Stuffed Pepper welcomes submissions from anyone, but your recipes must meet certain criteria to be accepted. In addition to it being a good recipe, it must also be good-looking. If you have successfully submitted consistently high quality recipes, you may even be selected as the next Star Chef! Outlined below are our basic guidelines for submitting recipes to Stuffed Pepper.
1) Your recipe must be gluten-free. Duh! But seriously, there are many chefs who create gluten-free recipes who are not strictly gluten-free themselves. We don't have a problem with this, but Stuffed Pepper is strictly gluten-free, so all recipes submitted must be gluten-free.
2) Please, no oats. While the FDA has ruled that oats are considered gluten-free, we don't believe it. We know many people who react to oats, even the certified gluten-free kind.
3) In addition to gluten-free, we prefer soy-free. You can use fermented soy-sauce or provide us with soy-sauce alternatives (e.g. coconut aminos), but please no raw soy protein, soy flour, soybean oil, etc.
4) Everyone likes a sweet treat, now again. But we prefer, low-sugar, or sugar alternatives (e.g. honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, agave).
5) We will give preference to recipes that are grain-free or low-carb as well. And we love recipes that are naturally gluten-free. We also love recipes that can help fill out a meal plan.
6) All recipes must be accompanied with an appropriate photograph. See food photography guidelines below.
7) Your recipe should be created by you. If it was inspired by Bobby Flay or Julia Child, that’s ok and you can say so, but don’t copy a recipe exactly, without the express permission of the author of the recipe. If you use a recipe from a cookbook or magazine, adapting it to be gluten-free, it would be nice to cite the source of the original recipe. A list of ingredients is not copyright-able, only the writing of the recipe itself. So if you are the original author of a recipe with a common list of ingredients, than the copyright belongs to you. For more information on our copyright infringement policy, please click here.
8) Remember to check off any recipe categories or allergen information related to your recipe, so that users searching the site for specific needs can find your recipe. Also, add any tags that you wish, if you think they are important, for instance “easy” or “raw.” Try to stick to 5 or less tags. Readers can search for recipes by ingredient, so you don’t need to add that to your tags.
9) Check your work. Please do not submit a recipe with spelling errors, grammar or unclear instructions.
10) By submitting a recipe to this site, you grant us the right to publish it throughout the Stuffed Pepper website and in any other capacity related to Stuffed Pepper. You retain the copyright.
11) The use of rude, profane and obscene language is prohibited.
12) We reserve the right to reject a recipe for any reason.
Stuffed Pepper prides itself on presenting mouth watering, gluten-free food images. This is due in part to our talented Star Chefs who are also talented food photographers. This is also due to the belief that if our food doesn’t look good, whose going to want to eat it? Follow these basic guidelines for creating food images good enough to eat. Photos must fit these criteria in order to be posted on the front page. Here is a great primer on the importance of food photography with stunning photos, by Jenn Oliver of Jenn Cuisine, and a how-to video on food photography tips for the beginner by Heather Jacobsen.
1) Make sure the picture is in focus! If you are working under low-light conditions, please use a tripod to avoid camera shake.
2) Make sure the image is well-lit. If you are working with natural light conditions and there is not adequate light, use a tripod. Please do not use auto flash resulting in front-lighting of the image. Unless you know how to use fill-flash or how to use studio strobes, please stick to natural or available light. Please see Jenn's article and Heather's video for some tips on lighting. Lighting from the side, or from above and behind are your two best options.
3) Make sure the color is correct. Please select the appropriate option for your light conditions (i.e. incandescent for indoor lights, shade for outdoors in the shade, etc.). Sometimes the Auto function can work well for different lighting conditions, but if your food is looking too blue or too yellow, then you need to adjust the settings.
4) “Fill the Frame.” A common photography tip, this means to check the entire frame of your image, and remove any distracting elements, either by moving closer to your subject or cropping later. Check every element in the frame and make sure it either adds to the image, or at least does not detract.
