Olive Obsession: Black Olives, Green Olives, Garlic Stuffed Olives, Oh My!

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Passion for Olives

When I was a little kid, I loved big family get-togethers. My mother was the oldest of seven, and I was the last of eight, so these were no small gatherings. Everyone brought a dish, so we had a feast. I was always that kid getting into trouble for putting a black olive on each finger (all ten if I didn’t get caught first). Olives were such a luxury that I only got them when we went to the family get-togethers. My cousins did not feel like they were such a big deal, but, in my mind, they had cupboards filled with black and green olives. My mother only had the money to buy the basics, so we never had olives.

As I grew up, my passion for olives only grew. When I got married, one thing I swore was that olives were always going to be in my kitchen. I am never without them. My family always asks me to bring the “relish tray” for our get-togethers because I am now the “Olive Queen” of my family.


Garlic Olives! Black Olives!
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Olives, Olives, Olives

I love to cook with olives. If you read my recipe for the Optional Cheese Ball, you can see that green and black olives are there. Depending on whom my guests are when I make the Optional Cheese Ball, it will sometimes look nearly black and green with a little white from the cream cheese.

Do I go overboard with my olives? Absolutely! I am like Bubba in Forrest Gump describing how many dishes he could make with shrimp, but I am making those dishes with olives:

Salad with olives, Spaghetti with olives, Pizza with olives, Cheese Ball with olives, Deep Fried Stuffed Black Olives with cheddar cheese and jalapenos, Garlic Green Olives, Olive and Cheese Tray, Variety Olive Tray (Greek olives, garlic stuffed olives, feta cheese stuffed olives, jalapeno stuffed olives, black olives, pimento stuffed olives), Cottage Cheese Salad with olives… I could write an olive cookbook! I am an olive lover; that is for sure.

Oh, did I mention how many olives I add to my Optional Veggie Salad?


What is you favorite olive?

  • green olives with pimento
  • black olives
  • green olives with garlic clove
  • green olives with jalapenos
  • Kalamata olives
  • I love them all
  • I have to clean my tongue with a washcloth if I eat any type of olive
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Nutritional Value - Pros and Cons

Now, nutritionally, they are low in cholesterol and a good source of vitamin E, but they are extremely high in sodium. I wake up swelled after a night of olive gorging. To me, it is worth the heart attack and stroke risk. I know, I am just insane about olives. I have raised children who love olives too. I was the type of mother who said, “Don’t waste your olives. You eat every one of them.”


Did you ever put black olives on your fingers when you were a kid?

  • Heck, yeah!!
  • No, I was and am very prim and proper - what heathens...
  • I still do!!!
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Olive Etiquette

What really gets me, though, is when I have company and they let their kids with their dirty little hands just grab a handful of olives. I want to grab their hands. It just ruins it for everyone. I always put a big spoon in the olives, but they still grab them. They do not understand “olive etiquette.” Some of them even put them on their fingers, but they don’t eat them because in a whiney voice they will say, “I don’t like olives.” My mind screams, “Then DON’T TOUCH THEM!” At least eat them after you place them on your fingers. As hostess, though, I keep my mouth shut and lip smile over my gritted teeth. Olives aren’t a fashion statement; they are a sophisticated acquired taste. You must raise your children to respect olives of any kind because you never know when an olive lover is around and you may be causing an irrevocable hurt if you allow your children to “play” with the olive without respecting it by savoring it afterwards.


To All Olive Lovers

So, to all my fellow olive lovers: CHEERS! May all your meals and snacks be olive-ridden.

Inspired by MissOlive – our fellow hubber - and dedicated to all the passionate olive lovers in the world!!


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missolive 5 years ago from Texas

OLIVE your Hub!

I saw this is in the news feed smiled and clicked! I actually LOVE olives - all kinds! What a surprise to find me at the end of your hub! You are so sweet to list me as your inspiration - honored.

I especially loved this, " You must raise your children to respect olives of any kind because you never know when an olive lover is around and you may be causing an irrevocable hurt if you allow your children to “play” with the olive without respecting it by savoring it afterwards."

Respect the Olive - hehe


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

I only wish I had come up with MrsOlive as my Hub name. LOL It is so appropriate, and after you shared with me about telling your students of your love for olives, I had to write this. It was fun!! :-) Thanks for the inspiration!! Oh, and I believe in that quote 100%. We must raise our next generation to respect the olive even if they don't like it. ;-)


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your cybersister 5 years ago from Just relocated from Florida to the mountains of North Carolina

I like olives, especially black olives. Growing up, olives only came out at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I am not much of a cook and we rarely all get to sit down at one time for a meal, so olives did not become a staple at my own house. My children only saw them at Gramma's house for the first several years of their lives and my youngest is truly an olive lover. One Thanksgiving, when he was about five, my mother gave him his own little jar of olives. I think it was one of his top ten favorite presents ever!


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Cybersister!! It was the same with my family - only on Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter. I am like your son, that would have been my favorite gift, too. :-) He may grow up and swear to never go without olives in his house. LOL


The Fastionista 5 years ago

Love this hub! I'm a big olive fan too (ever since I was little) and didn't know they had some good nutritional value going on...that makes me feel better about binging. So thank you for "olive" the info (OK, that was corny...) :) Voted up!


