Pass Health Foods, 7228 W. College Dr., Palos Heights, hosted a Gluten Free Baking Contest on November 12.  (Photos by Kelly White)

Pass Health Foods, 7228 W. College Dr., Palos Heights, hosted a Gluten Free Baking Contest on November 12. (Photos by Kelly White)

Biscotti recipe wins Pass Health Food’s Gluten Free Baking Contest 

Spread the love
regional baking contest6 2022

Judges of the Pass Health Foods Gluten Free Baking Contest, Palos Heights Mayor Bob Straz and River Johnson, show off the winning selections.

By Kelly White 

With all of the food allergies and sensitivities today, a local health food store is here to help. 

Pass Health Foods, 7228 W. College Dr., Palos Heights, hosted a Gluten Free Baking Contest on Saturday, November 12.  

“There is a popular demand for gluten free foods due to allergies, Celiac, which is a medical condition where people can’t eat wheat or gluten, as well as wheat sensitivities,” Carolyn Johnson, co-owner of Pass Health Foods, said. “There is a large demand for gluten free foods, so the contest helps to show the different ways and recipes that can be made with gluten free foods by people in the community.” 

Johnson co-owns the establishment along with her aunts, Joanne Callahan and Theresa Van Loon, who started the store in 1995. The other main owner is Liz Ryan. Joanne and Theresa are still involved with the store, but have partially retired. 

regional baking contest5 2022

Pass Health Foods co-owner, Carolyn Johnson, at the store’s Gluten Free Baking Contest on November 12.

This January will mark its 28th year. 

To participate in the Gluten Free Baking Contest, entries had to be on disposable plates or platters and could be dropped off at Pass Health Foods on the morning of the contest. Judging for the friendly competition took place at noon.  

All entries had to be accompanied by full recipes and were required to be entirely free of gluten.  All entries were available to sample after the judging, making it a wonderful and delicious time for everyone who came out. 

The store has held Gluten Free Baking Contests in the past but everything has been on hold with the COVID-19 pandemic for the past couple of years, Johnson said. 

“We have a lot of gluten free customers and customers with food allergies, and baking without gluten can be a challenge, since gluten, which is the main protein found in wheat, helps hold baked goods together and to rise giving it a light and fluffy texture,” Johnson said. “Gluten free baking is much more difficult to make a good end product, so the contest celebrates that.” 

Entries were primarily judged on taste, looks counted as well, but since baking without gluten can be difficult, taste was the main factor, Johnson said. 

The winning recipe is printed on this page and Gloria Patitucci, of Worth, was the first-place winner. She will receive a $50 gift card. There was also an honorable mention prize and ‘Kid’s Choice’ award of a $25 gift card each, along with special gift baskets and extra prizes for the winners. 

Palos Heights Mayor Bob Straz, who has been a popular judge in the past, was kind enough to do it again this year.  

“Pass Heath Foods is a longtime business that is built on giving outstanding customer service,” Straz said. “It is a great example on how small businesses can prosper and grow.” 

Johnson’s daughter, River Johnson, 12, served as the ‘Kid’s Award’ Judge. There were also will have three staff pick winners that the staff at Pass Heath Foods chose. 

“We like hosting events for the community, and this one is particularly great since it highlights foods that can be made without wheat and gluten for all of the many people who come into our store who can’t eat gluten or wheat,” Johnson said. regional baking contest8 2022

Pass Health Foods did not ask people to pre-register this year, but had a great turnout for the event. There were no particular categories, although everything presented consisted of a different type of baked item that was entirely gluten free.  Just like in the past, the contest featured plenty of cakes, breads, muffins, and pies. 

“I really like seeing how excited people are about entering, I know one of our customers have said that their granddaughter likes to make gluten free cupcakes and was hoping to enter, so we’re just hoping for a fun event where people can showcase their baking skills,” Johnson said. 

Winners were 1st place: Gloria Patitucci, of Worth, who baked Gluten Free Sea Salted Caramel Biscotti; 2nd place, Anne-Marie Niziolek, of Orland Park, who baked Gluten-Free Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake; and ‘Kid’s Award’ Winner, Morgan Cutrone who baked Gluten Free Pumpkin Squares. 

