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Why Did I Want To Start A Food Blog?


I was asked this question this week and it felt very timely. It is a question I haven’t thought about in a while. When I first had the idea, I felt trapped in a job that I didn’t enjoy. I was reading “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle and I felt inspired. […]

Lori’s Lemon Pound Cake

Baked Goods, Cakes

“Lemon pound cake is my favorite dessert”. My ears perked up and I quickly grabbed a pen and paper. Those words, from this friend, were all the motivation I needed to get back in the kitchen. I felt a rush of excitement and motivation. Feelings I don’t often experience these […]

Jack’s Coconut Macaroon

Baked Goods, Cookies

I set out to make a perfect Christmas cookie to honor my son Jack Emerson who was stillborn on March 27th 2021. I needed a place to channel some of my grief and I needed to start cooking again. I chose a coconut macaroon because someone sent them from Old […]

Year One Goals


Well, I didn’t hit any of them! When I started Tastes Just Like A Memory in August of 2020, I set several goals for the first year and I thought I’d share them here. Post 60 new recipes / I posted 50 Reach 2,500 page views in 1 month/ I […]

israeli cous cous salad with red pepper, cucumber, feta, red onion, basil and a lemon vinaigrette in a white serving bowl

Simple Couscous Salad (Israeli/Pearl)

Sides, Vegetarian

The 4th of July is right around the corner and this simple couscous salad is a perfect side to bring with you to wherever you might be watching fireworks on Sunday! It is bright. It is light. It is full of fresh summer vegetables, and it is extremely easy to […]

3 key lime pie bars on a marble slab topped with lime slices and lime zest

Key Lime Pie Bars

Baked Goods, Bars, Desserts

First things first, there is nothing traditional about these key lime pie bars. In fact, I don’t even use key limes. Shhhhhh…..Don’t tell Florida! Regular limes work perfectly for making this super tart key-lime-esque dessert, and you get so much more for your money. Not to mention they are way […]

spinach artichoke dip with a tortilla chip in a red Staub baking dish on a white backdrop

Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Appetizers, Vegetarian

I am currently in a state of keeping all things simple, and still leaning a little on comfort food. I thought a really easy spinach artichoke dip would be fun to make and something everyone can keep in their back pocket. Hopefully, you have some fun Memorial day plans coming […]

slice of chicken parmesan smothered in sauce and cheese being lifted from a baking dish with a spatula

The Best Chicken Parmesan

Chicken, Mains

I just know you are going to love this Chicken Parmesan recipe! It is so flavorful and really easy to make. This is one you will want to serve to company again and again. Lots of fresh basil, extra cheese, and a really tasty tomato sauce make this recipe stand […]

Jack's hand in ours

Baby Jack’s Eulogy

Jack Emerson

Photos by Sarah Siak Photography with Now I lay Me Down to Sleep. I read a eulogy for Jack during his small service at our church on April 6th. This was the day we planned to bring him home. It was hard to write and even harder to read, but […]

baby feet in parents hands black and white

Jack Emerson Owensby

Jack Emerson

Photos by Sarah Siak Photography with Now I lay Me Down to Sleep. My Son It has been over a month since I posted anything to the blog. I had been slowing down towards the end of my pregnancy anyway, but then tragedy happened. Our beautiful son Jack Emerson Owensby […]