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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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Healthy Snacks for Food-Curious Kids

August 10th, 2016

Submitted by ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen

Why buy kale chips when you can make them at home? These healthy chips are an interesting and inventive way to use kale. Using thicker, curlier kale leaves results in a better-quality chip. Have your young kitchen helpers tear the kale into pieces, then assist with drying the kale in a salad spinner. You can experiment with other seasonings, or keep it simple with the sea salt and freshly ground pepper called for in the recipe.

While you probably already know chia seeds from the terracotta statues that sprout and grow an ornamental carpet of green, they’ve become more popular in Canadian kitchens in the past few years. Chia is a plant whose seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, soluble fiber and various vitamins and minerals. The seeds are sold in natural food stores and specialty food stores. When soaked, the seeds form a gel, which helps thicken this Fruit and Chia Smoothie.


1 bunch kale (stems removed)

1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil

1/4 tsp (1 mL) sea salt

1/4 tsp (1 mL) freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Line two large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

Wash kale thoroughly under cool running water. Tear kale into 2 inch (5 cm) pieces. There should be about 12 cups (3 L). Spin kale dry using a salad spinner; pat kale dry with paper towels.

Combine oil, salt and pepper in an extra-large zip-lock plastic bag. Add kale. Seal bag and shake to coat. Alternatively, combine kale, oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl; toss until coated. Place kale in a single layer on prepared pans.

Bake for 20 minutes or until crisp. Cool completely in pans on racks. Kale chips should be served soon after they are cooled as they will lose some of their crispness upon standing.

Makes about 8 cups (2 L).---


2 tbsp (25 mL) chia seeds

1/2 cup (125 mL) warm water

1 cup (250 mL) apple juice

1 cup (250 mL) frozen raspberries

1/2 cup (125 mL) undrained canned crushed pineapple

2 tbsp (25 mL) fresh lime juice

1 - 2 tbsp (15 - 25 mL) honey or agave nectar

Soak chia seeds in warm water for 15 minutes. Chia seeds should form a gel.

Place chia seed gel and remaining ingredients (apple juice through honey) in a blender; purée until smooth. Pour into glasses. Serve immediately. Serves 2 - 3.

Cook's Note: Agave nectar is also known as agave syrup. It is a Mexican sweetener that is sweeter and thinner than honey. Look for it in natural food stores, specialty food stores or the natural foods section of grocery stores.-----

For tips on energy safety, food or household matters, call ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen’s Answer Line at 1-877-420-9090 toll-free, visit us online at, or email us at To buy a copy of our latest cookbook, the 2013 edition of our popular annual Holiday Collection, visit the online shop on our website, drop by the ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen office, or call our toll-free cookbook order line: 1-800-840-3393.

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