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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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Family Dinner Time: Lasagne!

August 23rd, 2016

Submitted by The Italian Centre Shop

Make the family a lasagne in minutes. It’ll taste as good as if you spent a whole day cooking with Nonna.

The Italian Centre Shop’s new range of Massimo’s Fresco-to-Go sauces taste just like home-made, using top quality, fresh local ingredients.

You’ll need

One 700g tub each of Massimo’s Fresco-to-Go sauces - 1 x Béchamel, 1 x Tomato, 1 x Grass-Fed meat Bolognese. (Free from antibiotics, chemicals, hormones and gluten).

One 500g packet Riscossa brand lasagne sheets.

400g grated mozzarella.

100g Grana Padano grated cheese.

This will take five minutes. Pour a layer of tomato sauce in the bottom of a 18 x 11 (ish) baking dish. Sprinkle mozzarella and Grana Padano over the sauce. Then layer pasta sheets on top to cover. Then a layer of Béchamel sauce, more cheese, another layer of pasta. Next, the bolognese & cheese.. Repeat until you’ve used up all the sauces and pasta. Save some cheese to top for the final layer.

Bake in the oven at 350 C for at least 20 mins, or according to the lasagne sheets cooking instructions.

Velvety rich, nutritious. Serves eight hungry folks. Add a salad of your choice. So good, we dare you to pretend you made this yourself from scratch.

Tags: food, kids

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