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

  • 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...

  • How to tell when your Thanksgiving turkey is done

    How to tell when your Thanksgiving turkey is done

    You’re roasting your Thanksgiving turkey in the oven, and while it may look crisp, golden and ready to eat, you have no idea if it’s actually done. What do you do? There’s only one foolproof way to check for proper doneness and that is using a thermometer. For years, the Department of Agriculture...

  • Make this lemon chiffon pie recipe your new go-to Thanksgiving dessert

    Make this lemon chiffon pie recipe your new go-to Thanksgiving dessert

    When it comes to Thanksgiving dessert, it’s all about the pie. This is one holiday that’s not complete without the pumpkin pie, or pecan, or perhaps even the apple or cherry. But if you’re looking for something just a little lighter, with a nice tang from fresh lemon juice and zest, give this lemon...

  • Thinking of Thanksgiving sides? Try this roasted garlic smashed potatoes recipe

    Thinking of Thanksgiving sides? Try this roasted garlic smashed potatoes recipe

    It’s not Thanksgiving without the mashed potatoes. And while we all have our personal preferences about what we consider the perfect mash — smooth or lumpy, creamy or fluffy — there are some simple tricks we can use to elevate this comfort food classic. Show your spuds a little love — starting...

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