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 […]

Creamed Beef Potato

Creamed Ground Beef over Potato

  Print Creamed Ground Beef over Potato Author: Jude Wright Recipe type: Beef Serves: 4 Ingredients ½ cup sliced onions 1 pound lean ground beef 3 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons flour 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper 2 cups milk for baked potatoes Instructions Brown onions and ground beef in large skillet. Season with salt and pepper […]

italian salad

Italian Hamburger Salad

  Print Italian Hamburger Salad Serves: 4 Prep time:  10 mins Total time:  10 mins Ingredients ½ pound lean ground beef ½ onion, chopped 4 cups romain bagged salad mix 1 can red kidney beans 1 tomato, chopped ¼ cup Italian salad dressing 2 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese Instructions Brown together ground beef and chopped onion. […]


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 […]

Try Something New

Avoiding Dinnertime Boredom

One of the biggest pitfalls involved in pulling out food to cook for dinner in the morning is getting home and realizing what sounded good at 7 a.m. no longer is appealing. When this happens, many people cave into the urge to pick up the phone and order take-out or hop in the car and […]

7 Tips for Weekly Meal Planning

What’s for dinner tonight? Haven’t got a clue? Well, meal planning makes it easy to know what’s for dinner tonight and every night of the week.