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Charlie Goes to School (Charlie the Ranch Dog) Hardcover – June 25, 2013
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From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Charlie the Ranch Dog helps his family with homeschooling by subtracting animal crackers from the pile during math, listening to books during reading, playing at recess, and eating at snack time. He looks in on the children as they work through their lessons, and he tries to start his own school in the yard with his animal friends. But when the puppy can't focus, the kitten won't count, and the horse tries to eat the books, Charlie decides to take a recess. Though books about homeschooling are scarce, this one is a bit scattered, and some details are unclear without some knowledge of Charlie's previous appearances. The pictures, done in deGroat's signature style, are colorful and detailed, and help to move the story along.-Lindsay Persohn, University of South Florida, Tampaα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
From the Back Cover
Charlie is a genius napper, an expert cattle wrangler, and the best bacon eater around! His skills are top-notch, and he's ready to share what he knows with his ranch friends.
Mama and the kids are busy with their lessons, so Charlie helps out by creating a school of his own. Suzie, Kitty, and Walter have a LOT to learn, and there's no one better to instruct them than the King of the Ranch! Class is in session, but Charlie's students are acting like a animals. Will Charlie be able to teach his friends ANYTHING?
You soul will rejoice over Charlie the Ranch Dog's latest adventure! Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman herself, offers another hilarious story starring her lovable lazy basset hound.
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This book is simply beautiful. Filled with colorful and informative photos (there is a picture for every recipe), this book not only is great to look at but also gives good information for those of us who are competent but not particularly instinctive when it comes to cooking. I especially like the step by step photos so that I can get an idea of what the dish should look at while I am cooking it instead of just hoping it turns out like the finished product.
This book is organized by type of meal. With categories such as comfort food, soup for dinner, salad for dinner, breakfast for dinner, the book gives the reader a sense of the different possibilities for meals. There is also several sections on different types of side dishes and even desserts so readers can mix and match main dishes with the sides and desserts they like to make a complete meal.
I was especially pleased with the section on freezer meals. While basic and certainly not an attempt to be a treatise on the subject, this section gives readers the opportunity to prepare staples to keep frozen and then provides several different ways that those frozen staples can be used to make different meals. For example, the book provides a recipe for meatballs that can be frozen and then gives recipes for their use in sweet and sour meatballs, Swedish meatballs, etc. This section and the section on quick preparation meals are especially good for busy people who don't have hours to spend in the kitchen to prepare a dinner.
This book also has a great variety of recipes. There are recipes that are basic (especially good for picky eaters), meat and potatoes type recipes and then also recipes for more adventurous eaters. I appreciated the variety of recipes because nothing annoys me more than cooking books that are only for gourmet eaters.
Although titled Dinnertime, this book has such a great variety of recipes that they can be used all day long.
1) Huevos Rancheros – p6, with Enchilada Sauce – p8, and Pico De Gallo – p23. Delicious breakfast! Everyone loved it! The enchilada sauce makes 3 cups, but this recipe only uses 1 to serve 4 people, so you have 2 cups left for another recipe. She lists suggestions of other recipes to try it in right on that page.
2-3) Individual Chicken Pot Pies – p138. Yum! It was hard not to lick the plates! These are in her freezer chapter. She has you make them in those cute little disposable tins if you’re going to freeze them. We were eating ours right away, so I made them in our au gratin dishes, which made them look like little footballs. I think this has potential as a Super Bowl dinner. Maybe cut the vents to look like the lacing on the football. :)
4) Beef with Snow Peas – p163. Awesome and ridiculously easy! She gives some variations. One is to add a red bell pepper, and my husband had just brought one in from the garden, so that went in, too.
5) Chicken Taco Salad - p53. Great salad! We all loved this! I am embarrassed to say that I was wondering what sort of bowls Ree had that these 4 servings could fit in. It was supposed to be 8 servings! 😳 Um. The 4 of us finished it.
6) Mexican Tortilla Casserole - p130. Delicious! It's a make ahead and just needs 40 minutes in the oven when you're ready.
7) Hawaiian Burgers - p152 and Sweet Potato Fries - p308. That is a *fantastic* burger!!! So much flavor! Everyone loved it!
I can’t wait to try the rest of the book!