“I’ve been changing a lot of my recipes to gluten-free for some special friends,” Patitucci said. “I’ve been perfecting my biscotti recipe for a long time and I also make plenty of other flavors.”

Local News

Rich Miller

Bust up the transit fiefdoms

Spread the love

Spread the love. By Rich Miller . “What was supposed to be a simple storage warehouse for the Metra transit agency has now buried the nation’s fourth-busiest commuter rail system in a sinking money pit, the ABC7 I-Team has learned.” The Chicago broadcast station’s scoop last week is an almost perfect encapsulation of why northeastern…

dvn 6-14-24 riot fest lineup

Riot Fest abandons Chicago park for SeatGeek Stadium

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Bob Bong Last year, Lyrical Lemonade moved its Summer Smash hip-hop music festival from Chicago’s Douglass Park to Bridgeview’s SeatGeek Stadium. Thousands of fans poured into the stadium at 7100 S. Harlem Ave. over the course of three days and, by most accounts, enjoyed the experience. Summer Smash returned to SeatGeek this…

Alyssa Blomberg of the group Ramzi and the Loafers, sings during a performance last year at Orland Park’s inaugural SummerFest. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Comings & Goings: Orland Park Summerfest returns this weekend

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Bob Bong Back for a second go round this weekend is the Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce’s Summerfest. The event combines a carnival, live music, an array of dining options and a car show, at the 153rd Street Metra Station location in Orland Park and will run from Friday, June 14,…

dvn 6-13-24 township repair cafe for 6-15

Repair Cafe this Saturday at Township of Lyons HQ

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Steve Metsch Repair cafes have become quite the thing for the Township of Lyons. So much so that another repair cafe will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, June 15, at the township office, 6404 Joliet Road in Countryside. A repair café held in May was a smashing…

Father’s Day will be especially hard for Jonathan and Kayla, children of the late Arturo Cantu, one of his sisters said. (Supplied photo)

‘They didn’t have to kill my brother’ – sister of slain Bridgeview man

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Steve Metsch Arturo Cantu should be celebrating two big events this weekend. He would have celebrated his 40th birthday on June 14. And, a sister said, he would have enjoyed Father’s Day on Sunday, spending time with family and his two young children. Instead, 10 family members and friends gathered in a…

Sisto Brito

‘You just learn to live with the pain’

Spread the love

Spread the loveStatus hearing in July for McCook murder By Steve Metsch The attorney representing a Chicago man charged with murdering a Blue Island man in McCook in February told a judge Wednesday there’s been “a significant and outstanding discovery in this matter.” Attorney Damon Cheronis made his comment before Cook County Circuit Court Judge…

lagrange police logo

Man shot in La Grange; suspect arrested in Stickney

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Steve Metsch A man was shot Tuesday afternoon in La Grange, according to a news release received Wednesday from the police department. A suspect has been apprehended, the release said. The shooting victim remains in stable condition at a local hospital, the release said. La Grange Police, working with the Major Case…

Funeral2

Obituaries June 13, 2024

Spread the love

Spread the loveREV. EDWARD J. CRONIN Rev. Edward J. Cronin, retired priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and former pastor of St. Alexander Parish in Palos Heights, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2024, at the age of 69. Rev. Cronin was born on Nov. 8, 1954, in Chicago. He attended St. Francis de Sales High…

CRR_NH

Clear-Ridge Reporter and NewsHound June 12, 2024

Spread the love

Spread the love

Softball stock

Softball | Marist will play for state title for fourth straight season

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Randy Whalen Correspondent Marist returned to the state title game for the fourth straight season with a 7-1 victory over Mundelein in the semifinals, held June 7 at Louisville Slugger Sports Complex in Peoria. The Mustangs (36-2) were making their first appearance at state since 1996. “We have a core group of returners,”…

