Wildewood: Trails, Pools, Beauty and More

Summer is right around the corner here in Wildewood! The weather is warming up, the trees budding, flowers are blooming, and our miles of running trails welcome more busy feet on the asphalt. As the seasons change from spring to summer our community is preparing the opening of our pool and recreation areas. Our beautiful water park with two Olympic sized pools will be ready for residents on May 31st, 2015.

Pool at Wildewood

Pool at Wildewood

Pool at Wildewood

Pool at Wildewood

Our tennis courts are perfect for the tennis enthusiast or expert and our miles of running trails throughout Wildewood are perfect for your biking, walking, or jogging needs.

Playground and Trails at Wildewood

Playground and Trails at Wildewood

Wildewood’s proximity to the best shopping, restaurants, and entertainment is what makes it the perfect location for all types and sizes of families. We are just minutes from Solomons Island, where you can stroll the Riverwalk, charter a boat for a day of Chesapeake fishing, or a sailboat for a luxury cruise or sailing lesson. You could hop on a jet ski, go kayaking, or rent a boat and try your luck catching dinner! At the Calvert Marine Museum you can explore fossils from millions of years ago and tour the Drum Point Lighthouse.

Solomon's Island

Solomons Island

Down the road we have the historic Sotterly Plantation where, in addition to its year-round house tours, exhibits, beautiful grounds, Colonial Revival gardens, and other things to do, Sotterley hosts many unique events and programs throughout the year. If you enjoy wine, there are a couple of southern Maryland’s best wineries right at your fingertips! Slack Winery boasts beautiful scenic views and wines that have won over two dozen medals in state, national and international competitions.

Slack Winery - from visitstmarysmd.com

Slack Winery – from visitstmarysmd.com

Wildewood is just 58 miles south of our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.. With so many museums, tours, parks, night life, cuisine, and events it’s sure to be a great day or weekend trip with something for the whole family. You can find many more activities surrounding St. Mary’s County at these links below:

- Visit St. Mary’s
- Breton Bay Golf
- Wildewood Shopping Center

So come relax, unwind and live your life in Wildewood, a community that has uncommon charm and unspoiled beauty.

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Sudley Farm: A Great Escape in the Perfect Location

So many of those living in Fairfax County love the lifestyle but hate the noise and congestion that comes with this thriving area. Thankfully, now there is an option in Fairfax that offers homeowners the same lifestyle but without all of the hustle and bustle of the city. Stanley Martin Homes at Sudley Farm offers peace and serenity in an estate community with gorgeous, wooded 5+ acre homesites – perfect to find that balance of great location and tranquility while at home.

The Winslow at Sudley Farm

The Winslow at Sudley Farm

Sudley Farm is located off of Bull Run Post Office Road and features:
• A picturesque exclusive Fairfax County neighborhood
• Sought after schools
• Close proximity to commuter routes such as Route 50, Route 28, Route 236 and I-66

With Centreville, Chantilly, Fairfax, and Stone Ridge close by, you won’t have to look far to find fun and exciting things to do with your family, great restaurants, and popular grocery stores such as Trader Joe’s and Wegmans.

The Winslow at Sudley Farm

The Winslow at Sudley Farm

The Shops at Arcola Town Center is a retail center serving the Dulles South area which is less than 5 miles from the neighborhood. Within walking distance to the Arcola Town Center is a Main Street town center with a custom-designed fountain and outdoor restaurant seating. This will feature approximately 145,000 square feet of boutique- style shops and restaurants.

Arcola Town Center: Photo from KLNB Retail

Arcola Town Center: Photo from KLNB Retail

For the golf enthusiasts – we’ve got something for you too! The Chantilly National Country Golf and Country Club is just 7 miles from Sudley Farm offering exceptional amenities including a beautifully maintained Ed-Ault-designed golf course, tennis facilities with three recently resurfaced hard courts and three clay courts, an Olympic-size pool, children’s pool, and so much more.

Chantilly National Golf and Country Club: Photo from their website

Chantilly National Golf and Country Club: Photo from their website

Sudley Farm has everything you are looking for in a community that your family can enjoy and homes that are built to fit your lifestyle. Choose from 5 of Stanley Martin’s most desired, unique and spacious floor plans with new options – some created by our architects specifically for owners at Sudley Farm; a 5 car garage option, 4th level lofts, gourmet kitchens with plenty of storage.

