15 Minutes With: The Blogger Behind Half Baked Harvest

half baked harvest tieghan gerard
15 minutes with the Colorado-based food blogger. For more food interviews, visit TheNest.com

Before this Colorado-based food blogger behind Half Baked Harvest takes over our Instagram next weekend, 21-year-old Tieghan Gerard shares her kitchen secrets:

Your ideal kitchen soundtrack:

TG: Right now, it's all about the Christmas music.

Guilty pleasure:

TG: A pan of warm, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.

Kitchen utensil you can't live without:

TG: My chefs knife, for sure.

Kitchen utensil you rarely use:

TG: I think I've used my spiralizer three times since I bought it…

One food you could eat forever:

TG: Pomegranates

Last meal on Earth:

TG: Oh my gosh, this is so hard. I'd try to eat everything. No really. I'd have a little breakfast (eggs and toast, pancakes, crepes, french toast), pasta (fettuccine, ravioli + dad's pasta dish), french fries and so much chocolate (cookies, brownies, pecan pies, etc).

Recent recipe from the blog you were most eager for readers to make:

TG: The Overnight Pull-Apart Brioche Cinnamon Roll Bread.

Recipe from Half Baked Harvest that best reflects your personality:

TG: Probably these Gingerbread Surprise Beignets with Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate. I just love getting to have fun with my food and photos. I think these reflect that.

Any recent recipe fails?

TG: YES. So many actually, but most recently I tried to make pork belly tacos and they just turned our horrible. I think it was the pork belly. It was all fat and I'll probably never try to cook pork belly again. Never.

What's your go-to 20-minute-or-less dinner:

TG: Oh, I have so many — but either fluffy pancakes, buttered noodles or buttered toast, a runny fried egg and side of sautéed spinach.

One ingredient you could do without:

TG: Spam. I just could never get into that.

One ingredient you can't stop using:

TG: Chocolate and pomegranates. I love them…but not together.

What advice do you have for people learning to cook for themselves at home?:

TG: Just have fun and don't stress about whether or not you're doing it right. You learn as you go and sometimes mistakes turn out to be delicious!

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