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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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Baked Holiday French Toast

August 6th, 2016

Growing up, we always got to open Christmas presents first thing Christmas morning and would snack on the oranges in our stocking to tide us over until breakfast. If this is tradition in your family, then this is a great recipe that not only can be prepared the night before and stored in the fridge until morning, but can be put into the oven to cook so that it is ready when you and your family are.

This recipe is for two people and can be multiplied for the desired quantity.

In a bowl combine:

3 pieces of whole wheat bread torn into pieces

1/2 cup chopped apple

1/2 cup fresh cranberries

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/6 tsp cloves

3 eggs

1/2 cup egg whites

1/4 cup milk (or egg nog for some festive flavour)

Transfer into a casserole dish and either cover and refrigerate until the morning or bake in a 350 degree oven for 50-60 minutes. The egg should be cooked through and the top of the casserole golden brown when it is ready. Serve topped with syrup, yogurt or apple sauce.

Jen Panteluk is the Director of Development at Ronald McDonald House® Northern Alberta and an avid triathlete and runner who has a passion for all things health and fitness. She loves to experiment in the kitchen to create new, healthy recipes which she shares on her Fabulously Fresh & Fit blog (

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