The Winslow at Sudley Farm

The Winslow at Sudley Farm

Our Green Living Program was built to be sure that each home meets high energy efficient performance standards, and makes sure that your home is saving you money for the life of your home. To ensure each homeowner knows just how energy efficient their home is – every home is inspected and tested by a certified 3rd party Home Energy Rater and given a HERS rating. The lower your HERS score, the more money you save!

The Winslow at Sudley Farm

The Winslow at Sudley Farm

Visit Sudley Farm and take a look for yourself – you will absolutely love the gorgeous green and spacious neighborhood and maybe even find the home that you have been searching for to fit your family’s needs.

The Winslow at Sudley Farm

The Winslow at Sudley Farm

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Blount Street Commons – Part of Downtown Raleigh’s Historic District

Live, work, play is the slogan used for Downtown Raleigh and the new home community of Blount Street Commons is no exception. At Blount Street, homeowners will not only live within walking distance to amazing dining, shopping and entertainment venues but will enjoy the convenience of having 1-3 car garages in an area where parking is a premium!

The Hampstead Model Home Family Room

The Hampstead Model Home Family Room

Homeowners at Blount Street will enjoy a community park setting in the center of all that Historic Downtown Raleigh has to offer. The Pearson Street area was listed by USA Today as one of the top 10 up and coming neighborhoods and in The Walter Magazine’s article “Person-Street-Comes-Alive”.

The Hampstead Model Home Kitchen

The Hampstead Model Home Kitchen

A USA Today article quoted: “Raleigh: The North Person Street Business District, about 5-10 minute walk from downtown Raleigh, was once home to boarded-up store fronts and struggling businesses. Within the past year it has begun a transformation into a vibrant area that appeals to both residents and visitors. Highlights include the Raleigh City Farm, an urban farm with the goal of transforming unexpected downtown spaces into nourishing farmland; Pie Bird, serving homemade savory and sweet pies; Oak City Cycling Project, a local, independent cycling project; and Slingshot Coffee, which sells hand-bottled, cold-brewed iced-coffee.”

To read the full article Click here!

The Hampstead Model Home Breakfast Area

The Hampstead Model Home Breakfast Area

With Raleigh being one of the most up and coming cities, there is never a shortage of activities and events happening in the area. The link below will take you to the events in Downtown Raleigh! There is so much to do right around the corner from the Historic District!

For a calendar of events at the Historic District Click here!

Walter Magazine says “It’s just amazing to be a part of the synergy that’s happening around Person,” says Mordecai resident Philip Bernard, who formed the Person Street Partnership, a group of business owners and civic leaders fostering the positive development of the area. As phase one of a three-phase facelift funded by bond referendum, Person Street will be re-striped to include bike lanes on either side, and restored to two-way traffic between Delway and Peace. “Two-way streets slow cars down and promote pedestrian and bike traffic,” Bernard says.

To read the full article Click here!

The Hampstead Model Home Master Bedroom

The Hampstead Model Home Master Bedroom

One of the most hotly anticipated new businesses to join the group is Standard Foods. When Umstead chef Scott Crawford announced plans to partner with John Holmes of Hobby Properties to open the restaurant/grocery store in Person Street Plaza, the neighborhood got more than a five-star stamp of approval; it caught the attention of food lovers all over the region.”

The Hampstead Model Home Recreation Room

The Hampstead Model Home Recreation Room

Stanley Martin Homes is excited to offer homes to those who want the downtown lifestyle. Join us for our Model Home Grand Opening 2-28-15 from 11-3:00! Enjoy Model Home Tour, Food From Pie Birds, Live Music and Prizes! Model address is 500 John Haywood Way Unit #101, Raleigh, NC 27604.

Blount Street Commons Website: Click here!

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At Stanley Martin Homes It’s Easy Being Green

Stanley Martin Homes’ Green Living Program means lower utility costs, healthy indoor air and ventilation systems and a whole house integrated systems approach to achieve high home performance. Every home we build embraces green building practices in every phase of the homebuilding process. Advanced Building Systems and resource efficient designs and materials are selected to maximize function and use of natural resources. For example, the application of engineered wood products enables us to use products that consume considerably less material than dimensional lumber or plywood, which is better for the environment. Advanced Framing Techniques improve building efficiencies, eliminate materials waste and provide thermal barriers to minimize air leakage within the building envelope, which means more savings for you!

