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

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 […]

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 […]

Bruschetta

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 […]

Crisp Crusted Baked Chicken

Print Crisp Crusted Baked Chicken This family favorite oven-baked “fried” chicken is quick to prepare or can be made in advance, except for the baking. Author: Jude Wright Recipe type: Poultry Ingredients 1 frying chicken, 3 to 3½ lbs. cut up 1 egg 2 Tbs. milk 1 cup instant potato flakes 1 tsp. garlic salt ¼ […]

Try Something New

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.

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 […]