Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Gluten Free Pizza -- Ethical Recipe Sharing


Even if I wasn't trying to reduce my carb/wheat intake, this pizza would make it into my weekly meal rotation. I mean, look at it. It's amazing. It looks BETTER than the average pizza--and it IS!

My roommate posted the recipe to my wall and we knew we had to try it, since I've been attempting a low carb and gluten-free diet, AND a good friend of ours is very gluten-free for health reasons--however, my dear, well-intentioned roommate posted a BAD FACEBOOK recipe. Do you all know what these BAD FACEBOOK recipes are? Here's a hint: it's a picture, and in the description is the ENTIRE RECIPE, and typically a line that says "SHARE this to SAVE it to your wall!" Everyone's seen these, they are unavoidable.


We know why they're bad, right? In case you were unaware, I will explain. 9 out of 10 times, these recipes give NO CREDIT to the original blogger. They are shared THOUSANDS of times, but the blogger sees none of the benefits of their recipe becoming popular--no visits to their blog. No new followers to interact with. No advertising revenue. Nada. Zip. Zilch. And the Facebook pages that share these STOLEN recipes? They go on to get tens of thousands of followers, all of the credit, and then they SELL those pages for lots of cash. OR, they supposedly get a book deal (though I think this is urban myth?) from all the stolen recipes! It's dirty, it's not fair, and above all else, it's annoying.

Plus, I've seen these sites turn on the blogger and send their thousands of fans on attack mode by outright lying, saying the blogger has been harassing them. Or that they're just money-hungry jerks (since when is earning a living mean you're money hungry?) Some bloggers, who were simply trying to get credit for their work, have even received death threats. It gets nasty. Thankfully, I haven't found any of my recipes/pictures being lifted, probably because my photography isn't the best, but I'm sure it's just a matter of time.

So, I refused to try the recipe until I could find the original blogger. It wasn't hard to do, I just took that picture and reverse-image-searched it. Ta-daaa! The original recipe was from Plain Chicken.


Some things to keep in mind with this method: it's not foolproof. There are even entire BLOGS that steal recipes and pictures. So I make sure to browse the blog a bit and note that the pictures share the same quality. Now, I know my own pictures tend to vary, because sometimes I don't have the time to get the styling and light and all just right, but for the most part there isn't a huge disparity in my photography quality on any given day. If a blog has a handful of crappy pictures, then a handful of perfectly stylized pictures, but most have an entirely different aesthetic altogether, it's a red flag. If all else fails, just leave it alone. There will be other recipes. You don't want to be a part of this crime of ethics.

It's like high school, guys. Cite your sources. If you use a recipe, blog about a recipe (I try to give credit whenever I use a recipe for inspiration, even if I change it completely), or share a recipe. Make sure you know where it's coming from!

Your friendly neighborhood bloggers will thank you :)

Anyways, try this pizza. Do it. Even if you're not trying to cut your carbs or avoid the gluten. It's full of flavor and absolutely delicious and satisfying. It's won over even the weary "it's gluten-free?"-ers.

Gluten-Free Pizza
(Adapted from Plain Chicken)

Crust

  • 1 (8 oz) package of full fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 head fresh or one bag frozen (defrosted) cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup almond flour (plus a bit more, for greasing the pan)
  • 2 tbs coconut flour (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • herbs of choice (I used some fresh basil and oregano)


Toppings (Change these up however you'd like! These are what I used)

  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup marinara sauce (I use homemade)
  • 1 overflowing cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 red pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 handful spinach, sliced into strips
  • 1 hot Italian sausage, cooked through and sliced into rounds


Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9×13 baking dish and sprinkle with a bit flour of your choice (I used almond). In a food processor, pulse the cauliflower until the texture is fine grits. Add the rest of the crust ingredients and pulse until smooth. Pour into baking dish--it will be runny. Bake for 15 minutes*, our until edges begin to brown and the crust is a spongey consistency. Allow crust to cool for 10 minutes.

Apply toppings and bake for an additional 10 minutes, until cheese is melted.

*To be sure the crust was cooked through, I turned the oven on 400 for an additional 7 minutes or so. The pizza still had to be eaten with a fork, but I've seen  versions where you could pick it up like a traditional pizza. This is still a work in progress but the result is so TASTY that I couldn't wait any longer to share it with you all!