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We continue to work on improving energy performance that evaluates and drives the best practices. This approach measures the building envelope and mechanical system performance, evaluates wall assembly insulation values, selects high efficiency windows and doors based on climate zone criteria, and integrates energy efficient products such as energy saving appliances, lighting and heating and air conditioning systems. This ensures you have the best products for each season to seal in your savings.

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We select finish materials that are environmentally friendly, such as carpet and organic paint, natural stone countertops (granite) and recycled products. Other material specifications include low maintenance exterior products that don’t require paint or stain on finished surfaces. These products are more durable than their wood counterparts, requiring fewer resources for replacement and repairs which lower your maintenance costs and help the environment at the same time.

At Stanley Martin Homes, we pay close attention to where a product is manufactured and the materials used for packaging. This sustainability practice not only lowers transportation and fuel consumption, it fosters the practice of re-using or recycling packaging and waste materials.

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To ensure we meet high energy efficient performance standards, every home is inspected and tested multiple times throughout the construction process by a certified 3rd party Home Energy Rater.

Since the fall of 2012, Stanley Martin Homes has received Home Energy Rating testing/scores for over 1,400 Homes under its Green Living Program. This is notable since many new homebuilders measure energy efficiency through sampling vs. measuring every homes for energy efficiency. The average Stanley Martin Homes Home Energy Rating score (HERS) for Single Family Homes is 56 and for Townhomes/Condominiums is 67, exceeding industry performance standards, position Stanley Martin Homes as a leader in building environmentally friendly and energy efficient Homes.

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Stop by our Neighborhoods and learn more about Stanley Martin Homes and our Energy Monitoring Incentive promotion. Take your energy savings to the next level!

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Fall In Love with Stanley Martin Homes

The week leading up to Valentine’s Day is filled with love, joy, and appreciation. This week we want you to fall in love with Stanley Martin Homes. We want you to fall in love with the homes we build and the communities in which we build those homes. Stanley Martin Homes focuses on our customers’ lives and desires when we make decisions for our homes and neighborhoods.

Fall in Love with our Floorplans
We aim to create floorplans designed for how people really live. At Stanley Martin Homes, we focus on livability. We create spaces that match what buyers want. Our closets and garages are maximized to accommodate storage needs. There is less “wasted” space and the rooms are more flexible and open.

The Plymouth at Reserve at Pouncey

The Plymouth at Reserve at Pouncey

The Westchester at Stonewater

The Westchester at Stonewater

Fall in Love with our Exteriors
Stanley Martin Homes creates front façades you can be proud of. We invest extra time and attention to the details on the front of the house, because we want our customers to be proud of the homes they buy.

The Carey at Summit Oaks

The Carey at Summit Oaks

The Ashland at Winmore

The Ashland at Winmore

Fall in Love with our Locations
At Stanley Martin Homes our objective is to properly design neighborhoods, close to where you want to be. We take pride in getting the details right – that the houses sit properly on the lots, that the tree save areas and pocket parks create aesthetics, and the entrances provide a sense of welcome.

Downtown Raleigh

Downtown Raleigh

Starbucks at Hollymead Town Center

Starbucks at Hollymead Town Center

Fall in Love with our Green Living Program
We take pride in being the leader in construction practices. As part of our Green Living Program we study leading manufacturing techniques to create outstanding flooring and structural systems, better indoor air quality, proper moisture management, and outstanding energy efficiency. A Stanley Martin our homes are designed better and built better. Ask about our energy conservation rating (HERS® Score), and then check the competitors. Said simply, Stanley Martin builds a higher quality home.

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Looking Beyond the House – A Sneak Peak into Stanley Martin Homes’ Land Engineering

Stanley Martin Homes does not only buy land and build homes. We also engineer the land we purchase, create plans for the new neighborhood, as well as focus on the restoration and maintenance of the surrounding areas of our neighborhoods. Our Land Project Manager, Soledad Portilla gives us insight into her job and a current project she has been working on:

As a Land Project Manager, for Stanley Martin Homes, I coordinate the engineering and design of our subdivisions and then get to see them being built and come to life. The best part of my job is having the opportunity to watch the transformation of raw pieces of land into vibrant neighborhoods. It is both exciting and rewarding to see a thought on paper become realty.

