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Cookie Rookie: Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Fruit Pizzas

Ingredients: 12 Chocolate Chip Cookies 8 ounces low fat cream cheese 1/4 cup half and half 1/3 cup white chocolate chips 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 cup sliced strawberries 1 cup raspberries 1 cup blueberries 1 cup sliced kiwi Instructions: 1. Prepare your chocolate chip cookies according to recipe or instructions. Allow to cool on a cooling rack. 2. While your cookies cool, make your frosting. Using an electric mixer, whip the cream cheese until fluffy. 3. Microwave the half and half for 45 seconds. Remove from microwave and add the white chocolate chips. Stir constantly until the white


Delaware Artist Inspires Creativity One Fish at a Time

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the works of John Donato are conversations that never end. The Sussex County artist discovered his passion for art at a young age. “As early as I can remember, I was a good doodler,” said Donato. Donato realized those doodles wouldn’t get him very far in the working world, so he pursued graphic design at the University of Maryland. He calls it art with a purpose. Donato would eventually go into marketing and worked for several years in the Washington, D.C., area. It was a marketing job for the Carl M. Freeman Companies that brought him to Delaware. That


Fresh Eggs for Your Family; Raising Chickens in Your Backyard

Do you know where the eggs you use to fix your breakfast come from? Chris and Becky Tretina of Hartly, Del., know exactly how their scrambled eggs end up on their plates—their breakfast comes from their backyard. The couple became interested in raising their own hens in 2013, and in 2014 the novice growers purchased their first flock of chicks. “I think what convinced us was when we started doing research about where our food comes from. We realized that having our own chickens would be easy and the benefits of having fresh eggs every day would be awesome. We know how old the eggs are and what


Lily's Story: Rescuing a Seal Pup

The life of a baby gray seal is tough. Mother seals abandon their pups after just a few weeks, leaving the vulnerable offspring to fend for themselves—in an ocean full of danger and uncertainty. In April, one such pup, now famously known as Lily, was found laying on the shore near Bethany Beach, Del. It was a windy spring day and the staff and volunteers with the Marine Education Research and Rehabilitation Institute (MERR) couldn’t tell what was ailing the seal pup. “Our volunteers had been monitoring her and I went down to assess. It was a little hard initially, because the sand was blowing


Delaware Day Trip: Cape Henlopen

Cape Henlopen State Park is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The park welcomes visitors year round from near and far, coming to enjoy the beaches, nature trails, fishing, camping and picturesque scenery. Cape Henlopen offers more than just a few pretty pictures, though; it also has historic roots in shipping and military defense. Strategically positioned at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, the park was crucial to commercial shipping in the 1800s and 1900s. While the historic Henlopen Lighthouse doesn’t guide ships through the bay anymore, two stone “breakwaters” off the point


Grilled Salmon With Avocado Salsa

2 lbs salmon, cut into 4 pieces 1 tbs olive oil (I used light extra virgin olive oil) 1 tsp salt 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp paprika powder 1 tsp onion powder ½ tsp ancho chili powder 1 tsp black pepper for the Avocado salsa: 1 avocado, sliced ½ small red onion, sliced Juice from 2 limes 1-2 tbs finely chopped cilantro (depending on how big of a cilantro lover you are) Salt to taste 1. Mix the salt, chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion and black pepper together, rub the salmon fillets with olive oil and this seasoning mix refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. 2. Pre-heat the grill. 3. Combine the


Co-op Crews Answer New Jersey's Call For Help

ATLANTIC CITY , NJ-Delaware Electric Cooperative linemen answered New Jersey’s call for help in late June, after a line of severe thunderstorms knocked out power to hundreds of thoudsands people in New Jersey, northern Delaware and Pennsylvania. Four Co-op linemen, Phil Collison, Brian Downes, Shane Payne and Greg Williamson along with Manager Steve Huffman assisted crews from Atlantic City Electric with restoration efforts from June 25th through June 30th. Linemen received many kind comments from consumers in the affected areas and worked very long hours to restore power to thousands of New


