Please become familiar with our guidelines before submitting.
These guidelines are in place to help us with moderation and keeping everything in-line with a paleo inspired lifestyle.
The below guidelines apply to all galleries:
- Should be free of text.*
- Should be chosen from the post you are linking to.
- Ideally, submitted photos should be high quality and at least 600 pixels wide.
- Must be at least 300px wide by 250px high. Maximum file size is 4MB.
*If you feel strongly that you need to include a watermark, we’ll make an exception if it is small, inconspicuous and at the very bottom of the image. It should not detract from the image in any way (no bright colors or large fonts) and cannot cover any part of the main subject.
- The caption should be a simple title for the post and is limited to 68 characters
- The description should be a short excerpt related to your full article. Sometimes we use this to promote your post, so make it catchy!
- The target URL must be the link to the original article (no “click here” to see the details).
- Please use the autocomplete dropdown lists to select a few relevant categories to help your post get found on Stalkerville.
- If you can’t find a matching category, feel free to add one simply by typing it in one of the fields.
- If the post contains more than one subject or links to other posts, the subject you submitted to Stalkerville should be first. (For example, it’s confusing to click on a link for roast beef and the first thing you see a recipe for birthday cake.)
- A URL should only be submitted once, regardless of how many subjects it contains. We highly recommend you create a separate article for each subject. This not only helps readers on Stalkerville, but helps your own site traffic as well.
- Duplicate or similar submissions from the same submitter will not be published.
- Most food bloggers are excellent at this, but just in case you didn’t know, you should give credit where credit is due. If your recipe (or other contribution) was adapted or inspired by someone’s work, be sure to clearly say so. You might think that it makes your work less important but it actually gives you credibility, you’ll most likely make a friend, and it’s the right thing to do. One of our own regular contributors, Louise of The Ancestral Chef, is a lawyer and has written an excellent guide to recipe copyrights and attribution.
Please click on the tabs below for guidelines specific to each gallery.
Chowstalker is for sharing paleo inspired, real food recipes.
If the recipe calls for any of the following (even as an alternate or optional ingredient) it will not be published:
- vegetable oils (including canola, corn, vegetable, soybean, safflower, grapeseed oil, etc.)
- wheat and almost all other grains and pseudo-cereals
- legumes, including soy
- artificial sweeteners, agave nectar, table sugar and sugar alcohols (see dessertstalker guidelines for exceptions)
- things that are basically non-foods like additives, food coloring, etc.
- any other ingredients that are highly processed and/or not in the “spirit of paleo”
Ingredients that are a good fit are:
- meat and eggs, especially from well-raised animals
- healthy fats including coconut and olive oil, rendered animal fats, butter, ghee
- fruits, nuts and seeds
- dairy, especially raw, fermented an minimally processed fro well-raised animals (no low-fat or fat-free products)
- natural thickeners like arrowroot and tapioca
- white rice
- organic, non-GMO corn
If you specify a brand, you must link to or show the ingredient list for the product. If that’s not provided or if the product contains ingredients that don’t meet our guidelines, the submission will not be published.
Just because we don’t publish recipes containing small amounts of particular ingredient doesn’t mean we wouldn’t eat it ourselves or that we think you shouldn’t. Our motive is to keep the guidelines as straight-forward as possible and avoid judgement calls about what’s an acceptable amount and what crosses the line. Unfortunately, that means that sometimes we miss the opportunity to share a pretty great recipe, and we’re truly sorry about that. But we want to make sure that people continue to trust Chowstalker as a source for paleo inspired, real food recipes.
- Your photo should be of the finished recipe and free of non-paleo foods, people and pets.
- A standard recipe format works best, but isn’t required. However, the recipe should be described well enough that someone else can make it and the details must be posted at the URL submitted (no “click here” to see the recipe).
- If your chowstalker recipe is also a good fit for dessertstalker be sure to check that box so it will be seen on both galleries.
We’re happy to share recipes that meet our guidelines. But we will not publish posts that conflict with basic paleo principles.
Dessertstalker is also for sharing paleo inspired, real food recipes.
The guidelines for Chowstalker apply to Dessertstalker. The only difference is that desserts are exempt from the rule regarding table sugar and sugar alcohols. This exception is for those following a keto or low carb version of paleo.
Some of the recipes for “desserts” meet the chowstalker guidelines like fruit based treats or savory snacks, so when submitting that type of recipe, be sure to check the box that indicates it is also a good fit for chowstalker. We’re not talking about cookies, pies or cakes no matter how healthy they are but foods that you would consume as part of a meal and could also double as a treat. Muffins, not cupcakes.
Gardenstalker is all about growing or raising your own food because what’s more paleo than an activity that includes natural movement, fresh air, sunshine and results in fresh, local, organic food?
What subjects makes a good gardenstalker post?
- heirloom vegetables, fruits and nuts
- heritage animal breeds
- organic soil building techniques
- natural pest control
- sustainable, family scale agriculture
- wild foraging
- permaculture practices
- How you start, grow, harvest or preserve a specific plant or product.
- How you raise a specific animal (critter) for their meat or other product (eg: eggs, honey, milk).
- Description of some skill or technique (a how-to) that helps your garden grow.
- Use as many categories as needed to indicate any relationships among plants, critters, and how-tos.
- Be sure to check any climate, environment or season that’s relevant to your garden project.
However, since you literally are what you eat, and want to encourage long-term sustainability, submissions that include the following will not be published:
- chemical pesticides
- artificial fertilizer (we don’t DO “10-10-10″!)
- dependence on expensive equipment or inputs
We’ll probably tweak these guidelines over time, but the focus on homegrown, organic, garden-to-table produce will never change.
We reserve the right to reject any submission for any reason, but we’re just saying this because we’ve seen it on so many other sites and figure it might come in handy one day.