Dan Clapson shares four farm-fresh recipes celebrating the Canadian Prairies

The dishes draw inspiration from the beauty of the changing seasons as well as the many different ingredients and cultures that make this region such a culinary hotspot.
February 2, 2024 3:09 p.m. EST
February 2, 2024 3:09 p.m. EST

The Prairies may evoke images of flat lands where howling winds create snowdrifts as high as cars, but “it’s a dry cold,” as they say. But they lean into all things comfort foods and preserving. Dan Clapson shares four Prairie-inspired recipes to warm you up this winter. 

The Caribou Cocktail

This drink has a storied history and allegedly one that initially involved caribou blood, but today, the homemade Caribou cocktail can be viewed as mulled wine with a kick. 

Bison Cabbage Roll Soup

Cabbage rolls are one of the most beloved comfort foods in the Prairies. With many folks having Ukrainian family roots, a made-with-love-by-somebody’s-baba batch of cabbage rolls is never more than a stone’s throw away. This soup is an ode to the dish but further embraces Prairie ingredients by using ground bison instead of beef, sage, and a little chilli vodka from a famous Saskatoon distillery for a kick.

Roasted Squash and Halloumi Salad


This grillable cheese helps take this squash and apple salad to the next level. 

Mustard and Brown Sugar-Glazed Meatloaf

There is plenty of nostalgia to be found in meatloaf. This one features Canadian beef puréed dried red lentils and a deliciously easy-to-make mustard and brown sugar glaze that fits this cookbook.