Not sure if this is a NE Ohio thing or not, since I don't see many recipes out there for these at all. One of my favorite appetizers to snack on are hot wax peppers canned in oil.
They're available in the olive bar section of the supermarkets around here as well, but many of the Italian restaurants offer them too.
It's basically hot wax peppers, garlic, oregano and salt canned in oil. Some say to salt the peppers first and draw the moisture out of them in a colander for a few days. Other people roast them first, before jarring them with the other ingredients.
I usually just throw all the ingredients in a jar and let them sit in the fridge for at least a week or two.
They're great on warm, fresh baked bread. Also good with a little gorgonzola sprinkled on top too.