Our Favorite Southern Chicken Recipes

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It’s Chicken Month! Celebrate everyone’s favorite bird by whipping up these scrumptious southern chicken recipes.

1. Traditional Southern Fried Chicken

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup water
  • approx. 1 cup hot red pepper sauce (more or less depending on taste)
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 Tsp pepper
  • Peanut Oil for frying, though any oil will do in a pinch
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 1 chicken, cut into pieces

Directions

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with water. Add hot sauce until egg mixture is bright orange. In another bowl, combine the flour and pepper. Season the chicken with the black pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Dip seasoned chicken into the egg mixture and then coat well in the flour mixture.

Heat the oil to 350 degrees F in a deep skillet or pot. Keep the oil under the half the skillet/pot’s capacity.

Fry the chicken in oil until crispy and golden brown. Dark meat will take about 14 minutes. White meat will take about 9 minutes.

Try serving with mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and biscuits.

2. Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots

Ingredients

  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 2 Tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 package fingerling potatoes, halved
  • 8 oz. small carrots with tops
  • 1 large sweet onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • Vegetable cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Rub chicken thighs evenly with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Stir together salt, pepper, and rosemary in a bowl. Sprinkle the chicken thighs evenly with this spice mixture.

Next, stir together potatoes, carrots, and onion wedges in a large bowl. Drizzle with remaining 1 Tbsp of olive oil and then with the remaining Tsp of spice mixture. Toss to coat evenly.

After, spread the vegetable medley in an even layer on a heavy-duty aluminum foil-lined sheet pan lightly greased with cooking spray. Place chicken thighs 2-3 inches apart on vegetable medley.

Finally, bake at 375 degrees F for about an hour. Internal temperature in thickest part of chicken thighs will register at 170 degrees F when ready.

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Stay Cool During the Summer Months!

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Staying cool during a Texas summer is something we joke about in the Lone Star State. It seems impossible to keep the sweat beads from forming the moment you step out your front door and into the summer sun and stifling humidity. The following are 15 tips to help you stay cool this summer.

1. Use a sun umbrella to keep you shaded anywhere at anytime. Traditional rain umbrellas work just fine too.

2. Stop the ice cream truck, grab a tasty popsicle or ice cream cone and remember how much fun summer was when you were a kid.

3. Wrap a wet paper towel around your beverages before sticking them in the freezer. They’ll be ice cold in a fraction of the time.

4. Reach for ice cubes whenever you can. Whether you’re at home or digging in a friend’s cooler at a soccer game, ice cubes can offer a brief escape from the heat.

5. Enjoy iced coffee instead of hot coffee. Pour a pot of coffee into your ice trays, then use those cubes for your iced coffee, so it doesn’t become diluted.

6. Carry a paper fan. It may seem a bit primitive, but a good-old-fashioned paper fan can keep you cooler than if you travel without one.

7. Use a wet towel to cool yourself and your pets down. Place that towel in the freezer or refrigerator first for a whole new level of cool.

8. Bust out the fans. Even those with fully-functional air conditioning units can use fans in stuffier areas of the home. Place one by your bed for extra comfort at night.

9. Wear loose-fitting clothing. Tight clothing can make you unbearably hot on summer days. Opt for loose-fitting clothing that wicks the moisture and heat away instead.

10. Place ice packs or cold compresses on your wrists, elbows, ankles, neck and other areas for immediate relief when you’re feeling uncomfortably hot.

11. Give yourself some space. Unbearably hot summer days are not ideal for cuddling. Sleeping or laying alone keeps your partner’s body heat at bay.

12. Find your local watering holes. The heat of summer is one of the best times to start locating your town’s nearest swimming holes. Rivers, lakes and pools are some of the best (and most fun) solutions to sweaty Texas days.

13. Stay low in your house. Hot air rises, so you may notice your upstairs bedrooms becoming outrageously hot in summer. Opt for a summer of sleeping in the basement or living room instead.

14. Step back from the grill. Steer clear of turning on the stove, oven or grill. Hot summer days are ideal for enjoying cool sandwiches and salads instead.

15. Spend some time in your new Chevy. If you’re tired of dealing with the sub-par air conditioning in your everyday driver, stop in and see us at Classic Chevrolet to feel the cool breeze of air conditioning in your brand-new Chevy.

U.T. Edition Chevy Trucks

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If you are in the market for a Silverado and want to show your support for the University of Texas, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado University of Texas Edition. You can choose from a two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive crew cab LT or LTZ. The trucks feature the Texas Edition Package.

U.T. Edition with Texas Edition Package

The Texas Edition Package features 20-inch polished aluminum wheels on the LT trim level and 20-inch chrome wheels on the LTZ trim level. The LT trim level also features body color mirrors and door handles while the LTZ trim level features chrome mirrors and door handles. Both trim levels feature the Texas Edition badge; and the LTZ features a spray-in bedliner.

