Super Easy Homemade Bacon Jerky

This homemade bacon jerky is a delicious cousin of the candied bacon we have all come to love.  The best part?  The flavor combinations are ENDLESS!

Homemade Bacon Jerky

Homemade Bacon Jerky

Course Snack
Servings 1 slice
Calories 203 kcal


  • 1 lb thick sliced bacon
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce


  • Preheat oven to 200℉.
  • Lay bacon in a single layer on a wire rack.  Place the rack on a rimmed baking sheet, lined with tin foil or parchment paper for easier cleanup.
  • Mix brown sugar and hot sauce in a small bowl until it forms a paste. 
  • Brush each slice of bacon with the glazing mixture.  Flip the bacon and brush the other side.
  • Cook bacon for 2 hours.  Flip the slices and cook for another 1 to 1.5 hours or until the jerky reaches the desired texture.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving.
  • Hack:  Bacon jerky can be made in an air fryer as long as it can be set to 200℉.  Rotate and/or flip bacon every hour.
  • Hack:  While bacon jerky can be cooked at temperatures below 200℉, the resulting product will be lighter in color and not as visually pleasing.
  • Hack:  This recipe is very versatile. It can be made with honey or maple syrup as well as sriracha or crushed red pepper.  Raise or lower the heat by adding more or less (or no) spice.  Or mix it up by flavoring your jerky with black pepper, garlic or molasses.  Let your creativity flow!
  • Hack:  Store jerky in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.  
Keyword air fryer, bacon, dehydrate, dehydrated, dehydrator, easy, football snacks, jerky, party food, snack

Did you know?  The invention of bacon jerky was a delicious accident!

I made this bacon jerky in my Pampered Chef Deluxe Air Fryer!

Air Fryer Ravioli

Air fryer ravioli is a delicious treat that’s sure to please. Switch things up by using different flavors of ravioli and a variety of dipping sauces!

Air Fryer Ravioli

Air Fryer Ravioli

5 from 1 vote
Course Appetizer, Snack
Servings 4
Calories 375 kcal


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp water
  • ¼ cup Italian-style bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 package refrigerated ravioli, any flavor (9 oz)
  • Oil cooking spray
  • 1 cup marinara


  • Whisk egg and water until well incorporated.  In a separate bowl, blend the bread crumbs and cheese.
  • Dip each ravioli in the egg mixture, followed by the bread crumb mixture.  Lay in a single layer on a plate and lightly coat both sides of each ravioli with cooking spray.
  • Lay ravioli in a single layer in the air fryer, making sure the edges don’t overlap.  
  • Air fry at 350℉ for 6 minutes.  Flip them over and continue to air fry for 3-4 minutes or until they are puffed up and light brown.
  • Serve with marinara sauce.
  • Hack:  Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.  If desired, freeze leftover ravioli (either before or after air frying) and marinara in serving-sized portions for up to 3 months.  Gently rewarm in the air fryer.
Keyword air fryer, appetizer, buffet, fried ravioli, party food, ravioli, snack

Did you know?  Ravioli has been around since the 1400s and is a vastly different dish depending on what country you’re in.  Click here for some fun facts about this delicious food!

Suggestion:  Serve the ravioli with this super easy homemade marinara sauce!

Fruit Leather Snacks

These fruit leather snacks are a fun and easy way to get your kids to enjoy the wholesome nutrition of real fruit without a ton of added sugar!

Fruit Leather Snacks

Fruit Leather Snacks

(Courtesy Pampered Chef)
Course Snack


5 Steps to Basic Fruit Leather

  • Add the ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth.
  • Divide the mixture into each well of the Deluxe Air Fryer Fruit Leather Trays. Spread the mixture out evenly, making sure the edges of the tray are clean.
  • Cook on DEHYDRATE according to the time listed below, rotating the trays halfway through.
  • Check for your desired doneness at the minimum time listed. The fruit leather is done when they’re no longer tacky. (Each tray might dry at a different rate.)
  • Cool completely before storing in airtight containers.

Favorite Flavor Combinations


    • 2 pkgs (16 oz./454 g each) frozen whole strawberries, thawed and drained
    • 1 tbsp (15 mL) orange juice
    • 1 tbsp (15 mL) agave or honey
    • 12–15 hrs.

