Tips from The Fort on Making Beef or Buffalo Jerky at Home

The Fort used to make buffalo jerky in the 1960s for a special cocktail we serve called Salty Dog and Saddle Leather. This cocktail is made of pink or regular grapefruit juice and vodka over ice, served in a salted rim on a mason jar or highball glass, using the buffalo jerky as the “saddle leather” stirrer of the drink. Today, our buffalo purveyor makes our buffalo jerky using our marinade recipe. However, my husband Jeremy loves to make jerky … Read the entire post >

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Teriyaki Quail

The West was built in good part by Chinese and Japanese immigrants who supplied both hands and brains to build railroads and cities, ranches and farms. Also, some of the first trappers who had been brought to our northwest coast by John Jacob Astor were Hawaiians. It is not surprising, therefore, that teriyaki came to the West early on.

At the Fort we serve well over one thousand of these quail a week. We start with partially deboned birds so … Read the entire post >

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The Fort’s Chocolate Chile Bourbon Cake with Chocolate Frosting

The Fort's Chile Chocolate Bourbon Cake

The Fort’s Chile Chocolate Bourbon Cake

Serves 12

While this cake started as the Fort’s house cake for birthday and anniversary celebrations, customer demand convinced us to put it on the menu as an everyday offering. We still serve a complimentary slice to anyone marking a special occasion at the Fort—and set a ceremonial headdress on their heads, too, as the staff shouts, “Hip, hip, huzzah!” We don’t do anything halfway at our restaurant! We make the cake with some

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