Chef Renata (Renee Gough)

Renata (Renee Gough)

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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)

Friends & Family Friday: “Faster than Fast Food” Linguine Fini

By: | 0 Comments | On: March 8, 2019 | Category: Friends & Family Friday, Uncategorized, Your Daily Bread

Lisa said she happened to look it up recently and was surprised to learn what Catholics consider on the "okay" list of foods which are considered "not meat". Here they are! more

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Thirsty Thursday: 5 Ways to “Eat” Your Water

By: | 2 Comments | On: March 7, 2019 | Category: Thirsty Thursday, Uncategorized

Let veggies and fruits show your the power of their hydrating properties with these top five tips. more

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Wonderful on Wednesday: Coffee, Tea or Yogi?

By: | 2 Comments | On: March 6, 2019 | Category: Wonderful on Wednesday, Wonderful Women Wednesday, Wonderful Women Wednesday

Two wonderful women join forces to produce a unique blend of coffee, tea & yoga on Wednesday night Candlelit Yoga event at 7pm at Higher Ground Coffee in Lemont more

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Winner of Trivia Tuesday is Melissa McGivney!

By: | 6 Comments | On: March 5, 2019 | Category: Bite Sized Blog, Trivia Tuesdays, Uncategorized

Yes, I stare into the bakery window and long for cream filled paczki. Maybe I will surrender this evening before... more

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Manic Monday: Restorative Remnant Soup

By: | 2 Comments | On: March 4, 2019 | Category: Manic Monday, Our Daily Bread, vegan, Vegetarian, Your Daily Bread

Coming to the chopping board is similar to the feeling of coming to the yoga mat. You know it's gonna make you feel better, you know your body needs it, but it's so hard to do something so good for you. more

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Friends & Family Friday: Grandma Nita’s 20-Minute Soup

By: | 10 Comments | On: March 1, 2019 | Category: DAILY BREAD BLOG, Friends & Family Friday, Grandma Nita's Kitchen, Our Daily Bread, Uncategorized

Grandma Nita is in the house, and she makes the best escarole, potato & white bean soup on earth. Today's recipe only took 20 minutes to make, and is so healthy I was able to eat a half of an Enzo's beef & sausage combo on the side. (Order in... more

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Thirsty Thursday: Sweet Potato a Winner for Water?

By: | 2 Comments | On: February 28, 2019 | Category: Bite Sized Blog, Our Daily Bread, plant-based, Sophie's Vegan, Thirsty Thursday, Uncategorized, vegan, Your Daily Bread

Who knew cooking cheap and delicious sweet potatoes, could turn me into an eco-warrior?! more

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Wonderful Women Wednesday: Pastor Traci Smith’s Powerful Message

By: | 2 Comments | On: February 27, 2019 | Category: Bite Sized Blog, Frozen to Fabulous!, Our Daily Bread, Uncategorized, Wonderful Women Wednesday, Wonderful Women Wednesday

I have been on a journey I didn’t expect and wasn’t ready for – I’m not sure anyone could be ready for it. more

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Roasted Sea Bass with Veggie Power Posse


This recipe works well when you unwrap frozen pieces of sea bass and place on ...

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Trivia Tuesday: Are You a Bean Queen?

By: | 4 Comments | On: February 26, 2019 | Category: Trivia Tuesdays, Uncategorized, vegan

2. Which of these beans has the most protein at a whopping 17 grams per cooked cup more

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