; and it features better fuel economy and more horsepower. That means more towing capacity.

Cab and Body Designs

The line of Ford trucks offers three different cab designs: the regular cab; SuperCab, which is the extended cab; and the four-door crew cab. Ford also offers the F-350 with single rear wheels or dual rear wheels; and beds in 8-foot or 6.7-foot lengths. Ask your salesperson which options the Lariat offers or drive off the lot with a Lariat with crew cab and 6.7-foot bed.

Features Standard on the Lariat Trim Level

The Lariat features fog lights, rear parking sensors, a power sliding rear window, automatic headlights, dual zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, MyFord Touch, an 8-inch touch screen, Sync functionality, eight speakers, rearview camera, power front seats, and, for the crew cab, a premium Sony audio system.

Ford F-350 Standard Features

Standard safety features include four-wheel ABS disc brakes, safety canopy airbags, autolock / unlock, remote keyless entry, auto lights / rain lights, fog lights, keyless keypad, SOS post crash alert system, SecuriLock Pass anti-theft and front impact airbags.

Standard functional features include an electrochromatic mirror, manual locking hubs, hill start assist, power windows and door locks, heated power door mirrors, pickup box tie down hooks, tow hooks, Sync with MyFord Touch, reverse-sensing rearview camera, trailer brake controller, trailer sway control, a locking removable tailgate with lift assist, and a trailer tow package.

Standard interior features include a Sony premium sound system with a CD player, cruise control, one-touch up and down front windows, 10-way power driver and front passenger seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a tilt and telescopic steering column.

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Warm Up with Hot Cocoa

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There’s no better way to stay warm in the winter than with a nice cup of homemade hot chocolate. Making your own hot chocolate is easier and tastier than using packaged alternatives. Follow these simple hot cocoa recipes to stay warm and put yourself in the holiday spirit this winter.

Creamy Hot Chocolate

What you’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup boiling water

Cooking instructions:

  1. combine the cocoa powder, sugar and a pinch of salt together in a saucepan.
  2. Stir the boiling water into a saucepan.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring continuously. Be careful not to scorch the mixture.
  4. Stir 3 1/2 cups milk into the mixture and heat until the entire combination is very hot. Do not boil the mixture.
  5. Remove the entire combination from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  6. Disperse the mixture between four mugs.
  7. Add the cream into the mugs to cool it to a desirable drinking temperature.

White-Hot Hot Chocolate

What you’ll need:

  • 6 ounces white chocolate (chopped)
  • 3 1/2 cups 2-percent milk
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Cooking instructions:

  1. Warm a metal bowl over a pan of simmering water. Place the white chocolate in the bowl.
  2. Let the chocolate melt while stirring occasionally. Stir the cayenne pepper and cinnamon into the mix.
  3. Whisk the egg into the mixture until smooth.
  4. Gradually whisk one cup of milk into the mixture until it is completely incorporated (about 2 minutes)
  5. Whisk in the remaining milk and heat the mixture until it’s hot but not boiling.
  6. Serve when the hot chocolate has reached your desired drinking temperature. Garnish with cinnamon.

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A National Soup Month Recipe for Your Enjoyment

Cooking up a hot pot of soup at home is a great way to bring your family together and help everyone stay cozy on cold winter days. And since January is National Soup Month, there’s no better time to get cooking than now.

This hearty and delicious split pea soup with chorizo is one that is easy to cook and is guaranteed to wow your guests. And because it only takes 15 minutes to prepare and 105 minutes to cook, you don’t have to miss out time with your family to make a dish your entire family will enjoy.

Split Pea and Chorizo Soup

What you’ll need:

  • 4 ounces of cured chorizo (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Cooking instructions:

  1. Place a large pot on the stove over medium heat.
  2. Brown the chorizo in the pot with oil for roughly 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Stir in the onion and cook until the onion is softened (roughly four to six minutes).
  4. Stir the chicken broth into the pot, then add the split peas, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  5. Reduce the heat to low, cover your soup and allow it to simmer.
  6. Stir occasionally and continue cooking until the peas are tender. It should take about 1 to 1.5 hours for your peas to get tender.
  7. Pour your soup into four serving bowls and enjoy.

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Hacks to Help Deal with Snow

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Dealing with snow in the morning is something we all approach with a deep sense of resignation. Just something to get done in order to move on with the day. Save yourself some time and effort with these smart life hacks.

Put Non-Stick Cooking Spray on Your Shovel

As anyone who’s shoveled snow can attest, there are different types. While some slides right off the shovel, there are snows that like to clump up and weigh down your shovel and refuse to come off. This can make shoveling extra tedious. You can avoid this issue completely by spraying non-stick cooking oil on your shovel’s surface. Snow will slide right off when you want it to.

