Chef Renata (Renee Gough)

Renata (Renee Gough)

Head Chef //

Posts: 225 // Recipes: 49

Meet Renee Gough; writer, food enthusiast and mother of three kids. 26 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 for over 25 years. Renee and Peter raised their three children, Sophie (23), Lucas (21) and Olivia (19) 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)

Rosh Hashanah and Savoring Sweet Traditions

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

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

Read more

Meet Renata

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

Read more

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

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

Read more

Farmers Market Haul

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

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

Read more