    Mango Pineapple

    • 1 pkg (16 oz./454 g) frozen chunked mango, thawed and drained
    • 1 pkg (16 oz./454 g) frozen chunked pineapple, thawed and drained
    • 1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh lime juice
    • 1½ tbsp (22 mL) agave or honey
    • 12–14 hrs.


    • 3 pkgs (10 oz./300 g each) frozen, pitted sweet cherries, thawed and drained
    • 2 tbsp (30 mL) agave or honey
    • 14–15 hrs.

    Peach Raspberry

    • 2 pkg (10 oz./300 g each) frozen peach slices, thawed and drained
    • 1 pkg (8 oz./250 g) frozen raspberries, thawed and drained
    • 2 tbsp (30 mL) agave or honey
    • 8–10 hrs.

    How to Choose Fruit For Your Homemade Fruit Leathers

    • You can use any fruit for your flavor combos. You can even add pureed cooked vegetables like carrots, beets, pumpkin, or sweet potatoes for more nutrients. Our Test Kitchen suggests considering these three things when deciding what fruit makes good fruit leather.

    1. Is it a Watery Fruit?

    • Cantaloupe, watermelon, strawberries, and raspberries take longer to dehydrate because they have more water content. You can use applesauce, bananas, ground chia, or flax seeds to thicken up your fruit purees.

    2. Is it a Pulpy Fruit?

    • Oranges, grapefruit, mangos, and passion fruit taste great but will give the leather a bumpier texture.

    3. Does the Fruit Turn Brown?

    • Fruits that oxidize quickly (turn brown) like apples, bananas, and pears turn out best when you add acidic fruit juice. Try adding lemon, lime, orange, or pineapple juice.
    • If you want to try using fresh fruit, you can get started with the Strawberry Fruit Leather recipe above and use 20 oz. (575 g) fresh whole strawberries with the stems removed. (That’s about 2 ¾ cups.) Then follow the recipe and dehydrate time as shown. 
    • Or try the Mango Pineapple recipe from above and use 10 oz. (300 g) fresh chunked mango (about 2 cups) and 10 oz. (300 g) fresh chunked pineapple (about 2 cups). You might be able to use a little less honey (about 1–1½ tbsp).
    • With fresh fruit that’s in season, you can enjoy excellent fruit leather but be prepared for a little bit more testing. Your fruit leathers might turn out different from batch to batch depending on the ripeness of the fruit. Fresh fruits and over-ripe fruits typically have more water and take longer to dehydrate.

    How to Store Fruit Leather

    • Once your fruit treats come out of the air fryer, let them cool completely. For easy eating, cut strips of parchment paper and place the fruit leathers on top. Then roll them from there. This way the fruit leather doesn’t stick to itself when it’s rolled up (and they look super cute!) 

    Why is My Fruit Leather Cracking?

    • As you roll up your fruit leathers they might break or crack. No worries. That batch just got a little too dry. They’re still perfectly good to eat. For the next batch, try reducing your dehydrate time.
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    Get your fruit leather trays here!

    Read my review of the Pampered Chef Deluxe Air Fryer!

    Traditional Wedding Cake Frosting

    This traditional wedding cake frosting is just the right amount to frost an 8″ single-layer round cake! It’s perfect for those times when you need a small cake!

    Traditional Wedding Cake Frosting

    Traditional Wedding Cake Frosting

    Course Dessert
    Servings 14
    Calories 133 kcal


    • ½ cup vegetable shortening
    • ½ tsp salt dissolved in 1 teaspoon warm water
    • 1 tsp vanilla*
    • ½ tsp almond extract**
    • ¼ cup water
    • 4 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
    • Food coloring, optional


    • Put the shortening, salt solution, vanilla, almond extract, water and 2 cups confectioners' sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment.
    • Beat on low speed until well blended.  Turn the mixer speed to high and beat for 10 minutes.
    • Shut the mixer off and add the rest of the confectioners' sugar.  Beat on low speed until well blended, adding more water if needed to reach desired consistency. 
    • With the mixer still running, add food coloring, a few drops at a time, to achieve the desired color.
    • *Use clear vanilla extract for a bright white frosting.
    • **Another flavor extract can be substituted for the almond extract or you can increase the vanilla by ½ tsp.
    • Hack:  Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
    • Note: This recipe will frost one 8" or 9" single-layer cake.
    Keyword buffet, dessert, easy, frosting, homemade frosting, party food, picnic food, traditional, wedding cake, white frosting

    Did you know?  The first recorded wedding “dessert” was a pie filled with oysters, lamb testicles, throat, rooster comb, and pine kernels.  Check out some other fun facts about wedding confections here!

