Classic recipes for the Modern Cook

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Hello there,

I am not sure that this is the greatest idea ever to add to the plethora of cooking sites. But I am sticking my foot in the water because I have been encouraged to share my knowledge of cooking. My purpose is to take classic recipes and make them simple and modern for the everyday cook.

Here is an example of what people can come to expect from my blog.


I made these sweet treats to give as presents this holiday season. The classic recipe involves using a double boiler and generally run to about 1/2 hour prep time. Using my Instant Pot Slow cooker the candy was made in under 2 hours with the bonus of a one pot clean up.

  • one bag of Heath Bar Crunch Chip (only available in one size)
  • one bag of Guittard Organic Semisweet Chocolate Baking Wafers
  • one bag of Guittard Organic While Chocolate Baking Wafers
  • one 4 oz package of unsweetened chocolate bar
  • 6 oz of shelled pistachio nuts
  • 6 oz of dried blueberries
  • parchment paper and nonstick foil

Line the slow cooker with parchment paper. Add in this order:

  • Heath Bar Crunch
  • Pistachios
  • Blueberries
  • White and Dark Chocolate Baking Wafers
  • Unsweetened chocolate bark broken into pieces

Stir the ingredients and put in slow cooker on low for one and a half hour. Every fifteen minutes or so thoroughly stir the ingredients from bottom to top. When all chocolate has completely melted pour the bark onto nonstick foil. Smooth and let sit. Before the bark has completely set create squares.

It will take several hours for the bark to completely set up but once it is hard just break apart the bark at the scored marks.

I wrapped my pieces into individual servings and put into these adorable boxes I purchased from Anthropologie.

I hope you enjoy and leave a comment about how your candy turned out and maybe what you did different.

If you have a question, please post it in the comment section and I will get back to you ASAP.

The goodness is in the giving,


16 responses to “Classic recipes for the Modern Cook”

  1. Oh my gosh. This sounds divine! Great ideas to take the classics and redo them for the modern world! Yum.

  2. Linda – I am a devoted wife and mother who loves to create delicious meals for my family and friends. I also love traveling, interior decorating and photography.
    Linda says:

    Sounds delicious and so easy! Wonderful treat for the holidays. And welcome back Bernadette! 😊😊

  3. Clive – A Man of Kent, long exiled in Essex. I retired in September 2013 and life is generally good. Started the blog for mental health, which is still an important theme for me, but lately I seem to have become a blog DJ 😊🤘
    Clive says:

    Welcome back, Bernadette! Hopefully we’ll be seeing you in the Senior Salon 😊

    • OMG Clive, has someone taken that over? It would be such fun to see how it has grown and to participate. Can you send me the information?

      • Clive – A Man of Kent, long exiled in Essex. I retired in September 2013 and life is generally good. Started the blog for mental health, which is still an important theme for me, but lately I seem to have become a blog DJ 😊🤘
        Clive says:

        Yes, another cookery blogger, Esmé Slabs has been doing it almost since you had to give it up. It usually gets between 30 and 40 post shares a week, so I think you could say it’s going well! This is the link to this week’s:

        Take a look, and I hope to see you there – it would be a good way to grow your new blog 😊

  4. Thanks so much Clive. I do remember her asking me if it would be ok now that I see the name. This all happened after Andrew passed and it has taken some time for me to be myself again.

  5. CarolCooks2 – Udon Thani – Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them. I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling. Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing. This is now taking me into other areas like deforestation, chemicals and preservatives in the food chain. Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!
    CarolCooks2 says:

    Hi, Bernadette good luck with your new venture it sounds like a great idea… 😀

  6. jrbrugh – I am a mom, a wife, an attorney and a home cook. I love all things food. I love cooking food, I love writing about food, and I love eating food. I have a vegetarian daughter, a vegan daughter and an omnivore but can't eat certain things daughter. My husband and I are omnivores. This has led to some interesting cooking adventures and that led me to start my blog.
    jrbrugh says:

    I love the idea behind your blog!

  7. I’m not sure I could give these as gifts before eating them all!

  8. Chen Song Ping @ TPTan – Chen S.P. enjoys pottery works, cartoons, painting and poems. She shares insightful experiences about being a carer for people with mental illness and cancer.
    Chen Song Ping @ TPTan says:

    Revisiting… Thank you for your efforts!

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