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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/

Summer Picnic

August 3rd, 2016

By: Jessica Assaly

A family picnic is a great way to enjoy the outdoors this summer; it’s a fun way to hang out and enjoy being together! The menu can be as simple as a bucket of chicken and coleslaw from the drive-thru, to something more involved like gazpacho, herb crusted goat cheese, bruschetta, chilled grilled salmon, and fudge brownies. Mmmm.

Many grocery stores offer a number of prepared foods in the deli like salads, roasted chicken, veggie and fruit trays, assorted cheese, dips and crusty breads. These are all great options for eating outdoors.

As for the location, on the grass in the backyard will do, but it is a bit more adventurous to head out somewhere different. How about our beautiful river valley or Elk Island Park? Find a place that is safe for your family and that has some shade. If you need to walk a ways with all the picnic supplies, coolers on wheels or a wagon can be really helpful. Bringing something to do after eating is a great idea too - a ball, some bubbles are fun, or find a location close to a park for young children. And bring lots of water - it is so important to stay hydrated.

A few other things to have on hand:

  • a large blanket or sheet to sit on and set the food on
  • napkins, wipes, antibacterial hand gel
  • plates, utensils, cups
  • a bag for garbage and a bag for dirty dishes
  • knife and cutting board
  • salt, pepper, and other condiments
  • a first-aid kit, and toilet paper (you never know when these may come in handy)
  • and of course the camera

Happy cooking!

Jessica Assaly is currently freelancing and staying busy with her own children. She loves cooking and finding creative ways to involve children in the process. Healthy, great tasting, and easy to prepare foods are her passion!

Tags: food, kids

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