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The Coolest Recipes to Beat the Summer Heat

Submitted by Edmonton Public Library

Written by Caroline Land

Weather forecasters are predicting a hot summer in Edmonton. Looking for ways to beat the heat? Check out EPL's collection of cookbooks for desserts that can help keep you cool all summer long. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! These are perennial favourites and go down easy on hot summer days:

Icebox Desserts Go beyond ice cream with these ideas for cool parfaits, mousses, puddings, and more. I bet your grandparents' iceboxes never looked like this!


People's Pops Think that popsicles are just for kids? Think again! Check out some of New York City's hottest pops in this book from Brooklyn's People's Pops.


Pops! Do you like your pops chocolatey? Maybe fruit-flavoured pops are more your thing. Pops! promises icy treats for everyone, no matter what your taste preferences are.


Paletas Add a Mexican twist to your popsicles and treats with this book of recipes for paletas and other icy delights.


The Vegan Scoop Looking for a vegan alternative to ice cream? Try The Vegan Scoop for some ideas!


After you've eaten your ice cream and you need a break from the sun, drop by any of our air conditioned locations to check out even more books and cool off for even for longer!

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Avocado Goodness

August 5th, 2016

Most people know avocados make a great addition to guacamole.  But did you know avocados are a deliciously rich, healthy and creamy fruit that may be sliced for a salad, mashed and used as a spread for a sandwich (just skip the mayo) or even used to thicken up a smoothie.

Willing to give it a try?   Often, avocados can be rock hard when purchased at the grocery store.  To ripen, place it in a paper bag with an apple or a banana for about a day until it yields slightly to pressure.  When ripe, cut the avocado lengthwise in half around the pit. Twist the halves in opposite directions to separate. The pit will stay in one of the halves. Cut each half in half again to make quarters; separate. The pit can then be easily removed from its section.

After peeling, the green avocado flesh will darken when exposed to air. Toss with lemon or lime juice or flavourless powdered citric or ascorbic acid to prevent darkening.  When preparing guacamole, fresh lemon or lime juice is often added to the dip to prevent darkening and to enhance flavour.

If you’re a fan of guacamole, try the recipe that is included with Southwestern Turkey Burgers from ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen. For more recipes from ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen, check out HYPERLINK ""


Either homemade or store-bought guacamole may be used in this recipe.

1 lb (0.5 kg) ground turkey

1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped green onions

1/3 cup (75 mL) chopped fresh cilantro

1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

2 tsp (10 mL) ground cumin

1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt


4 flour tortillas (6 inch/15 cm)

2 Roma tomatoes, diced

1/4 cup (50 mL) Guacamole, recipe follows

Combine first 6 ingredients (turkey through salt).  Shape mixture into 4 oblong patties. Brush with oil. Grill patties over medium heat on natural gas barbecue until completely cooked. Serve wrapped in tortillas with tomatoes and Guacamole.  Serves 4.


1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and cubed

3 tbsp (40 mL) mayonnaise

1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) fresh lemon or lime juice

3/4 tsp (3 mL) salt

2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

1 Roma tomato, seeded and diced

Place avocado, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt and garlic in a food processor; process until smooth.

Transfer mixture to a bowl; stir in tomato.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.

Makes about 1 1/4 cups (300 mL).

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