New Year's Resolution recipes using Village Eatinghouse's Simple & Sour Italian

New Year's Resolution recipes using Village Eatinghouse's Simple & Sour Italian
January 22, 2024 24 view(s)
New Year's Resolution recipes using Village Eatinghouse's Simple & Sour Italian

Ready to kickstart your New Year's Resolution to get healthy while still eating delicious food?

Each year, Melanie and Clay at Village Eatinghouse release their seasonal Simple & Sour Italian dressing and marinade, which is available only from January through April. Made with apple cider vinegar, the Simple & Sour seasonal sauce uses no sugar and no salt. This dressing and marinade will help you stick to your New Year's Resolution, adding phenomenal flavor into recipes while still watching your intake of sugar and salt.

The Simple & Sour seasonal sauce uses a similar recipe to Village Eatinghouse's famous best-selling Sweet & Sour dressing and marinade. It has a tart yet flavorful taste, perfect to use in marinating, dipping, salads, in coleslaw and so much more. You'll want to add it as a staple in your pantry!

At their Sauce Kitchen and Marketplace, Melanie and Clay keep busy producing and delivering their small batch sauces to "mom & pop" shops and homes all over Pennsylvania and the USA.

And although it may be cold right now, there's plenty to look forward to! Village Eatinghouse in Pine Glan, Centre County, hosts flavorful events throughout the summer season.

Try all of the all natural, gluten and dairy free Simply Flavorful products at their kitchen in Pine Glen during one of their Pit BBQ Fridays or at their 3rd Saturday vendor events April through October. You can also call ahead for a personal tour and tasting. Always happy to share the flavors! 

Simple & Sour Italian Chicken Thighs

Use the Village Eatinghouse Simple & Sour Italian seasonal sauce as an inspiration for your favorite meals!

In the recipe video below, Melanie and Clay use the Simple & Sour Italian on some bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs.

Melanie uses the sauce to marinate four chicken thighs. The poultry should marinate for at least an hour... if you can marinate for 24 hours, even better! The flavor will incorporate into the meat, making it flavorful and juicy.

Melanie baked her chicken thighs for about an hour at 350 degrees, but you know your oven best. Adjust temperatures and recipes as needed.

More Simple & Sour seasonal sauce recipes


  • 3 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1 cup julienned carrots
  • 1/4 cup each; raisins, dried cherries, dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 cups Simple & Sour Italian
  • 1/2 cup mayo

Mix together all ingredients and adjust mayo to suit desired creaminess. Go to Village Eatinghouse's YouTube page to see this recipe too!


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1⁄4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Simple & Sour Italian

Combine and simmer all ingredients uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring regularly. Cool and use on chicken or pork on your BBQ grill.


Place chicken half onto BBQ grill on medium high. Allow to cook to internal temp of 165˚ while repeatedly brushing on our Village Eatinghouse Simple & Sour Italian during cooking process.

Use any of our sauces for this.



  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped celery
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Simple & Sour Italian  
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion

Toast sesame seeds in a shallow pan at 350˚ for 5 minutes. Shake occasionally for even browning. Combine all ingredients. Serve on warmed crusty French bread or bagel chips as a tasty appetizer.



  • 18 hard boiled eggs, halved lengthwise with yolks in separate bowl
  • 1⁄4 cup Simple & Sour Italian
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

Thoroughly combine Simple & Sour Italian and mayonnaise with egg yolks. Use a spoon or pastry bag to fill egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika for color. Enjoy!

For Egg Salad - Use as many eggs as you like, and chop them. Add the Simple & Sour Italian to taste - add a touch of mayo for consistency and enjoy!  



  • 2 Slices sourdough bread
  • Sliced Fresh Mozzarella
  • Sliced Tomato
  • Fresh Basil
  • 1⁄4 cup Simple & Sour Italian

Pour 1/2 the dressing onto a flat bread plate and lay/soak one side of first slice of bread in it. Put that slice - wet side down - into your heated (on low) pan. Construct the sandwich, carefully placing cheese, tomato & basil. Lay/soak the other piece of bread and place that on top of sandwich - Heat sandwich and flip halfway through. Heat through and Enjoy!

This works great for any grilled cheese you concoct!  We love to create many variations of this sandwich!



  • 1 pound Elbow Mac - cooked
  • 1 cup sweet relish
  • 1 cup Simple & Sour Italian
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

Add Simple & Sour Italian to cooked pasta to coat. Add mayo to desired consistency.

More products from The Village Eatinghouse

For more delicious dressings and marinades, visit The Village Eatinghouse's storefront on the PA Wilds Marketplace!

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