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Charles Macurdy

Charles was born and raised in Vancouver. For over a decade, he worked as a chef before leaving the industry to attend university. Charles has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UBC. He has written on a range of culinary topics, such as food trends and cooking to restricted diets, and has published numerous original recipes. He has also written extensive criticism, covering television, film, and music, with a particular focus on television comedy as a developing art form. His most recent work is as a culture critic and humorist in his blog, The Red Couch Report. Charles is committed to fostering respectful, intelligent, and rational democratic discourse. Failing that, he is prepared to supplement the conversation with jokes.

A Little Bite with Big Flavour for Christine Nesbitt

The flavours of the outdoors shine in this recipe.

A Cup of Cocoa for Golden Girl Ashley McIvor

Try a variation on this simple, decadent cup of cocoa.

A Bold and Versatile Spice Mix for Charles Hamelin

This spice mix is bold and versatile, not unlike short-track star Charles Hamelin.

Something Quick and Intense for Short Track Star Francois-Louis Tremblay

Fast, sweet, tart, and intense, this dish goes out to short-track star Tremblay

A Ragout for the Golden Boys of the Short Track 5000m Relay

Short-track speed skating is dangerous stuff. It's a little like Nascar, in that half the people watching are waiting to see a crash. To keep up your strength, you'd need a high-protein meal, so here...

A Sweet Finish for the Martin Rink

I continue in my quest to write and dedicate a recipe for every Canadian medalist of the 2010 games. You'll have to forgive my struggle to catch up; I didn't realize what I was in for. These games...

A Classic for Jasey Jay Anderson

Like Clara Hughes, Jasey Jay Anderson is a veteran of the Canadian Olympic team competing in the games for the last time. However, unlike Hughes, Anderson had never stood on the podium before...

2 Recipes for an Historic Accomplishment in Women's Bobsled

These Canadian Women are really making me work. Just think, on Wednesday it took 20 Canadian men to beat the Russians at hockey and only 9 Canadian women to bring home 4 medals. Not bad. Not bad at...

Hockey Mom Pancakes

My mother makes the best pancakes in the world. All of my life, I have hated any other pancake I've tried, especially those horrible things you get from a store-bought mix. Just thinking about them...

A "Relay" Recipe for the Women's Relay Team

Now, stay with me on this one. With Marianne St-Gelais taking her second medal in these games as a member of the short-track women's relay team, I thought that it made sense to "relay" the recipe...