5) Strive to stylize. While there are professional food-stylists whose sole business is to style food for photographers, you can do a lot by paying some attention to way the food is presented on the plate. Add a fresh sprig of an herb, clean off a couple of pearl onions, make sure the plate does not have splotches (unless they are done artfully and meant to add to the appeal!), etc.
6) Image sizes should be a width of at least 568px, and no more than 2MB.
7) Any photograph you submit must be yours, or you must have the permission of the photographer to use the photograph on this site. For more information on our copyright infringement policy, please click here.
8) The use of purchased stock photos to “represent” your recipe is not allowed.
9) By submitting the photograph to this site, you grant us the rights to publish it throughout the Stuffed Pepper website and in any other capacity related to Stuffed Pepper. You retain the copyright.
10) We reserve the right to reject a photograph for any reason.
Stuffed Pepper wants to hear from you! As a community site, we value your opinions on gluten-free restaurants and products. We want to know what you like and why. So any information you have to share is welcomed. We just offer a few guidelines on how to write your reviews.
1) Please only submit new listings for restaurants that have a gluten-free menu, or whose staff are accommodating in serving your gluten-free needs. Please don’t list a restaurant to complain that they don’t have what we’re looking for. We just want to know where we can go to eat. But you are free to write an unfavorable review if a restaurant offers gluten-free options, but they don’t taste good, weren’t actually gluten-free or anything else you want to express.
2) We love favorable reviews, because it makes everyone happy. So if you have been pleased with a product or restaurant, please take the time to let others know. When writing a positive review, please be as descriptive as possible about a product’s taste, texture, price, etc. When writing a restaurant review, in addition to being as descriptive as possible about the meal itself, please also take a moment to describe the ambiance, clientele, and service of the restaurant.
3) Unfavorable reviews are also important, because gluten-free food is more expensive than its gluten-containing counterparts, and nobody wants to waste their money on food that just wasn’t worth it. When writing a negative review, again, please be as descriptive as possible. Tell us why you didn’t like the product, or the restaurant. Please refrain from spiteful, distasteful and/or hurtful language.
4) Even if you had a so-so experience with a gluten-free product or restaurant, this is still helpful information. One might dine-out at a cheaper “so-so” restaurant over a more expensive “5 star” restaurant, if they know that at least their experience won’t be bad.
5) By submitting a review to this site, you grant us the right to publish it throughout the Stuffed Pepper website and in any other capacity related to Stuffed Pepper.
6) The use of rude, profane and obscene language is prohibited.
7) We reserve the right to reject a review for any reason.
We love gluten-free TV!! Whether you vlog regularly about the gluten-free lifestyle, or you had an appearance on a show about how to cook gluten-free, you can embed your YouTube or other video on the Stuffed Pepper site. Only accepted vloggers, have the ability to embed their own videos, but if you think your videos deserve a spot on our site, please contact us directly, and alert us to your shows. Please follow these guidelines when submitting, or embedding a video.
1) Your video should have some informative or entertaining value related to the gluten-free diet and lifestyle. Examples include an honest review of gluten-free products, or how to cook gluten-free.
2) Please no commercials. There are mechanisms to promote your gluten-free product or restaurant through this site, so follow those guidelines there.
3) Videos should not be blurry, and the sound should be audible.
4) Please try to keep the video around 5 to 8 minutes or less.
5) Please pay some attention to the way you look. While we don’t expect you to be highly coiffed or all decked out, at the very least, we do not want to see a video of you eating gluten-free cereal in your underwear. Same goes with your surroundings. We really don't want to see dirty laundry in the other room, behind you.
6) You either own the copyright to the video, or it has been hosted on a video sharing website such as YouTube, Facebook and DailyMotion, and meets the requirements of that 3rd party site. For more information on our copyright infringement policy, please click here.
7) By submitting a video to this site, you grant us the right to publish it throughout the Stuffed Pepper website and in any other capacity related to Stuffed Pepper. You retain the copyright to the video.
8) The use of rude, profane and obscene language is prohibited.
8) We reserve the right to reject a video for any reason.