I'm Kellie, the cook and blogger at Blackboard Kitchen. I live in Northern Alabama along with my husband and our two elementary-aged kids. I started Blackboard Kitchen in 2009 because I wanted to learn to cook and because I needed to figure out how to cook on a tight budget.
In 2009 I was a dog mom, a high school Humanities teacher, and an active Denverite living in a tiny house in Denver, Colorado. Since then I've had two children, was a founding director at a public charter school, left Denver for the Midwest, earned my Master's degree, and moved to Alabama. It's been an amazing adventure and through it all I've continued to cook nearly every night.
After 15 years teaching at the high school level and three years formally studying the role food plays in our sacred traditions, communities, and daily lives, I'm back with the new Blackboard Kitchen, ready to rejoin you in your own kitchen and to help you think about all the ways food and food choices nourish you and those you love.
Blackboard Kitchen started with a $350 monthly food budget, weekly grocery lists and meal plans, and 4-5 meals with recipes each week. All that is still available here, complete with years of truly terrible photography! Thank you, 2009 point and shoot camera, along with cooking only after the sun had set #teacherlife
Twelve years later, and recipe sites are proliferous across the internet and we've long been accustomed to the option of having our weekly meal plans created for us or even shipped to us, ready to go. On Blackboard Kitchen you'll find something different: you'll find a focus on strategies, rather than recipes; a focus on thinking and talking about how food works together, rather than sharing a single meal; a focus on simple swaps to benefit us and the earth, because sustainable change is important; a focus on ritual and rootedness in our food lives, because these are the things that ground us and bring meaning to our daily lives.
I love to invite people to gather around my table for food and connection, and it is my hope that you will be able to do the same, in your way, in your time. Let's gather around this virtual table, for we are better together and more alike than we sometimes realize. Here we will share and cultivate our most nourished lives.