Chef Renata (Renee Gough)

Renata (Renee Gough)

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Posts: 174 // Recipes: 44

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)

Renata’s Super Fast Party Hummus


You need a large food processor if you want to whip this up fast. Sometimes I ...

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Cheap and Cheerful for the Alzheimers Fearful

By: | 0 Comments | On: March 18, 2016 | Category: DAILY BREAD BLOG, Our Daily Bread, Your Daily Bread

Oh baby! Get those colorful  veggies, turmeric,  nuts or beans in your body to reduce inflammation!

Daily Bread ♥recipe ♥story ♥quote ♥recipe Cheap and Cheerful Curried Cabbage Stir Fry ♥story An entire bay at the bookstore where I work is devoted to the study of Alzheimers, and this dish would go down nicely with such reading!  We have known for some time that turmeric is an anti-inflammatory that has been... more

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March Munchness recipe–Two Fork Pork!

By: | 0 Comments | On: March 17, 2016 | Category: Bite Sized Blog, DAILY BREAD BLOG, Our Daily Bread, Seasonal, Uncategorized, weekend, Your Daily Bread, Your Daily Bread

Hoist That Trophy if you have March Munchness!

Daily Bread ♥recipe ♥story ♥quote ♥recipe Two Fork Pork Renata’s Two Fork Pork is the easiest party food ever. Pop the meat in, cover, cook, shred, BBQ sauce, DONE!  ♥story March Madness is here and even my boss at the bookstore has invited all employees to throw down a bracket and bet... more

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Global Warming Means Getting Your Thighs Out Sooner Than Expected

By: | 0 Comments | On: March 10, 2016 | Category: DAILY BREAD BLOG, Nutrition News, Our Daily Bread

Berries are packed with antioxidants and low in calories.

Daily Bread God gave us fat thighs, but also berries.  ♥recipe ♥story ♥quote ♥recipe  Taking the B.O.S.S.  to work for thinner thighs in global heat!    ♥story The city of Chicago and I had a deal. Every November I get to eat whatever I want and get fat until April,... more

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Cook Dinner with Breakfast

By: | 2 Comments | On: March 9, 2016 | Category: Meal Management, Our Daily Bread

Mamma Mia!

Daily Bread   ♥recipe ♥story ♥quote ♥recipe Renata’s Smashing Marinara Smash Garlic, Make Sandwiches, Brew Coffee YES YOU CAN! ♥story My husband announced with glee that a Ted Talker has proven that “multitasking” is impossible. His triumphant remark was delivered at the dinner table between bites of food that I prepared... more

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Care vs Self-Care; the Drama that Breaks us Apart

By: | 0 Comments | On: February 9, 2016 | Category: DAILY BREAD BLOG, Our Daily Bread, Uncategorized, Your Daily Bread

Sprinkle freshly grated Parmesan cheese on top of this decadent crowd pleaser that your guests will never forget! Smells amazing!

DAILY BREAD ♥recipe ♥story ♥quote Sprinkle freshly grated Parmesan cheese on top of this decadent crowd pleaser that your guests will never forget! Smells amazing! ♥recipe Heavenly Penne with Creamy Dijon Sausage Sauce  Oh momma..that dijon dot swirls into your soul. ♥story I am very lucky to be a part of a... more

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Renata’s Remedies: Bomb Your Cold & Flu

By: | 0 Comments | On: January 27, 2016 | Category: Bite Sized Blog, DAILY BREAD BLOG, Nutrition News, Our Daily Bread, Uncategorized, Your Daily Bread, Your Daily Bread

PINK GRAPEFRUIT

DAILY BREAD ♥RECIPE ♥STORY ♥QUOTE ♥RECIPE Renata’s Remedies Step 1: Grapefruit Bombs Peel two large pink grapefruit and cut into bite size pieces in AM. Sit down and FORCE yourself to eat every single bite. Repeat in PM. Grapefruit Bombs and Other Clinically Unproven Cold Remedies that WORKED for me. Step 2:... more

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60 Second Power Pump (200 Calories)

By: | 0 Comments | On: January 26, 2016 | Category: Bite Sized Blog, DAILY BREAD BLOG, Nutrition News, Our Daily Bread, Sophie's Vegan, Uncategorized, Vegetarian, Your Daily Bread, Your Daily Bread

200 Calorie Power Pump!

DAILY BREAD ♥RECIPE ♥STORY ♥QUOTE Power Pumps are NOT Just for Breakfast! Controls Blood Sugar Drama Uses all those frozen berries you don’t know how to use  Only uses a little of the expensive stuff ♥RECIPE Microwave one cup of frozen berries for 45 seconds until they are pliable. (60 cals) Add 1/4 C of “Engine 2... more

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Christmas 2015: *Martha Stewart Has Left the Building

By: | 2 Comments | On: December 28, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

Oh baby! Get those colorful  veggies, turmeric,  nuts or beans in your body to reduce inflammation!

DAILY BREAD ♥recipe ♥story ♥quote Merry “After” Christmas!! “Turmeric is very good for inflammatio.”-who said that?   ♥recipe Cheap-n-Healthy Red Cabbage Stir Fry Post-Holiday Flu Fighter Recipe Oh baby! Get those colorful veggies, turmeric, nuts or beans in your body to reduce inflammation!  ♥story Whether it’s the stress of preparation, work, or... more

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Feeding the MASSES: Italians Don’t Understand How NOT to Feed Under 10

By: | 0 Comments | On: December 16, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

Italians don't know how NOT to feed less than 10 people at once.

DAILY BREAD ♥ recipe ♥story ♥quote   ♥recipe  Feeding the Masses Italian Style is as Easy as 1, 2, 3   links to 1: Renata’s Oven Baked Pasta (One dish, no mess, crowd pleaser.) & 2: Renata’s Easy Peasy Organic Meatballs & 3: Renata’s Roasted Seasonal Veggies Raw pasta, raw tomatoes…One  ♥story My blogging gets easy when... more

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