    Suggestion:  Use this frosting to top a super fun tie-dye birthday cake!

    Homemade Rolled Chocolate Cookies

    Rolled chocolate cookies are fun to make and taste great! Lily-Rose gives this recipe two thumbs up so round up your little ones and give it a try!

    Rolled Chocolate Cookies

    Rolled Chocolate Cookies

    Course Dessert
    Servings 36 cookies
    Calories 140 kcal


    • cups flour
    • cup cocoa powder
    • ½ tsp baking powder
    • ½ tsp salt
    • cups vegetable shortening
    • cups sugar
    • eggs, room temperature
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract


    • Preheat oven to 375℉.
    • Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.  Set aside.
    • Put shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attached.  Mix on medium speed until well combined and light in color.  
    • Turn the mixer speed to low and add flour mixture, ½ cup at a time, until it’s all incorporated into the shortening mixture.
    • Place cookie dough onto a sheet of parchment paper and roll to ¼“ thickness.  Use a cookie cutter to cut into individual figures. Peel cookie dough away from shaped cookies.  Flip the parchment paper over onto a greased cookie sheet and gently peel cookies off and onto the cookie sheet.
    • Roll out the remaining dough on the parchment paper and cut with cookie cutters.  Continue until all the dough is used.
    • Bake cookies for 7-9 minutes or until there are no wet spots on top of them.  Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes and remove to a cooling rack.
    • Decorate with powdered sugar, glaze or frosting, if desired.
    • Hack:  Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 10 days or tightly wrapped and frozen for up to 6 months.
    • Hack: Unbaked dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or tightly wrapped and frozen for up to 6 months.
    Keyword buffet, chocolate cookies, cookie, cooking video, dessert, holiday baking, kids recipe, party food, picnic food, rolled cookies, sweets

    Read my review of the KitchenAid Artisan Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer here.

    To see more videos from Lily-Rose and her friends, check out our YouTube channel!  Don’t forget to like, subscribe and press that notification button so you won’t miss any new videos!

    Traditional Chinese Hot Pot

    Traditional Chinese Hot Pot
    (Courtesy:  Yuhong Sun)


    1 lb beef flank*

    4” knob fresh ginger (1 ounce or ¼ cup sliced)

    5 cloves garlic

    2 green onions

    2 bay leaves

    2 star anise

    3-4 dried hot peppers to taste

    1 onion

    Dipping sauce:

    • 4 tbsp soy sauce
    • 1 tbsp sugar
    • Pinch of black pepper
    • 2 tbsp chili sauce (or to taste)
    • 1 tbsp crushed garlic
    • 1 tbsp sesame oil

    Ingredients to cook in the hot pot: Typical hot pot ingredients include thinly sliced meat, leafy vegetables, mushrooms, vermicelli, sliced potatoes, dumplings, tofu, small meatballs and seafood but feel free to use whatever you like or have on hand.


    Put beef and ginger in water. Bring to a boil and cook until the blood comes out, about 15 minutes. Drain water and cut the beef into 2” chunks.

    Place meat and ginger in an Instant Pot. Add garlic, green onions, bay leaves, anise, hot peppers and onion. Cook for one hour.**

    While broth is cooking, assemble individual bowls of dipping sauce for each person.

    Strain and pour broth into an electric hot pot (or hot plate topped with heatproof container) that has been placed on the table within easy reach of all diners (Use two or more pots if needed). Adjust heat to keep the broth at a simmer.

    Using chopsticks or other utensils, drop pieces of food into the hot pot to cook. Once the item is cooked, use chopsticks or a small strainer to remove items to your plate. Season with dipping sauce, if desired. Separate utensils are recommended for handling raw and cooked food.

    Add additional hot water as needed.

    The broth is usually strained and consumed after everyone is done eating or kept for use in a future meal. It can be frozen for up to a year.

    Serve this with pork fried rice, if desired.

