Chef Renata (Renee Gough)

Renata (Renee Gough)

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Posts: 214 // 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)

Trivia Tuesday: The Lean Green Bean

By: | 1 Comment | 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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Thirsty Thursday: Chicago’s Green River Recipe & Guide for St Pat’s Day

By: | 0 Comments | On: March 14, 2019 | Category: Thirsty Thursday

Five Top Selling Irish Beers in Ireland more

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Wonderful on Wednesday: A Tribute to Daniel Donato!

By: | 0 Comments | On: March 13, 2019 | Category: Uncategorized, Wonderful on Wednesday

Today's "Wonderful on Wednesday" story is devoted to the incomparable musical wonder of singer, song writer and guitarist Daniel Donato. I am not a musician, so I am dedicating a recipe to Daniel instead of a song. more

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Trivia Tuesday: Which Brand of Hummus has the highest fat content?

By: | 0 Comments | On: March 12, 2019 | Category: Trivia Tuesdays, Uncategorized

Serving this hummus with veggies and you will have a super low fat, high fiber party platter that will fill your friends up without weighing them down. more

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1-Pot Colorful Curried Kale Stew

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How many foods will load you with this much iron and so few calories?

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Manic Monday: 1-Pot Colorful Curried Kale Stew

By: | 0 Comments | On: March 11, 2019 | Category: Manic Monday, plant-based, Uncategorized, vegan, Vegetarian, Your Daily Bread

Cooking is not just about keeping your gut healthy, though this dish will definitely do that. How many times this winter did you crave the sight luscious color to awaken and enliven your spirit? more

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Friends & Family Friday: “Faster than Fast Food” Linguine Fini

By: | 0 Comments | On: March 8, 2019 | Category: Friends & Family Friday, Uncategorized, Your Daily Bread

Lisa said she happened to look it up recently and was surprised to learn what Catholics consider on the "okay" list of foods which are considered "not meat". Here they are! more

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