Sweet or hot, peppers bring color, crunch and snap to mealtimes. In addition to the fruit, you can also eat immature pepper seeds and leaves, which are packed with nutrients. Chili pepper leaves, for instance, contain the complete range of amino acids and calcium. Cook leaves before using. They’re commonly added to soups and stews, much like spinach.
A happy tablescape pays tribute to the sunny Southwest location of HGTV Dream Home 2010 with a bowl of chili peppers, Southwest art picture books and antique Native American baskets. “I always start out and keep taking things away and adding things until I feel like I have it right,” says designer Linda Woodrum.