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)

Manic Monday: What’s Up Butternut?

By: | 2 Comments | On: February 25, 2019 | Category: DAILY BREAD BLOG, Manic Monday, Monday Menus, Our Daily Bread, Uncategorized, vegan, Vegetarian

My son is a pretty big meat eater, but he sat down and demolished this loaded sunshiney squash so fast that the spoon settled into the empty cavity with the steam still rising from the shell! more

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Friends & Family Friday: Dinny’s Vintage Broiled Grapefruit

By: | 6 Comments | On: February 22, 2019 | Category: DAILY BREAD BLOG, Friends & Family Friday, Friends & Family Friday, Our Daily Bread, vegan, weekend

What really sticks out was this gorgeous broiled grapefruit that she made, because it was just like her: simple, elegant, unfussy and healthy. more

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Thirsty Thursday: Reusable Tea Bags Available on Etsy

By: | 4 Comments | On: February 21, 2019 | Category: Bite Sized Blog, DAILY BREAD BLOG, Food and Holiday Gift Ideas, Our Daily Bread, plant-based, Thirsty Thursday, Uncategorized, Wall of Fame, Your Daily Bread

Today's bag was filled with a sample of Dave's favorite loose tea from Rishi! more

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Wonderful Woman Wednesday: Bright Light Vegan Chocoluscious Cookies

By: | 2 Comments | On: February 20, 2019 | Category: Bite Sized Blog, DAILY BREAD BLOG, Guest Chef, Guest Chefs, Our Daily Bread, plant-based, Sophie's Vegan, Sophie's Vegan Delights, Uncategorized, vegan, Vegetarian, Wonderful Women Wednesday, Wonderful Women Wednesday

Sophie is in her first year of medical school, and enjoys sharing her passion for vegan cooking and baking with others. more

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Renata’s Super Strong Split Pea Stew


2 cups dried split peas 2 cups cubed butternut squash 2 cups peeled and chopped ...

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Trivia Tuesday: Congratulations to Winner Amy Lossie! (Answers too…)

By: | 0 Comments | On: February 19, 2019 | Category: Trivia Tuesdays, Uncategorized, vegan, Your Daily Bread

Amy Lossie got ALL four questions right, and so she becomes our first ever "Trivia Tuesday Champion"! Amy, for your prize more

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Manic Monday: It’s All in Your Head of Cauliflower

By: | 4 Comments | On: February 18, 2019 | Category: Manic Monday, plant-based, Uncategorized, vegan, Vegetarian

Now grab that head and take control! Yes, this is a metaphor for Mental Health Mindset we simply must fight for under this super sonic snow and ice attack that is blanketing us in Chicago. more

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Friends & Family Friday: Adaptable Vegan/Meat Eaters Dish

By: | 0 Comments | On: February 15, 2019 | Category: Friends & Family Friday, Our Daily Bread, Uncategorized, weekend, Your Daily Bread

This is a great recipe that will make your house smell divine as the aroma of garlic, dijon mustard, white wine and sausage/vegan sausage fill the air. more

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Thirsty Thursday

By: | 0 Comments | On: February 14, 2019 | Category: Holiday Meals, Thirsty Thursday, Uncategorized

Renata's tip: order Vodka & Soda with splash of grapefruit or cranberry juice & lime for a light drink around 80 calories. more

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Wonderful Women Wednesday

By: | 0 Comments | On: February 13, 2019 | Category: Bite Sized Blog, DAILY BREAD BLOG, Food and Holiday Gift Ideas, Our Daily Bread, Wall of Fame, Wise Women Wednesday, Wonderful Women Wednesday, Wonderful Women Wednesday

Chocolate and beets. Rutabaga and cinnamon. Zucchini and bread pudding. These are just a few of the unusual pairings that Chef Rose Deneen... more

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