Meet Tieghan Gerard

Tieghan decorating a chocolate cake

The recipes you’ll find here are inspired by the people and places I love most. I come from a family of nine, and a big family means BIG meals. In effort to tame some of our mealtime chaos and get dinner on the table at a respectable hour, I began to help cook. I soon realized how much I enjoyed it, and before I knew it, I had taken over cooking our meals full-time. I captured the process in photos and documented my best recipes, and that’s how Half Baked Harvest was born.

I spent the first 14 years of my life in Cleveland, Ohio until my family moved to the very snowy mountains of Colorado. I now live in a converted horse barn, a special place that I was able to design entirely around my lifestyle. It’s where I shot my first cookbook, and where I spend my days experimenting with new recipes, photographing my creations, feeding my family, and making one giant mess in the process. My hope is to inspire a love for food in others, as well as the courage to try something new!

I started this blog in 2012 and have since been featured on The Cooking Channel, Food Network, HGTV, Crate & Barrel, Shape Magazine, Self Magazine, the Huffington Post, and PopSugar, among others. Half Baked Harvest was named Readers’ Choice Favorite Food Blog by Better Homes and Gardens in both 2014 and 2016. It was also the recipient of Saveur Magazine’s 2016 Award for Most Inspired Weeknight Dinners as well as the 2016 Bloglovin’ Best Food Blog Award. My first book, The Half Baked Harvest Cookbook, published by Clarkson Potter, launched September 12, 2017, which you can order here.

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xo, tieghan

Currently Happening on Instagram.

  • Pan Fried Brie. It's Saturday + a long making all the fun (delicious) recipes because really, why not, you know?! Brie is always a good idea, but coat it in breadcrumbs and make it crispy on the outside and melty inside? Game changer. Add peppery, sweet honey. It's good. And easy. Recipe linked in profile. What is on everyone's menu this weekend?
  • Basil Smash Piña Colada. Easiest way to make the weekend better? Add frozen Piña Colada's to the mix, but make um a twist (of course). Do double the pineapple, add a good splash of rum, coconut cream (cause creamy is better), lots of fresh lime, and infuse it all with basil (or mint, I switch it up). OH AND? Add a sweet lime sugared rim. It's "extra", but it's also kind of delicious. I wouldn't skip it :) Recipe on HBH today - linked in profile. #HBHcocktailsaturday
  • Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pretzel Cake. Salty, creamy + peanutty, and heavy on the fudge sauce. It's all just (very) GOOD. Added bonus? It’s without a doubt one of the simplest desserts, but it’s also the BEST. Oh and? It's completely no bake. Make it for Memorial day...and all summer long. Recipe on HBH - linked in profile.
  • One Pot Lemon, Basil, Asparagus and Spicy Sausage Pasta. One pot, 30 minutes, uses up all the asparagus (swap broccoli), all the basil, and a good amount of olives + parmesan too. OK and there might be a touch of garlic as well (I mean, of course). And wine. All the good (very) things. Shared the recipe today - get the link in my profile. So late night pasta? Or pasta for the long weekend? Both are good options :)