From The Fox Kitchen: Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Published by Sara at 4:23 PM under

Fabulous Fox Chef Stephen Proctor shares a delicious Thanksgiving dish that will sure have your guests coming back for more. Holiday Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes is an easy recipe you can make at home. Just follow the simple recipe below:



  • 8 small, 4 medium or 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon turbinado sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

For the filling-

  • 2 Tablespoons butter, unsalted, room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup candied pecans, chopped

For the topping

  • 2 Tablespoons, butter, unsalted, melted
  • 1 cup pumpkin spice granola
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup candied pecans, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon chipotle powder


  • Mini marshmallows

Heat oven to 350

Wash and dry the potatoes, place in bowl and toss with the salt, black pepper, sugar and oil, making sure to cover potatoes all the way around with the oil and seasonings. Please on baking tray. Place in preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes or until fork or skewer is easily inserted and removed from the center. (It will take longer for larger potatoes). Remove potatoes from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

For the filling- slit the potatoes in half, not slicing all of the way thru. Open the potato and scoop out the flesh, leaving a small amount to help the potato hold its shape.  Place the flesh into a medium size mixing bowl. Add the butter, cream, allspice, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Adjust salt and pepper to your taste level. Add the dried cranberries and the chopped pecans. Mix by hand, in a small stand mixer or in a food processor depending on how smooth you want the filling. Divide evenly back into the potato shells. At this point you can cover the potatoes with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

For the topping- combine the melted butter, granola, cranberries, pecans and chipotle. Divide evenly on top of the stuffed potatoes. If you stuffed your potatoes the other day- remove them from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before topping (about 2 hours at room temperature). Bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes or until hot in the center. Remove from the oven and serve.

Optional- top with mini marshmallows after removing from the oven and broil until marshmallows are brown. 

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Broadway Book Club: Matilda by Roald Dahl

Published by Sara at 9:47 AM under

Matilda is a delightfully zany coming-of-age story from beloved author Roald Dahl. With humor, magic, comeuppances—and chocolate cake!—it is a tale that everyone will positively devour. It’s no surprise that in addition to helping kids get a thrill out of reading, Roald Dahl ultimately gives the bookworms of the novel (Matilda and Miss Honey) their day in the sun!

About the Author

Dreary boarding schools, famous candy factories, and world travels all influenced the writing of Roald Dahl, one of the greatest storytellers of all time. After receiving life-threatening injuries during World War II through his work as an RAF fighter pilot, Dahl began writing articles for magazines such as The New Yorker. He wrote successful novellas and short stories for adults before concentrating on his marvelous children’s stories, which began as bedtime stories he told his children. He once said, “I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers . . . . Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”

About the Book

A young girl named Matilda Wormwood is precociously gifted but her wealthy, dimwitted parents are oblivious to their daughter’s prodigious skills and view her as foolish and idiotic. Aggravated by the rude behavior of her mother and father, Matilda constantly pulls pranks on her family as discipline for their misdeeds, such as pouring Superglue into her father’s hat or hiding a parrot in the chimney, tricking the family into thinking there is a ghost in the house. Eventually, Matilda begins schooling and encounters a loving, sweet schoolteacher named Miss Honey, who is astonished by her unbelievable intellectual abilities and wants to move her into a higher class. The school’s hostile headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, disciplines the pupils with abusive physical punishment and refuses. Miss Honey also tries to talk to Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood about Matilda’s supreme intelligence, but they don’t believe her. Matilda’s relationship with Miss Honey and the high jinx that ensue make this story a delight for all readers.

Things to Think About

  1. Matilda has the power to move things with her mind. What kind of power would you like to have?
  2. Is Miss Trunchbull a good headmistress? Why or why not?
  3. Is Matilda a naughty character? What actions make Matilda naughty or nice?
  4. Do you think the pranks Matilda plays on her parents and Miss Trunchbull are deserved? Why?
  5. Why does Matilda enjoy reading books? How does this hobby establish her character?
  6. Would you like to have Matilda as a friend? Why or why not?
  7. Do you think Miss Honey is courageous? Why?
  8. Does Matilda remind you of other literary characters? Which ones?
  9. Do you believe that “little” people like Matilda can make big changes? Why or why not?
  10. Did you like the ending of the novel? Did you think it was believable?


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Miss Trunchbull's Chocolate Cake

Published by Sara at 8:01 AM under From the Fabulous Fox Kitchen

One of the most memorable scenes in Matilda The Musical occurs in Act One, when Miss Trunchbull punishes Bruce Bogtrotter for stealing a slice of cake by forcing him to eat a platter of chocolate cake. After trying this delicious chocolate cake recipe developed by Fox Chef Stephen Proctor, we wouldn't mind having the opportunity to indulge in chocolate decadence. Try out this incredible recipe and let us know what you think in the comments section!