Meter Safety: What You Need To Know

It is in the mutual interest of Delaware Electric Cooperative and our members to ensure electrical meters are in an easily accessible location. Plants and landscaping, as well as decks and other structures, are meter obstructions which create problems for meter access and maintenance. Have a clear, safe walking path to the meter available at all times. Avoid building or placing structures directly around the meter, which may have to be removed to access the meter. Delaware Electric Cooperative’s Terms & Conditions of Service reads, “The Member shall provide access to the meter for the purposes


Co-op To Host Annual Meeting

Tuesday, August 25th at the Delaware State Fairgrounds If you’re a fan of great food and entertainment, then we’re sure you’ll have a lot of fun at our Annual Meeting on Tuesday, August 25th. Registration and our famous fried chicken dinners will be served starting at 3 p.m. and our Business Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Please note, doors will open at 3 p.m. Members will also be treated to music and a community fair. Voting will also take place for our Board of Directors, who represent members when important decisions at the Co-op are made. All of the action takes place in air-conditioned


Aerial Scanning To Improve Reliability For Delaware Electric Cooperative Members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 7th, 2015 GREENWOOD , Del.- Aerial Inspections of Delaware Electric Cooperative’s power lines are expected to improve reliability for Cooperative members. On May 4th and 5th, McKim & Creed, based in North Carolina, used a helicopter to scan 40 miles of transmission lines in Sussex County using LIDAR technology. LIDAR uses light from a laser to capture detailed images of transmission lines and the surrounding terrain, allowing engineers to see exactly where trees may be in danger of falling on lines and if electrical equipment needs to be replaced. Scanning took place


Cookie Rookie: Pistachio Fluff

1 (3.9 ounce) package instant fat-free pistachio pudding mix 2 cups skim milk 1 cup low-fat whipped topping 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained 1 (10-ounce) package mini marshmallows ¼-½ cup sweet coconut, toasted For Garnish: sweet coconut, toasted 1. In a medium bowl, combine pudding mix and milk. Whisk 2 minutes. 2. Add pineapple, marshmallows and coconut. 3. Mix well, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. 4. When ready to serve, spoon fluff into serving dishes and garnish with toasted coconut. 5. Enjoy!


Co-op Linemen Compete in Regional Competition

Delaware Electric Cooperative linemen showed off their skills on March 27th and 28th at the Terex Gaff-n-Go Equipment and Linemen’s Rodeo. The event was held at the Caroline County Fairgrounds in Virginia and featured dozens of teams from across the Mid-Atlantic. Co-op linemen placed 4th out of 30 teams, missing the chance to travel to the national competition by just three seconds. Linemen Dave Morgan, Brent Elzey, Mike Layton and Shawn Rogers participated in the event, proudly representing DEC competing in a pole climbing competition, hurt-man rescue, insulator change out competition and


Date Set For DEC's Annual Meeting

Tuesday, August 25th at the Delaware State Fairgrounds We hope you’ll be able to join us on August 25th for a chicken dinner, a community fair and an update on your Cooperative. Our annual meeting begins with registration and dinner at 3 p.m. at the Delaware State Fairgrounds. If you are interested in being a candidate for your Co-op’s Board of Directors, you must submit a petition to our office in Greenwood, DE by June 26th, 2015. The petition must include 15 member signatures. This year, directorships are open in Districts three, (3) six (6) nine (9) and at-large. At our annual meeting,


Scams Target DEC Members

Scams Target Co-op Members Sneaky and unrelenting, scammers continue to try and mislead DEC members into handing over important information or even money. These scammers wrongly claim to represent Delaware Electric Cooperative. This week, a Co-op member near Hartly reported receiving a call from someone warning them electric rates were rising. The recording went on to say the increase could be avoided by pressing one. The member who reported the incident to DEC hung up immediately, suspicious that she was being misled. She said no number appeared on her caller ID. DEC is not increasing rates


Baked Blooming Onion

1 large yellow onion ⅔ cup Panko breadcrumbs 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning ½ teaspoon paprika ¼ teaspoon sea salt 2 egg whites 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Use a large knife to cut off the top, about ¼-inch of the onion until a few of the inside layers are exposed. Be careful to cut the top side, not the root side. Peel the outermost layer of the onion down to the root, leaving the root as is. 2. Lay the onion cut side down on the cutting board. Then use a knife to section the onion into 16ths, beginning with your knife ⅛-inch away from the root and cutting straight down. You can cut more