LTZ Truck Configuration

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ with 1 LZ features a crew cab with a short box and two-wheel drive; a 5.3-liter V-8 fuel injected EcoTec3 engine backed by an automatic transmission, four doors, leather-appointed seats, front bucket seats with heated cushions and seat backs, 10-way power for the driver and front passenger seats, two-position driver memory and adjustable head restraints.

Additional options include chromed tubular assist steps, spray-on bedliner with the bowtie logo, a floor-mounted console with movable cup holders, power cord management and cell phone storage, sunset orange metallic paint, Chevrolet MyLink audio, an 8-inch diagonal color touch screen with navigation, AM/FM radio, SiriusXM radio, USB ports, an SD card slot, Bluetooth, hands-free smart phone integration, Pandora Internet Radio and voice activation for the radio and phone.

Engine and Transmission

The EcoTec3 5.3-liter engine makes 355 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. It is backed by an electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission with cruise grade braking and powertrain grade braking.

Additional Texas Edition Features

Additional features you’ll find on the Texas Edition include Bose sound speakers on some models, a max trailering package on some models, all-season blackwall tires, special UT decals on the side of the bed and rear tailgate, a Bose sound system with a seven-speaker system including a sub woofer if the truck is ordered with bucket seats – this is included with the LTZ Plus Package and rear under seat storage.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive one of the new Texas Edition models and to learn more about this models features.

Chevy Youth Baseball Team Sponsorship

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Chevy Youth Baseball is in its 10th year. This grassroots community outreach program helps bring baseball – America’s favorite pastime – together with America’s favorite brand – Chevrolet. Each dealership involved, including Classic Chevrolet, is in a Local Marketing Association. The dealership and association sponsor one youth baseball league in the community.

Making a Difference

The dealerships make a difference in the lives of the entire team by providing a test drive fundraising opportunity, equipment donations and a sponsorship check. The program helps to get the Chevrolet brand out in front of people’s minds and it also gives children a chance to be involved in a sport they otherwise may not be able to participate in.

Because of the donations, the local youth baseball programs have a chance to grow and gives the dealership to build a relationship with the community. Classic Chevrolet will provide items such as Chevy-branded youth baseball equipment, a presentation check, Chevy youth baseball banners, a sponsorship check, invitations for league members to attend a free instructional clinic and a test drive fundraising opportunity.

The banners features Chevy vehicles and are customized with the dealership’s name. The test drive fundraiser allows the league to earn more sponsorship dollars. The sponsorship and presentation checks are given by the association to the dealership and are to be presented to the league. Each check is $500.

The dealership will also provide one or more ½-day instructional clinics for the league. The participants will receive free fundamental training from instructors who are experienced.

Visit Classic Chevy

Visit Classic Chevy today to learn more about our participation in the Chevy Youth Baseball Team and to learn how you can help with fundraising for the local league. You never know who you might help take that step into high school and college baseball, and who you might just push into professional baseball with your help.

Service and Parts Specials at Classic

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Getting your vehicle serviced is something that must be done if you want it to last a long time. In some cases, people skip over service appointments because they are afraid of the cost or simply don’t have the extra money at the time. You can reduce some of the cost of service by taking advantage of our service specials at Classic Chevrolet.

Oil Change, Tire Rotation and Inspection

Keeping your oil changed is just as important as doing an inspection on your vehicle. When you have an inspection done each time you have the vehicle’s oil changed, you can find things that are worn to the point where they might leave you stranded.

Get a 5-quart oil change, 4-tire rotation and a 27-point inspection for just $34.95 with conventional oil or $39.95 with Dexos1. These prices exclude full synthetic and diesel engines. Tax and more than 5 quarts of oil are extra. Other restrictions may apply. This special expires December 31, 2015.

ACDelco Professional DuraStop Brake Pads

For just $99.95 per axle, get ACDelco Professional DuraStop brake pads installed and have the rotors inspected. If the rotors need to be turned or replaced, that is extra, as is tax and all other services. This prices excludes Corvettes and other select vehicles. This offer ends December 31, 2015.

30-Day Tire Price Guarantee

If you buy select tires from us and find a better price on the same tires within 30 days of purchase, we will refund the difference. Eligible brands include BFGoodrich, Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Firestone, General, Goodyear, Hankook, Kelly, Michelin, Pirelli and Uniroyal. You’ll have to bring the store’s ad, a written estimate or an Internet quote in for the identical tires from one of our competitors. This offer ends on March 31, 2015.

Limited Lifetime Parts Warranty

Our Limited Lifetime Parts Warranty is available for select auto parts from your Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealer. As long as the parts are dealer-installed, the Limited Lifetime Part Warranty will cover the cost of the new part. The part must be customer paid; and the warranty does not cover labor for the replacement part.

