Tieghan Gerard
Half Baked Harvest
Hometown:
Cleveland, Ohio
Location:
Frisco, Colorado

About Me: Hi, I am Tieghan! I spend most of my time in the kitchen cooking, baking, photographing and making a giant mess in the process. I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio , but moved to the mountains of Colorado with my family when I was 14. I am currently living in Frisco, Colorado. I have always been a creative person, but playing around in the kitchen just became a fun way for me to tap into that creativity. Then finally just before my 19th birthday my very shy and quiet self bit the bullet and started setting up my blog, Half Baked Harvest, and never looked backed. It was the best decision I have made yet. My life is now consumed by cooking food, photographing food, and writing about food. Oh yeah, and eating it too! I use everything around me as inspiration and my brain never stops thinking about new recipes. I love stepping outside the box to create easy, but super different recipes that everyone can love!

Recipes Posted by Tieghan Gerard:

Have you ever had a peanut butter burger? Basically it is a burger slathered with peanut butter instead of cheese and other toppings. I grew up eating these burgers at a local restaurant named Bearden’s in the town where I grew up, in Rocky River, Ohio. Seriously, it is one of the best burgers out there and if you live anywhere near Rocky River, you have to check it out!

I now live in Colorado, but I make peanut butter burgers at home all the time. My idea for this burger was one-upping the originally peanut butter burger. And by one-upping I mean adding the ultimate burger toppings. Beer caramelized onions, Gruyere cheese and bacon!! Yes, and then you top it all off with a heavy drizzle of peanut butter! It is insane and delicious!

Up until a month or so ago I had never heard of a Croque Madame sandwich, but I came across a photo of one and was kind of blown away. It is like a grilled cheese, but so much better. The sandwich has a béchamel sauce, ham, more cheese and an egg on top. Obviously, I had to make it, but with my own twist. I swapped the ham for bacon and let’s just say it was better than good. It was awesome!

That got me to thinking about swapping the béchamel for something. That something being peanut butter. I know it sounds crazy, but you guys, I promise it is so good. Just try me, you are going to love it. Nothing beats the combo of peanut butter and bacon!

As I was brainstorming recipes for Fathers Day I knew two foods that had to be involved, peanut butter and chocolate. The combo never, ever, disappoints.
Plus, my dad loves this combination, so it just seemed fitting for Fathers Day.

Since the weather is finally turning warmer, the thought of turning on the oven is just no fun. Thus, a frozen chocolate peanut butter pie seemed like just the right answer for a delicious Fathers Day dessert this year. It’s super easy to make and everyone will go wild for it.

So here is how you make it.

One of my favorite ways to incorporate peanut butter into dinner is with Thai cooking. My family loves a really good coconut based peanut sauce with a little spice. I have been known to put peanut sauce on pretty much anything. Pizza, pasta, sandwiches, burritos, spring rolls, quesadillas and now, risotto.

I took some of my favorite ingredients that are used in a lot of Thai cooking and added them to this risotto along with a healthy sweet potato and some cremini mushrooms. It is a healthful dish, and full of flavor. Any peanut butter lover is sure to love it!

My very favorite holiday is without a doubt Christmas. I love it so much that it’s hard for me to wait till after Thanksgiving to start breaking out the Christmas music and Santa cookie cutters. I try, but I almost never make it! Especially living up here in the mountains where by Halloween it usually looks like Christmas Town!

One of my all-time favorite Christmas characters is Frosty the Snowman, everyone’s favorite loveable snowman! I really wanted to combine my love for Frosty and my love for all things peanut butter. Therefore, I used a family secret peanut butter coconut truffle ball as the base for these adorable Frosty’s. They are crazy easy to make and so delicious. I mean, peanut butter and coconut are a match made in peanut butter heaven, but there is also white chocolate involved! Bonus, people will not be able to get over how incredibly cute they are!

The inspiration for this recipe came from my love of pumpkin, monkey bread and holiday entertaining. Every year for Christmas breakfast my mom makes her famous monkey bread. Guys, it is so good and also pretty special since we only have it on Christmas morning. Yes, only once a year!

Enter this monkey bread. It is completely different, but in an amazing way! The monkey bread dough is pumpkin spice. Meaning it is stuffed with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Then the dough balls are generously drizzled with creamy peanut butter. Oh my gosh, I know! So awesome! Oh, and there are some caramelized bananas hidden on top too, but if you have any banana haters they can easily be left out.

Peanut Butter Banana and Pumpkin Monkey Bread