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.
Nissan recently commissioned a new study, which indicated that 71 percent of Americans would rather travel in a car than sit in an airplane seat. Even those aged 65 and older are 85 percent were more likely to go on a trip with a car this summer.
Respondents said that those road trips were outdoor-focused, featuring activities like camping or boating — the type of adventures that require a Nissan vehicle with towing capacity.
“Towing can be intimidating for first-timers and even those with experience,” said Jared Haslam, vice-president, Product Planning, Nissan North America. But Nissan has several vehicles to choose from that provide a range of towing options when properly equipped.
The Nissan Armada can tow a maximum 8,500 pounds, while the TITAN XD can tow up to 11,000 pounds. These are great choices if you need to tow a camper. Even the 2020 Nissan Rogue and Murano have decent strength for towing, delivering 1,100-pound and 1,500-pound towing ratings, respectively. These models make it easy to transport jet skis or ATVs for a weekend getaway.
It’s not too late to enjoy the last days of summer warmth here in Dixon, IL. Whatever your adventure, Nissan vehicles make a great companion. Stop by Ken Nelson Nissan if you’re in need of a new ride to transport you on your next road trip.
Nissan’s global design team invites you to #DrawDrawDraw. In an effort to connect artists all over the world, the company has created downloadable coloring pages.
The project offers 23 line drawings of Nissan cars, including classics like the 240Z and the Rouge, to today’s Leaf and concept cars like the Ariya and IMs. Like people all over the world, Nissan designers have been working from home during the global pandemic, and this seemed like the perfect time launch the drawing project.
The idea was launched in a video by Nissan senior vice president for global design, Alfonso Albaisa, who is sheltering at home with his two young sons. The company will post more videos by other designers in the future who discuss how art becomes reality in the process of design. The idea is to encourage people to express their creativity during this difficult time and to connect with those who might be thinking of becoming car designers themselves.
Nissan wants to see everybody’s drawings, so the company is asking artists to tag their work with the hashtag #DrawDrawDraw when they upload it to social media. Consider contributing your own masterpiece to the project; it can be anything from digital drawings to pencil and paper or markers on a wall.
We here at Ken Nelson Nissan wish you and yours a creative (and safe) summer. Remember to call us for any questions about car care or how to finance a new Nissan vehicle.
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.