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)

Da Holiday Cooking Coach : Renata’s Seasonal Roasted Vegetables

By: | 0 Comments | On: November 13, 2015 | Category: DAILY BREAD BLOG, My Thanksgiving Table, Our Daily Bread, Vegetarian, weekend, Your Daily Bread, Your Daily Bread

Chop 'em, Cube 'em, just Make 'em the same size (ish)

DAILY BREAD ♥da recipe ♥da story ♥da quote  Remember to email “HELP!” to renata@renataskitchen to be added to the Thanksgiving Happy Helper Guide mailing list! Next week: da pies ♥da recipe The dish that binds together da vegans, da vegetarians, da carnivores: Renata’s Seasonal Roasted Vegetables for Thanksgiving Chop ’em,... more

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Sign up NOW for your Thanksgiving Recipe Coaching Sheet!

By: | 0 Comments | On: November 12, 2015 | Category: DAILY BREAD BLOG, My Thanksgiving Table, Our Daily Bread, Seasonal, Your Daily Bread, Your Daily Bread

stunningsis

DAILY BREAD ♥da recipe    ♥da story    ♥da quote email “HELP!” to  renata@renataskitchen.com  and  Signup for Renata’s Thanksgiving Recipe Coach Cribsheet to be emailed to you! Meanwhile, here is the link to my fabulous sausage and mushroom stuffing.  OH MOMMA! ♥da recipe Renata’s Magical Thanksgiving Sausage and Mushroom Stuffing... more

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Carving da Bird: NO SHRED, NO DREAD

By: | 0 Comments | On: November 11, 2015 | Category: Bite Sized Blog, DAILY BREAD BLOG, Our Daily Bread, Uncategorized, Your Daily Bread, Your Daily Bread

Stuff

♥DAILY BREAD♥ Thanksgiving Coaching Series Season 1, Episode 2: carving da bird NO SHRED. NO DREAD. You stuffed it.  You roasted it. You rested it.  Now what?  ♥da recipe Renata’s Recipe for Turkey Carving Success: follow this link to video to fabulous video on Real Simple Style, but come back here... more

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Thanksgiving: Da Cooking Coach is Here

By: | 0 Comments | On: November 10, 2015 | Category: DAILY BREAD BLOG, My Thanksgiving Table, Our Daily Bread, Seasonal, Your Daily Bread, Your Daily Bread

Let's Talk Turkey

Let’s Talk Turkey Season 1, Episode 1: First Bird Words da recipe♥ Renata’s Roast Turkey Da Rule: 12 minutes/pound if bird not stuffed.  15 minutes/pound if bird is stuffed. Stuffing has to be 160F.    Put oven rack on bottom third of oven. You don’t want the turkey to bump... more

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5-Minute Super Spinach POP!

By: | 0 Comments | On: November 9, 2015 | Category: DAILY BREAD BLOG, Our Daily Bread, Uncategorized, Vegetarian, Your Daily Bread

5-Minute-Super-Spinach

Ode to da Spinach  da recipe♥ Organic Panic Recipe of the Day: 5- Minute Spinach, Tomato and Garlic Beans 5-Minute-Super-Spinach Saute 3 cloves of freshly sliced garlic with 3 T extra virgin olive oil for a minute. Toss a hand full of halved cherry tomatoes into the pan with salt... more

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Get off your phone and find your voice in the kitchen this weekend!

By: | 0 Comments | On: November 6, 2015 | Category: DAILY BREAD BLOG, Our Daily Bread, Your Daily Bread

Easy, Cheesy, and Squeezy!

    ♥da recipe  Vince Turcotte’s 3 Cheese Pasta Pronto Today’s recipe is guest chef Vince Turcotte’s “3 Cheese Pasta Pronto”. The sauce requires no cooking! Scrunch the rage from your week into the most delicious sauce EVER.   This is a 15 minute wonder meal, and goes perfectly with a... more

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Channeling My Mom: It’s a lifelong affair!

By: | 2 Comments | On: November 5, 2015 | Category: DAILY BREAD BLOG, Our Daily Bread, Seasonal, Uncategorized, Vegetarian, Your Daily Bread

Grandma Nita's Oven Baked Chicken is Always a Crowd Pleaser

♥da recipe(s) Today’s Dinner Challenge blends two Renata’s Kitchen favorite recipes. Here are your links: 1)Grandma Nita’s Oven-Baked Chicken 2)Renata’s Roasted Seasonal Vegetables (with added spinach and cannellini beans) 1) Grandma Nita’s Oven-Baked Chicken and 2) Renata’s Roasted Seasonal Vegetables (tossed through at the end with a heaping pile of fresh spinach, and cannelini... more

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Top Turkey Tips, and a THANK YOU from McGee

By: | 0 Comments | On: November 4, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized, Your Daily Bread

"The turkey, the turkey, the turkey," starts swimming around my head the second Halloween is over.  This year is gonna be another Hollyhock Hill Farms turkey. They really are good. Sign up for my Thanksgiving Cheat Sheet by joining the Renata's Kitchen mailing list on my website!

♦Top Turkey  Tip: If you have bought a beautiful local, organic or free-range turkey and it doesn’t have a pop-up timer, you can buy a little plastic disposable timer at most grocery stores for couple of dollars! I LOVE them. They make it very easy to enjoy your wine your family and keep... more

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Signora Slurp!–My Momma’s Marinara

By: | 0 Comments | On: November 3, 2015 | Category: Bite Sized Blog, DAILY BREAD BLOG, Our Daily Bread, The 2015 Granny Awards!, Uncategorized, Your Daily Bread

Recipe and Photos by Nita Tribo

♥da recipe Mom’s Marvelous Marinara  ♥da story Why is my momma such a genius? Forget the “Capo di tutti capo”, she is “Cook di tutti cooks!” My mom is tickled pink by the blogs I write showcasing her recipes.  Sometimes she shows them to her friends, most of whom she... more

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And then it was….NOVEMBER! Top Ten Potato Practices

By: | 0 Comments | On: November 2, 2015 | Category: DAILY BREAD BLOG, My Thanksgiving Table, Our Daily Bread, Uncategorized, Vegetarian, Your Daily Bread

The PERFECT mashed potatoes.

  November is Perfect Mashed Potato Month Potato Practice ♥da story This is your year to triumphantly deliver the best mashed potatoes anyone has ever tasted on Thanksgiving.  Have fun practicing all month long. Renata believes in you! People have been making delicious mashed potatoes since before anyone had a Kitchen... more

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