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.

  • (healthy…ish) Homemade Samoas Cookies. No offense to the Girl Scouts, but it's true what they say, homemade is BEST. And guys? These. Are. GOOD. Think buttery shortbread, sweet and creamy "caramel" with plenty of toasty coconut, and generously dipped + drizzled chocolate. Best part? Made minus weird ingredients, zero is yeast involved, no white flour, and easy too. Just add flaky salt for a salty, sweet cookie. Trust me. Recipe on HBH today - linked in profile. PS. what's your favorite Girl Scout cookie?
  • Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates with a good drizzle of Rosemary Honey (hinted with cayenne). Guys. Let's switch things up a bit and make stuffed dates. My hope is you have everything in your kitchen to make them now. Dates? Goat (or feta) cheese? Bacon? Honey? Any freaking herb (fresh or dried)? Cool. You've got everything you need. So let's make cheesy stuffed dates. One thing? Maybe double the recipe. Fair warning...these a highly addictive little snack. Recipe link in profile.
  • One Skillet Cheesy Cuban..ish (inspired) Chicken and Rice Bake. Seasoned up chicken, rice, peppers, black beans, + tomatoes all cooked together in one skillet, topped with plenty of cheese, then baked until melty. It's not traditional, but just my fun twist and it's very good. And cozy...because cheesy baked rice is the best kind of (pantry staple) comfort food. Recipe on the blog today - linked in profile. One tip? Just add a fun cocktail cause why not? Anything goes when stuck at home :)
  • Berry and Cream Cheese Croissant French Toast Bake. Word is that everyone is out of yeast? No worries. Let’s bake French toast instead. Preferably this one with flaky croissants, sweet jam + pockets of cream cheese (yupp pockets of cream cheese). It's good and it’s easy. Do you have bread (croissants are best, but please use what you got) + frozen berries in the freezer? Jam in the pantry? Cool you have everything you need to bake this up. And you should because it's the BEST French toast. Bold, but true. Recipe linked in profile. Get at it and enjoy 🍓