Hi! I’m Mack, and I love food. I particularly love good food. A groundbreaking concept, I know.
However, good doesn’t necessarily mean the healthiest, or the most organic, or the most convenient. Good food feeds your body the fuel it needs to run, sure, but it feeds your soul too. You can’t tell me that after eating your favorite food, or some food that Grammy used to make, that you don’t *feel* the magic of good food. We laugh? Food. We cry? Food. The magic of good food is quite frankly, irreplaceable, and my goal is to make it so that everybody knows how to create (and eat) good food.
I started something called Kasia’s Cave a little while after the pandemic started. It was a little food diary to keep me busy after being laid off from my job in a commercial kitchen. A way to show my friends that I was still studying and creating, albeit at home. I studied food psychology for a little while, and it clicked. That was it. I’ve always known I’ve wanted to feed people good food (though my original plan was a restaurant, we’re not quite there yet), but now I knew I had to come up with a good way to do that from afar. I started posting more regularly, wrote some recipes, made a few videos, all while managing a kiddo at home with remote learning and my husband working from home. If some food photos, maybe a how-to here and there, or some of my favorite recipes made even 1 person more likely to dive into the wonderful world of good food, and kept me sane during all of this, I’m all in.
This brings me to the second part of this revamp. Being a high risk individual, I’ve been really careful during the pandemic. Only go out for supplies when we need it, and only if I know I can find it. Masks always, and wash your hands religiously. While doing all this, I was trying to use some of the staples we had sitting in the back of the pantry for rainy days. The boys and I were all home for 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, and it now included snacks! So, I got a little creative. I made anything and everything that the boys would eat, and tried not to make the same thing a bunch of days in a row, to break up the already tough monotony. Want a snack that you can switch up easily, make quickly, and keep several generations happy? Granola. Got some chocolate chips? Throw it in. Nuts that have been sitting on the baking shelf since cookie season? Throw those in. Dried fruits that need rotated out of the emergency stock? Throw. Them. In. It was flexible, easy, touched on all of the macro-calories, and most importantly, it tasted good.
Luckily for you guys (and them) I’ve buffed out the edges on my recipes to bring you fresh small batch granola and snack mixes to give you something relatively wholesome and definitely delicious to munch on. Great for gifts, even better to stock the pantry. I’m hoping to bring some good food from our little kitchen to you.