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

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 […]

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. […]

Mexican Hamburger Casserole

  Print Mexican Hamburger Casserole Author: Jude Wright Recipe type: Beef Serves: 6 Prep time:  15 mins Cook time:  20 mins Total time:  35 mins Ingredients 1 pound ground beef 1 cup chopped onion 8 ounces egg noodles 1 (15 oz) can chili 1 (14.5 oz) can peeled, diced tomatoes 1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn, […]

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

These potatoes are the awesome. For real. I love them, and I could eat way, WAY too many of them if I allowed myself. Which I did, the morning after I made these, when I ate the leftovers for breakfast. Cheesy potatoes are a breakfast food, right? Print Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes These are incredibly simple […]

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 […]

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.