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Shelley has been teaching people to cook since she opened The Chopping Block in 1997. She spent 17 years as a professional chef, working in busy restaurants and private homes but realized her calling was to get other people to cook. Shelley’s unique concept of a recreational cooking school, gourmet kitchen store and private event business provides Chicago with over 300 cooking classes and private events each month. Shelley loves to garden and entertain for family and friends in her Lincoln Square home.

Recent Posts

Why Rebrand The Chopping Block?

I cannot tell you how many people have asked me the following questions over the past few months:

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Tropical Fruit Passion

I took a break from Chicago's cold weather this winter to fly to tropical Miami Beach, Florida. It was between 75 and 80 degrees and sunny every day we were there. It’s funny what warm weather does ...

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Smoking a Turkey on a Grill

I am currently testing a new grill by Rosle, and what better way to put a grill to the test than by smoking a turkey?

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Paying it Forward with Espelette Pepper

You may have read an earlier post of mine “Espe What?" extolling my appreciation, perhaps even infatuation, with espelette pepper. Years later, my infatuation is still as strong. In fact, anyone who ...

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How to Cook Maitake or Hen of the Woods Mushrooms

I grew up Morel mushroom hunting with my family so my love of exotic mushrooms was formed at an early age. I cherished the experience and time with my family exploring the woods and the healthy ...

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How to Scale a Recipe

Ever wanted to understand how to double your favorite recipe? Increasing or decreasing a recipe is referred to as “scaling a recipe,” and it really is an art. Now, it's relatively simple to double a ...

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Timing a Meal

A couple of weeks ago, I did a radio interview about grilling and the host asked me about timing a meal. Last night, I was talking to a friend and student and she asked if The Chopping Block offered ...

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The Perfect Party: Making Fresh Pasta

Believe it or not, I recently hosted my very first private cooking party at The Chopping Block.

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WSET Level 1: Understanding & Tasting Wine

You are at a new restaurant, and you want to order a bottle of Chardonnay. But you look at the wine list, and you've never heard of any of the wines on the list. The server is fast approaching, and ...

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Miso into Miso Soup

I was recently watching public television when my pal Ming Tsai’s show "Simply Ming" came on.

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