One of my favorite projects currently under construction is Callaway in Annandale, VA. In this community we are selling single family homes offering a great location to homeowners – just minutes from Alexandria. What makes this project special is that as part of the development we are also restoring a portion of the stream that used to run across the property. The stream at Callaway is located in the middle of a high developed area and it is a tributary of Cameron Run, a stream running through the Cameron Run Regional Park in Alexandria, VA. When we bought the property the stream looked like this:

Image courtesy of Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

Image courtesy of Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

Image courtesy of Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

Image courtesy of Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

The stream restoration project began with a study of the stream system, hydraulics, patterns and other specific conditions. The stream bed was heavily eroded due to heavy storm water runoff. The stream restoration plans include alterations to the channel shape to return the stream to its original condition. It also includes the installation of cross vanes which are “U” shaped structures made of boulders that will help to reduce the water velocity near the stream banks.

Conceptual Design

Conceptual Design

Construction 11-20-2014 / Image courtesy of Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

Construction 11-20-2014 / Image courtesy of Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

Construction 11-20-2014 / Image courtesy of Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

Construction 11-20-2014 / Image courtesy of Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

The last stage of the restoration project is the installation of the landscaping. We are hoping that this winter will be a short one so that we can complete the project soon. Make sure to check the blog again in a couple of months as we will be posting updated photos of the newly restored stream.

You can also check a video of the ongoing construction:

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Fabulous Up and Coming Stanley Martin Communities in 2015

Thinking about purchasing a new home in 2015? You’re in luck – Stanley Martin Homes has many great communities that are planned to open next year! Here is a sneak peak at next year’s projects. Stay tuned to our website to learn more about these communities and to join our VIP lists.

Manor Ridge

Manor Ridge will open for sales in January and be comprised of 28 Single Family homes in Fairfax County, VA. There will be two homes sold at this community: The Dartmouth and The Gainsborough. These brand new floor plans will have 4 bedrooms, 3.5 – 6.5 bathrooms with the option of having a third floor outdoor terrace with a two sided fireplace! Located just minutes away from I-66 and West Falls Church Metro, homeowners at Manor Ridge will enjoy the convenience and luxury that come with this premiere location. For more information on this neighborhood – click the link below:
http://www.stanleymartin.com/SMCWEB/ProjectDetailCS.asp?ProjectGroupID=MD&MetroAreaID=1000&

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Meadow Wood Park

Meadow Wood Park is scheduled to open for sales in January in Raleigh, NC. There are going to be 50 condominiums right inside the beltway just minutes from Route 1. We will be featuring a brand new floor plan called The Candler. This home has 2 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms and is 1,952 square feet. If you purchase in Meadow Wood Park you will be able to own a new condo less than 5 miles from downtown Raleigh at an affordable price! For Shopping and Dining options, Cameron Village isn’t far from this community. Click the link below to check out their website: http://www.shopcameronvillage.com/

The Candler: being sold at Meadow Wood Park

The Candler: being sold at Meadow Wood Park

Ambrose Hills

Ambrose Hills will also be located in Falls Church and will open for sale in April. This neighborhood will have 76 townhomes with both 1 and 2 car garages. Ambrose Hills is only 25 minutes away from Washington, D.C. and will be featuring brand new floor plans. Crossroads Center is just 2 miles away with lots of shopping and dining options. Click the link below for more details:
http://www.mycrossroadscenter.com/

Welwood

This neighborhood will be open for sale in April as well but will be located in Henrico County, Virginia and located only 2 miles from the Short Pump Town Center. Welwood will be comprised of 26 Single Family homes with the homes ranging from 4-5 bedrooms, 3.5-6.5 bathrooms, and 3,345- 6,590 square feet. Welwood offers new construction homes with unmatched convenience to dining, shopping, recreation, schools and more. With little to no new home choices in the Deep Run District, this community offers homeowner’s access to the acclaimed Deep Run High School Pyramid.

For Shopping and Dining options click the Short Pump website below:
http://www.shortpumpmall.com/

Short Pump Town Center

Short Pump Town Center

Windsor Hill

Windsor Hill is going to include 27 single family homes and will be open for sales in April this year. This neighborhood is located in Prince William County near the intersection of Fuller Heights Road and Windsor Road. Floor plans in this neighborhood include the Harrison, Carey, and Westover. With I-95 less than 3 miles away, residents will enjoy a commute that allows for more time spent shopping and dining at popular destinations such as Dumfries Shopping Center and Dumfries Plaza Shopping Center.
Medal of Honor Golf Course is within walking distance from this neighborhood. Click the link below for more details: http://www.quantico.usmc-mccs.org/index.cfm/recreation/golf-course/eligibility-golf-outtings-and-fees/

Medal of Honor Golf Course

Medal of Honor Golf Course

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Decorating the Dining Room for the Holidays

Colors, candles and a little bit of sparkle would be the perfect touch to make your dining room fun and inviting for the holidays! With multiple holidays in December, what better place to gather in your home for a grand meal than the dining room? Stanley Martin Homes offers beautiful and spacious dining rooms; whether it is separated from the rest of the home for a more formal feeling or open to the rest of the home for a more relaxed and casual feel.

