Tales from the Tread: Taste the history of Routt County
“…the most treasured things passed down from generation to generation are the family recipes.”
― Robert St. John
Take a culinary journey through the past with the Tread of Pioneers Museum in the tasty three-part series, “A Taste of History.” We invite you to savor the history and family traditions that are held in family recipes and cooking methods from Routt County. Recipes are an integral part of our heritage as they demonstrate a historical perspective of home life, local agriculture, wildlife and plants, as well as family ties and connections between generations.
What: Tread of Pioneers Museum’s “A Taste of History” events
When: Noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 25, Feb. 22 and March 29
Where: Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St.
Cost: Free, but donations are appreciated
Now in its fourth year, each event features food-savvy speakers from longtime local families in the county as well as cooking implements and food preparations from the past. Delicious dishes are available for tasting and made from historic Routt County recipes.
Many of the recipes used for the events come from the Fair Family Favorites cookbook, a compilation of hundreds of historic Routt County recipes from the past 100 years. The cookbook, which honors the 100th anniversary of the Routt County Fair, was created by a group of women with lineage in Routt County dating back decades. The women contributed recipes from their own families and scoured the county for others.
In the cookbook’s introduction, contributor Nancy Mucklow wrote, “The recipes gathered here come from generations of Routt County ranchers, farmers, homemakers, city folk, culinary geniuses, chefs, master food preservers and young tykes adventurous enough to make an entry for the fair … These pages include recipes that pioneers brought with them from home and memories of rows of luscious cakes and clear jars of home canned pickles.”
Mucklow is also the co-organizer of “A Taste of History” events.
Through the events, the museum aims to honor the recipes, heritage, traditions, and wonderful families in our county.
The 2019 Line-Up
- Jan. 25: Wild Berries and How to Use Them: Jams, jellies, and other recipes with wild berries, including ways to use berries out of season.
- Feb. 22: Recipes and Cookbooks Through the Ages: The evolution of recipes in Routt County, including the role of home demonstration agents. Recipes, some old and some new, will come from the speakers’ collections and the Fair Family Favorites Cookbook.
- March 29: Living Off the Land — Food from Ranching and Hunting: In partnership with the Community Agriculture Alliance in celebration of Agriculture Appreciation Week, local ranchers and hunters will discuss raising livestock for food, including cattle, pigs, sheep, chickens and ducks, as well as hunting for elk, deer and antelope.
Candice Bannister is the executive director of Tread of the Pioneers Museum.
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On a sunny morning in October, 50 people either walked or ran 5 kilometers along Routt County Road 44, in hopes of winning a gift certificate for some locally grown beef.