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Seasons’ Eatings Contributor Guidelines

General requirements:

  • Draw inspiration from the previous week’s recipe (e.g. carry over a technique or an ingredient).
  • Local sourcing requirement – use at LEAST 1 item from a local source and talk about it (the more the merrier).  Farmer’s markets, CSAs, local food artisans, farm stands, back yard gardens, your own farm – all of these count as local sources.
  • Use organic and/or local sources wherever possible.
  • Talk about challenges/opportunities of local/organic food availability in your area (talk about compromise, don’t hide it).
  • Address seasonal issues where applicable.
  • Photos: Take LOTS of photos of your ingredients, process and most importantly the final plated dish.
      • Photos can be the trickiest part – make sure you have lots of light.  If possible, use a tripod to keep your photos from being blurry. Click here for some good photo tips.  It sometimes helps to have a friend take photos – it can be hard to cook and take pictures at the same time!
      • Please take process shots for techniques that need explaining, otherwise be sure to try and capture the beauty of your food, help our viewers see the bursts of color and amazing shapes that appear in using natural foods.
  • Send your best photos in JPEG format to the RecipeRelay editorial staff using Dropbox, mobileMe, or Picasa.  Make sure that your photos are NO SMALLER than 600 x 400 pixels, larger photos are preferred.
  • Please do not copy any other recipe, you can derive inspiration from cookbooks and give credit (book name & pg #, or website address) – but you MUST make it your own.
  • Insert hyperlinks whenever possible.
  • Connect with RecipeRelay on Facebook & Twitter and help us spread the word when your posts are published.
  • You will receive the recipe you are relaying from 2 weeks before your posts are due.
  • Your recipe outline is due 1 week before your post is due.  Send your recipe outline to the next person in the Relay via email (cc’d to Brianna and Sarah).

Post Format:

  • Title format – “Seasons’ Eatings: Recipe Title”
  • 600 word limit for body & final notes (excluding recipe content).
  • Byline at the top of the post in bold.
  • Location at the start of the first paragraph in bold (e.g. San Diego, CA – )
  • Submit at LEAST 8 high quality photos of ingredients and whatever else is inspiring you for the recipe.
  • Submit at LEAST 8 high quality photos of the following categories: ingredients, preparation & process, final presentation.
  • Write a few paragraphs about what is inspiring you for your recipe
  • Include hyperlink to previous week’s recipe in first paragraph.
  • You may include a 2-3 sentence tagline/bio with a link to your website at the bottom of the post if you like.

Recipe Format:

  • Prep time (in minutes)
  • Cook Time (in minutes)
  • Total Time
  • Yield
  • Ingredients (bulleted, American measurement system)
  • Cooking Directions (numbered steps)


Step by step – Logging in and Posting:WP Dashboard

  1. Log in with the guest user name and password on this page (you will be provided with this)
  2. Click “New Post” in the top navigation bar.
  3. Enter your post a title and select relevant categories– categories are on the right side.  You can add multiple categories if you like.
  4. Compose your post in the composition window (or paste it from your text editor of choice) You can switch between “visual” and “html” mode using the tabs at the top.   HTML mode is much more foolproof, but you should be comfortable with a little code before using it.  Visual mode is a “wysiwyg – what you see is what you get” editor which makes laying out posts and image much more obvious.Tagging Your Post
  5. Please tag posts with relevant keywords using the tag box in the right side of the screen.  If you start typing a tag, suggestions will appear under the box.  Please use the suggestions unless nothing close exists.  The most useful tags are the names of companies, brands, and people as well as general subject matter you write about.
  6. Save article as a draft if you want to come back to it later, if it’s ready for review, then hit “submit for review.”  Be sure to click Submit for Review if the post is ready for review. If you save it as DRAFT we WILL NOT SEE IT.
  7. Be sure to PUT YOUR NAME in Bold at the top of the post so we know who’s posting it.  For example: “By Brianna Bain”. You may also add a tagline of some kind at the end if you like.Draft, Preview, Submit
  8. You can ignore the other fields not mentioned here

***Remember – you can preview any post and see what it will look simply by hitting the “preview” button.  Please take advantage of this feature!***

Formatting details…

You can make words BOLD or ITALIC, by highlighting them and clicking the little icons on top of the editing fields.  You can add hyperlinks by highlighting the text you want linked, clicking the icon that looks like a chain, and entering in the URL you want to link to.   Be sure to include plenty of links to your sources, and if possible, related RecipeRelay articles.

Link style: When linking to a specific article on a site, it is common practice to turn the phrase, not just the destination site’s name into a link. For example, if referring to a Civil Eats article that features the world’s top sustainable farming methods, link the entire phrase: “in this Civil Eats article” or at least “Civil Eats article”.