what to do with dried chili peppers?
A few months ago, I bought a bag of dried chili peppers to try in a recipe. I don't even remember what I was making, but I don't recall it turning out well (else I'd have remembered it). When you cook with them, do you cut them open and use the seeds as well, or leave them whole? I don't have much experience with peppers, when a recipe says to use a whole pod, what does is it mean? It was fun to watch them "inflate" again as they became hydrated during cooking!
Anyone have any suggestions for using up those peppers?