Hanukkah

Hanukkah is the first to be celebrated this month. If you are hosting dinner these beautiful China plates would be a great addition to your table. They are elegant but add some shine and shimmer to your décor. Stanley Martin’s dining rooms have plenty of space for a china cabinet or other storage means.

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You could also get a couple vases and fill them with dreidels – they would make a fun decoration around the dining room!

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You will also want to make sure you add lots of blues, silver, and gold.

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The color blue has the tendency to make people feel calm or peaceful which would be perfect for your family gathering.

Candles are definitely a must! Be creative with your candle holder; there are so many options to pick from. Choose one that fits your family’s personality and the theme of the dinner.

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For more ideas click the two links below!

http://www.styleathome.com/decorating-and-design/accessories/9-hanukkah-decor-ideas/a/38104
http://www.styleathome.com/homes/interiors/interior-hanukkah-home-decor/a/45548/3

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Whether you are hosting Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner, these are great tips for a fun filled Holiday! You could go a number of different routes with the colors in your dining room. For Christmas you could do the traditional red and green, or white and even a hint of light blue for a more winter theme.

Try adding candy canes to your decoration – they are beautiful and don’t create a mess! These DIY candle holders are extra cute!

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Glitter is another route you could take. Sparkly ornaments add life and pizazz to your dining room!

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Here is a classic red and white themed dining room. This could be great in one of our Stanley Martin formal dining rooms if you want to set a more sophisticated mood.

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“Red generally raises energy and excitement, which makes it a good choice for a dining room or living room, where people tend to gather,” states psychologist Nicole Avena.

Click the link below to read the full article on how different colors can affect your mood.
http://magazine.foxnews.com/at-home/feeling-moody-10-room-colors-might-influence-your-emotions

Here is a great idea for name tags – using ornaments. This is both adorable and simple. Although it is recommended to remove them from the table once everyone is seated to avoid breaks and accidents.

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For more great ideas on how to decorate your dining room for Christmas, click the link below.
http://decoholic.org/2013/12/06/100-christmas-table-decoration-ideas/

Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is last but definitely not least in the December Holiday’s. Stanley Martin Homes has dining rooms that are spacious for your Kwanzaa dinner. Plus, they are located right off of the kitchen so it makes it easy to serve and set up. Make sure you use red, green, and black in your decorating to make the dining room exciting and warm for this momentous occasion.

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Candles for this holiday are a must. There should be three red candles, three green candles and one black one. Candles will not only light up the room in a cheerful way but give this meal more of an intimate feeling.

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You could also put them in glass candle holders to go for a more chic look. In addition to placing candles on the dining room table, you should also decorate with fruits, vegetables and specifically corn.

To decorate the room, try making your own Kwanzaa flags, called Bendera, and posters emphasizing the seven principles. This would be a great activity to do with children.

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For more cool ideas on how to decorate your dining room for Kwanzaa click the links below!

http://www.toppartyideas.com/kwanzaa-party/
http://www.wikihow.com/Celebrate-Kwanzaa

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So much to be Thankful for… such as an open floor plan

The Holidays are great for spending time with your family. When it comes to Thanksgiving however, this can become quite the challenge. The family usually divides into two rooms; the football fans in the family room and the chefs in the kitchen. With Stanley Martin Homes there is no need to divide up. We offer a variety of homes with open floor plans, so that those in the kitchen are never far from the family room. Everyone can celebrate the Holidays together as a family. Here are some great tips for saving you time when cooking your Thanksgiving meal.

1. Prepare your vegetables a day or two before.
2. Ice your turkey before you roast it to keep it from drying out.
3. Use a wine glass to cut out biscuits.
4. Microwave the potatoes instead of boiling them to save time.
5. Print or write out recipes and tape them to your cabinets for easy access.

Click here to read the full article.

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Fun Football Recipes

One of the best things about football season is all of the fun appetizers you get to make on Sundays! While you are gathered around the television, whether it is in the loft, family room or basement, here are some great recipes you can make for your friends and family.

