Kelly the Kitchen Kop and her Loaded Laptop

New Online Class Will Help Parents Cook Real Food and Avoid Health Problems

by Kimberly Hartke

What a great name for a mommy food blog, Kelly the Kitchen Kop! It conjures up images of a mom wearing a starched white apron, policing the hungry kids, and blowing the whistle on bad snacks. She probably even blares the siren when she gets home from the market with the groceries, so that her little parolees come scurrying to help.

Kelly the blogger at Kelly the Kitchen Kop is doing a world of good for real food with her 3-year old blog. She gets close to 110,000 page views each month, and according to Alexa she ranks in the top 100,000 blogs.

On September 16, 2010 she launches her Real Food for Rookies cooking class.

A mother of 4 children, ages 5-18, she was introduced to Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF)  six years ago by a neighbor who founded the local WAPF chapter in her town of Rockford, Michigan on the outskirts of Grand Rapids.

Kelly’s husband is the home gardener in the family and they raise their own cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, peppers and squash in the back yard. Obviously, a fertile crop to inspire Kelly’s kitchen creations.

Like me, Kelly’s journey toward a more healthy lifestyle started with The South Beach Diet. In this bestselling diet book, Dr. Arthur Agatston¬† explains that there are “good fats” we need in our diet and that dietary cholesterol is not the reason American waistlines are growing. In fact, this leading cardiologist explains that it is the excess carbs in the Standard American Diet that turn into cholesterol which present the risks–and that central obesity is a leading indicator of heart problems down the road.

So, for both Kelly and I, going on a diet has proved to be the gateway to discovering the riches taught by the WAPF. Once you lose the fear of fat (and because a medical doctor said so), you are primed to discover that even saturated fat can be good for you, which is one of the principles that the WAPF (a nutrition education foundation) teaches.

You will note in this clever promotional video for her upcoming class that the number one reason to take her course is to avoid heart disease.

A year ago, Kelly began putting together a cooking class, with the hopes of helping other moms and dads transition to a more nourishing traditional diet. Her goal with the class is to help others get up to speed faster, and avoid some of her early mistakes when she started to shift away from processed foods and tried cooking more with whole foods.

“I flubbed so many recipes at first,” Kelly confesses, “and I want to help others have an easier time of it.”

She continues, I have worked so hard on this class, Real Food for Rookies, and I can’t wait for people to get this information. I learned so much putting the class together.”


Sally Fallon Morell and Kelly

“I interviewed Sally Fallon Morell, author of Nourishing Traditions and Dr. Kaayla Daniel, author of The Whole Soy Story, and Jane Hersey of the Feingold Association, plus Tom Naughton the filmmaker of Fat Head, and they all are such excellent speakers with such fascinating information,” she exclaimed.

The online class begins September 16. It features videos, audio interviews, recipes and tips. The class is designed to help you make changes a little at a time. Every week you will find out about an issue, why it matters for your health, and how you can make a simple change and be healthier.

Kelly’s style is to present the information in a light, fun approach, even though she is delivering some hard hitting information. During the filming of one of her instructional videos, her doorbell rang 4 times. Kelly says, “I am tempted to leave that in, because real moms have real interruptions. I want people to know they can cook healthy, even with their kids playmates coming to the door!”

The course is 12 classes, each costing only $10.00 each if paid in advance. Kelly also has an easy pay plan which is 4 payments of $35.00 if that is easier on your budget.

And by the way, this course isn’t just for Rookies, as a seasoned nourishing traditional cook, you will learn how to impart these ideas and skills to the Rookies in your life. As Kelly said, she has been learning and growing for 6 years, and still gained new insights as she put together this course for you.

Here is the link for more information, or to sign up Real Food for Rookies. Do a stint in the slammer with Kelly the Kitchen Kop! She will get you off the junk and into the delicious world of natural and wholesome foods.

Kimberly Hartke is the publicist for the Weston A. Price Foundation. She and her husband are Nourishing Traditions cooks, too.