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.