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Cory’s Kitchen: Winter 2023 Edition

January 13, 2023

Delicately falling snow, quiet winter sunrises, and frost wreathed mountains await guests who visit C Lazy U in wintertime. Whether you enjoy winter horseback riding or a little spa getaway, we know one thing for certain: nothing pairs better with frosty temperatures than a warm, hearty meal. C Lazy U’s Executive Chef Cory Untch develops specialty seasonal menus all year-round, and if you’re planning your winter family vacation, read on to discover what Cory has in store.

Related: Farm To Table: Dining at C Lazy U 

Heartwarming Dishes 

During the winter, it’s all about enlivening the senses and creating a feeling of coming home. Chef Cory loves to experiment with comfort foods and produce traditional meals that remind one of home while bringing new twists and flavor profiles. For wintertime, Cory and his team of chefs take inspiration from American classics, European tavern fare, and – of course – authentic ranch life. With familiar flavors and family-style meals, you may just find yourself calling C Lazy U Ranch your second home.  

chicken salad dish

Food That’s Good For The Soul

Is there anything better than sitting down to a hot, delicious meal after a chilly day outside? While you work up an appetite horseback riding, ice skating, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing, Chef Cory and his team will be hard at work slow-roasting seasonal root vegetables, winter squash, and fall-off-the-bone-tender meats. This season’s menu highlights the best that winter has to offer – including some of Cory’s seasonal favorites, like winter squash, charcuterie, and game items such as Colorado elk, duck, & venison. This year, Chef Cory sought to pay homage to some classic elevated winter dishes such as Beef Bourguignon and Duck Confit.

c lazy u dining set with food

Chef Cory’s Winter Inspirations 

Researching, testing, and developing each seasonal menu is no small feat. Chef Cory and his team begin preparing the winter menu as far back as August. It can be difficult to get into the winter mood while the summer sun is still beating down, so Chef Cory works to focus on the culinary traditions of the winter season as well as what it represents to those on the ranch.

Respecting the turn of the season means using the methods and the ways of the past to preserve the harvest season’s best offerings. As Chef Cory says, “Winter is comfort food season. It’s time to slow down a little and reflect on the lessons from the year.”  With reflection comes nostalgia and memories of incredible holiday meals filling the heart and the soul. Cory’s favorite part of winter at C Lazy U is the feeling of the holiday season and the warmth of the lodge dining room in contrast to the winter chill just outside. His menu for winter is designed to warm body as well as soul, and to evoke special holiday memories as only food can.  

gourmet recipe at c lazy u


Come and share in the season with us at C Lazy U. We’ll enjoy a hearty meal in front of the crackling fire as we reflect on the year and receive together the bounties of another wonderful season on the ranch. If you’re excited to see what Chef Cory and his entire culinary team are whipping up this season, book your stay now!

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