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Danell Haspel: Let the DL Library help you stay out of a hot kitchen

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, for instance grilling out!

There are health benefits associated with barbequing out, especially if you’re watching your cholesterol.

Another wonderful alternative is the old fashioned slow cooker.

Most people think of the slow cooker as a winter appliance…making soups and stews to stay warm, but because the slow cooker cooks at a temperature range of 170 to 280 degrees it keeps the kitchen cool, not to mention the time saving aspects.

So…as you’re racing around this summer, cruise through summer meals staying cool with the help of the books highlighted below.

“The Gardener and the Grill: The Bounty of the Garden Meets the Sizzle of the Grill,” by Karen Adler.

From garden to grill to fork, nothing tastes better than freshly harvested vegetables grilled to perfection alongside savory meats and plump grilled fruits.

“The Gardener & the Grill” is the grilling guide for gardeners, seasonal eaters, and “flexitarians” everywhere, and anyone enamored of the powers of the grill — not just during the summer months, but all year long.

“Slow Cooker Revolu-tion: One Test Kitchen, 30 Slow Cookers, 200 Amazing Recipes,” by the Editors at America’s Test Kitchen.

Who doesn’t like the idea of throwing ingredients into a slow cooker and coming back hours later to a finished meal?

Too bad most slow cooker recipes deliver mediocre results you’d rather forget than fix again.

A team of ten test cooks at America’s Test Kitchen spent a year developing recipes, and what they discovered will change the way you use your slow cooker.

Library Happenings

Detroit Lakes Public Library cordially invites area kids, teens and families to “Dig Into Reading” this summer at the library.

Check out our full schedule of events for all ages!

  • Now through Friday, Aug. 2:  “Sizzlin’ Summer Reads” Adult Reading Program. To be eligible for the prize drawings, read or listen to 4 books, fill out the reading log and place it in the entry box. Entries may also be e-mailed to the library. There is no limit to the number of entries any person can make. This program is for adults age 18 and older.
  • Tuesday, July 23: “eReader Help,” 10:30 a.m. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to address your eReader questions.
  • Wednesday, July 24: “eReader Help,” 4:30 p.m. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to address your eReader questions.
  • Thursday, July 25 and Saturday, July 27: Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Theme related stories, fingerplays and a simple craft are all part of the fun.
  • Thursday, July 25: Summer Reading Program, “Digging for Treasures,” 2 p.m. Yo Ho Ho…It’s a Pirate Party celebrating the Summer Reading Program! There will be some hands-on activities and door prizes.