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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.

Cheap, Easy, Delicious. A High-Energy Burrito for Mike Robertson

I don't know the guy personally, but Mike Robertson strikes me as the type who might enjoy a good burrito. And, of course, the secret to any good burrito is the beans. Without beans, a burrito is...

A Bold Curry for Jon Montgomery

This is a nicely satisfying vegan dish, packed with big flavours. I thought that something bold was right for an athlete who competes in a daredevil sport like skeleton. By the way, did anybody...

A Recipe for Joannie Rochette

Anything I could say about Joannie Rochette's loss would be trite at best. However, I can say that she has conducted herself with grace and composure which boggles the mind. So, even though I've been...

Little Meringue Clouds for Olympic Gold Medal Winners Virtue and Moir

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir looked so sweet, like they were dancing on air.  With that in mind, I thought that I'd offer something of the same consistency: sweet and airy for two gifted young...

A Spicy Pasta Dish for Kristina Groves

This one is another one of my personal favorites. Easy, flavourful, and satisfying, it's the kind of dish that delivers all of the carbs a short track star like Groves will need to capture not one,...

Olympic Edition: Part 3

Now, we return to our first medalist of these games. Jennifer Heil put on a thrilling performance on the moguls, a sport which leaves an athlete with badly battered knees by the end of his or her...

The Maelle Ricker Burger: Fresh, Hardy, a Winner

Maelle Ricker. Not only was she the first woman to win gold at home, this North Shore girl did it in her own back yard. Hers is a great story and deserves a great recipe. I've decided to go with a...

Risotto Basics Concluded

Part 3: Finishing Touches   After you've added your vegetation, which should happen before the rice reaches its optimal doneness, finish cooking the dish and remove it from the heat. Before...