Chef Renata (Renee Gough)

Renata (Renee Gough)

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Posts: 220 // Recipes: 49

Meet Renee Gough; writer, food enthusiast and mother of three kids. 23 years ago, Renee met a young Welsh man named Peter in a bar in Chicago and moved with him to England 2 months later. They have been married over 20 years. Renee and Peter raised their three children, Sophie (20), Lucas (18) and Olivia (16) in England for over a decade. They moved back to Elmhurst, IL in 2005 to be closer to the family, old friends and the great city of Chicago. Renee’s wildly popular column, ‘Mediocre Mom’ struck a chord with parents everywhere when it was first published in 2009. The truth of the matter is that there are no mediocre moms; only moms who feel mediocre sometimes! Stumbling through motherhood can bring you to your knees, make you laugh, make you cry and scratch your head wondering how it all went wrong. It is usually at this moment when a cute, fat, pink baby enters the grocery store and you pine for that sweet baby smell again. Put your feet up, grab a cup of coffee and release the tension in your shoulders caused by teenage trauma, work stress and unexplained weight gain. Motherhood….nobody gets it right. But we will all die trying! ‘Renata’ is Renee’s Italian nickname given to her by her native Italian father. Growing up with an Italian immigrant father and a Polish/Italian-American mother ensured Renee was never far from a good meal. It also may have had something to do with Renee finding her own British immigrant husband who she has been married to for 23 years. Renee and her husband, Peter have three kids and live in Elmhurst, IL. It is here, inside Renata’s Kitchen, where Renee created ‘Renata’s Kitchen’. No matter what the conversation, somehow Renee steers the topic straight back to food. She opted to make a career out of this obsession and began writing weekly recipes, stories and interviews in 2011. Food; it’s always good news! Renee also writes guest essays, feature stories, interviews and news stories.

All Recipes and Posts by Renata (Renee Gough)

How to Order Groceries Online at Aldi to Save Your Back & Make You Smile!

By: | 0 Comments | On: September 13, 2019 | Category: Meal Management, Nutrition News, Uncategorized, vegan

My purchase felt secure, simple, and scored a "10" in technology. more

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What Does Rafa EAT? Bad News, Vegans. Fish.

By: | 0 Comments | On: September 11, 2019 | Category: Uncategorized

What does a legendary champion with a heart of gold eat? The stuff of his childhood home: Fish. What do champions eat? Okay, by now you may guess I’m wild for Rafael Nadal. You can imagine my joy when he focused his energy on finishing the job to win the... more

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Thirsty Thursday: Bragging on Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar

By: | 0 Comments | On: March 28, 2019 | Category: Thirsty Thursday, Uncategorized

There is just something about knowing that the "mother" is taking care of me! more

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Wonderful on Wednesday: Glutton for Gluten-Free Product Praise!

By: | 0 Comments | On: March 27, 2019 | Category: Wonderful on Wednesday

I am normally a DeCecco fanatic, but my friends are gluten-free, so I stepped out of my comfort zone while babysitting at their house. more

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Trivia Tuesday: Top Tips from Asparagus

By: | 2 Comments | On: March 26, 2019 | Category: Trivia Tuesdays

Which state is the largest producer of asparagus in the USA? more

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Manic Moday: Bank on Balanced Blood

By: | 0 Comments | On: March 25, 2019 | Category: Manic Monday, vegan, Your Daily Bread

But these little choices of what goes in your mouth will support what comes out of your good heart. more

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Trivia Tuesday: The Lean Green Bean

By: | 2 Comments | On: March 19, 2019 | Category: Trivia Tuesdays

We have served this dish at so many kids events and they get wolfed down so quickly, you may want to get more than you think. more

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Manic Monday: Meat or Wheat–Eat Veggies & Repeat!

By: | 0 Comments | On: March 18, 2019 | Category: Manic Monday, plant-based, Vegetarian

I have always loved the taste of sausage, and I still eat it when I go back to our family restaurant occasionally. But at home I cook with plant-based sausages like this one from the Field Roast brand. more

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Berlirce’s Post-Workout Detox Drink


Excellent anti-inflammatory drink for hydration after a workout or anytime really.

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Friends & Family Friday: Berlirce’s Post-Workout Detox Drink!

By: | 2 Comments | On: March 15, 2019 | Category: Friends & Family Friday, Uncategorized

Food is about how we connect! more

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