Meet Kellie

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!