Dana Sandonato

Welcome ♥

Hi! I’m Dana. Welcome to my food-centric space on the Internet where I share (mostly) wholesome, sustainable, and approachable recipes for home cooks that want to eat smart(er).

I’m a journalism grad with a healthy appetite for writing, a taste for culinary adventure, a thirst for good beers, and an endless hunger for food photography. Here, at Killing Thyme, I get to fulfill each of these passions.

My first big culinary “a-ha” moment hit me at age 10 when I added chopped bacon to my mom’s classic deviled eggs. Because, bacon and eggs. I thought I was a genius. I went on to burn an embarrassing amount of grilled cheese sandwiches before finding my footing in the kitchen, but I like to think successes come from failures—because here we are.

Where to start

♥ Take a look through my recipe catalog to get a feel for things. You’ll find a variety of recipes, from crispy baked chicken cutlets to pan-seared salmon—as well as the odd beefy burger, for balance. My most popular dishes include a make-it-yourself Ramen bowl, Instant Pot tacos stuffed with lean ground turkey, and vegetarian stuffed peppers.

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♥ While you’re here, you can also learn how to become a more responsible consumer when it comes to buying ethical meat and sustainable seafood.

How Killing Thyme got started

I launched Killing Thyme in 2012 as a hobby. I wanted an outlet where I could nourish the three hobbies I’m most passionate about—writing, photography, and cooking. I never intended to turn this blog into a full time business. But, slowly yet surely, it happened. And I couldn’t be more grateful.

10 random facts about me

♥ My first job out of college was as Editorial Assistant for four Canadian music publications.

♥ My taste in music is stuck in the 80s and 90s, and I’m totally okay with it. I’m also obsessed with synthwave.

♥ I’m part of the 20% population that’s genetically offended by cilantro. This is caused by a variation of olfactory-receptor genes that allows me to detect aldehydes. So, you won’t see cilantro in any of my recipes. (Sorry!)

♥ I was born in Canada and lived there until 2015, when I married my American husband and moved to Raleigh, NC.

♥ I met my husband on World of Warcraft; we’re both gamers ;)

♥ I used to follow a pescetarian diet.

♥ I’m Mom to an amazing baby boy.

♥ I adopted a rescue cat in 2017 who ended up being a rare breed—a Korat. Her name is Tilly, and we have a ridiculous bond.

♥ The Office is pretty much on repeat at our house 24/7 and is quoted on the regular.

♥ My top five favorite movies of all time are The Wedding Singer, The Breakfast Club, Bridesmaids, Pulp Fiction, and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

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