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The Fort’s Curried Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

(Excerpted from Proprietress Holly Arnold Kinney’s “The Fort Cookbook”) 

Inspired by the familiar squash soups found throughout the Southwest and flavored with East Indian curry—traded at Bent’s Fort in the 19th century—this delicious soup appears on our menu with happy regularity as a soup special. It is perfect served on a cold evening with cornbread and a green salad. 

Follow the recipe below to prepare a hearty bowl for yourself! 

Ingredients 

  • 1 large butternut squash (about 3 ½ lbs.) 
  • 3
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The Fort’s Chopped Green Chile Sauce

(Excerpted from Proprietress Holly Arnold Kinney’s “The Fort Cookbook”) 

It’s one of our favorite times of the year: Green chile season! At The Fort, we make a hot green chile sauce and a mild one, such as the recipe below. It’s wonderfully versatile and can be served on the side or spooned into a pocket cut in a thick steak, as we do for our Gonzales Steak dish, which has been on the menu since 1963! 

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Fire Away! An Interview With The Fort’s Cannoneer

Longtime fans of The Fort know there’s no better place to celebrate Independence Day than in Red Rocks country! Along with our tasty BBQ specials and classic Colorado views, Fourth of July at The Fort always includes the firing of our historic cannon.

But firing a 19th century cannon is a little different than setting off fireworks, so we asked The Fort’s cannoneer, Norman Hughes, to share more about his unique hobby.

How did you become a cannoneer?

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The Fort’s Famous Mountain Man Toast

Excerpted from Holly Arnold Kinney’s “The Fort Restaurant Cookbook.”

The Mountain Man toast was a favorite of The Fort’s founder, Sam Arnold. To this day, we carry on the tradition he started by encouraging its recitation at every opportunity! On just about any evening at The Fort, you will hear it, getting louder as the toast progresses and those gathered around the table get more involved. The toast was written in 1988 after Sam’l and his fellow Western history friends … Read the entire post >

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The Fort Recipe: Strawberry Sangaree

Excerpted from Holly Arnold Kinney’s “Shinin’ Times at The Fort”

Fruit “sangarees” – cocktails similar to the wine beverage sangria – were popular in the days of Bent’s Old Fort. Fruit syrups were combined with red wine and ice for a cool, refreshing drink. Made the same way at The Fort, they’ve previously been in high demand during the hot summer months.

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The Fort Recipe: Rocky Mountain Oysters with Panko

 

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.”

Holly writes:

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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The Fort Recipe: Smokehouse Buffalo BBQ Ribs

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!

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The Fort Recipe: Red Potatoes with Corn and Anasazi Beans

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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The Fort Recipe: Gunny’s Brandied Pumpkin Pie

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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The Fort’s Famous Green Salad Recipe

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 >

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