If you’re a seasoned pro at finding recipes on Pinterest, cooking videos on Instagram reels, or well-photographed creations bound in a hardcover book, you’re probably familiar with it Half Baked Harvest.
bloggers Tiegan GerhardRecipe developer and brand curator (with over 4 million followers!), hailed for her modern take on cooking: she puts delicious, improved versions of your homemade favorites in an easy-to-understand (and delicious-eat) way.
“I started Half Baked Harvest when I was 19 and cooked for my family throughout high school,” Gerard told the New York Post. “The day I started this I have never looked back and it has been slow and steady incredible growth.”
To be honest, we see Half Baked Harvest as a comfort food that happily whips up Gerard’s homemade whole wheat pancakes, penne vodka sauce, and parmesan-crusted pork chops whenever we get the chance. (See also: Laura Vitale’s Favorite Kitchen Products).
Now, on March 29th, Gerard released her second cookbook, Half-Baked Harvest Every Day: Recipes for Balanced, Flexible, Feel-Good Meals, bringing her ardent recipe followers (ourselves included) to the pages with even more flavor.
“The first cookbook consisted of overly creative recipes, some of which were a bit more complicated and time-consuming; It’s a great cookbook if you cook on a Saturday night and want to make a really fun meal,” she explains. “This new cookbook focuses more on color, healthier ingredients, and simple recipes that are just as tasty.”
Additionally, Gerard has partnered with California Olive Ranch to create co-branding 100% California Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The best part? Ten percent of sales are donated to World Central Kitchen, an organization that is helping the crisis in Ukraine by providing meals to those in need.
“Olive oil is a staple in my cooking, and good, quality olive oil makes a huge difference to the flavor and end result of your dish,” says Gerard.
Gerard shared with us her exclusive list of 20+ kitchen essentials that are both handy and perfect for home cooks and savvy bakers alike. moral of the story? Because we love her recipes so much, we’re in the process of adding each product to our wish list below.
Also, take a look at Gerard’s favorite recipes (a list she exclusively shared with The Post):
A KitchenAid stand mixer in particular is top notch. Not only flawless for your wedding list, but an Amazon best-seller that’s wonderful for baking (or can make almost anything with our favorite KitchenAid stand mixer attachments.
Gerard loves spouted mixing bowls because, you guessed it, they’re convenient for mixing, ladling, and pouring. Plus, this trio is under $15 on Amazon (a bargain)!
Present your freshly washed products in these delightful berry-embossed colanders. Not only do they help organize your fridge, but Gerard loves them for storing fruit within easy reach.
When you cook or want to trim things to perfection, you can’t do without a quality knife. Also, the JA Henckels twin kitchen scissors from Zwilling are one of the best and won’t let you down at breakfast, lunch or dinner.
With a name like Pyrex, it must be good. Gerard recommends the brand’s glass measuring cups, and conveniently, there’s a set of three for under $30. Oh, and did we mention they’re perfect for baking?
I scream, you scream, we all scream for – an ice cream scoop of course! This top-of-the-line stainless steel spoon ensures your frozen favorites are served to perfection. Plus, you can scoop ground beef for perfectly sized meatballs every time.
Let’s get down to business here – if you want to make your life easier (and your food consistent), a good food slicer is key. OXO Good Grips has one of the best out there (and one of Gerard’s favorites). Not to mention there’s a pretty nifty sale going on right now.
If we could write Vitamix a love letter, we would (and so would Gerard). We tested one of the brand’s blenders and it was excellent; It can swallow and chop food whole and even turn your favorite ingredients into fresh, warm soup!
“This is my pan; I use it for everything,” she said. “Because the cast iron goes from stovetop to oven, it’s really everything you need in the kitchen and so versatile.”
What’s more, this time-tested kitchen utensil is available in a variety of shades to dress up your cooktop.
Also from Staub: its round cocotte made of cast iron. As one of the brand’s most popular products, it’s a worthwhile investment, according to Gerard. From stews to oven casseroles, you can’t go wrong.
According to Gerard, good knives are so important. “I love this set and use it every day just like my frying pan – I couldn’t cook without it!” she adds. Not to mention it’s a beautiful showpiece to display next to your cooktop.
“This is great for quick and easy sauces, dressings and plain foods,” she notes. “I don’t use this every day, but close! Not to mention it’s one of those versatile essentials that deserves your counter’s real estate.
For kitchen utensils that you use almost every day, Healthy Cooking has a set that takes on the elegant bamboo look we all know and love. It includes spatulas, a ladle, spoons and serving utensils that Gerard listed as must-haves.
Dust Reappearing’s stackable 4-piece set is an investment package if you’re serious about cooking. Plus, you can’t beat them for easy storage of your cookware.
Perfect for beef and gourmet meals you’re cooking up at the weekend, the Staub cast iron casserole dish is like no other. With a low profile, elegantly handled design, you’ll want to show it off even when your burner is off.
If there’s one thing you’ll use again and again, it’s a quality set of meal prep containers. Again, you can’t go wrong with Pyrex and the different colored lids make organization a breeze.
There are coffee lovers, and then there are them coffee lovers. If the typical coffee maker doesn’t do that for you, Gerard recommends Breville’s Oracle Touch espresso maker.
Lo and behold, one of our favorite kitchen utensils (and Gerard’s): a pressure cooker. Much like your hot air fryer, it’s great for multitasking and is just a device you need to experience at least once. This All-Clad model is sleek and easy to use.
This two-pack of gold-embossed half sheet pans are not only absolutely stunning, but practical too. “I love cookie sheet recipes,” beams Gerard. “These are sturdy and easy to clean.”
“Besides knives, a cutting board is essential,” said Gerard. “I love big block cutting boards so I have plenty of room to cut.” In addition, it’s a thick piece of wood that ensures your produce and other throw-ins don’t leave their chopping spot.
For making breakfast casseroles, pasta casseroles, and a decent batch of your saved Pinterest recipes (you know you still have to make them), for less than $50, Staub’s Rustic Ceramic Baker is a handsome, minimalist-styled cookware that will stand the test will be time, per Gerard.
Add Miyabi’s Evolution 6.5″ Nakiri Knife to your collection. It’s spectacular for prepping your superstar ingredients before frying (perhaps with one of our favorite woks) and is one of those quality purchases that won’t let you down, according to Gerard.
For a premium cutlery set, Gerard loves the Streamlined Flatware from Gather by Anthropologie. They come in a variety of fun colors to match your kitchen and pair perfectly with one of our most popular dinnerware sets.
For preparing delicious sauces (or even as a centerpiece for your fondue evening) Dansk’s saucepan & butter warmer is one from Gerard. It’s also relatively affordable and makes a lovely Mother’s Day gift.
If there’s one thing Gerard loves, it’s baking bread (hence the name “Half Baked Harvest”). USA Pan’s aluminized steel loaf pan also ensures everything is perfectly golden brown, and the price isn’t bad either.
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