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

Roast Beef

Slow Cooker Roast Beef: One of my favorite comfort foods is a roast beef dinner. Mashed potatoes, corn, carrots, rich beef gravy and rolls. It doesn’t get much better than that in my book. Here is my way of doing this in your slow-cooker so you can throw this in the slow-cooker in the morning, […]

Stuffed Bell Pepper

  Print Stuffed Bell Pepper Quick to fix – takes one hour to bake. Author: Jude Wright Recipe type: Main Dishes Serves: 4 Cook time:  1 hour Total time:  1 hour Ingredients 1 lb. lean ground beef 4 medium green, red or yellow bell peppers ¾ cup chopped onion ¼ cup uncooked rice 3 Tbsp. catsup, divided […]

Black Beans with Pasta

  Print Black Beans with Pasta Author: Jude Wright Recipe type: Pasta Serves: 4 Ingredients 8 oz. Pasta, radiatore or other, dry 2 Tbs. Olive oil 2 cloves Garlic, minced 15 oz. can Black beans,, rinsed, drained 1 lb. Roma tomatoes, chopped ½ Cup Mushrooms, sliced 2 tsp. Dried basil ½ Cup Parsley, chopped ¼ tsp. Ground […]

Quick Puff Pastry

I have always wanted to try and make my own puff pastry, but the traditional method kind of made me nervous. Making a big slab of butter? I wasn’t sure if I could do it properly, and that is a LOT of butter to waste if it didn’t work out right. When I came across […]

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 […]

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.