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks Fastionista! It is always an honor to meet another olive fan. We should all feel good about eating olives. Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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ValuMe 5 years ago

Loved your hub...the only olives in my house growing up was green olives. However, I'm married to an Italian and was introduced to them right away. I always did like green olives....but my favorite is the black olive. I thorougly enjoy just sitting down and eating the black olives with cheese and pepperoni. Another favorite olive is the Italian style olives made with seasonings and oil. Now my favorite in those are the green. Voted up!


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Valueme! I love the Italian style green olives, too. Those and the garlic stuffed and the jalapeno stuffed are my favorite green olives. And as far as the black olives go, you just can't go wrong with them by themselves, stuffed, or in a dish. Thanks for dropping by!! :-)


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sfshine 5 years ago from Michigan

Sounds delicious and looks delicious. Good hub.


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Olives ARE the most delicious!! Thanks, Sfshine! :-)


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sfshine 5 years ago from Michigan

I like olives on pizza. It makes pizza tangy and adds a different flavor to it, and very tasty.


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Oh, me too! I love olives in most dishes. :-)


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

love Olives.. It wasn't until I lived in Spain until I really got into liking olives.. down south we do not eat a lot of olives. In Spain someone would come to the door with a large jar and you fill up your own quart jar for 25 cents. they were the best olives I ever tasted. Great Hub

voted up

Debbie


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Deborah, 25 cents a quart jar???? Are you sure you aren't in heaven??? I would love to taste olives from Spain!! Thanks for sharing your olive story. It gives me something to dream about. :-)

Thanks for dropping by!! :-)


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Lol..this was in 1979...my youngest son ws 6 weeks old....we lived iin torrejon spain...you can tell how old I am...lol


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Deborah, I hope the price hasn't gone up too much since then. LOL. I may get to visit Spain someday and would hate to not be able to afford Spanish olives! :-)


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I also love olives of any kind. I don't like eating a Pizza without them.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Lol..they are so delicious...spain is awesome..you would love it...


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Moonlake, pizza without olives... Please don't ever say that again. LOL Thanks for dropping by!! :-)


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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America

Hey Sholland, my mother loves olives and she got one of my nieces into eating them. However, my sister and I, won't touch them. LOL! So, if you were at my house for let's say lunch and olives were served, then you and my mother would have a field day. I will have nothing to do with them and I also don't prepare any meals with in it. Olives eaten in my house are as a side to another meal being served. And, if you truly want the full brunt of my honest...you're nuts. LOL! :) Voted up! But, because it's funny! :)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

:P Ray! LOL So what you're telling me is you're not going to give me a back link? LOL Tell your mom that I said SHE ROCKS!! Thanks for dropping by and voting even though you do not celebrate the joy of olives. ;-) LOL


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Olives are YUMMY! Your hub is DELISH! :)


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Susan...

First off...missolive, "Olive your hub!" ahhh...good stuff.

That said...I do not care for olives...other than the above mention Olive, (miss) who inspired this. I also don't care for children's grubby fingers...we have reached common ground!

Thanks,

Thomas


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Linda, since you're a DISH, I take your comment as high praise. :-)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thomas, can't beat MissOlive! She is most lovable. :-) I really appreciate you dropping by to read about something not to your tastes. :-) Make those kids wash their hands before they get into the olives, though!! LOL


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I am an olive and pickle fiend! All kinds of both! So I share your willingness to gorge and swell---Lovely hub--now I need to go get some garlic stuffed olives out of the fridge for a snack!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Audrey, I keep garlic stuffed olives in my frig, too!! Pickles are in there too. I reach for the olives and my daughter reaches for the pickles.

Thanks for dropping by fellow olive lover! :-)


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Never heard of olive etiquette but I'll remember this hub won my next olive encounter. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

ALOCSIN!! What??? You've never heard of olive etiquette? Oh my!! I am so glad you ran across this hub. Now, be sure you have stocked up on olives - never be without them. :-)

Thanks for dropping by and "enhancing" your olive knowledge. LOL


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Hi sholland10,

Great hub. Yes, Cubans use olives on just about everything as well. I use olives in my picadillo (dirty rice), fricassee, stew---you name it! Spanish dishes also contain a lot of olives as well....

Take care

John


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, John! I think I can put olives in just about any recipe. I can see how they would be good in dirty rice, fricasee, and Spanish dishes. YUM!

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Olives are one of those items that come into my house and poof are gone in no time at all. I add them to salads all the time. I make a stuffed pork roast using olives. When I put them out for company I put toothpicks in them.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Susan, same at my house. I turn around to get something and turn back to an empty dish. LOL I use them in almost everything... people thought it was strange to see olives in my pumpkin and pecan pies... JUST KIDDING!! LOL Toothpicks - a very good idea! Thanks for sharing!!:-)


Sadia 4 years ago

I love olivesssssss :D


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I had to read this hub as I absolutely adore olives. If I open a can I am in danger of eating the entire can. So this was fun to read and know others love olives as I do. Great HUB...


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Carol, you mean we are not supposed to eat the whole can or jar of olives? Oh my... LOL

Thanks for dropping by and your kind words. We olive lovers have to stick together! :-)


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Olives are one of my favorite foods--along with pickles! I have some in the fridge calling me now--


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Audrey, they are always calling me. :D

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


madison 3 years ago

hi im just a kid but my obsession is too big lol in a wayl i have to have almost a can to two cans a day idk y but i luv them thnx for this info by


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

gosh...olives are weakness of my family too. Love this creation. Sharing it across, Susan :)


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Athlyn Green 3 years ago from West Kootenays

That pizza looks so good!

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