Neighbors

Lawmakers pass on oversight vote for Pritzker’s prison closure, rebuild plan

Lawmakers pass on oversight vote for Pritzker’s prison closure, rebuild plan

By HANNAH MEISEL & DILPREET RAJU Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – For the last two decades, each time a governor has moved to close a large state-run facility like a prison or mental health center, a legislative oversight panel has voted on the plan. That changed on Friday – at least for now –…

‘We don’t really know what we’re voting on,’ top Dem says of Pritzker’s prison plan

‘We don’t really know what we’re voting on,’ top Dem says of Pritzker’s prison plan

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com LINCOLN – On the eve of a scheduled vote to advise Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration on plans to close and rebuild a pair of dilapidated state prisons, hundreds filed into a junior high school gymnasium Thursday evening clad in matching green T-shirts. Printed on the shirts was a…

Illinois child tax credit: who gets it, how much is it?

Illinois child tax credit: who gets it, how much is it?

By ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois aadams@capitolnewsillinois.com In the final hours of their spring legislative session, Illinois lawmakers approved a tax credit of up to about $300 for families with young children.  The credit is available to Illinoisans with children under age 12 who qualify for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC. Although…

Members of House speaker’s staff sue over ongoing unionization conflict

Members of House speaker’s staff sue over ongoing unionization conflict

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Members of a would-be union representing staffers in House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch’s office filed suit against their boss on Friday, asking a Cook County judge to force recognition of the union. The Illinois Legislative Staff Association, which formed in the fall of 2022, claims Welch’s…

Elections board urged to dismiss complaint that Bailey illegally coordinated in 2022 campaign

Elections board urged to dismiss complaint that Bailey illegally coordinated in 2022 campaign

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com A hearing officer is recommending the Illinois State Board of Elections dismiss a complaint that alleged conservative radio host and political operative Dan Proft illegally coordinated with former Republican state Sen. Darren Bailey during his 2022 campaign for governor. Proft, a one-time gubernatorial candidate himself, is behind an…

Communities, commission push Pritzker admin for more prison plan details

Communities, commission push Pritzker admin for more prison plan details

By DILPREET RAJU Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com Jimmy Soto spent more than 42 years wrongfully imprisoned in Illinois Department of Corrections facilities. In 2020, he was moved to the “F-House” at Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet, a condemned unit, not because he was being punished, but because it was where the facility was housing individuals…

Judge blocks law that would have banned newly slated candidates from ballot

Judge blocks law that would have banned newly slated candidates from ballot

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com A Sangamon County judge on Wednesday blocked the Illinois State Board of Elections from enforcing a new law that would have prevented certain General Assembly candidates who didn’t run in the March primary from getting on the November ballot. The move doesn’t void the bill in its entirety,…

“No Schoolers”: How Illinois’ hands-off approach to homeschooling leaves children at risk

“No Schoolers”: How Illinois’ hands-off approach to homeschooling leaves children at risk

By BETH HUNDSDORFER  & MOLLY PARKER  CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS investigations@capitolnewsillinois.com This article was produced for ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network in partnership with Capitol News Illinois. It was on L.J.’s 11th birthday, in December 2022, that child welfare workers finally took him away. They arrived at his central Illinois home to investigate an abuse allegation and decided…

Brushing off concerns of overspending, Pritzker signs $53.1 billion state budget

Brushing off concerns of overspending, Pritzker signs $53.1 billion state budget

By ANDREW ADAMS JERRY NOWICKI & HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com CHICAGO – Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday signed the state’s $53.1 billion spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year, the largest in state history.  The signing caps months of work – and tension – among top Democratic leaders in Springfield and within the…

Stalled bills: ‘Dignity in Pay Act,’ Prisoner Review Board changes fail to move

Stalled bills: ‘Dignity in Pay Act,’ Prisoner Review Board changes fail to move

By ALEX ABBEDUTO,  COLE LONGCOR & DILPREET RAJU Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com A bill eliminating the subminimum wage for workers with disabilities failed to pass the General Assembly ahead of its May adjournment, although sponsors say they hope to pass it when lawmakers return in the fall. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938…