Call Classic Chevy for a Service Appointment Today

Call our service department at Classic Chevy to set up a service appointment and to learn more about restrictions on specials for certain vehicles.

October Specials at Classic

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If you are thinking about a new vehicle, now is the time to stop in at Classic Chevrolet to grab your next new car or truck at a deal. Get ready for the fall and winter seasons with a new vehicle – you’re going to love the newness when you head out on fall trips to orchards, festivals and wineries; and for winter trips to see Christmas lights and trips to holiday dinners at relatives’ and friends’ homes.

If you’ve had your eyes on a Chevrolet Camaro for some time, now is the time to take a test drive. Well-qualified buyers get 3.9 percent APR for 60 months on the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro.

Lease or purchase a 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. You can purchase this truck at 3.9 percent APR for 60 months or you can lease it for $299 per month for 36 months with $2,839 due at signing.

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze has a great deal on it now with 2.9 percent APR for 60 months. The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox – if you need something bigger than the Cruze – is available for 2.9 percent for 60 months or for lease for $219 per month for 36 months with $3,019 due at signing.

Lease a 2015 Chevrolet Impala for $299 per month for 36 months with $3,209 due at signing or purchase it for 2.9 percent APR for 60 months. If you prefer the 2015 Malibu, you can get $500 bonus cash plus $1,000 consumer cash, or you can purchase it for 2.9 percent APR for 60 months and still get $500 bonus cash.

Need a truck? Choose from many 2015 model year Silverado models, including the 1500 and 2500 for 2.9 percent or 3.9 percent APR for 60 months. Our trucks also have several lease specials for well-qualified buyers.

Business owners and other who need a van or a cutaway also benefit. Get a 2015 Chevrolet Express Cargo 3500 for 2.9 percent APR for 60 months, a 2015 Chevrolet Express Commercial Cutaway at 2.9 percent APR for 60 months or a 2015 Chevrolet Express Passenger for 2.9 percent APR for 60 months.

Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive a sedan, coupe, sports car, SUV, light-duty or heavy-duty truck today. Be sure to ask your salesperson about all specials on the model you are interested in.

Corvette Stingray Z51 3LT Convertible

If you are in the market for a convertible coupe, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51 3LT convertible. The ‘Vette features a 6.2-liter V-8 engine backed by a seven-speed manual transmission with active rev matching and Z51 performance ratios. This combination puts out 455 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm.

Additional mechanical features include a dry sump oil system, an electronic limited slip rear, a rear differential cooler, the Z51 performance suspension, performance four-wheel ABS brakes and speed-sensitive steering with variable ratio.

Safety features include active handling stability control, all-speed traction control, a rear vision camera, several airbags, daytime running lights and OnStar. The OnStar includes six months of Directions and Connections, which includes automatic crash response, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.

Interior features include GT bucket seats, the 3LT interior trim, eight-way adjustable driver’s and front passenger’s seat, heated and ventilated front seats, Napa leather, a leather-wrapped instrument panel and a floor console with covered cup holders, USB ports, auxiliary power outlet, auxiliary input jack, SD card slot and storage.

Additional interior features include a power tilt and telescopic three-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel, a color driver information center, head-up display with color readouts, driver information center, navigation, oil life monitoring system, programmable door locks, keyless access and push button start, express up and down windows, cruise control, engine immobilizer, dual-zone with automatic climate control, rear window defroster, illuminated vanity mirror, and an auto-dimming rear rearview mirror.

Exterior features include silver-painted aluminum 19-inch wheels in the front and 20-inch wheels in the back, a power folding convertible top with remote control, glass rear window, and Solar-Ray light-tinted glass.

Entertainment features include an 8-inch diagonal color touch screen display, Chevrolet MyLink, Bluetooth, smart phone integration, MP3 playback, AM/FM stereo, a radio data system and a 10-sepaker Bose audio system with bass box. Additionally, the Corvette features SiriusXM radio and a one-year subscription.

For a complete list of standard features and additional options available for the 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51 3LT convertible, stop by Classic Chevrolet for a test drive. Be sure to ask your salesperson about any ongoing specials for lease or purchase options.

Upcoming Events in Grapevine!

Grapevine has many upcoming and ongoing events – and planning a dinner out and the attendance of one or more of these events is the perfect way to celebrate that new vehicle you just bought at Classic Chevy. Fireworks or a wine tasting – or any other local event is a perfect way to start or end an evening.

Summer Blast runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. This event provides family fun including special exhibits, waterparks, outdoor activities, fireworks, shopping, dining and more. The fireworks are every Friday night over Lake Grapevine. Take the kids to Legoland Discovery Center or help catch the outlaws on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. You might also want to catch a show at The Texas Star Dinner Theater or take in some music at the Grapevine Opry Show.

