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My Blog’s 1st Bday/Chicken & Mushroom Stuffed Puff Cups/Giveaway


My dear friends… It’s been quite some time since my last post.  I really missed you and I am really sorry for not blogging for some time – I just could not make myself come back.  I have been having some personal problems and could not leave them aside.  Hopefully everything will slowly settle down and things will get better… it always does, right?  I miss the world of blogging, my lovely friends and the inspiring stories and food that are shared with me daily.

It’s been a one whole year that I have had my blog and did not want to miss its birthday.   In honor of my blog’s birthday, I will be giving away a cookbook.  Since I love cookbooks soooo soooo much, I am letting you  pick a book from my Amazon’s wish list.  The rules of the game is simple: post a comment below.  I wish you luck. If you’re selected as the winner, I will ship your chosen  book directly to your home.  The winner will be announced on 7/20 (my birthday.)  Here is a list of 10 cookbooks that are currently on my wish list:

  1. Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi
  2. Miette: Recipes from San Francisco’s Most Charming Pastry Shop by Meg Ray
  3. Secrets of Macarons  by José Maréchal
  4. Saha: A Chef’s Journey Through Lebanon and Syria by Greg Malouf
  5. Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours
  6. Michael Symon’s Live to Cook: Recipes and Techniques to Rock Your Kitchen by Michael Symon
  7. Artichoke to Za’atar: Modern Middle Eastern Food by Greg Malouf
  8. The Olives Table: Over 160 Recipes from the Critically Acclaimed Restaurant and Home Kitchen of Todd English by Todd English
  9. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
  10. Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats by Bakerella
I know Independence Day/July 4th has gone by but I did promise to share and post the recipe with everyone that was at the party.   I hope you will like them too. I wanted to make chicken pot pies for my friend/cousin Veronica’s Annual July 4th party, but wanted to make sure it would be easy enough to prepare and convenient enough to serve.  So I decided to convert baking the traditional pies using muffin tin pans.  The results were filling and delicious little bundles.  The minced mushrooms were so tiny that were there for flavor, but not so much in presence and married well with the coarsely grounded chicken breasts.  I was debating to use small diced chicken pieces or ground chicken, so I tried to meet in the middle.  I don’t want to forget to mention the cheese… everything is usually better with toasted cheese on top.

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  • Hezzi-D

    These look amazing!  I love the chicken, cheese, and mushroom combination.

  • Adora Ding

    I’m glad I dropped by today to see your lovely chicken and mushroom puff cups and to greet you on your first blog-versary. I sincerely hope you get cheered up by reading the comments that we, your blogger friends, post here. We all do encounter humps every now and then. Take care.

  • http://sliceofmylyfe.wordpress.com/ Anita Menon

    Congrats on completing a year!! It is very special because it means you kept at it, persisted. Wishing you many more years of successful blogging,cooking and photographing. I hope you feel better and that your troubles vanish soon. Those puffs look ravishing and just perfect for a party. Thank you for sharing and do take care.

  • Hester

    Oh, I love this!  They’re soooooo cute!  The perfect bite :-)   Who doesn’t love a good chicken pot pie, eh?  Congratulations on making it to one year on this blog!

  • http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com Kelly

    Ooo these look so delicious and would go so fast!!  Love this recipe! :)

  • Pretend Chef

    Happy blogoversary! These look so delicious. I love the idea of these for my next get together for girl’s night. I will have to bookmark this recipe. Yummy! That is a great list of cookbooks to choose from.

  • RavieNomNoms

    It is my blogs birthday too!! Happy Blogoversary! That’s so amazing! I really like this recipe a lot. I feel like you could make these for so many different things, so thank you so much for sharing!

  • Chris at HyeThymeCafe

    !! HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY !!  :)     Sorry you’ve been having problems lately.  Hopefully they will all be resolved soon and you can come back to your blog more often.

    If I were to win, being half Armenian, I lean toward the Malouf books, so I guess my choice would be … Artichoke to Za’atar: Modern Middle Eastern Food by Greg Malouf.  Thanks!  :)

  • http://ohyoucook.blogspot.com dena

    Happy blogiversary!   We missed you too.

  • Marisa/ Cook’s Book

    Hey Adelina. Miss you and your blog!

    Happy blogiversary! I love visiting and seeing what you have cooking. These cups are so cute and look delectable. Fingers crossed for the giveaway!

  • http://torviewtoronto.blogspot.com torviewtoronto

    delicious combination of flavours looks wonderful

  • http://chefwanabe.com Anna

    Hi Adelina,
    Hope everything is okay…happy blogiversary,  those babies not only look darling but I’m sure they are delicious too. 
    Have a wonderful weekend. (with no “carmageddon” ) LOL.

  • Butterflyan

    Hi Adelina,
    I know it’s been a tough year :(  hang in there girlie, love ya <3 Happy BLOGIVERSARY <3 looks so yummy :)  

  • http://www.mission-food.com Victoria

    Adelina! Welcome back! We have missed you on the blogosphere :) I hope you are doing better, and happy blogoversary (and almost birthday!). I love chicken pot pies and think these little puffs are a great variation to serve those flavors as an appetizer. 

  • http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com Monetm1218

    Hello, my friend! What a great recipe to celebrate your blog’s b-day. And I would certainly chose option number 2.  Thank you so much for sharing with me. I know that things have been rough but I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://twitter.com/amyscookingadve Amy

    Your mushrooms look great! And happy blogiversary!  I would choose the Cake Pops book!

  • http://profiles.google.com/thetammyjo TammyJo Eckhart, PhD

    I’d have to choose either “Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats” by Bakerella or “Secrets of Macarons”  by José Maréchal since I have never made either but I bet both have chocolate in some of the recipes.  Congrats on a year.  If you haven’t entered our ice cream giveaway, please check it out.

  • Kateiscooking

    I think I’d choose Michael Symon’s book.  He’s an amazing chef!  Welcome back.  I sure hope the personal problems abate.  Kate @kateiscooking.

  • http://twitter.com/RosasYummyYums Rosa May

    Those look so scrumptious! A wonderful dish.

    Happy bloggiversary! A great wishlist.



  • http://www.sunshineandsmile.com Kankana

    Puff pastries are such an indulgence and this recipe looks absolutely delicious. I hope things come back to normal in your life and you get back to blolgging more often. I loved your site and thanks for dropping by :)  
    The list of books is wonderful … so many to choose from and I am crossing my fingers here hoping to win! “Around My French Table’ is what I really wish to win. 

  • Adelina Badalyan

    Thanks everyone for your sweet comments! I really appreciate all the feedback!

    Guess what!!!! We have a winner!!!! I wish I can share a book with each one of you but don’t think I am that rich yet! Our winner is Victoria from Mission: Food.

  • Adelina Badalyan

    Hey Darling,

    You won!!!! Let me know what book you would like to get from the list.


  • http://dimpelarts.com/blog Julia @ Dimplearts

    Happy Birthday! and Welcome back!



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