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)

Fail, fall, then cook it all…

By: | 3 Comments | On: November 30, 2015 | Category: Your Daily Bread

I wonder if my kindergarten teacher knew what "The E-Z Snack" was! (Do you???)

Daily Bread ♥recipe ♥story ♥quote ♥recipe link: Back to Basics Linguine Recipe Now this is fast food! LInguine with… ♥story Mistakes. Boy I have made some doozies lately. My mistakes in the kitchen reflect similar errors in my life on the whole. Kind of like that show “What NOT to wear”, I like... more

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Thanksgiving MVP: (Whole Foods) Wholly Wholesome Organic Traditional Pie Shells

By: | 0 Comments | On: November 25, 2015 | Category: Bite Sized Blog, My Thanksgiving Table, Uncategorized, Your Daily Bread, Your Daily Bread

Pie Panelist, Sophie Gough, making her vegan chocolate pecan pie.

Wednesday Night is Pie-n-Stuffing Game Night Whole Foods Organic Wholly Wholesome Pie Crusts are MVP Pie Panelist, Sophie Gough, making her vegan chocolate pecan pie.   The Plan: Tuesday is food shopping day.  All produce will still be in good shape.  Wednesday is also fine for shopping day, but personally... more

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Oh that DARNED brining! “Just DON’T do it” (insert Renata logo instead of Nike swish)

By: | 2 Comments | On: November 24, 2015 | Category: My Thanksgiving Table, Uncategorized

Let's Talk Turkey

To BRINE or NOT to BRINE, I refuse to soak MINE! Renata and her nephew, Kyle Hallberg, get REAL, and the food tastes great because of it!  To brine, or not to brine your bird.  I QUIT! Nobody noticed. Just DON’T do it. Now, super fancy schmancy chefs are gonna have... more

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The Thanksgiving Play Book is HERE!

By: | 0 Comments | On: November 23, 2015 | Category: My Thanksgiving Table, Uncategorized

Hoist That Trophy if you have March Munchness!

Renata’s Kitchen- Your Cooking Coach thanks YOU with your very own Thanksgiving Play Book I would like to thank you from the bottom of my garlic-infused heart for letting me be your Cooking Coach at Thanksgiving…and all year round!  Hoist That Trophy in the Air! If you are Cooking Thanksgiving... more

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Sign up for your Cooking Coach Playbook NOW! Pep Talk to get your started…

By: | 0 Comments | On: November 21, 2015 | Category: DAILY BREAD BLOG, My Thanksgiving Table, Our Daily Bread, Seasonal, Uncategorized, Your Daily Bread

Remember when just dove right in?

Your Cooking Coach’s Pep Talk (below) Managing Thanksgiving Pre Party Anxiety (PPA) Touch. Smell. Hold.  Sign up for FREE Coach’s Playbook to download by following the link, and enter your email address. Renata will take care of the rest and get you her FREE Coach’s Playbook to download link emailed back to you... more

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Some Thanksgiving Dishes are Light-n-Lovely!

By: | 0 Comments | On: November 19, 2015 | Category: DAILY BREAD BLOG, My Thanksgiving Table, Our Daily Bread, Uncategorized, Vegetarian, Your Daily Bread, Your Daily Bread

Coat of many colors...He made them just for you!

DAILY BREAD ♥recipe ♥story ♥quote Organic Tricolor Roasted Carrots are beautiful! ♥recipe click link below to: Organic Tricolor Carrots Pretty as pie, and won’t make your pants tight! ♥story  Just because you are great cook, doesn’t mean you have to suffer through tight pants your whole life! I want to introduce... more

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The colors of Thanksgiving without giving you tight pants!

Roasted Organic Tricolor Carrots

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Thank you God for the colors of these glorious carrots!

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Mashed Potatoes–Where to buy, how to cook

By: | 0 Comments | On: November 18, 2015 | Category: Bite Sized Blog, DAILY BREAD BLOG, Food and Holiday Gift Ideas, Meal Management, My Thanksgiving Table, Our Daily Bread, Uncategorized, Vegetarian, Your Daily Bread, Your Daily Bread

I saw potatoe spelled like this at Mariano's the other day and you know who it reminded me of, don'tcha?

DAILY BREAD ♥recipe ♥story ♥quote ***(AND THOSE FOOD LINKS YOU WANT BELOW!) ♥recipe link to: My Mashed Potatoes Absolutely perfect. And I don’t say that about many things in life.  ♥story (Yes, I said THIS much  about a potato) The type of potato you buy for your mashed potatoes is just as important... more

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Where to order your stuff, and other stuff about Thanksgiving

By: | 0 Comments | On: November 17, 2015 | Category: DAILY BREAD BLOG, My Thanksgiving Table, Our Daily Bread, Uncategorized, Your Daily Bread, Your Daily Bread

The turkey, the ravine, the 007 of our generation.

DAILY BREAD ♥RECIPE ♥STORY ♥QUOTE Baba (Enzo), the morning after…he retired from making Enzo’s Sausage for 50 years or so. ♥RECIPE (For success) Order your turkey online from HollyHock Hill Farms. Pickup is in Elmhurst or at the local Illinois farm located in Sterling, Illinois. This is where I am getting my... more

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PAUSE while I fit back into my pants with Renata’s “PoweRisotto”

By: | 0 Comments | On: November 16, 2015 | Category: DAILY BREAD BLOG, Our Daily Bread, Seasonal, Your Daily Bread, Your Daily Bread

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DAILY BREAD ♥recipe ♥story ♥quote Lord, help me to help myself fit back into my pants before Thanksgiving. (Enter: PowerRisotto) ♥recipe Weekend indulgences often lead the old Monday Favorite: link: Renata’s “PowerRisotto”   ♥story Renata had to hit the pause button on the holiday cooking so she could fit into her... more

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