About me


Hello! Thanks for visiting ‘The Zest: Cooking Like I Mean It,’ my blog of food stories. I appreciate you stopping by and I love your comments!

I am a writer, cooking enthusiast, mom. I earned the “writer” distinction when I graduated journalism school and proceeded down the path of bylines and clips. The “cook” designation came much later, when I resolved that motherhood would not reduce me to the preparation of frozen chicken pieces shaped like dinosaurs. I wanted to cook like I mean it, thereby elevating the activity and the food itself. I wanted to change the world through the way I feed my children.

J’ai du pain sur la planche (I have my work cut out) …


24 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    maggieland said,

    Hi Trisha-
    I’m fairly new to blogging, and I like your blog. I’ll be checking in periodically. You have a great sense of humor.

    I know how you feel. Cook, eat, clean….repeat.

    Hope you had a great holiday!


  2. 2

    Trisha said,

    Welcome, Maggie, and thanks! I look forward to seeing you around!

  3. 3

    Jay said,

    Hey, Trisha,

    I’m not a cook, but I love good food and good writing. It’s obvious you know how to produce both! It’s great to read your adventures with cooking, Emmy, Quinn, and all else. Keep ’em coming!



  4. 4

    Annaka said,

    Hi Trish!!!
    Dear sister and fellow mother.
    Wow! I thought I was adventurous in cooking. My goodness! I WILL get there. Love you!! I will keep on reading your bloggyness for sure!!

  5. 5

    Trisha said,

    Hey Annaka! Thanks for the visit! Yes, come see me here lots!!

  6. 6

    vicki said,

    Love the humor! Love the inventive fun titles! Love the descriptions of the process! What a great combination of two of YOUR loves–writing and cooking.

    This is so fun! Keep ’em coming!

  7. 7

    Denise said,

    This is great Trish –

    I am so glad you are combining your passions. I enjoy reading and keeping up with you this way. I don’t think I knew you had such an extensive recipe book- keep ’em coming!


  8. 8

    Elaine Parry said,

    Hi Trisha,
    I’m excited to read your blog. I just found out that you are here.
    I skimmed through what you have written and it looks so interesting.
    Now I will proceed to read it all.
    I will be back regularly.

  9. 9

    Prachi Patel said,

    Hi Trisha,

    I just came across your blog and loved it. I just wanted to say hi and introduce myself.

  10. 10

    jody said,

    hi there i have a quick question for you about your delightful blogs membership! If you have a second to email me i would greatly appreciate it! I love your blog by the way!


  11. 11

    thefrenchkitchen said,

    Hi Trisha,

    I am fairly new to blogging and just came across your blog. I love it and I’ll be back regularly. Can I list your blog on my own?


  12. 12

    Trisha said,

    Amy: Thank yoU! Would love to have you list my blog on yours! Can’t wait to head over and see what your blog’s all about.

  13. 13

    thefrenchkitchen said,

    Thanks Trisha!

    My blog: http://thefrenchkitchen.wordpress.com


  14. 14

    Hey there! Come check out my website every once in awhile. I miss you!!

  15. 15

    thefrenchkitchen said,

    Hey there! Just wanted to let you know I passed on an excellence award to your blog.

  16. 16

    Trisha said,

    thefrenchkitchen: Why thank you! I’m chuffed (to use a term borrowed from a fellow food blogger), blushing as we speak.

  17. 17

    Hi, I represent a line of adult and children’s aprons called Beansoup. They are super- cute and so perfect for Moms who want to share their love of cooking with their kids. I am writing to see if you would like to review the aprons on your site. Please check out the website and tell me your thoughts. Thanks so much. I really appreciate your time.
    Jessica McDevitt

  18. 18

    Muneeba said,

    I’m so flattered that you wanted to give me a little award! Thks! But just to show you what a complete rookie I am in the blogging – how does one “collect” this award? Where do I see it?!

  19. 19

    Doraz said,

    Congrats! You have a blog with lots of variety! It keeps me interested. Thanks! Great job! *(*

  20. 20

    Trisha said,

    Doraz: Why, thank you! I appreciate the note.

  21. 21

    Heather said,

    Hi Trisha!

    You know the SCF is coming up. We (me and the hubbs) is going with a Press Pass from FB. (I paid for him.. 🙂 ) Email me. Maybe we can go at the same time .:)

  22. 22

    Bradon Gokey said,

    Hi Trisha,

    If you want to add Facebook or email sharing buttons to your blog posts, there’s a plugin that does it for you: http://tinyurl.com/sharebuttons

    Hope you find it helpful!


  23. 23

    Hi Trisha,

    I’m Julie, the editor of “Mamapedia Voices”, and we feature guest bloggers on Mamapedia, a site for Moms all across the country. I’ve just found your blog, and would like to invite you write a piece which could be featured on our site.

    Though Mamapedia Voices has just started out, it is already receiving a lot of attention, both on our site, on our guest bloggers’ sites, and beyond. We promote our featured guest bloggers through emails, Twitter, Facebook and more. It’s a wonderful opportunity to grow your audience!

    If you would like to participate, please take a look at Mamapedia Voices. Next, sign up here http://bit.ly/BloggerSignUp to be on the blogger roster, and then you will be able to see the complete (and easy) instructions for submitting a piece for consideration.

    Also, because we like your blog, please download a recognition badge from us- there are many fun designs to choose from here: http://www.mamapedia.com/voices/blogger_badge

    If you have our badge on your blog, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win $100 for your favorite women’s, children’s or family charity! And you’ll be listed on our blog roll.

    Thank you, and I look forward to reading more of your work!

    Best wishes,
    Julie D’Agostino
    Editor, Mamapedia Voices

  24. 24

    patriciamoed said,

    Hi. I just nominated you for the Liebster Award. The details are on my blog. If you don’t participate in awards, please just accept my compliments on your blog. It’s very well done. –Patti

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