Wear Socks Over Your Boots

It may sound funny, but they add extra traction to your footing and make sure you don’t lose your balance. Just buy a pair of extra large socks that have the space to accommodate your boots or shoes and see how well you can stay on your feet without slipping and sliding.

Avoid Shoveling Altogether

To avoid snow and ice altogether, put tarps down wherever you wish no snow to be in the morning. Just stretch the tarps down tight over sidewalk, driveway, or even your car and weigh them down with cinderblocks. In the morning, simply peel the tarps up and you’ll have a clean car and a beautiful stretch of concrete to back it down.

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Now that you don’t have to work so hard to get your car out in the morning, maybe it’s time to honor that by heading over to Jack Link’s Auto Supercenter and test driving a new vehicle. If you have to shovel a vehicle out of some snow, at least make it a nice vehicle. We can help set you up with something at Jack Link’s Auto Supercenter.

Holiday Side Dishes Your Family Will Love

Homemade Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Make something a little different for Christmas dinner this year. When you plan to head out for ingredients, do it on a day when you have an appointment for service at Jack Links Auto or when you are stopping by the showroom to test drive a new vehicle. You’ll be able to combine shopping and vehicle errands into one day to save time.

Corn Casserole

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 8 ½-ounce package of dry cornbread mix
  • 1 15-ounce can of whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 14.75-ounce can creamed corn
  • 1 cup sour cream

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 9-inch by 9-inch baking dish. Combine the butter, eggs, cornbread mix, the whole corn, the creamed corn and the sour cream in a medium bowl.

Pour the mixture into the baking dish. Bake the corn casserole for 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Serve hot.

Ultra Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 5 pounds red potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon powdered garlic, more to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Boil the potatoes until they are tender. Drain the potatoes. Put them back into the cooking pot. Add the butter, salt, pepper and garlic. Mash the mixture. Gradually beat in the heavy cream. Adjust spices to your taste.

Best Green Beans

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound frozen or fresh green beans
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 slices of thick-sliced slab bacon, cut into quarters
  • 1 tsp. Garlic powder
  • Pepper to taste
  • Bacon bits

Instructions:

Cook the bacon in a saucepan until it’s translucent. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook until the beans are heated through. Garnish with bacon bits.

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Car Organization Tips

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We spend hours in our car and on the road. Whether we are commuting to work, running errands or taking a long deserved vacation, our car is a point of pride. It’s hard to be proud of a dirty cluttered car, which is why keeping it clean and clutter free is so important.

  • A good wax will help keep your car protected from dirt and scratches longer than washing alone. Make sure to leave the wax on your as long as recommended before wiping it off.
  • Regularly schedule a time to wash your car. If you establish a routine, it will be much easier to stick to and much more likely to get done.
  • Keep a trash bag in the car. If you have a bag for garbage you are much less likely to just leave it around your car.
  • Find a place for all the items you use regularly. For example, sunglasses can be clipped to the visor or stored in compartment near the driver.
  • Make a point to clean out the car at least once a week, and to throw away trash every time you get out of the car. Remember that routines are easier to stick to, and will eventually become a habit.
  • Try using hanging organizers. These are great for the back seat, and really come in handy if you have kids. You can store small toys, books, and maps here.
  • Make good use of mats for the front and back seats. If you don’t have them already, get some. Mats help keep the floor from getting dirty, which makes clean up a breeze. They can easily be taken out of your car and shaken out or sprayed down.
  • Keep baby wipes handy – or other disposable wet wipes. They are great for cleaning up small spills and sticky fingers. If you have a habit of eating in the car they are invaluable.

Jack Links Auto has plenty of new and used vehicles that you could be proud to own. We also offer high quality service and car parts for all your repair needs, so that you can continue to be proud of your car for years to come.

What to Keep in Your Car’s Winter Emergency Kit

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Whether you are someone who travels extensively or you commute a short way back and forth to work, you should have an emergency kit in your vehicle, even if all of your driving is city driving. You never know when something might happen even to a new vehicle, or when Mother Nature might have a hissy fit and cause you to get stranded in ice or snow. As soon as you pick up a vehicle from Jack Links Auto, move your emergency kit into it or make a kit for the new vehicle.

Seasonal Items

During the cooler months, make sure you have extra blankets and a large tarp in your emergency kit. Each person in the vehicle should have a heavy, warm blanket. During the warmer months, a light blanket for each person will be enough. The tarp will help protect you from the weather and will provide warmth if you cannot stay in the vehicle.

During the winter also be sure to have a change of warn dry clothing. During the spring months, the extra set of clothing just needs to be dry, but preferably not shorts.

Items that Expire

You should always have extra water and extra food in the vehicle. Rotate these items every month. The food should be non-perishable. You don’t have to rotate the food out as often as water and if it has clear expiration date, rotate it out about a month before the expiration date. Don’t forget that batteries have an expiration date, too, and you should have at least one extra set. Two sets are better.