    *Beef, pork or chicken marrow bones can be substituted for flank

    **If preferred, stock can also be simmered, covered, on the stove over low heat for 6 hours or in a slow cooker on low for 12 hours.

    Hack:  Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root?  Grating it in its frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it!  Simply place in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.

    Hack:  Chop leftover green onions and freeze in a sealable freezer bag or container for future use. While they won’t retain the crispness that would make them suitable for salads or garnish, they will be fine for cooking.

    Hack:  For more instructional videos for making traditional Chinese cuisine, visit Yuhong’s Country Kitchen on YouTube!

    Easy Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip

    This easy cheesy buffalo chicken dip is a good solution for leftover chicken! While it’s great with chips, try dipping french fries or making grilled cheese!

    Easy Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip

    Easy Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip

    Course Appetizer, Snack
    Servings 4
    Calories 190 kcal


    • ½ cup cream cheese (2 oz)
    • ½ cup sour cream
    • 1 tsp sriracha or red pepper sauce (or to taste)
    • 1 cup cooked chicken, shredded


    • Heat cream cheese and sour cream in a small saucepan over medium until smooth and bubbly. 
    • Stir in chicken and hot sauce.  Continue stirring until the dop is heated through.
    • Serve warm with chips or bread.
    • Hack: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
    • Hack: To reheat this dip, microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring at each one, until heated through. Alternately, cover and heat in a 350℉ oven until heat through (about 15 minutes).
    Keyword buffalo, buffet, cheesy dip, creamy, creamy dip, easy, fast and easy, football snacks, hot dip, party food, quick and easy, spicy, sriracha, warm dip

    It’s safe to say that most people have strong feelings about spicy food.  You either love ’em or you hate ’em.  But did you know that eating spicy foods can benefit your heart health as well as boost your metabolism and control your appetite?  Check it out here!

    Suggestion: Serve this with warm naan flatbread or oven-roasted french fries!

    Homemade Cranberry Jalapeño Dip

    What are you gonna do with that leftover whole berry cranberry sauce?  How about making this sweet-tart-but-with-a-kick cranberry jalapeño dip?

    Cranberry Jalapeño Dip

    Cranberry Jalapeño Dip

    (Courtesy: Penny Jacques)
    Course Appetizer, Snack
    Servings 2 tbsp
    Calories 71 kcal



    • Put cranberry sauce in a colander and shake to remove as much jelly as possible, leaving just the sweetened cranberries.
    • Mix cranberries with cream cheese, sour cream and jalapeno pepper.  Refrigerate for several hours to allow flavors to blend.
    • Hack: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
    Keyword appetizer, buffet, cracker spread, Cranberry, cranberry sauce, cream cheese, dip, football snacks, jalapeno pepper, leftovers, party food, snack, sour cream

    Did you know? People call cranberries a superfood for good reason: They have all kinds of health-boosting benefits.

    Get the recipe for whole berry cranberry sauce here!

    Baked Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

    Baked cauliflower buffalo bites are a snack you can feel good about. Serve ‘em up with some ranch or blue cheese dipping sauce!

    Baked Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

    Baked Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

    Course Appetizer, Snack
    Servings 4
    Calories 190 kcal


    • 1 head cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets
    • ½ cup flour
    • ½ cup water
    • ¼ tsp garlic powder
    • ¼ tsp onion powder
    • Dash hot, sriracha or wing sauce
    • ¼ tsp hot, sriracha or wing sauce
    • 3 tbsp butter, melted


    • Preheat the oven to 450℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
    • In a medium bowl, mix together flour, water, onion powder and garlic powder. Add a dash of hot sauce.
    • Add cauliflower to batter and toss to evenly coat. Lay in a single layer on a baking sheet.
    • Bake for 20 minutes or until just beginning to brown. Remove from oven.
    • In a medium bowl, mix hot sauce and butter. Add cauliflower and toss to coat. Return to baking sheet.
    • Bake for an additional 5 minutes or to desired brownness.
    • Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing.
    • Hack: To reheat, place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Heat at 375℉ until heated through, about 10 minutes
    Keyword appetizer, buffalo wings, cauliflower, football snacks, healthy, hors d'oeuvres, low calorie, party food, snack, spicy, vegetarian


    Did you know?  Cauliflower is part of the cruciferous collection of vegetables that are associated with lowering the risk of some types of cancer.

    Suggestion:  Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing.


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