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) Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins. Kind of like cheesy nachos, but instead of chips, we’re substituting crisp sweet potatoes. And? It's very good. Think crisp on the outside, soft on the inside. Stuffed with sweet and spicy chipotle chicken and finished with cheddar cheese...balanced. Perfect any night of the week dinner. Bonus? The leftovers are pretty delicious for lunch. Shared the recipe on HBH this week - linked in profile. #eeeeeats #f52grams #sweetpotatoes #fallfood #eatingfortheinsta
  • Not even October, but I'm 100% ready for Halloween. Sooo my Saturday night plans? The "Black Widow Smash" (blackberries, rosemary, lemon, a couple dashes of orange bitters, tequila, and topped off with sparkling water...spooky, but GOOD) and a Halloween movie marathon. But what's your favorite?? Harry Potter and Hocus Pocus are my top 2 ⚡️Grab the recipe link in my profile👻 #spookycocktailsaturday #Halloween
  • Chai Spiced Apple Ricotta Galette. I know everyone is already onto pumpkin everything, BUT I'm embracing apple season. Enter the this apple galette --> flaky pastry + ricotta cheese (promise it's not weird, but actually so good) + honeycrisp apples (the best), and chai spiced maple syrup (which is addicting). It's EASY. It's DELICIOUS. And you should enjoy with ice cream on top. Obviously. Late night Friday dessert? Saturday afternoon baking? Doesn't matter just make this one soon. Shared the recipe on HBH today (linked in profile). PS. thinking about making this on my stories, should I?? #f52grams #buzzfeast #autumnrecipes #fall #CLkitchen
  • Weeknight 30 Minute Coconut Curry Chicken Meatballs…with spicy mango salsa. Not your average bowl of meatballs, but better? Just depends on what kind of mood you are in. BUT if you are looking for a cozy curry, this one is GOOD --> pantry ingredients + 30 minutes + super simple. It's creamy, saucy, a touch spicy and it's even pretty healthy too. So basically you can't go wrong with this bowl of curry. Grab the full recipe below. ...
Add 1 pound ground chicken chicken, 2 green onions, 1 garlic, 1 tsp Worcestershire, and a pinch each of salt and pepper to a bowl. Mix. Coat your hands with a bit of oil, and roll the meat into tablespoon-size balls (will make 15-20). Place on baking sheet. Bake at 450 for 15 minutes or until the meatballs are crisp and cooked through.Heat 2 tbs sesame oil in a large skillet. Add the 2 shallots, 2 bell peppers, and 1 inch fresh ginger, grated. Cook 5-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in 2-3 tbs Thai red curry paste. Add 1 (14oz) can coconut milk, 2 tbs soy sauce, and 1 tbs fish sauce. Bring the mixture to a boil, add the meatballs and cook until the sauce thickens slightly. Remove from the heat and stir a handful fresh cilantro or basil.spicy lime mango
1 mango, diced
1 jalapeńo, seeded and chopped
juice and zest from 1 lime
Combine in a bowl.
Serve the meatballs and sauce over bowls of rice topped with toasted coconut + spicy mango. Eat and enjoy :) #eatingfortheinsta #feedfeed #instayum #curry #recipevideo