Noelle Carter

Writer

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

  • This watermelon salad recipe could be the easiest summer dish ever

    This watermelon salad recipe could be the easiest summer dish ever

    Watermelon fan? Rather than slicing it into wedges, chop the watermelon into bite-size cubes and toss with a little fresh mint and lime juice, along with a touch of olive oil for richness. Serve it right away, or fix it ahead of time and chill until ready to serve. With just this handful of ingredients...

  • How to make delicious funnel cake — we've got video too!

    How to make delicious funnel cake — we've got video too!

    The funnel cake — served under a mountain of powdered sugar and any of a number of toppings — is the stuff of fried food legend, and a trip to the fair, carnival or theme park isn’t complete without one. Or the stack of napkins you’ll need to go with it. For the uninitiated, a funnel cake is a...

  • Farmers market report: Tomatoes are in season

    Farmers market report: Tomatoes are in season

    What’s in season: A variety of exotic heirloom and other tomatoes are showing up at a number of markets, taking advantage of the heat. And though the quality of supermarket tomatoes continues to improve, it’s still hard to beat the flavor offered by local farmers at various stands, with colorful...

  • This chilled tomato-beer soup will help you cool off and unwind

    This chilled tomato-beer soup will help you cool off and unwind

    If you’ve never thought of adding beer to your soup, you’re not alone. But adding a cold pilsner to a chilled tomato soup is a match made in heaven. This recipe, from food writer Regina Schrambling, adds just the right amount of effervescence to the gazpacho-like soup. Think of it as pure refreshment...

  • Fix these summer parfaits using your own homemade granola

    Fix these summer parfaits using your own homemade granola

    It doesn't get much easier than parfait when you’re thinking of a quick meal or snack. Combine granola, fruit and yogurt – and you’re done. But did you know how easy homemade granola is to make? Try it once, and you might never go back to store-bought again. Combine a few cups of rolled oats with...

  • In the Kitchen: Focaccia and food mills

    In the Kitchen: Focaccia and food mills

    You probably know him for his imaginative and gravity-defying cake creations, but did you know Duff Goldman also bakes bread? Bread is more than just a hobby for Goldman, it’s a passion of his. The baker shares his love for bread, along with his take on focaccia. And maybe you remember watching...

  • Cool off with this refreshing cucumber mint lemonade recipe

    Cool off with this refreshing cucumber mint lemonade recipe

    Crisp, cool and refreshing – sometimes that’s all you want on a hot day. This lemonade certainly fills the bill. A little sweet yet tart, the simple drink is flavored with fresh mint, cucumber, lime and club soda for a light, fizzy finish. And it’s the perfect beverage when you’re looking for a...

  • The only guacamole recipe you'll ever need

    The only guacamole recipe you'll ever need

    It’s not a party without the guacamole, right? It seems everything from chips to chicken is improved with a little guac (or a lot). And though a store-bought version will work in a pinch, it’s so easy to make a batch from scratch. All you’ll need are some ripe avocados, onions, chiles, cilantro,...

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