WIAW: Italian Veggie Bowl


I’ve had an extremely busy week (I know, excuses, excuses) and really haven’t had a chance to snap pics of my meals, so I’ll leave you with photos of a dinner I’ve repeated twice this week.

The Italian Veggie Bowl

If you can believe it, I just finished off the spaghetti squash I prepared last week. I threw it in a skillet with mushrooms, zucchini, chickpeas, tomatoes, and a ton of garlic.

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For good measure, I tossed in some Laughing Cow cheese and some Oliverio’s peppers. YUM!!!

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I've found that the nastier something looks, the better it tastes.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with northern West Virginia, Oliverio’s is well-known restaurant that originated in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Here’s a little history:

THE OLIVERIO FAMILY TRADITION

IN 1932, IN HER SMALL KITCHEN AT THE BACK OF HER RETAIL STORE IN CLARKSBURG, WV, ANTOINETTE “MA” OLIVERIO PERFECTED HER RECIPE FOR PEPPERS IN ITALIAN SAUCE. HER SON, FRANK, TOOK HER RECIPE OUT OF THE KITCHEN AND INTO THE BUSINESS WORLD.

IN 1972, HE BEGAN CANNING PEPPERS UNDER THE OLIVERIO LABEL. TODAY, HIS SON MARK OLIVERIO AND DAUGHTER DEANNA MASON CONTINUE RUNNING THE BUSINESS THAT WAS A LABOR OF LOVE FOR THEIR FATHER.  THREE GENERATIONS LATER, THE OLIVERIO FAMILY HAVE COMBINED THEIR LOVE OF GOOD FOOD WITH THEIR RECIPE FOR SUCCESS. IN SHARING THEIR FATHERS DREAM, THEY ARE ALSO CONTINUING THE LEGACY OF ANTOINETTE, WHOM THEY CREDIT WITH INSTILLING RESPECT FOR HERITAGE AND LOVE OF FAMILY. OLIVERIO PRODUCTS ARE MADE FROM A FAMILY RECIPE USING ONLY THE FINEST INGREDIENTS. TODAY, THE PEPPERS ARE USED IN RESTAURANTS AND LINE STORE SHELVES THROUGHOUT THE EAST COAST.

This stuff is deadly. I’ve known people to eat it with pasta, on meats or simply with a piece of hearty Italian bread. If you like Italian style peppers and you’re ever in my area, stop by any grocery store and pick up a jar!

Anyway, this veggie dish was out of control good and was worth being the WIAW entry!

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