The Grapevine Farmer’s Market is going on – it started on April 10, 2014 and will run until October 18, 2014 at the Town Square Gazebo, 325 S. Main Street, Grapevine. The Farmer’s Market runs from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. If you want locally grown produce and products, this is the place to go.

Stop by the Gaylord Texan Resort for wine and cheese pairings from June 13, 2014 through August 30, 2014. The resort is located at 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine. The wine and cheese pairings are held from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00p.m. You’ll enjoy three wines and an Artisanal cheese selection. You must be aged 21 or over. The price per person is $35.

The Night Watchman Tour is being held from January 2, 2014 through November 29, 2014 at the D’Vine Wine of Grapevine, 409 S. Main Street, Grapevine. Stop by for stories of haunted wineries and haunting history. This is a walking tour – it takes 90 minutes and goes through Grapevine. The tour starts at D’Vine Wine. Tickets include a glass of wine when you return to the winery after the tour. You should be present 15 minutes before the tour starts. Tours are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, but call the winery for times. Admission is $20 for adults, $17 for students and seniors and $10 for children under 12 years of age.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet to get a new sedan, SUV or truck if you haven’t already – that way, you’ll be ready to head out to as many events as you can fit into your schedule.

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Best Places to Travel in the South

It’s summer and it’s vacation time, but you have no idea where you want to head out to. With a brand new vehicle or a just-serviced vehicle from Classic Chevy, you are ready to hit the road. If you have time for a lengthy road trip, consider some of the best places in the south to visit for the food, the education or just to have some fun by visiting someplace you’ve never been before.

Take a trip to Maryland even if it is just to get the best crab cake in Maryland at The Crab Claw. The restaurant has been in business for over 45 years and is located in St. Michaels. While you are gorging on crab – or crab cakes – you’ll be able to watch the yachts and sailboats on the Miles River. Be sure to stop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum while you’re there. If you’re in the area because you rented a boat, you can also dock at the restaurant. For more information and directions, visit thecrabclaw.com or call (410) 745-2900.

If Maryland is a little far for the amount of time you have, consider a road trip to Nashville, Tennessee for the best live music in Tennessee. Be sure your visit includes a Saturday night so that you can visit the Grand Ole Opry and take in some of the best music – just like the rest of the world has since 1925. Visit opry.com for more information, including entertainer appearances.

It’s history you want? Then head out to the best historic site in Virginia – Colonial Williamsburg. Stop by the Trellis Restaurant for Death by Chocolate – originally created by the restaurant. While touring the blacksmith shop, be sure to visit The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg for a customized 17th-century-style apothecary scrub or ride in a carriage on Duke of Gloucester Street. For more information on the Trellis, visit thetrellis.com and for more information on the area, visit colonialwilliamsburg.com.

If you only have a few days for your vacation or you just don’t feel like doing a several-day road trip, visit the best dance hall in Texas, located between San Antonio and Austin. The Gruene Hall is the oldest dance hall in the state. It was built in 1878 and saw the likes of George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and the Dixie Chicks. You never know who you might run into. For more information, visit gruenehall.com or call (830) 606-1281.

Even if you plan to stay local, be sure to have your vehicle checked over or serviced at Classic Chevrolet before you leave. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, now would be a great time to visit us – you could take your road trip in a brand new Chevy.

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Chevy Traverse Named Top Family Car for Safety

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If you want the best car for safety, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the Chevrolet Traverse – for the second year in a row, Parents magazine and Edmunds.com named it one of the 10 best family cars. It won the award for the 2013 and 2014 model year. The Traverse competed in the SUV category; and the judges looked at efficiency, value, style and safety.

Of the four categories, most people count safety as the most important category for a family car. The Chevy Traverse has something no other SUV has: a front seat center airbag. The airbag inflates between the two front seats to give the driver and front passenger more protection.

In addition to being named one of the 10 best family cars by Parents magazine and Edmunds.com, the SUV was named Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in 2013. The center airbag is not the only reason the Traverse meets such high standards: It also features lane departure warning and forward collision alert.

One of the engines available in the Traverse is the 3.6-liter V-6 engine, which makes 288 horsepower. It also gets 24 mpg* on the highway. Since the Traverse was created for families, it features family-friendly items such as multiple USB ports, an entertainment system for the rear seat and seats that clean up easy. Consumers also get to choose whether they want a three-person bench seat or captain’s chairs, which seat one person each, in the rear. Furthermore, the third row bench seat also seats an additional three people.

That is not all of the awards the Traverse won. It also named on Kelley Blue Book’s 12 best family cars for 2014 list. The 2014 Chevrolet Impala also made that list. Thus, if you don’t want an SUV, you might consider test driving the Impala if safety is a big concern for you.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the Traverse or the Impala and to get a full list of features, options and additional packages available with each trim level. Also, be sure to ask your salesperson about any specials going on that might apply to the vehicle you are interested in.