What does “Steph in Thyme” mean?
Steph in Thyme is a fun little play on words I created while brainstorming domain names for this blog, likely while drinking wine.

Inspiration in the kitchen comes from anywhere, and much of what I cook is rooted in reflection.

My mom influenced my love of cooking and desire to be in the kitchen, much like her mom before her. The thyme I grow in my garden is a reminder of her influence and how I’ve been molded by the green-thumbed women in my family.

On a sillier note, “Mary Poppins” was one of my favorite movies growing up, and I used to sing “Step in Time” around the house on an endless loop.

I love history and timeless classics from the 1940s/1950s Golden era. Hence the pearls, Billie Holiday headpiece, and 1958 Cadillac Sedan DeVille in the picture above, taken at my 2013 wedding.

Stephanie Kirko Wedding Formal

Why do you share only gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan recipes?
I’ve been following a gluten-free diet for health reasons since 2010. Everything I eat is gluten-free, which is why gluten-free is the foundation for recipes on this blog.

I grew up in a health-conscious household, but one where meat was present at every meal. Steak with a side of X, chicken with a side of X, pork with a side of X. Meals were planned around the meat, the supporting cast of “X” fruits and vegetables more of an afterthought.

In 2014, I became inspired for both health and ethical reasons to focus on the X – the aspect of the plate I think is the most interesting and exciting – and take their flavors and preparation to the next level. The “plate spotlight” level.

Why a blog?
I’ve been following food blogs for years. A good friend introduced me to Smitten Kitchen in grad school back in 2007; perusing the recipes, gorgeous food photography, and stories provided a much-needed escape from the intensity of full-time school, internships, and part-time jobs. I began to follow more and more blogs as time went on, inspired to try new things in the kitchen and step out of my culinary comfort zone. Once social media became prevalent a thing, food and recipes dominated my newsfeeds and engagement.

Over time, food evolved from an interest to a passion, the kitchen my “happy place.” I created Steph in Thyme as a means to channel my passion, engage with others who share a love of food, inspire creativity with vegetarian and vegan ingredients – and to make people happy with each and every recipe (and bite).

Do you blog full-time?
Not quite. When I first began blogging in early 2014, I was working full-time as a professional services marketer in the Federal marketplace. For reasons I discuss in more detail here, I left my job with Corporate America in September 2014 to focus on my passion – food, fitness, and wellness.

I left Corporate America to dedicate my life to helping people feel good in their bodies, both with food and through movement.

I share gluten-free recipes and experiences here at Steph in Thyme. I teach yoga and barre in yoga studios, gyms, corporate offices, privately in homes, and outdoors for charity around Boston. I also blog about what a modern approach to yoga philosophy looks like and how the teachings of yoga guide and impact our daily lives.

While these seem like several different jobs, I consider them one big “job.” I have never worked harder at a job in my life, but I have also never loved a job more. I put my whole heart into my recipes and teaching, and I cannot imagine doing anything else. I consider myself extremely lucky to be able to focus my life and purpose on something I am passionate about.

Who is “CJ” you always talk about?
CJ is my husband, tech guy, recipe tester, yoga student, and biggest supporter. We met in the summer of 2010 while living in Northern Virginia and got married in September 2013 at The Winery at Bull Run (wedding photos galore!).

CJ encouraged me to pursue my love of food, blogging, and yoga and pave my own path in life. I can’t imagine life without him.

Can I include one of your recipes in a roundup on my website or blog?
That would be awesome! I would love that, thank you. If you choose to share one of my recipes in a roundup, please only include one photograph and link back to the original recipe post on my blog. You are welcome to use one photograph in a collage for your roundup’s social media promotion.

Can I work with you?
Yes, indeed! There are a number of ways we can partner and collaborate. Project examples are included below, but I welcome additional ideas you may have.
Read more about how we can work together.

  • Freelance Writing and Editorials
  • Recipe Development
  • Food Styling and Photography
  • Brand Ambassadorship
  • Guest Contributor Posts
  • Sponsored Posts
  • Conference and Events
  • Travel Reviews
  • Restaurant Reviews

How can I get in touch with you?
There are several ways we can connect. You can email me directly at stephk[at]stephinthyme[dot]com – or reach out to me via the social channels below:
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