Our theme for the month of October is “flash nonfiction.” Writers were asked to submit pieces that were 250 words or less.

I’m about to introduce you to my best friend. A friendship forged during the isolated spring of 2020, with restaurants shuttered and social life suspended, the venerable mind behind my favorite food blog became a constant presence in my pandemic life.

Tieghan Gerard comes from a big family like I do, so her approach to family-style meals with accessible pantry ingredients resonated with my mom’s approach growing up. Half-Baked Harvest meals are healthy-ish. You feel better than post-takeout, but more satiated than post-salad.

For an aspiring flexitarian, her options of vegetarian meals that don’t feel “vegetarian” are welcome. 

Most importantly, it’s real good. No recipe has let me down yet.

Yes, she too suffers from the recipe blogger inclination to include long musings prior to the recipe but also graciously offers a “skip to recipe” button for those hungrier than they are inquisitive. 

So, dear reader, here are my three favorite recipes. I hope you too get hooked.

Butternut Squash and Brie Soup with Crispy Pancetta:

This recipe includes an entire wheel of brie cheese. That’s all.

Simple Blueberry Basque Cheesecake:

If you’re the type smart enough to freeze the best from the summer, this is what you should use it on. 

One Skillet Greek Chicken and Orzo with Tomatoes, Feta, and Tzatziki:

My mom made me cook this for her a week after I first made it. The leftovers are just as good as the first meal.

1 Comment

  1. Alex Johnson

    Oof that cheesecake. I’m drooling. A friend sent me her Indian Coconut Butter Cauliflower recipe, which I made once and thoroughly enjoyed, but I had forgotten about this website! I’ll have to scroll through when I’m needing to feel inspired.


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