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

Plain Baked Cheddar Chicken-5

Baked Cheddar Chicken

I love this Baked Cheddar Chicken dish. It’s quite easy to make and super delicious! Print Baked Cheddar Chicken Author: Jude Wright Ingredients 4 large chicken breasts, cut into large chunks 1 cup of crushed cheese-its 1 cup of crushed saltines ½ cup panko bread crumbs 1 egg ½ cup milk 2 cups shredded cheddar […]



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 […]

Panfried Chicken

Baked Panfried Chicken Breasts

Okay. So I decided that I wanted to have fried chicken tonight. But, I didn’t have a chicken in my freezer. And, there’s snow on the ground and no snow tires on my car. What did I have? I had chicken breasts. So why not have fried chicken breasts for dinner? Here is my recipe […]


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

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 […]

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 […]