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One Pan Apple Butter Pork Chops

2 pork chop fillets Salt and pepper 3 tablespoons butter, divided 1 (29 ounce) jar apple butter, divided 2 apples, cored and sliced. No need to peel them. 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder (or just chili powder) ⅓ cup heavy cream 1. Season both sides of each pork chop with salt and pepper. 2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium high heat in a large skillet. Add the pork chops and cook each side for 3 minutes. Place pork on a plate and allow to rest while you cook the apples. 3. Using the same skillet, melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Add the apple


Blizzard Dumps More Than a Foot of Snow on Delaware, Knocks Out Power

The first major snowstorm of the 2016 winter season ended up being the worst snowstorm Delmarva has experienced since 2010. Up to 18 inches of snow were reported in parts of Kent County—snow wasn’t the only obstacle linemen faced as they spent two days working to restore power. The first outages were reported at 2 a.m. on Saturday, January 23rd as winds gusted over 60 mph along the Delaware coast. At the height of the storm, more than 3,400 members were in the dark, nearly all of them in Sussex County, which experienced the highest winds. Damage was wide spread; a utility pole was blown into


Seal Air Leaks In Your Home

Did you know heating and cooling accounts for roughly half of your home’s energy use? Caulking cracks and gaps around windows, doors and spaces around wires (telephone, electrical, cable and gas lines), water spigots and dryer vents can pay off with big energy savings. *Approximate cost: $5-$30 *Energy savings: Approx. 5-10 percent – Source: U.S. Dept. of Energy* Materials You Will Need: Caulk, caulk gun, knife or tool to cut, rags, water 1. PREP: Clean the area where you will be applying the caulk. Remove any dirt, loose paint or old, cracked caulk. Be sure the area is dry before applying new


DEC Offers Tips to Weather Winter Storms

Winter storms can strike at anytime and you should be prepared BEFORE the storm hits! We've put together a list of tips to help you weather any severe winter storm. • Stay warm – Plan to use a safe alternate heating source, such as a fireplace or wood-burning stove during a power outage. These are great options to keep you and your loved ones warm, but exercise caution when using, and never leave the heating source unattended. If you are using gasoline-, propane- or natural gas-burning devices to stay warm, never use them indoors. Remember that fuel- and wood-burning sources of heat should


Why Won't I Receive a Capital Credit Refund in 2015?

All of us here at Delaware Electric Cooperative love this time of the year. And it’s not just because we’re getting into the Christmas spirit. We enjoy giving money back to people—this week we announced we are returning nearly $5 million to those who were Cooperative members in 1997 and 1998. That’s awesome news if the Cooperative served you in 1997 or 1998. But, you may be asking yourself, what about members who joined the Co-op after that? The answer is—don’t worry! You’ll eventually receive capital credits too, but it may take a few years. Here’s why: Delaware Electric Cooperative was


M&M Red Velvet Cake Cookies

Ingredients: 1 box devil’s food cake mix 1 cup butter, softened 2 eggs, beaten 1 bottle (1 ounce) red food coloring 1 cup green M&Ms (regular or mint flavor) 1 cup white chocolate chips Instructions: 1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray or grease two large cookie sheets, or line with parchment paper. 2. In large bowl, beat cake mix, butter, eggs, and red food coloring with electric mixer on medium speed until well combined. Continue beating and add in m&ms and white chocolate chips. Batter will be very thick. 3. Using a spoon or small ice cream scoop, form the cookies and place about 2 inches apart on


Holiday Safety Tips

Tips for a safe and happy holiday season By Justin LaBerge The holidays are upon us. For many, that means more celebrations with friends and family, travel, decorations, cooking and shopping. We want you to stay safe during the holidays, so here are a few tips to consider as you gear up for the season. We can’t guarantee that the hustle and bustle of the season won’t leave you with a few frayed nerves, but we can certainly help you avoid frayed wires. Inspect your seasonal items Many of us have treasured holiday mementos that we bring out of storage and proudly display every year. The holidays


