Overnight Pancakes

Submitted by: Marlene Bardell Corn Belt Energy Corporation   Print Recipe Overnight Pancakes Servings Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powder1 teaspoon Salt1 tablespoon granulated sugar1 egg2 cups buttermilk Servings Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powder1 teaspoon Salt1 tablespoon granulated sugar1 egg2 cups buttermilk Instructions Mix all ingredients together and let stand […]


U.S. renewable energy generation and the impacts of COVID-19

The future of how we receive electricity is changing. The energy that we see all around us—from the sun, the wind and water—is rapidly being harnessed to power our lives. Looking at the numbers, we can see that renewable energy generation has steadily increased over the last decade. As of 2019, almost 18 percent of […]

Healthy Habits

Healthy changes for men over 50

For men, their 50s can be a time of reflection. According to Dr. Zack Fulton of OSF HealthCare, 50 is the time for men to prioritize their health. “We all constantly change,” says Fulton. “As we age, more things go wrong, and we have more problems. One reason 50 is a magic number is because […]

Beef Enchiladas

Beef Enchiladas

Going GF For some, eating gluten-free has become a fad, but it is a necessity for those who have a sensitivity to gluten. Gluten-free ingredients have come a long way in the past few years and are often available at your local grocery store. This month, one reader submitted her own gluten-free flour mix. We […]

Getting to the core of craft cider

To Brad Genung, cider is not just his business, it’s his passion. Like so many small businesses, his cidery was born of necessity. The story begins more than two decades ago and a world away from the rolling hills of Union County in southern Illinois. As the 1990s drew to close, Brad grew tired of […]

‘Standby’ me

Many big businesses rely on standby power when the power goes out for the safety of their employees and customers as well as to power essential items. More and more home versions are being installed so families can have backup power when they need it to power appliances and essential medical equipment, or simply for convenience. […]


Putting a stamp on history

“Quite a few people would come into the post office just to see the mural in the lobby,” says Karen Rhodes, who worked as a clerk in the East Alton post office for 32 years. “Many were from out of town, but they had knowledge it was there.” Titled “The Letter,” the mural by Francis […]

Five ways to winterize your manufactured home

Dear Pat and Brad: The last few months have been tough, and I’m dreading my manufactured home’s high winter heating bills. What can I do to make my home more efficient without spending too much money? – Lance Dear Lance: In difficult times like these, it’s more important than ever to ensure the money we spend […]

Tomato Basil Tart

Tomato Basil Tart

Garden’s bounty – tomatoes Tomatoes are bountiful in late summer, so we decided to do another “throwback” edition of favorite past recipes using this delicious fruit. Print Recipe Tomato Basil Tart Course Entrée Servings Ingredients 1 unbaked pie shell1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese5-6 Roma tomatoes1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves4 cloves garlic minced1/2 cup […]

Celebrate democracy: register and vote

The best way to celebrate democracy is by encouraging full participation in public life. That’s why the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC) and its 24 distribution co-ops are supporting National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 22, 2020. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, less than 70 percent of eligible American citizens of voting age were […]