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

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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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.

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.