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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!

For the full article and more information about EPL, please visit: https://www.epl.ca/blogs/post/the-coolest-recipes-to-beat-the-summer-heat/

President’s Choice® Alberta Burger: Spice of the Prairies Burger

August 12th, 2016

ingredients:

Burgers:
4 PC® Free From® Bison Burgers
4 slices provolone cheese
4 PC Round Pretzel Buns
2 Tablespoons PC® Mayonnaise made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Spicy Blueberry Aioli:
2 shallots (diced)
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon water
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 tablespoon PC® Whole Grain Dijon Mustard
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary (finely chopped)
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon goat cheese
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ cup PC® Mayonnaise made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Burger toppings:
8 leaves butter lettuce tossed in 1 tablespoon PC® Sweet Vidalia Onion Salad Dressing
4 slices tomato
2 PC® Thick Cut Rippled Potato Chips, plain (crushed)

Directions:
Spicy Blueberry Aioli:
1. Heat oil on medium-high heat and cook shallots until softened, about 3-4 minutes.
2. Add blueberries, water, cayenne and black pepper. Once mixture comes to a simmer, reduce to medium heat and let cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Transfer to a medium bowl and place in refrigerator to cool.
4. Once cool, add remaining ingredients to bowl and stir until combined.
5. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
Yields 1 ½ cups aioli

Burgers:
1. Follow barbecue instructions on box of PC bison burgers.
2. When there is approximately 2 minutes of grilling time left, top each patty with a slice of provolone and continue to cook until cheese is hot and bubbly.
3. Brush insides of pretzel buns lightly with PC mayo and grill insides down until slightly crispy, about 1 minute.
Burger Toppings:
1. When burgers are ready to assemble, brush the insides of each bun liberally with spicy blueberry aioli.
2. Top with patty, tomato slice, 2 leaves butter lettuce and a couple spoonfuls of crushed potato chips.
3. Enjoy!
Serves 4

Pair Spice of the Prairies Burger with Dan’s recipe for Shaved Fennel and Baby Potato Salad with Creamy Garlic Dressing for the perfect summer meal!

Shaved Fennel and Baby Potato Salad with Creamy Garlic Dressing
1 bulb fennel (thinly sliced)
½ red onion (thinly sliced)
3 cups PC® Mixed Little Gems Yellow, Red & Blue Mini Potatoes (boiled and chilled)
½ cup dried cranberries
4 strips bacon (cooked until crispy, loosely chopped)
4 tablespoons PC® Aioli Creamy Garlic Sauce
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Directions:
1. Place first 5 ingredients in a large bowl and mix gently with a spoon and let chill in fridge until ready to serve.
2. When ready to serve, place remaining ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
3. Pour over salad ingredients in large bowl and toss gently until well-coated.
4. Serve immediately.

Find more great recipes on the PC website here --> www.presidentschoice.ca/en_CA/recipes

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