Super Quick Chili

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Ingredients
• 2 pounds lean ground beef
• 2 tablespoons chili powder
• 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• 2 (16-oz.) cans diced tomatoes with green pepper and onion
• 2 (16-oz.) cans small red beans
• 2 (8-oz.) cans tomato sauce
• Toppings: shredded Cheddar cheese, sliced green onions, diced tomatoes

Preparation
1. 1. Brown beef in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring often, 6 to 8 minutes or until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain well. Return beef to Dutch oven; sprinkle with chili powder, Creole seasoning, and cumin, and sauté 1 minute.
2. 2. Stir in diced tomatoes and next 2 ingredients, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. Serve with toppings.

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/super-quick-chili-10000001955329/

Queso Fundido

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Ingredients
• 2 pounds lean ground beef
• 1 Serrano chile, seeded, chopped
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
• Kosher salt
• 8 ounces coarsely grated mild yellow cheddar
• 8 ounces coarsely grated Monterey Jack Cheese
• 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
• 1 4-ounce link fresh chorizo or hot Italian sausage, casing removed
• ½ cup minced onion
• ½ cup lager
• Tortilla chips

Preparation
1. Mix tomato, chile, and oregano in a small bowl. Season with salt; let salsa stand for 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, toss both cheeses with flour in a medium bowl. Cook chorizo in a medium saucepan over medium heat, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until it begins to render, about 1 minute. Add onion and continue cooking until chorizo is cooked and onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.

3. Transfer chorizo mixture to a small bowl; return saucepan to heat. Add beer; simmer, stirring occasionally and scraping up any browned bits. Whisking constantly, add cheese mixture a 1/4-cupful at a time, allowing it to become blended and smooth between additions. Stir in chorizo mixture.

4. DO AHEAD Queso can be made 30 minutes ahead. Let stand at room temperature. To reheat, warm skillet with queso fundido over medium heat; stir until melted and bubbly. Using a slotted spoon, spoon salsa over queso. Serve in skillet with a basket of tortilla chips on the side.

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/queso-fundido

Grilled Stuffed Jalapenos

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Ingredients
• 2 center-cut bacon slices
• 4 ounces cream cheese, softened (about 1/2 cup)
• 4 ounces fat-free cream cheese, softened (about 1/2 cup)
• 1 ounce extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1/4 cup)
• 1/4 cup minced green onions
• 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
• 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1 small garlic clove, minced
• 14 jalapeño peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
• Cooking spray
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
• 2 tablespoons chopped seeded tomato
Preparation
1. 1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
2. 2. Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; drain on paper towels. Crumble bacon. Combine crumbled bacon, cheeses, and next 4 ingredients (through garlic) in a bowl, stirring well to combine. Divide cheese mixture evenly to fill the pepper halves. Place peppers, cheese sides up, on grill rack or grill grate coated with cooking spray. Cover and grill peppers 8 minutes or until bottoms of peppers are charred and cheese mixture is lightly browned. Place peppers on a serving platter. Sprinkle with cilantro and tomato.

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/grilled-stuffed-jalapenos-50400000113748/

Ham and Cheese Stromboli

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Ingredients
• 1 whole 16 Oz. Loaf Frozen Bread Dough, Thawed
• ¼ pounds Thinly Sliced Ham – Black Forrest
• ¼ pounds Reduced Fat Pepperoni, May Use Salami
• ½ teaspoons Dried Basil, Divided
• ½ teaspoons Oregano, Divided
• 3 ounces, weight Sliced Provolone Cheese
• 1 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
• 1 Tablespoon Butter, Melted
• 1 teaspoon Cornmeal (optional)

Preparation
1. Place bread dough on a lightly greased baking sheet. Pat into a 15 x 10” rectangle. Arrange ham slices lengthwise down center of the dough; place pepperoni on top. Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon basil and ¼ teaspoon oregano. Arrange provolone cheese over herbs and top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with remaining herbs. Moisten all edges of dough with water; bring each long edge of dough to center. Press edges together securely to seal. Seal ends.

2. Brush dough with 1 Tablespoon butter; sprinkle with cornmeal and carefully invert so that the seam side is down. Brush top with remaining butter. Bake at 375 degrees (F) for 20-22 minutes or until browned.

3. Remove from oven and place on a cutting board. Cut horizontally into slices with a serrated (bread) knife. For smaller portions, first cut vertically down the center, then into horizontal slices.

http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/appetizers-and-snacks/beckye28099s-famous-football-stromboli/

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