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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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SpecItaly Rolls: Easiest, most versatile-ever lunchbox recipes

August 16th, 2016

Submitted by Italian Centre Shop 

Delicious and wholesome doesn’t get much easier. Here’s how to make SpecItaly Rolls:

  • Slice a whole wheat pita in half.
  • Spread with pesto. (The best store-bought pestos have basil, olive oil, pine/cashew nuts as their top three ingredients, in that order.)
  • Add a layer of thin sliced cheese. Havarti is really popular with kids. Then another layer of your favourite deli-meat. Most children really enjoy prosciutto cotto, which has a slightly sweet taste.
  • Finish off with a layer of sliced, succulently sweet cherry tomatoes. Roll up and cut into bite sized slices.

If you’re children don’t like bread much, then leave it out. Spread the prosciutto with a layer of pesto, add the cheese, then the tomatoes and roll up. This doesn’t need toothpicks to keep it together.

The best thing about this recipe is that you can swap out the cheese for feta or provolone, mozzarella or any of your kid’s favourites. Same with deli meat: Try prosciutto di Parma, turkey or salami.  

With over 600 different types of cheeses and deli meats to choose from at the Italian Centre, no two lunches ever need be the same.  You can pick up a whole week’s worth in one trip to the deli, different combinations each day of  cheese and meats, with easy veggies like carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce. All wholesome and healthy. And if you let the kids assemble these themselves, they’re learning the basics of how to love cooking.

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