First Aid

Make sure you have a large first aid kit and not something with very little in it, especially if you plan on traveling or a long distance. You should have various sizes of bandages, gauze, medical tape, an Ace bandage, splints, eye wash, tweezers, needle and thread., unopened Super Glue, anti-bacterial cream, cotton swabs, alcohol wipes and a thermometer.

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Safely Driving in the Snow

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Whether you’re driving a brand new vehicle that you just picked up from Jack Link’s Auto or you’re driving a vehicle that is a year or two old, you may need driving safety tips for the winter. If your vehicle is older, you do need to bring it in to our service department to have it checked for the winter and to have the maintenance completed if you haven’t done so already.

Have Your Vehicle Checked or Maintained

Having your vehicle checked or maintained before the winter weather sets in could save you from getting stranded in the cold. A service technician will be able to look at parts that tend to wear out such as belts, hoses, brakes and tires and will let you know if he or she thinks that anything is going to wear out within the next couple months.

Emergency Kit

Be sure you have an emergency kit in your vehicle at all times. This should include – at a minimum – extra clothing, blankets, a flashlight, extra batteries, reflective triangles, non-perishable snacks, water and a first aid kit.

Watch For Black Ice

Most experienced drivers know to look for black ice, but newer drivers who have never experienced it before might be surprised when they hit it. You can’t see it in most cases. You’ll most likely find black ice on bridges, in areas where the road is shady or in areas where runoff is running onto the road. Sometimes you’ll get a warning if the sun hits it just right; however, to keep yourself safe, approach shady spots and bridges with caution.

Drive Slowly in the Fog

When it’s foggy, slow down. Not only is visibility poor, but if you’re going from a warm night to a cold morning – and that is what is causing the fog – the fog could freeze when it hits the ground. And this could turn deadly fast. Whether you are driving on the highway or you are driving on a back road, be very careful of fog, especially if it is cooler out.

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Gear Up With 4-Wheel Drive This Winter!

Though helpful year round, 4-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles offer superior traction and handling, which can help immensely in winter road conditions or any time of year where the roads in less than desirable conditions. Check out one of these models, featuring 4-wheel or all-wheel drive, if you’re considering a new vehicle this winter.

2015 Ford Explorer Limited

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The 2015 Ford Explorer Limited features AWD to help you conquer any winter road condition. You’ll remain firmly in control no matter what the road throws at you.

Enjoy the flexibility of the 3.5L 6 cylinder engine, which runs on either gasoline or ethanol.

Features such as a reverse camera, Bluetooth syncability, tow package, and SiriusXM Satellite radio make driving the Ford Explorer a joy.

2013 Chevy Silverado 1500

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The 2013 Chevy Silverado 1500 features 4WD and a 4.3L 6 cylinder engine.

This is a perfect vehicle if you’re looking for a rugged and dependable work truck for winter conditions and beyond. With only 30,112 miles clocked, this work truck has plenty of life left in it for whatever work you throw its way. From hauling materials to towing a trailer, this truck can handle it all.

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Delicious Turkey Side Recipes for Thanksgiving

Homemade Flakey Buttermilk Biscuits

No Thanksgiving meal is complete without biscuits or cornbread. You can make your favorite recipes or try these great tried and true recipes. When you’re out picking up the items you need to prepare Thanksgiving dinner, be sure to stop by Links Auto Supercenter to test drive a new vehicle if you’ve been considering something new before the end of the year. This way, you’ll have something new to drive if you plan on taking a holiday weekend trip.

Melt in Your Mouth Biscuits

This recipe “cheats” by using Jiffy Mix. Make the biscuits as directed on the box, except substitute buttermilk for the liquid. If you use whole, thick buttermilk, you may need to add more than what is called for in the recipe.

Mix 3 tablespoons of butter with 1 tablespoon honey until the honey and butter are thoroughly incorporated. If you prefer a sweeter taste, add a bit more honey. Put the mixture in the microwave for 2-3 seconds and stir. Repeat until the mixture is loose enough to “paint” the top of the biscuits with a brush.

Paint the tops of the biscuits with the honey butter. Bake according to the instructions on the box. You may want to check them early, especially if you are using dark, nonstick pans. The honey butter will cause the tops to brown up quite a bit.

Sweet Cornbread

This is another “cheat” recipe that you can get away with calling homemade. You’ll need a cast iron pan and either lard or bacon drippings, with the drippings being the first choice. Coat the sides and bottom of the cast iron pan with the bacon drippings.

Mix up two boxes of Jiffy Cornbread mix as directed, but use buttermilk instead of milk or water and add ½ cup of granulated sugar to the mix. Pour the mix into the prepared pan and bake as directed. Keep an eye on it – the dark pan makes it done sooner than the times listed on the box. The cornbread is done when a toothpick comes out clean when tested near the side of the mix.

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