Kitchen Decorating with Chili Peppers
Spice Up Your Kitchen with Chili Peppers
Spice up your kitchen fiestas with decorative chili peppers!
Chili peppers are part of Southwestern culture and are a unique design element. Ranging in rich hues of golden yellow, deep green and rustic red, there are so many colorful ways you can "spice" up your home and kitchen with these sizzling hot accessories and design ideas!
Southwestern Chili Pepper Wreath
In the American Southwest Ristras and wreaths appear on doors, gates and entry's in the fall, after the chills turn red. It seems to represent a sign of welcome, adding warmth and tranquility to the entire landscape.
Hanging Chili Peppers
Make a spicy statement with this bright, colorful decorative chili ristra set.
Legend of The Chili Pepper
Legend of The Chili Ristra:
Legend has it, in the Southwest, that hanging chili ristras brings good luck if hung at the entrance of the home. Chilis were also used as amulets to ward off malaria, the plague, and for the evil eye (mal de ojo), bad luck, and bewitchment among Hispanics in United States, a practice imported from Mexico.
A cure for the evil eye from Coahuila, Mexico, calls for a child to be wiped with the inside of a chili. The child is patted on the head, crosses are made over the eyelids and forehead, and the child is laid on a bed with the arms outstretched in the form of a cross. The chili is wiped over the body to absorb the occult power, and then it is burned. Curanderas, "healers", often treat the hexing of adults by rubbing the inflamed areas (such as the feet) with whole eggs, a lime, and a chili, which are then thrown into a fire. Perhaps because of their fiery nature, hot peppers are thought to absorb evil influences, which are then destroyed by fire.
Chili Pepper Matching Dish Set - Hand painted and hand finished; pattern designed exclusively for Pinzon by Caleca
Chili Pepper Cutting Board
Treat your favorite chef to a little spice for her everyday life and a gift she'll enjoy with every chop. Thick cutting board features a vibrant fresh chili peppers design in warm gold, yellow, orange, red and green tones.
Hot Chili Peppers Drawer Knobs
Completely Sealed for Lasting Durability & Shine
Adds A Nice Finishing Touch To Any Room
Red Hot Chili Pepper Burner Set
This set of 4chili pepper stove burner covers is absolutely stunning. The covers come in two sizes, one for larger burners and the other for smaller burners. The design of the print on the covers is of multiple types of pepper (red chili, and red sweet peppers), mushrooms, basil and olives. These are made of metal tin. A great way to dress up your stove top with a southwestern theme. Can also be used to hang on walls to spruce up any decor.
Chili Pepper Bowl and Spreader
Pepper-shaped bowl and spreader, with 3 stacked plastic peppers for the handle. pair perfectly for serving dips and spreads
Chili Pepper Cookie Jar
This spicy jar will add a fabulous southwestern flair to your kitchen while keeping your countertops tidy. Great for storing your flour, sugar, coffee, pasta, snacks, cookies, and more while decorating your home all at the same time.
Roasted Chili Peppers
If you want to try roasted pepper at home, the chilies can be roasted under a broiler; outdoor grill or stove-top gas flame.
In all cases, they should be slit along one side or pierced with a fork to prevent explosions and then roasted until the skin is blistered, turning frequently for even charring.
Remove them when the skin is almost all black and the flesh underneath is cooked but not mushy. The roasting makes it possible to remove the tough, transparent outer skin of the chilies.
Protect your hands from burning when preparing chilies by wearing rubber gloves or coating your hands with shortening or other solid fat; don't touch your eyes or other sensitive areas after handling chilies.
If you want milder chilies, remove the seeds and trim the veins from the chilies before roasting.
To broil, preheat broiler.
Place chilies on a foil-lined tray or cookie sheet 3 to 6 inches below the broiler unit; leave oven door open.
On an outdoor grill, place the rack close to the charcoal (or select high heat setting on a gas grill); place chilies on rack, when briquettes have an even white coating. You can add soaked wood chips if you like a smoke flavor.
If you want too freeze the chilies, cool them and bag them without peeling; they will peel easily after they've been defrosted.
If you want crisper chilies, plunge them into ice water directly after cooking and before peeling.
For softer chilies, place in a bowl or pan and cover with a towel, or place them in a paper bag and close loosely, to steam until they're cool enough to handle. Peel the chilies from the stem end down.
Recipe from mex-recipes.com