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)

Buy a Book, Save a Book Store

By: | 2 Comments | On: December 14, 2015 | Category: Bite Sized Blog, DAILY BREAD BLOG, Monday Menus, Our Daily Bread, Sophie's Vegan, Uncategorized, Vegetarian, Your Daily Bread

Use immersion blender to whiz around for a few seconds.  It's ok to not use immersion blender, but your top secret mission to blend onions, red lentils, garlic will be foiled!

DAILY BREAD ♥recipe ♥story ♥quote Goes in a mess, comes out to impress!   ♥recipe Monday is almost always Renata’s Power Risotto Day You do need an immersion blender for this recipe.  Buy one of those for someone you love too! What could be better than a cook book and a chef’s... more

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DAILY BREAD: Grandma’s Biscotti Recipe Shows She is One Tough Cookie

By: | 0 Comments | On: December 11, 2015 | Category: DAILY BREAD BLOG, Our Daily Bread, Uncategorized, Your Daily Bread

Grandmas are the best.

DAILY BREAD ♥recipe ♥story ♥quote Well, well, well! ♥recipe Grandma Nita’s Fabulous Red Wine Biscotti Mamma Mia! Everyone agrees Grandma Nita’s Fabulous Red Wine Biscotti are the best! ♥story If you CAN refrain from drinking the leftover red wine until AFTER the cookies are baked, that would probably be a... more

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Christmas Cookies for Vegans

By: | 0 Comments | On: December 10, 2015 | Category: DAILY BREAD BLOG, Our Daily Bread, Uncategorized, Your Daily Bread

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies (that nobody else cares are vegan.)

Daily Bread ♥recipe ♥story ♥quote ♥recipe Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies (that nobody else cares are vegan.) Sophie’s Chocoluscious Chip Cookies ♥story Poor little vegans with no cherished family Christmas cookie recipes! I mean, how many pre-war, poverty-stricken immigrants came to America with recipes that didn’t make use of butter, lard,... more

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Holiday Recipes: Gently Blend Grandma’s Past Into Your Child’s Present

By: | 0 Comments | On: December 9, 2015 | Category: Bite Sized Blog, DAILY BREAD BLOG, Our Daily Bread, Uncategorized, Your Daily Bread, Your Daily Bread

Grandma Wanda

DAILY BREAD ♥recipe ♥story ♥quote Grandma Wanda, 100% Polish, 100% really cool woman! ♥recipe My Grandma’s Christmas Cookie Recipe “Kourambiedes“ These are those powdered sugar cookies you see in the stores, but they taste more divine than any other I have ever tried. I don’t think they are Polish in... more

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Daily Bread: 2015 “Who’s Your Granny?” Contest is HERE!

By: | 0 Comments | On: December 8, 2015 | Category: "Who's Your Granny?"--Holiday Contest, DAILY BREAD BLOG, Our Daily Bread, Uncategorized

Carol's Grandma Edna

2015 “Who’s YOUR Granny?” Contest is Here! Write your favorite holiday recipe passed down from a granny, grandpa, aunt, uncle, mom, dad or someone special. A little story and/or photo is appreciated, but not compulsory! Send it to renata@renataskitchen.com by December 25th, 2015.  Top 3 entries win a $25 iTunes... more

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Boy Meats Girl–Feeding the Carnivore Son and the Vegetarian Daughter

By: | 0 Comments | On: December 7, 2015 | Category: Bite Sized Blog, DAILY BREAD BLOG, Our Daily Bread, Your Daily Bread

Chicken, pork, beef or turkey are all great options for bbq sauce, or salsa, to make into sandwiches, tacos or rice & veg bars.

DAILY BREAD ♥recipe ♥story ♥quote Renata’s Two Fork Pork is the easiest meat fest to prepare ever.  Pop any cut of pork in slow cooker, turn it on low, go to work.  Come home, shred, use aside carbs/beans/veggies to join vegetarians and carnivores. ♥recipe Link to Two Fork Pork recipe Link to... more

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Where are your wrinkles? Filled in with veggies!

By: | 4 Comments | On: December 3, 2015 | Category: Bite Sized Blog, DAILY BREAD BLOG, health, Our Daily Bread, Uncategorized, Your Daily Bread, Your Daily Bread

Produce/Protein/Brain-Grain

DAILY BREAD ♥recipe ♥story ♥quote   ♥recipe link to: Box of Smart Snacks 2 Produce/1Protein/1Brain-Grain ♥story “Where are your wrinkles?” a young gal asked me last night when I told her that, no, I wasn’t in my 20s. “I eat a lot of vegetables,” I said. She grabbed a Renata’s Kitchen business... more

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Lightly coat asparagus in olive oil, spread onto baking sheet with space between, roast 375F until brown and goey.

The Brain BOSS–“Box of Smart Snacks”


Da Recipe  Packing the Brain BOSS Fill half da Brain BOSS with finger friendly veggies such as: cherry tomatoes ...

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Chickens and Kids Need Food, Play and Sunshine

By: | 2 Comments | On: December 2, 2015 | Category: Bite Sized Blog, DAILY BREAD BLOG, Our Daily Bread, Your Daily Bread

Dazzle your senses, prep/cleanup a breeze.

DAILY BREAD ♥RECIPE ♥STORY ♥QUOTE ♥RECIPE link to: Renata’s Chicken in a Bag   ♥STORY How would your kids look today without fresh air, exercise, and a few decent meals? A little scrawny. Your chickens are no different! Don’t ask me what those Amish folks do to make their chickens taste... more

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“Sonday Series”–One Day a Week Teaching Boys to Cook like Men

By: | 0 Comments | On: December 1, 2015 | Category: DAILY BREAD BLOG, Our Daily Bread, Uncategorized, Your Daily Bread, Your Daily Bread

Real Men can COOK!

DAILY BREAD ♥recipe ♥story ♥quote Introducing: The “SONDAY Series”— Teaching Boys How to Cook Like Men No doubt about his future career success.  But can he cook?  ♥recipe  link to: Renata’s Oven Baked Pasta The first recipe for my “SONDAY SERIES” is for Renata’s Oven Baked Pasta.  I chose this recipe... more

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