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)

Garlic, tomatoes, vegetables and curry simmer down nicely before adding rich coconut milk.

Tomato Coconut Vegetable Curry

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Easily Adapts to Chicken or Shrimp   CORE INGREDIENTS: 5 cloves chopped garlic 5 T. ...

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Tomato Coconut Vegetable Curry – Easily Adapts to Chicken or Shrimp

By: | 0 Comments | On: September 26, 2014 | Category: Vegetarian

Garlic, tomatoes, vegetables and curry simmer down nicely before adding rich coconut milk.

CORE INGREDIENTS: 5 cloves chopped garlic 5 T. Olive Oil 1 (28 oz) large can chopped tomatoes, or whole tomatoes that have been blitzed in blender, or squished by hand. 1-2 T cumin or curry powder (cumin is wonderful on its own, or use curry powder which contain cumin and... more

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Renata’s “Smashing” Marinara


There's no need to chop your garlic! Just break off a fist full of cloves ...

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Feeding the ADHD Brain in the Family

By: | 0 Comments | On: September 25, 2014 | Category: Bite Sized Blog, health, Nutrition News

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Feeding the ADHD Brain in the Family With Links to ADHD Nutrition and Support Sites Toss cauliflower in olive oil, thyme, (parsley, tarragon, rosemary), garlic, salt and pepper, spread on baking sheet and roast at 375F for 35 min or until soft and gooey.     I’m not a professional... more

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Rosh Hashanah and Savoring Sweet Traditions

By: | 0 Comments | On: September 25, 2014 | Category: Family Preserves, Uncategorized

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Rosh Hashanah Matzoh Balls, Brisket, and Sweet Honey Wishes “I don’t engage with Facebook and all of that,” my best friend’s father, Jerry, told me over a glass of wine while the Rosh Hashanah brisket cooked in the oven. “I understand that,” I replied, thinking of my own father, and... more

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Meet Renata


When your photos of food in your phone outnumber the photos of your children, it’s ...

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Want to Pick Your Own Fruits and Vegetables? All You Need is a Little Inspiration!

By: | 0 Comments | On: September 22, 2014 | Category: Interviews, Seasonal, Wall of Fame

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Interview with Interior Designer Lisa Riva www.lisariva.comClick here for Houzz review of Lisa Riva Art + Interiors   Finding a sunny vegetable patch to pick your own harvest is just a Google search away. Here are a couple of links to get you started! I hope my interview with Interior... more

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Farmers Market Haul

By: | 0 Comments | On: September 12, 2014 | Category: Seasonal

The Elmhurst Farmers Market Haul is a feast for the senses!

A sampling of the wonderful goods at our local farmers market. more

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