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Noelle Carter

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As the L.A. Times Test Kitchen director, Noelle Carter oversees the testing of all recipes that appear in The Times. In addition, she writes features and contributes to Food’s Daily Dish blog. Noelle is also a regular contributor to "The Splendid Table" radio program. A native Southern Californian, she holds a degree in film from the University of Southern California and, when she’s not cooking, loves watching old movies.

Recent Articles

  • Farmers market report: Broccoli is in season. We have recipes

    Farmers market report: Broccoli is in season. We have recipes

    What’s in season: Generally in season from the winter months well into spring, broccoli gets its name from the Italian word for “cabbage sprout,” and it is related to Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and other members of the cabbage family. Where standard broccoli is known for its thick, tree-like...

  • Warm up with this quick chili recipe

    Warm up with this quick chili recipe

    Chili is one of those dishes we don’t normally think of as “fast food.” A great pot of chili has to take its time cooking, a medley of flavors slowly simmered to bring out the best in each ingredient. Given what a project chili can be to make, you might never guess how quickly this recipe comes...

  • Meet your new favorite mac 'n' cheese recipe

    Meet your new favorite mac 'n' cheese recipe

    Mac ’n’ cheese just might be the ultimate comfort food: You have a gooey dish of pasta, creamy cheese and a crunchy topping that usually includes more cheese. And though we all have our favorite recipe (some of us have more than one), this is one dish that can always use a little tweaking just...

  • Try this diner-style roast beef hash recipe for dinner tonight

    Try this diner-style roast beef hash recipe for dinner tonight

    Sometimes you just want to keep it easy on a weeknight, especially when it comes to dinner. Hash is simple and no fuss — it's a one-pan comfort food that you can flavor any of a number of ways using a few ingredients from the store, or leftovers still hanging out in the fridge. For diner-style...

  • Still have Thanksgiving leftovers? Try this Thai-style turkey soup recipe

    Still have Thanksgiving leftovers? Try this Thai-style turkey soup recipe

    Getting a little tired of Thanksgiving leftovers? Repurpose the last of the turkey using this Thai-style soup recipe. The soup takes only about an hour to make, perfect for a weeknight meal, combining leftover turkey, eggplant, tomatoes and coconut milk with bright, fresh flavors including jalapenos,...

  • Farmers market report: Root vegetables are in season. We have recipes

    Farmers market report: Root vegetables are in season. We have recipes

    What’s in season: When it comes to root vegetables, carrots probably get the most attention. But there’s so much more to enjoy beneath the surface. Root vegetables — including parsnips, turnips and rutabagas — are generally in season from late fall through the winter months, perfect for a variety...

  • 14 great recipe ideas using Thanksgiving leftovers

    14 great recipe ideas using Thanksgiving leftovers

    Happy day after Thanksgiving. You’ve survived another holiday. And while you may be impressed with how great your turkey turned out this year, or that post-election domestic relations around the dinner table didn’t dissolve into war this year, perhaps you’re most impressed that you were able to...

  • Make this spinach balls recipe for a simple Thanksgiving appetizer

    Make this spinach balls recipe for a simple Thanksgiving appetizer

    Spinach, breadcrumbs, cheese, onion, a touch of garlic, eggs, more cheese and plenty of butter.  It’s hard to resist these simple spinach balls, whether served at a potluck, weekend gathering, or as a quick bite before you sit down to your Thanksgiving meal. It’s no wonder this recipe is one of...

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