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

Fresh Cut French Fries Plain-8

Crispy French Fries

  Crispy fresh french fries, right from your own stove. Print Crispy French Fries Author: Jude Wright Ingredients 3-4 medium potatoes, cut into sticks 4-5 cups canola or peanut oil salt Instructions Peel potatoes and cut into sticks. Soak in cold salted water for 20-30 minutes. Drain well and dry well. Heat oil to 325-350. […]



This is a basic guacamole for your next Mexican dinner. Print Guacamole Author: Jude Wright Ingredients 3-4 large avocados 3 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped ½ tsp garlic powder ¼ tsp onion powder 1 tsp tapatio 1 Tbsp salsa 1 Tbsp sour cream squeeze of fresh lime juice Instructions Mash up avocados in a bowl with […]

Cookie Palooza 2012 Done Plain-2

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

These cookies are moist, and tender, and chocolaty. They did not last long with the kids. I don’t know how I have gone my entire life without tasting these, but they will definitely be a permanent member of my Christmas Cookie rotation!   Print Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Author: Jude Wright Ingredients 4 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped […]

Tequila Lime Shredded Beef Tacos Plain-5

Tequila Lime Beef Tacos

  Print Tequila Lime Beef Tacos Author: Jude Wright Ingredients 1 – 3 or 4 pound chuck roast (shoulder cut) 3 TBSP oil Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, cumin – lightly sprinkled over roast 1 – 4oz can mild diced green chiles 1 – 14.5oz Aldi’s Happy Harvest Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes […]

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Meal Planning Tips

Do you wait until one hour before dinner to think, “What am I going to cook? How about when you go grocery shopping: do you buy something that looks good, only to throw it away because you “never got around to it,” or just plain forgot you had it? Well, planning your meals ahead of […]

Kid Friendly Dinner Ideas

If you have kids then you know how picky they can be when it comes to what they like to eat. Avoid dinner anxiety by choosing meals they are sure to love each and every time. Here are some ideas for kid friendly dinners.