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"The Big Book of Outdoor Cooking & Entertaining" is just one of many resources available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library for those looking to avoid slaving away in the kitchen to entertain during the hot summer months. Slow cookers are another possible alternative.

Put your kitchen up on blocks for long, hot summer months

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Put your kitchen up on blocks for long, hot summer months
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When the summer heat is sweltering, the last place any of us wants to be is in a hot kitchen cooking!

There are, of course, alternatives to the sizzling hot kitchen. The grilling season is upon us!


There are health benefits associated with grilling, especially if you're watching your cholesterol. Some health conscious people stand in their garage's open doorway all winter grilling but for most of us grilling season starts when the weather starts to get nice.

Another wonderful alternative to a hot kitchen is to use your slow cooker. Most people think of the slow cooker as a winter appliance... making soups and stews to stay warm. The slow cooker cooks at a temperature range of 170 to 280 degrees, so it keeps the kitchen cool, not to mention saving you time as you don't have to tend to the meal very often. you're racing around this summer, cruise through summer meals, and stay cool with the help of the following books:

- The Big Book of Outdoor Cooking & Entertaining, by Cheryl and Bill Jamison. This book is chock-full of the Jamisons' signature easy-to-follow recipes for dishes like Jalapeno Cheeseburgers, Guava-Sauced Baby Back Ribs, Tamarind-Tangerine Chicken Breasts, and Guinness-Soaked Pork Chops. In addition, they've included a load of advice on equipment and tools, tips for the very best results, vignettes on outdoor cooking celebrations and plenty of menu ideas.

- BBQ Bash: The Be-All, End-All Party Guide, from Barefoot to Black Tie, by Karen Adler. With 100 creative, delicious recipes for the grill or smoker, this book is the key to partying with a touch of panache. Karen Adler and Judith Fertig present savory, crowd-pleasing recipes for casual get-togethers or black-tie barbecues

- Family Circle Slow Cooker Meals, edited by Lois White. This book has more than 200 slow cooker recipes including meaty main dishes, poultry entrees, meatless dishes, soups and stews, and savory sandwiches. The chapter "Simple Serve-Alongs" provides fast, easy recipes for tasty salads, breads, sides, and desserts to complete any slow-cooked meal. At-a-glance callouts highlight fast prep, kids' favorites, and freeze with ease recipes throughout the book. There are 100 enticing color photos that will inspire you to pull out your slow cooker and get started.

- 200 Low-Carb Slow Cooker Recipes: Healthy Dinners That Are Ready When You Are, by Dan Carpender. There's no denying that this kitchen staple of the 60s, 70s and 80s is back with an updated look and a fierce following, but isn't it time somebody saved us from the same old carb-heavy recipes it's known for? Dana Carpender to the rescue! No stranger to the busy lifestyle (after all, she penned the bestselling 15-Minute Low Carb Recipes, didn't she?) low-carb maven Carpender offers up a host of delectable nearly carb free "fix it and forget it" recipes for anyone with just enough time to throw dinner in the slow cooker before rushing out for a full day of hustle and bustle.

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For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, please call (218) 847-2168 or visit your Library at 1000 Washington Ave. Information is also available online at Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.