  • 18 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 # butter, unsalted, cubed
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 4 Tbs. liqueur (Amaretto, Crème de Menthe, Grand Marnier, etc…) or brandy – optional ingredient
  • 10 eggs, whole, raw
  • 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour


  1. Heat oven to 350
  2. Grease a 9” spring form pan, line bottom with parchment paper and grease again
  3. Using a double boiler, melt/combine the chocolate, butter and sugar
  4. Remove from heat and add the liqueur, allow to cool
  5. In a separate bowl mix the eggs and flour and until combined.
  6. Slowly incorporate into the chocolate mixture
  7. Pour into prepared pan, place on sheet pan (just in case) and bake for approximately 25-35 minutes. The edges will be set but the center should be soft.
  8. Remove from oven, allow to cool completely, carefully remove sides from pan (you may have to run a sharp hot knife around the edge to loosen the cake), cut and serve.




Get to Know the Show: Matilda The Musical

Published by Sara at 4:04 PM under

The first show in our 2015-2016 U.S. Bank Broadway Series is Matilda! You may remember reading the thrilling children’s novel by Roald Dahl or watching the original film. Now Matilda bursts into life onstage with the award winning musical that tells the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. St. Louis audiences will have a chance to see MATILDA at the Fox October 21 through November 1.

Here’s a guide to help you get to know the show and what makes it fabulous! 

The Characters: Meet Matilda 

All your favorite MATILDA characters get a little bit naughty in this smart and funny show. The show introduces Matilda Wormwood, an unbelievably precocious child who is belittled by her dimwitted parents and terrifying headmistress, Miss Trunchbull.

The Setting: Back to School

Director Matthew Warchus transforms the stage into a playground ruled by the talented young actors. Inspired by the drawings from the original novel, the set from MATILDA integrates over 5,000 alphabet tiles to create a world where words have the power to shape destiny. Swings hanging from the stage help blur the lines between the actors and the audience.

The Story: Sometimes You Have To Be A Little Bit Naughty

MATILDA follows Matilda Wormwood, a bright little girl who loves books. Matilda is alarmingly misunderstood by her parents, her brother and her wicked headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power to fight back. With an ever-growing imagination and sharp mind, Matilda takes a stand against unjust forces and learns that even if you are little, you can do a lot. Encouraged by her friends and her teacher Miss Honey, Matilda uses her imagination to change her fate and stand up to the bullies.

You’ll Especially Love: Onstage Magic

MATILDA brings colorful costumes, incredible sets and theatre magic to the Fox stage. Songs like “Naughty” and “Revolting Children” will capture your attention and both kids and adults will love the comic humor featured in the show.  You won’t want to leave the amazing world you’ll discover in MATILDA.

Your Ticket to MATILDA:

MATILDA is a mind-blowing and heartwarming show, and we are thrilled to begin our 2015-2016 season with the revolting children living in revolting times. 

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Five Fabulous Questions: Chase Norman

Published by Sara at 3:36 PM under


We would like to introduce you to one of our Fall Marketing Interns, Chase Norman.  Chase was born and raised in St. Louis and has just returned home after graduating college.  She attended the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and received her degree in Film Production with an emphasis on Directing.  During her four years in Los Angeles, Chase spent most of her time on set or working at her internship at a small film studio.  Currently, she works remotely for an LA publishing company, advising authors how to make their books more marketable for film adaptions.  In her free time she loves to goof around with friends, see movies and plays, and write.  We caught up with Chase to ask her five fabulous questions.

What are you most excited about becoming a Fox marketing intern?

I am extremely excited about becoming a Fox Marketing intern because I can't wait to learn more about marketing, which has always interested me.  Also, I have to admit that I am just the tiniest bit obsessed with the Fox Theatre.  Okay, very obsessed.   It is an unbelievably gorgeous building and as a film student, I can’t help but have time-traveling daydreams about the theater as an old movie palace.  My mom introduced me to the Fox when I was about five, and then began taking me to a show or two every year.  She instilled in me a love of live theatre and we always had an amazing time here.  Now that my mom has passed away, the Fox will always hold a special place in my heart, because it is filled with so many wonderful family memories.  

What was the first Broadway show you ever saw?

The first theatrical performance that I can vividly remember was CINDERELLA at the Fox.  I was nine years old and still very much in the Disney princess phase.  I remember literally gasping during the transformation scene, when shabby Cinderella disappeared behind her carriage for an impossibly short amount of time before reemerging with full hair and makeup, wearing the most beautiful dress I had ever seen. 

If you could see any performance at the Fox, what would you choose?

If I could see any show at the Fox it would probably be HAIRSPRAY because it is such a fun, feel-good musical.  I missed the performance a few years ago, so I would love for it to come back!  

What show are you most excited about this season at the Fox? Why?

I am very excited to see one of my favorite classics, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, come to the Fox this year.  But I am also eagerly awaiting IF/THEN and BEAUTIFUL because I have never seen them before and I have heard great reviews.  

What do you think is the most Fabulous thing about St. Louis

The most Fabulous thing about St. Louis is the people!  Living in another part of the country these last few years has given me a great appreciation of the friendly, down-to-earth people in my hometown.  I love how it is customary for strangers to smile and say hello as they pass on the street.  St. Louis has a wonderful sense of community that is completely unique.  

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