Cookie Rookie: Pumpkin Pie Parfaits

Ingredients: PUMPKIN PIE LAYER: 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin 2 tablespoons half & half 4 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon (heaping) pumpkin pie spice CHEESECAKE LAYER: 8 ounces low fat cream cheese 1½ cups vanilla greek yogurt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ cup agave nectar 1 tablespoon lemon juice (approximately half a lemon) 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice FOR PARFAITS: 2 cups cinnamon granola (your favorite brand) whipped cream or cool whip for topping pumpkin pie spice for garnish Instructions: 1. In a large bowl, stir together the ingredients for the pumpkin pie layer. Stir until well combined


Recap of Major October Nor'easter

On the night of Wednesday, October 1st, the forecast track for Hurricane Joaquin, then a category 3 hurricane, was a worst-case scenario for the Delmarva Peninsula. The National Hurricane Center expected the tropical system to track directly up the Chesapeake Bay, exposing Delaware to the worst side of the storm. The highest winds are found on the east side of a hurricane. As the week wore on, the track shifted several times, with the storm eventually heading out to sea. While the Hurricane stayed well offshore, a Nor’easter formed off our coast, battering our service territory with heavy rain


U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and DEC Improve Communication on the Delaware Bay

By: Tom Roberson Fifteen minutes south of Dover, the residents of picturesque Bowers Beach awoke to a beautiful fall morning on September 24. As they started their commute to work or departed for a day of work on the water, members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and crews from Delaware Electric Cooperative were already converging on their town. A huge volunteer effort was underway to make life safer for local mariners. The primary radios used to communicate with the Coast Guard in an emergency depend on direct line-of-sight transmissions between the boat in trouble and the Coast Guard


Co-op November 2015 News Briefs

College Students Visit Solar Farm: Students from the University of Pennsylvania learned about renewable energy from Delaware Electric Cooperative’s leaders in October. The University’s Wharton Undergraduate Energy Group visited DEC’s Bruce A. Henry Solar Farm in Georgetown on October 16th. Mark Nielson, DEC’s Vice President of Staff Services, talked with students about the process of building the farm and pointed out the electrical equipment found at the facility. The solar farm was built in 2013 and includes 20 acres of solar panels, capable of producing enough energy to power 500 homes


Cookie Rookie: Pumpkin Pie Skillet Brownie

Ingredients: For the Pumpkin Pie topping: 4 ounces reduced fat cream cheese ¼ cup sugar Egg whites from 1 egg 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract ¾ cup canned pumpkin puree 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice For the Brownie Layer: ½ cup sugar Egg whites from 2 eggs 1 cup canned pumpkin puree 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract ½ cup canola oil 4 ounces good quality bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled slightly 1 ¼ cup white whole-wheat flour ¼ cup cocoa powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ cup buttermilk ¼ teaspoon salt Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a large cast iron skillet with non


Celebrate Fall at Fifer Orchards!

Fall has arrived, ushering in a season of cool, crisp air, colorful foliage and fun activities for you and your family! One of the largest fall events takes place at Fifer Orchards west of Wyoming in Kent County. Fifer’s Fall Fest runs through October 31st and will include you-pick apples, you-pick pumpkins, straw slides, zip swings and so much more. Visitors will be treated to a six-acre corn maze with trivia stations and an observation deck. On Saturdays, the orchard will feature live entertainment, hayrides, pony rides, face painting, bounces and community food vendors. Tickets are $5 for


Beware of Energy Vampires

Why don’t you try something a little different this Halloween? Turn off all the lights in your house and see if you can find the energy vampires that haunt your home! In a typical home, you’ll probably find lots of red and green lights once the lights go out. What those lights mean for your electric bill may scare you. Many electronics with red or green lights are always running in standby mode, which means they are always using power. We call these appliances and electronics energy vampires or phantom loads. They include TVs and DVRs, satellite boxes, gaming consoles, CD players, computers


Easy Roasted Veggies

Ingredients: 2 potatoes (I used Yukon Gold, but any kind will work!) 2 red peppers 1 red onion 1 cup brussels sprouts 3 sprigs asparagus 1 cup squash 4 garlic cloves, minced 6 tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper Instructions: 1. Cut the veggies into medium sized pieces. You want bite sized pieces of everything. Preheat oven to 400F. 2. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Arrange veggies and garlic on baking tray. Some overlap is fine, but you want the vegetables to all touch the baking sheet if possible. 3. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Bake for 30