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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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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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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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Remembering The Fort’s Founding Father

The Fort’s founders Samuel and Elizabeth Arnold were both avid historians, and felt a true connection to the American West. The couple wanted to raise their children in the foothills outside Denver, and dreamed of building an authentic adobe home there. Elizabeth, lovingly known as Bay, was struck by the architecture and history of Old Bent’s Fort while reading a history book, and suggested she and Sam build a true replica of the adobe Castle of the Plains to be … Read the entire post >

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Bowl of the Wife of Kit Carson

What’s better than a delicious soup with a side of history? The recipe for Bowl of the Wife of Kit Carson soup is The Fort’s take on classic caldo tlalpeño, and the tale of its name is a flavorful addition to its history.

In 1961, two years before The Fort’s opening, the Arnold family road tripped to Mexico and stopped in the Mexican border town of Durango. There they ate lunch in a local drugstore known for its delicious, authentic … Read the entire post >

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Christmas in Old Santa Fe

Christmas in Old Santa Fe is a delightful experience. The cool, crisp winter air is perfumed with smoke from piñon and native cedar fires. On Christmas Eve, many Santa Feans travel south about 40 miles to a wonderful American Indian pueblo called San Felipe for a very special occasion. The little church is lit with oil lamps, and American Indians dance up to the altar in a prayer ceremony, followed by a midnight mass.

At The Fort, we follow a … Read the entire post >

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Comfort Food and Historic Cocktails, These Are a Few Of Our Favorite Things

As the colder winter months descend upon Colorado, our thoughts here at The Fort naturally gravitate toward filling our belly’s with scrumptious comfort food in front of a roaring fire. This, paired with the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, has inspired us to share two iconic recipes from our historic cookbook library, in hopes that you might celebrate the glorious indulgence that is comfort food, as well as the return to the rich traditions of craft fermentation and distillation … Read the entire post >

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Make This Fort Original at Home for Halloween

Just in time for Halloween, we are enjoying a long-time Fort favorite. Originally served at The Fort in the early 1960s, our Baked Stuffed Pumpkin is similar to a dish once prepared by Native Americans. One of the Three Sacred Sisters (squash), pumpkin was combined with toasted sunflower meal to give the Native Americans’ version of this dish a very distinctive flavor. We suggest complimenting it with your favorite hot sauce, and sharing photos of your version of this autumn … Read the entire post >

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Make The Fort’s Famous Pumpkin-Walnut Muffins at Home

During the first few decades of operation at The Fort, the recipe for our pumpkin-walnut muffins was requested by guests on what seemed to be a nightly basis. Generations later, we are sharing the secret ingredient to our favorite bread; it’s all about the pumpkin! These muffins contain nearly twice as much pumpkin as similar recipes, and are cooked for a long time at a low temperature to give them the dense, flavorful texture that guests have come to love.… Read the entire post >

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Cozy up with our Chile Con Carne on Football Sundays

As summer draws to an end, and football season is set to kick off, we are preparing for fall weather and dreaming of cozy Sundays by the television, cheering on our favorite team amongst family and friends. As we’re sure you will agree, there is nothing better than a delicious chili on brisk afternoons, so we encourage you to try The Fort’s Chile Con Carne, New Mexican-style, at home.

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