Welcome to Beginner Cook

Hi! I'm Jude. My website will help the Beginner Cook learn Cooking skills, provide recipes and suggest meal planning strategies. New cooks don't know everything. Not hardly. I have learned, the hard way many times, how to cook and plan meals. Please feel free to ask questions or make suggestions in the posts on this site. I'm here to help you.

My Favorite Recipes


This is a great snack for guests or it can be used as an appetizer for an Italian meal. Print Bruschetta Author: Jude Wright Ingredients 1 loaf Italian bread ⅓ cup olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper ½ cup green onions, thinly sliced ¾ cup chopped tomato 1½ cups […]

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

These potatoes are the awesome. For real. I love them, and I could eat way, WAY too many of them if I allowed myself. Which I did, the morning after I made these, when I ate the leftovers for breakfast. Cheesy potatoes are a breakfast food, right? Print Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes These are incredibly simple […]

Pork Chops Dijon

Print Pork Chops Dijon Slow cooked pork chops pair nicely with a Dijon cream sauce for a tasty twist to your usual pork chop routine. Author: Jude Wright Recipe type: Pork and Lamb Serves: 6 Ingredients 3-4 TBSP Vegetable oil 6-8 Center Cut Pork Chops 2-3 cups Onions, thinly sliced 1.5 TBSP Garlic, diced 1.5 tsp Dry […]

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

I grew up on sloppy joes. They are one of my essential “Big Family Gathering” meals. They are filling, hearty, and when done right…delicious. You can throw these slow cooker sloppy joes together in 10 minutes, leave them in your crock pot for a few hours, and *poof*! You can have enough food to feed […]

Try Something New

Family Dinners on a Budget

The cost of food is rising much the same as the cost of just about everything else. What is your family to do? Here are some suggestions for creating filling family dinners even when you are on a budget. Stretching the Limits When money is an issue, dinner doesn’t have to be. If you have […]

Time Saving for Weekly Meals

For busy families, weekday meals can be chaotic. Breakfasts are often consumed on the go. And preparing lunches and dinners is darned near impossible. Yet it is possible to prepare healthy and budget friendly meals without spending hours in the kitchen every day. The following __ tips will help you save time each week.