I’m Kellie, the cook and blogger at Blackboard Kitchen. I live in Denver, Colorado along with my husband Jason and our German Shepherd Ava, who both do fabulous jobs of cleaning up after my messes in the kitchen.
I’m a high school Humanities teacher (that’s both English and Social Studies) and I’ve been teaching for six years now. I love to teach – this is where the idea for Blackboard Kitchen came from. I figured that I could combine two things I love – cooking and teaching – and use them to help others around me experience success in the kitchen.
My journey into the kitchen began about 5 years ago, when I considered chips and salsa to be an acceptable dinner. Soon after Jason and I started dating, however, I realized the nutritional fallacies of my ways and started making an attempt at cooking.
The cooking began slowly – we ate pasta with jarred sauce, or quesadillas for dinner at first. But soon I became interested in trying new meals and exploring different recipes. Never one to ease into anything, I jumped into my new culinary interests with enthusiasm. We were soon eating fabulous, exciting meals three times a week! And our grocery bill was as much as our monthly rent payment. Delicious – and ridiculously expensive.
I knew this was not sustainable and so – about a year ago, right after Jason and I got married – we went on a strict food budget. My challenge had presented itself: I had to figure out a way for Jason and I to continue to eat well (that means tasty and fresh meals), all on no more than $350 per month.
It’s been challenging, but more than that it’s been fun to figure out how to prepare 5 dinners (we get one night off), 7 lunches, 7 breakfasts, and snacks for the whole week, and stay within our tight food budget. I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve been creative, but most of all I’ve realized my passion for food and good eating.
I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned (and am continuing to learn!) with you here on Blackboard Kitchen!