28 comments:

  1. Ha -- I just made a cauliflower pizza a few days ago! Mine didn't call for cream cheese, but I'm pretty intrigued by that. It's pretty shitty that people take the time to actively steal other people's work, but as my photos have started to kind-of improve, I've been watermarking them. I'd rather not have words all over my pictures, but at least then you can't argue where it came from :)

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    1. I saw! :) After I posted this I did my blog rounds, haha. Funny how I talked about "copiers" and then it may appear I almost copied you. I think in this case it's just "great minds think alike" ;)

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  2. This looks delicious! I totally agree with giving credit where credit is due. Almost all of my recipes have been inspired by another and it is only fair to link back.

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    1. Me too, most recipes are inspired by something. But I try to change what I can to make it my own, put it in my own words, AND credit the author anyway. Plus I NEVER steal pictures. The more of us who do it right, the better :)

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  3. I've found a few of my photos being used this way on Facebook. Thankfully FB is great about removing the content (and in some cases they delete whole profile!) if you file a copyright infringement. Unfortunately though, you can't find them all. I've recently gone back and watermarked all 900+ of my photos (it took weeks) as close to the food as possible (so it can't be cropped out or deleted without jacking up the image of the food) to try and cut back on theft. If you want to steal my photo, great...but from now on it's gonna have my blog name in big 'ol black letters on it! Like Melanie, 99% of my recipes have been inspired by other sites and/or bloggers...it's only right to link back to them. Great post, and that pizza looks awesome :)

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    1. Yeah, I really need to start watermarking... glad it works for you! I hope it keeps your pictures from being stolen in the future.

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  4. THANK YOU for putting forth the effort to find the original source of this delicious pizza! You just generated some great blogger karma for yourself :) I'll definitely be pinning this amazing looking pizza!

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  5. Those facebook posts drive me nuts! I've been watermarking my photos to try to prevent that, but since it's down in the bottom corner it could probably be cropped out without a problem. Guess I should play around with that a bit more! In happier news-that pizza looks delicious. Love the idea of subbing cauliflower in for the crust!

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    1. And if you watermark, you can't post to the food sharing sites like Food Gawker, right? Ugh. Sucks.

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  6. I love this pizza! I always have trouble with GF baking, but I'm trying to get better. I'm super down with you on the blatant FB lifting- it drives me crazy to see uncredited recipes reshared. It happens on Pinterest, too! Credit and click, people!

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    1. Yup. Pinterest is the worst offender. And that's probably why people think it's okay!

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  7. GOOD for you!! This looks like a delicious pizza!

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  8. This pizza looks absolutely delicious! My sister eats gluten free for health reasons and hasn't been able to find a good pizza recipe. Sending this to her! Ugh the photo and recipe stealing is so frustrating. It's only happened two or three times to me that I know of and I can't stand it...

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    1. Thanks! My GF friend said it tasted a bit like lasagna. I'm on the prowl for a thicker crust...

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  9. It's like banging my head against a wall sometimes - but I really have no one to blame but myself, I guess. My fam and relatives all know I'm a chef and recipe developer and invariably I'll find where they've done the dreaded "share". I suppose I could pdf all the recipes and lock all the photos down on Flickr - but honestly... that just sounds like more work tan I want to get into. I've recently started watermarking them, but I'm vain - I don't want the watermark obscuring my really bad photos :).

    as for the GF pizza crust - I developed a great crust that really doesn't use that iggy cauliflower (I've never been able to grasp replacing it for crust, and it always just has that unpleasant "pooty" aroma coming off it

    here's the link iff'n you're in the mood to try it.

    http://www.platefodder.com/2010/05/test-kitchen-3-gluten-free-pizza-crust.html

    Cheers
    (and rant on - I love a good smack-down)

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    1. Oy, so much work. And if you watermark, I think that prohibits you from foodgawker and tastespotting, which are huge traffic builders.

      But... I like cauliflower! Hehe but I'll try yours ;)

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  10. Thank you for giving credit where it is due!!!! You are a hero :-) And yeah, this pizza looks bomb. Nicely done!

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  11. Thank you for bringing attention to the plight of us bloggers! But an even bigger thank you for this pizza...cause DANG!

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  12. Just discovered your blog when blog hopping.
    Congrats that you made the effort to source the original recipe.
    The pizza looks gorgeous, thanks for sharing!

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  13. It's pretty frustrating how other people just blatantly steal photos and recipes. Good job on tracking down the original recipe! This looks great. I'm certainly not gluten-free but I've also been experimenting with gluten-free treats.

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  14. This looks insanely good! I'm glad you had better luck with the cauliflower crust - I made one - not this same one - and it was inedible. I'll have to give this one a go.

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  15. good for you! i hate those facebook recipes. drives me nuts. this pizza sounds excellent!

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  16. Haha I saw one of those this morning and I was like - argh really. Again?! This looks awesome :)

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