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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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Lunch Idea's From Italian Centre Shop!

January 30th, 2017

Submitted by the Italian Centre Shop 

We know you’re so busy that the thought of making stuff from the fridge look so fabulous it’s irresistible isn’t really a consideration. But why not make these with the kids, and the 10 minutes it takes to prep will be 10 minutes not spent arguing and persuading them to eat.


1 ball Italian Centre Shop fresh made pizza dough. (Or frozen & defrosted)

1 jar favourite pizza sauce.

Honey roasted ham.

Grated mozzarella cheese.

Roll out the pizza dough on a floured surface, cover with tomato sauce, ham and grated mozzarella. Roll up into a sausage shape, cut into 1 ½ inch slices. Bake in a hot oven at 375° F for ten minutes.


1 ball Italian Centre Shop fresh made pizza dough.

1 packet gluten free Natural Selections chicken sausages, cut in half.

Roll out the pizza dough as above, cut into 1 ½ inch strips. Wrap around the sausages, toothpick in place. Bake in a hot oven at 375 ° F for five minutes. Done.


Kids love assembling their own food. Cut their favourite meat and cheese into cubes and skewer on a stick, adding vitamin packed tomatoes and grapes. Top with a bocconcini mozzarella ball. Make a bouquet with the skewers on an apple.


Slice the kid’s favourite colourful fresh veggies into strips – carrots, cucumber, peppers are great. Place five strips onto two slices of ham, we used Tuscan Style Cotto, with two strips of mild cheese like Provolone. Roll up and add a mozzarella bocconcini and slice of olive for each eye.

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