Friday, October 22, 2010

Darling Delight: Breakfast in Bed à la Moi Cupcakes inspired by Miss Piggy!

Blonde Beauty Icon Miss Piggy

For the Breakfast in Bed à la Moi Cupcake recipe scroll down or click here!

Well this Blonde Icon is surely undisputable....who doesn't love Miss Piggy?! Moi has preserved a soft spot for this porky beauty since moi was a child. An outrageously glamorous, fame whoring pig, Miss Piggy debuted on Jim Henson's The Muppet Show in 1976. Born Miss Piggy Lee (a tounge-n-cheek reference to 50's chanteuse Peggy Lee), Piggy came from modest beginnings on a farm (a fact which she is quick to gloss over) and first broke into show business by winning the Miss Bogen County beauty contest. Later she transitioned to a modeling career, taking jobs as a glove model and a part time pork products calendar pin-up girl. She soon got a job as a chorus girl on The Muppet Show, but thanks to her charisma and training in karate, Piggy aggressively made her presence known and quickly became the lead femme fatale on the show. The exposure catapulted her to international superstardom and her career expanded to include television specials, home videos, records and books. She even tried her hand at a career as a famous "writeur"; her "how to" book, Miss Piggy's Guide to Life, became a NY Times bestseller, and her fabulous face has been featured on the cover of every noteworthy magazine!

Miss Piggy's supreme diva attitude, undying drive and blonde ambition for superstardom is nearly unsurpassed. Her public persona is of a demure and refined beauty queen who's vocabulary is peppered with French, but she possesses a red hot temper and can fly into a violent, abusive rage whenever she thinks she's being insulted or thwarted. Beneath her brash exterior is a sensitive heart...a heart which beats only for the unrequited love of her life- Kermit the Frog. Piggy can usually be found chasing him around, smothering him with (unwanted) kisses, and if need be sending him flying through the air with a discontented karate-chopMoi has always understood her pain.



 Beauty Queen

The Bible

Million $ Mermaid!

Spa Day

 Biker Babe



Vous shouldn't mess with a pig in ostrich feathers.



Space Pig

life as a makeup counter girl

A girl can dream, can't she?

Ham Hocks of Steel


Bath Time

Judo (pork) Chop!


Soul Mates

Pig Lake

The Wrath of the Pig

Barnyard glaMOUR


Distressed Damsel

Bad Romance

Just a quick hat.


Lynda (Wonder Woman) Carter and Wonder Pig!

You're a Wonder!

Inspired by Miss Piggy's lustrous blonde mane, signature lavender satin gloves, favorite strand of pearls and even her species, this glamorously indulgent sweet yet savory dessert contains a pork product- bacon!! If vous loves it when the maple syrup from your pancakes spills onto your bacon and then eating them both in one delicious bite....vous will surely enjoy this recipe. Kissy Kissy!

The Breakfast in Bed à la Moi Cupcake
golden blonde maple/bacon cupcake with lavender satin frosting and accessorized with sugar pearls. 


* 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
* 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
* 3 large eggs, at room temperature
* 1 box french vanilla instant pudding mix
* 1 cup all purpose flour
* 1 cup cake flour
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
* 3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
* 1/4 cup Grade A Dark Amber pure maple syrup
* 1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure vanilla extract
* 1/4 teaspoon Frontier Natural Flavors maple flavor
* 1/2 teaspoon bacon drippings
* 1 cup cooked Applewood smoked bacon (10 thick strips), chopped

For the frosting:

* 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
* 1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure vanilla extract
* 1/4 cup Grade A Dark Amber pure maple syrup
* 1/8 teaspoon Frontier Natural Flavors maple flavor
* 8-10 drops violet food color
* 1 1/2 boxes confectioners' sugar, sifted
* 1 tablespoon water, as needed
* edible sugar pearls, for garnish

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with silver foil cupcake papers.

In a large frying pan cook small batches of bacon until it is crisp. Allow to cool and drain on a paper towel lined plate, then chop into chocolate chip sized pieces. Pour the leftover bacon drippings into a container and place in the refrigerator to solidify.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter, bacon drippings and sugar on medium-high speed for 3 to 5 minutes, until light yellow and fluffy. You can NEVER beat the butter/sugar too much. Crack the eggs into a small bowl. With the mixer on medium speed, add the eggs 1 at a time, scraping down the bowl once during mixing. Add the vanilla extract, maple syrup and maple flavor. Mix well.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder, instant pudding mix and salt. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk to the batter in 3 parts, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Add bacon bits. Mix until incorporated. Do not mix the batter too much.

Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whip attachment, combine the butter, vanilla, maple syrup, maple flavor and food color on low speed. Add the confectioners' sugar and increase the speed to high , mixing until very light and fluffy, adding water as needed.

Garnish with sugar pearls. Pig out!

Makes 24 cupcakes

 Darian Darling as Miss Piggy
photos by Veronica iBarra

Brought to you in association with La Bella Memoria

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Marilyn and Manhattan!

In 1955 Marilyn Monroe tired of the Hollywood rat race and moved back east looking for a fresh start. She had recently went through a painful divorce from baseball legend Joe DiMaggio and her latest film There's No Business Like Show Business received terrible reviews from critics. She longed for a respected career as a serious actress and was fed up with the dumb blonde roles being assigned to her. You must remember that this was an era in Hollywood when actors were "owned" by the movie studio they were under contract with and had to film whatever role the studio execs deemed appropriate. Marilyn was also still committed to a contract made before she became a star, getting paid a mere $1,500 a week when co-stars with less star power were being paid much more. So she broke her contract with 20th Century Fox, was virtually blacklisted in Hollywood and started studying with Lee Strasberg at the prestigious Actors Studio in New York City. Marilyn adored her new found freedom in NYC and loved being able to blend into it's teeming masses. She would become the first actress to form her own film production company, and later renegotiated her studio contract. The newly formed Marilyn Monroe Productions would be paid $100,000 plus a share of profits for each film. In addition to being able to work for other studios, Marilyn had the right to reject any script, director or cinematographer she did not approve of. Marilyn remained in New York, off and on until 1961 and even after returning to LA, retained her NYC apartment as a second home.

The majority of these amazing photos were taken during a single week in March 1955 by NYC based photographer Ed Feingersh. He had been assigned to shadow Marilyn for a Redbook cover story titled "The Marilyn Monroe You've Never Seen", and a few of his photos ended up being published. But when Feingersh died, several rolls of film were discovered from those candid sessions and show a different and rarely seen Marilyn,  not the showbiz persona but the casual, struggling NYC actress. They were collected for the first time in the now out of print, must have book Marilyn Fifty-Five. These are some of my favorite photos of Marilyn, and the mix of her ethereal beauty combined with the urban grit of's quite the magical combination.

"Could it be?"

"where is that damn train?'

 "is it?"

I hate waiting for the train.

Commuter glaMOUR


Marilyn and Manhattan

When smoking was still glamorous.

Livin' it up on a rooftop in New York City

Sightseeing with her 3rd husband, the playwright Arthur Miller.

A relaxing Sunday in Central Park.

Inside the Actors Studio

Shopping on 5th Ave. at Elizabeth Arden