Bay’s Brandied Pumpkin Pie

Proprietress of The Fort, Holly Kinney, keeps her mother’s recipe for brandied pumpkin pie close to her heart. Since first making it in 1960, Bay Arnold claimed this was the best pumpkin pie she had ever eaten, and went on to make it every year for Thanksgiving.

Treat your guests this holiday season to The Fort’s twist on a traditional American classic.

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What you’ll need: (serves 4-6)

  • One 9-inchpie shell
  • 1 can (15 ) pumpkin
  • 1 cup heavy cream or
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National Pickle Day

Jalapeños Stuffed with Peanut Butter

Observed each year, November 14 is recognized as National Pickle Day. While the national holiday focuses on pickles as a noun – kosher, bread and butter, dill, etc. – at The Fort, we celebrate it as a verb. One of our favorite ways to pickle is Holly Kinney’s, Proprietress of The Fort, recipe for pickled jalapenos. Pickled jalapeno peppers make the perfect topping, mix-in or side dish for any meal, as well as a delicious appetizer (see stuffed jalapeno recipe … Read the entire post >

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Celebrate Halloween with The Fort’s Bear’s Blood Cocktail

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Those preparing to host gals and ghouls on All Hallows’ Eve can now incorporate a spine-chilling cocktail, true to the Rocky Mountain region, into the festivities!

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Here’s how to make The Fort’s “Bear’s Blood” cocktail at home:

Bear’s Blood

Ingredients:

+ 6 tbsp. orange juice

+ 3 oz. light rum

+ 1 tbsp. grenadine

+ Juice of half a lime

+ Dash of orange flower water

+ Dash of sweet and sour syrup

+ Crushed ice

+ Sparkling water, to … Read the entire post >

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Prime Rib Weekends at The Fort Are Back

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It’s one of our favorite seasons at The Fort, and the return of our prime rib weekends is a sign of just that. Enjoy one of our most popular dinners with a Fort salad, seasonal vegetables, mashed potatoes and a Buffalo Prime Rib entrée (horseradish available upon request!). Prices start at $39 per person, and this special is available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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Can’t make it to The Fort? Make your own beef or buffalo prime rib roast at … Read the entire post >

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Tesoro’s 1830s Rendezvous and Spanish Art Market

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We had another great year hosting Tesoro’s 1830s Rendezvous and Spanish Art Market on the grounds of The Fort. Our guests were accompanied by family, friends, mountain men, artists, dancers and beautiful weather. It was an unforgettable and “waughsome” celebration!

The event was a fun day full of activities for the whole family. Guests were able to experience demonstrations from mountain men and women, trappers and traders. Our mountain men and women paired up with guests to teach them a … Read the entire post >

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Cheers to National Rum Punch Day

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Sept. 20 is National Rum Punch Day, and we’re celebrating with one of Sam’l Arnold’s favorite drinks, our 1732 Philadelphia Fish House Punch!

 

Philadelphia Fish House Punch is thought to be one of the oldest punch recipes served in America. Scholars believe the recipe originated in the 1600s, in London, as a farmers’ club punch, and was later served in America at the Fish House Tavern in Schuylkill, Pa.

 

What you’ll need:

  • 1 ½ pints sweet-and-sour syrup
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Back to School at Tesoro Cultural Center

It’s back to school time in Colorado, and Tesoro Cultural Center is excited to welcome visitors for a variety of educational programs. Tesoro is dedicated to offering public education outreach in an effort to preserve Colorado’s rich history and cultural heritage of the 19th-21st century.

Kiowa Curriculum
The Kiowa Curriculum is an oral history video, “The Kiowa People: In Their Own Words,” and includes a companion activity packet. The program features a Kiowa tribal member, John Emhoolah, … Read the entire post >

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Celebrate National Filet Day with The Fort’s Most Tender Dish

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August 13 is National Filet Day, and what better way to celebrate than with one of The Fort’s most popular dishes? We sell nearly seventy thousand buffalo entrees each year and of those, more than 70 percent are William Bent’s Buffalo Tenderloin Filet Mignon.

A guest from Paris, France once approached us while dining at The Fort to say, “All my life I have thought that Chateaubriand was the ne plus ultra of cuts, but now I must return to … Read the entire post >

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Old Forts of the American West

Photo: Bill Johnson

As settlers moved west in the 19th century, forts were established for a variety of reasons. Some were built on the basis of anticipated use for protection, others as a way to protect commerce along the trails. Contrary to popular belief, however, most American west forts weren’t built to protect the settlers from Indians. They were instead built as a way to maintain peace across tribes, as well as between American Indians and emigrants.

While some of the original … Read the entire post >

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Celebrate Peach Season with Our Delectable Peach Flambé Recipe

Peach season is a highly anticipated time of year in Colorado. With a rich and sweet flavor, it is no doubt that peaches have become one of the most popular fruits during the summer season. Colorado peaches get their intense sweet-tart flavor from ripening during warm days and cool nights in the Rocky Mountains.

Holly Kinney, daughter of Sam Arnold, recalls peach season at The Fort being a favorite memory of hers. Back in the 1960s, the famous Colorado peaches … Read the entire post >

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