Cookies for Santa – and Your Whole Family!

‘Tis the season for baking holiday treats with family or friends, and rumor has it that jolly old Saint Nick is a big fan of cookies on Christmas Eve. This year, try something other than the traditional frosted sugar cookies or homemade chocolate chip cookies and treat Santa to biscochitos, a special New Mexican Christmas treat.

Biscochitos, or New Mexican shortbread cookies, are anise-flavored cookies rich in flavor, but still light. The cookie was brought to the Southwest by the … Read the entire post >

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Warm Up This Winter with The Fort’s Historic Cocktails

Winter has arrived in Colorado and is here to stay for a while. With forecasts below freezing and snow storms in the near future, keep cozy by enjoying some of our favorite warm cocktails.

Trader’s Whiskey

By the time quality whiskey made its way west in the 1860s, the American Indians resisted it and instead preferred the flavor of the liquor they had become accustomed to. When whiskey was brought to be traded at the camps, the chief would sample … Read the entire post >

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Make The Fort’s Buffalo Vegetable Soup at Home

The winter chill and falling snow makes us crave The Fort’s hearty vegetable soup in the comfort and warmth of our homes. This recipe is not only one of the tastiest cold-weather treats in Holly Kinney’s “Shinin’ Times at The Fort” cookbook, but also one of the healthiest. Full of vegetables and lean buffalo meat, this soup will leave you feeling warm and guilt-free. For a heavier meal, add potatoes and a side of fresh-baked bread for dipping.

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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

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

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

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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Tesoro’s 1830s Rendezvous and Spanish Art Market

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

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
  • ¾
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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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