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Category: Summertime

Best Off-Road Truck Trails in Louisiana

If you own a 4×4 truck, one of the best things to do is to take it off-road and see what it can really do. However, you have to make sure you go to the right place. More importantly, you need to make sure your truck is equipped to handle the type of trail you want to head out on. Here are some of the best off-road truck trails in Louisiana for your consideration.

  • Catahoula Recreation. This off-road adventure in Sicily Island is open by appointment only. There are frequent off-road events throughout the year, including the Louisiana Club Challenge September 22nd-24th.
  • Kisatchie National Forest. Head to this beautiful national forest just an hour and a half northeast of DeRidder and enjoy some fun off-roading. Be sure to check online for the status of certain trails and follow all rules and regulations.
  • Louisiana Mudfest. This 300-acre park located in Colfax always offers visitors a great time. In addition to hard-core mudding, they have music events and more. Be sure to add their Trucks Gone Wild event to your calendar for September 28th through October 1st.

If you need a new off-road truck, come see what the impressive Ford F-150 has to offer at Highway Ford.

Best Road Trips from DeRidder

A family road trip is something every American should experience at least once in their lives. There are quite a few road trips from DeRidder that can make this summer great. The 2017 Ford Escape is the perfect crossover to take along for the drive. The latest model earns up to an EPA-estimated 29 highway mpg, making it perfect for a day trip*. Check out the latest model today at Highway Ford.

Rip Van Winkle Gardens

Rip Van Winkle Gardens stretches across 20 acres and is just a two and a half hour drive from DeRidder. The Joseph Jefferson Home sits on the property. Home to the acclaimed actor, it was built in 1870 and is currently on the National Register of Historical Places. The gardens draw their name from Jefferson’s role as Rip Van Winkle in theater.

Kistachie National Forest

Kistachie National Forest traverses seven parishes and more than 600,000 acres of land. The natural beauty and purest form of Mother Nature makes it a popular attraction. Best of all, it’s only an hour and 45 minutes from DeRidder.

Avery Island

Have you ever wondered where Tabasco sauce comes from? As it turns out, you can visit the very place. Avery Island is just shy of a three hour drive from DeRidder.

Chico State Park

Chico State Park covers more than 6,400 acres of hills and water in Southern Louisiana. Lake Chicot is a popular spot for fisherman year after year. Pack your gear in the Ford Escape! Chico State Park is just a 90 minute drive from DeRidder.

Best Barbecue Recipes for Summer


Summer is the perfect time to fire up your grill and do some barbecuing, and what better way to do it than with the internet’s favorite barbecue recipes? From hearty meat dishes to vegetarian options to food from around the world, there are all kinds of recipes to explore this summer beyond burgers.

For the meat lovers, there’s a whole world of fun, unique recipes to try, like these Sweet Cola Ribs on Food Network’s website and this smoked salmon recipe. Try out Bobby Flay’s pork loin with Belgian Ale marinade or these unique ribs with peach barbecue sauce.

Meat isn’t the only thing you can grill, though. Really you can grill just about anything, even fruit! Grilled peaches and pineapples get a beautiful char that brings out all that sweet flavor, while a grilled banana caramelizes into gooey perfection, and pears and cantaloupe can be grilled and added to decadent desserts.

Of course, everyone likes a good side dish. Potatoes are always a favorite—new potatoes cook up perfectly for potato salads—and eggplant can be grilled and put on sandwiches or blended up for baba ganoush. Asparagus, squash, peppers, and mushrooms—make a grilled veggie salad or pop them on skewers with a few bites of chicken or steak!

Finally, the grill is perfect for putting a tasty char on pita bread or naan to make a fresh, summery Greek salad sandwich or a great dipper for your curry. Whatever you’re looking to throw on the grill this summer, there’s a recipe for you!

For ideas about transporting your grill for tailgating or camping, storing food in your car, and more, give us a call at Highway Ford or check out our website!

Great Cajun Festivals this Summer in Lake Charles


Here in Lake Charles, we are known for our Creole heritage and Cajun lifestyle.  As part of this Cajun life, we love to eat, drink and celebrate our heritage and history.  Lake Charles has some of the best festivals to celebrate this – See what summer Cajun Festivals are going on this year.

Cajun Food & Music Festival (July 15-16)

The Cajun Food & Music Festival is an exciting event with classic Louisiana dishes such as Jambalaya and gumbo, and other great Cajun spiced foods.  In addition to great food, you will find bands playing traditional Cajun music.  This year, this festival will be held at Burton Coliseum Complex on July 15th and 16th.

Arts & Crabs (August 20)

Only in Louisiana can you find a festival that puts art and crabs together.  Now this festival doesn’t actually paint pictures of crabs, but it does let you enjoy great Cajun food (with crabs) while you participate in different arts and crafts.  This year, the event will be held on August 20th.

Marshland Festival (July 29-30)

The Marshland Festival began as a way to bring young people together to learn and celebrate Louisiana Heritage and Cajun Music and Cuisine.  Like most festivals in SWLA, you can’t have a good party without good Food and Music!  This festival has been around for over 25 years and continues to be a great time!

We enjoy these festivals as much as the next Louisiana native.  If you know of any other great festivals going on this summer, tell us about it at Highway Ford.

Best Hot Dog Recipes

Summer Grilling

Despite the hot dog’s seemingly low position in the food hierarchy, it has long been a summertime favorite. Who doesn’t love a smoky hot dog straight off the grill? But, did you know there is so much more you can do to a hot dog besides simply adding ketchup or mustard?

Here are some great hot dog recipes to spice up your favorite summertime food.

  • Nacho Dog. Add chunky guacamole, a grilled tomato-chipotle sauce, cheese, jalapenos, salsa, and tortilla chips to take your hot dog to the next level.
  • Pretzel buns. Try swapping out the bread for a new hot dog taste. Use a soft pretzel bun for your grilled dogs and add your favorite toppings to excite your taste buds.
  • Texas Dog. With crunchy coleslaw, a sliced pickle, and a touch of barbecue sauce you might feel like you’re at the Texas State Fair.
  • Brooklyn’s Corniest Hot Dogs. These hot dogs redefine what a corn dog is. Pile caramelized onions, bacon, corn, and cheese on top of these dogs for a tasty New York-inspired treat.
  • Pescabrat. For something completely different, try whipping up these handmade fish-filled brats.

What is your favorite way to enjoy hot dogs? Share your favorite hot dog recipes in the comments below.  If you have your own recipe for hot dogs, share it as well!

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