Prizewinning Cook and Steelers Fan, Pat Harmon

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These appeared in my mailbox on New Year’s Eve day.  Such a nice surprise from my cooking contest friend, Pat Harmon.  Pat began entering contests in 1989 and is still active today.  She was given the honor in 1999 of being in the “Cooking Contest Central” Hall of Fame for being an active and prize-winning home cook.

The red book is filled with some of Pat’s creative and yummy prize-winning recipes over the years.  The sandwich won Pat cash and tickets to her beloved Pittsburgh Steelers game one year.  Pat has been a 3-time Pillsbury Bake-Off finalist in addition to many, many more contest wins too numerous to list here.  I love the title of the sandwich below, and of course it sounds delicious!  Let’s just say Pat is a superstar in the cooking contest world!


I love Italian Wedding Soup, and Pat’s version is one I am definitely going to make this on a cold Chicago winter day.


The booklet from the 2011 National Festival of Breads contest features Pat’s recipe for “Fruit-of-the-Vine and Rosemary Olive Oil Snack Bread with Pine Nuts.”  How good does that sound?  Actually, there is still time to enter this year’s contest if anyone is interested.  It’s a fun contest held annually in Kansas.

I will treasure these books, Pat.  Thank you so much for sending them.  It was a wonderful way to start the New Year.  Good luck with upcoming 2019 contests!

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10 Responses to Prizewinning Cook and Steelers Fan, Pat Harmon

  1. January 4, 2019 at 6:35 am #

    What a treasure to have Pat’s winning recipes!

    • January 4, 2019 at 9:23 am #

      It is truly a treasure!

      • January 4, 2019 at 2:14 pm #

        Thanks so much for the kind words, Debbie, Lisa & Janice.

        • January 4, 2019 at 3:13 pm #

          You’re welcome, Pat! I loved writing about you. It is evident you are much admired and loved in the contest world!

  2. January 4, 2019 at 6:40 am #

    Pat is solid gold – as are you, Debbie!! So many wonderful people we have met over the years in our cooking endeavors. Truly the best prize of all.

    • January 4, 2019 at 9:27 am #

      So sweet of you to say, Janice. You go beyond solid gold! Definitely the best prize of all is our friendships made at contests over the years, many of mine over 30 years ago and counting!

  3. January 4, 2019 at 2:15 pm #

    Love all of my recipe contesting friends….those I’ve met as well as those I have not….as yet.

    • January 4, 2019 at 3:17 pm #

      I’m sure there are many more to come!

  4. January 4, 2019 at 3:25 pm #

    The book with Pat’s winning recipes inside is definitely a treasure that you will cherish! And of course I love National Festival of Breads books too! You’ll enjoy having them both in your Culinary Cellar Debbie!!!!!!

    • January 4, 2019 at 4:54 pm #

      Yes, the Festival of Breads books are very nice, and Pat’s is really special. I already love having them in my collection!

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