You may not associate Nissan with cookbooks, but after a difficult 2020, the automaker wanted to celebrate its families, communities, and a shared love for tasty meals. It asked thousands of its hardworking U.S. manufacturing employees to share their favorite family recipes and compiled the most delectable ones into the Nissan Family Cookbook.
Nissan says the cookbook was “created with hopes of helping people feel connected to one another, break up the pandemic-induced monotony and make new memories.” So what’s inside?
The cookbook features 140 recipes including everything from appetizers and main courses to soups and desserts. According to the foreword, the variety of recipes is emblematic of the diversity of its customers and employees.
Many of the recipes use canned goods as ingredients, which is handy if you’ve been stacking your shelves with them in preparation for lockdowns, or receiving food bank donations. Nissan also peppered the cookbook with lovely backstories that give you a little background info on the people that work for the company.
“My dad, Tim ‘Boss Hogg’ Boisseau, retired from the Smyrna plant a few years ago,” said Tim’s daughter Christy. “His recipe is well-known and I’m happy to keep the family tradition going by sharing it with our Nissan family and neighbors.”
If sharing food is a favorite pastime of yours, or you’re just looking for new dishes to cook up, make sure to check out the free-to-download Nissan Family Cookbook. And if the cookbook whets your appetite for something more substantial, make sure to visit Ken Nelson Nissan in Dixon, Illinois, for a look at Nissan’s collection of high-quality vehicles, produced by the same people whose recipes make up the Nissan cookbook.
If the COVID-19 crisis has left you working from home, you find yourself confronted with a new set of unique challenges. This holds particularly true if you’re a parent whose kids are staying home with during the typical 9-to-5. While working from home with kids is a real challenge, taking a few steps can help make the process easier for everyone.
Let people know what (and who) you’re working with
While viral videos might have you think that kids busting into the room on a call is cute or funny, it can be a major problem if you’re speaking with an important client, customer, or supervisor. To avoid any ill feelings, let anyone you’re on a call with know that your kids are home, which will ensure no one is surprised to hear crying or see a small face pop up on a Zoom call. On the flipside, make sure your little ones know that you have an important meeting and that they need to be as quiet as possible.
Empower your kids to entertain themselves
Even if they have a short attention span or finnicky sense of focus, your child should be able to lock into a n unsupervised activity long enough for you to get important stuff done. Whether it’s putting the baby down to nap, turning on the television for an afternoon cartoon, or giving your kid a chore or homework to complete by a deadline, you can create pockets of time where you can better focus on your work while your kid focuses on their own tasks.
The saying goes that April showers bring May flowers, but the increase in rainfall can be a real drag if you just want to go for a drive. If you’re staying in but want to tap into your love of all things automotive, trying some rainy day activities for car geeks should do the trick.
Play a racing game
With today’s consoles and computers, playing a racing game has never made you feel closer to the option. Whether you want the simulation feel of hitting the track for your favorite motorsports team or the wild excitement of arcade-style zooming through crowded city streets, there’s a racing game out there for you. The feeling only gets better if you have a racing wheel or virtual reality accessories.
Spruce up your ride
If you have a garage or a carport, a rainy day might be the perfect time to give your ride a little TLC. Park your car under a roof and spend an afternoon cleaning out the interior, polishing the wheels and chrome accessories, or just reorganizing your cluttered glovebox. You can also use the time to clean up your garage space so that it’s easier to find things and more personable.
Take a ride
Driving in the rain means you’ll need to be extra cautious, but it can be pretty relaxing if you enjoy the pitter patter of raindrops on your windshield. If you’re driving a Nissan with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive like the 2020 Altima, Rogue, or Rogue Sport, you can feel even more confident that you’re in control of your drive.
There’s plenty to do on a rainy day if you’re into all things cars. One idea: Check out the Ken Nelson Nissan website and see all the great new vehicles we have in stock.
Looking for fun New Year’s Eve events close to
home? These celebrations near Dixon are only a short drive away.
There’s two Bar Louie locations near Dixon —
the one in Geneva and the one in Naperville — but both of them are throwing a
free-to-the-public New Year’s Eve party. Guests who want to go the extra mile
can opt for an available $50 package that offers four drink tickets and an
appetizer in addition to the champagne toast.
So many NYE celebrations are for guests 21
years of age and older. If you want to bring family along for the ride, head to
WhirlyBall in Naperville. Entry is $20 for kids and $30 for adults. Things like
WhirlyBall, laser tag, and bowling will be provided, as well as a lunch and
dinner buffet. It also ends at 7 p.m. so you can put the little ones to bed at
a reasonable hour.
Party at Vargo’s Dance
Want some dance lessons before you ring in the
New Year? Vargo’s Dance is kicking off their annual dance party with some
lessons, so you can hustle, swing, salsa, and rumba your way into 2020. Tickets
include food and a champagne toast.
Ken Nelson Nissan wishes you a fantastic 2020. And remember to call us for any vehicular needs you have in the new year.