As a little girl, The Fort’s Proprietress Holly Arnold Kinney worked in the kitchen as a prep cook. In her cookbook, “Shinin’ Times at The Fort,” she explains that peeling and cleaning Rocky Mountain Oysters was a routine job and that she “barely gave it a second thought.”
“One day, I invited my sixth-grade school friends to The Fort and before they arrived, I prepared a large bowl of lightly seasoned, deep-fried Rocky Mountain Oysters.
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Barbecue season is upon us, and we’re celebrating by sharing one of our favorite Fort recipes: Smokehouse Buffalo BBQ Ribs!
True fans of The Fort know these ribs are a guest favorite. In fact, they’ve even earned praise from Food Network star Chef Bobby Flay, who visited The Fort to film his television show and declared our Smokehouse Ribs as the best he had eaten all year!
Our former chef used his creativity to develop the recipe, and its homemade … Read the entire post >
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Looking for something to serve with a big, juicy, charred buffalo steak? At The Fort, we serve most of our steaks with this tasty potato and corn dish. We source our potatoes from Colorado’s fertile San Luis Valley, although we suggest you use the freshest red potatoes available.
Follow the recipe below to enjoy this side with your next at-home steak dinner!
- 1 c. dried Anasazi beans, soaked for at least 2 hours
- 1 ½ lb. small red potatoes, quartered
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How do you make pumpkin pie taste even better? With a little brandy! This spirited fall recipe comes from founder of The Fort Sam’l P. Arnold’s grandmother, Gunny, and is inspired by her Pennsylvania Dutch roots. Follow the directions below to make this family recipe at home – once you’ve tried brandy in your pumpkin pie, you may never go back!
Serves 4 to 6
- One 9-in. pie shell
- 1 can (15-oz.) pumpkin
- 1 c. heavy cream or evaporated milk
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True fans of The Fort know every savory entrée comes with our famous Fort salad, served with your choice of house-made dressing. What makes this salad so special? Founder of The Fort Sam’l P. Arnold loved how all the flavors and textures came together – so much so that he kept adding extras to the mix to make it the best salad there is! The last flavor delight Sam’l added was in 1999, when close foodie friend Suzanne Roser introduced … Read the entire post >
When Sam’l P. Arnold, founder of The Fort Restaurant, first heard of peanut butter-stuffed jalapeños, he thought the combination sounded “stranger than a five-legged buffalo.”
Lucy Delgado, a traditional New Mexican cook and the recipe’s originator, convinced her friend Sam’l to try it, recommending he pop the entire pepper in his mouth for the perfect jalapeño-to-peanut butter ratio.
Despite his initial doubts, Sam’l fell in love with Lucy’s recipe and quickly added it to The Fort’s menu. Years later, he’d … Read the entire post >
‘Tis the season for outdoor concerts, historic cocktails al fresco and hiking through Colorado’s mountains; a few of our favorite things! Celebrate the sunniest season of the year with The Fort’s seasonal menus, firepits on our patio, refreshing cocktails and more.
Fourth of July
Each year, we celebrate the Fourth of July with a seasonal menu and the firing of our historic cannon several times throughout the evening. Join us for drinks and dessert on our patio, which features a … Read the entire post >
If you’ve got a heart for history and a needy sweet tooth, we’ve got the perfect recipes for you. We’ve compiled a few of The Fort’s most popular – and delicious – dessert recipes, including the background on how they came to be on our menu and/or in our cookbook.
Holly’s Adobe Brick Sundae
We serve a lot of ice cream sundaes at The Fort, including one Holly Arnold Kinney, Proprietress of The Fort, created herself at just ten … Read the entire post >
For the past 112 years, people have anxiously awaited the arrival of the annual National Western Stock Show. One of Colorado’s most popular tourist attractions, the show is the nation’s premier livestock, rodeo and horse show. Held each January for 16 days, the event features one of the world’s richest professional rodeos, one of the country’s largest horse shows and Colorado’s largest western trade show. Each year, the show attracts more than 650,000 visitors (via National Western).
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‘Tis the season for making memories with family, catching up with friends and enjoying festive food. This holiday season, create new traditions – or celebrate existing ones – with us at The Fort.
While our Christmas Eve dinner is sold out this year, be sure to join us from 4-5:30 p.m. for Tesoro Cultural Center’s annual Las Posadas celebration in our courtyard and throughout our grounds. The special holiday event commemorates Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to … Read the entire post >