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

  • 21 ideas for the foodie on your holiday gift list

    21 ideas for the foodie on your holiday gift list

    Whether you’re staying at home, or close to it, this year or traveling far afield, it can be fun to do your gift shopping locally. So this year we’ve curated our gift guide with our home state in mind, picking up a few things — olive oils and jams, chocolates and earthenware pots — that have been...

  • Homemade Sriracha salt, pancake mix and sea salt caramel make unique holiday gifts

    Homemade Sriracha salt, pancake mix and sea salt caramel make unique holiday gifts

    When it comes to homemade holiday gift ideas, there are plenty of ways to get crafty in the kitchen. Not only are such gifts a great way to stay on budget during the holiday season, they’re a thoughtful and creative way to show how much you care. From chocolate-dipped pretzels to batches of freshly...

  • A beginner's guide to cooking a Thanksgiving turkey

    A beginner's guide to cooking a Thanksgiving turkey

    If you’ve never cooked a Thanksgiving turkey, the whole process can be, well, more than a little intimidating. Even those of us who cook for a living feel the pressure when it comes to this holiday meal. You’ve got the bird — and it’s big — and one shot to get it right. This is performance anxiety,...

  • Farmers market report: Brussels sprouts are in season. We have recipes

    Farmers market report: Brussels sprouts are in season. We have recipes

    What’s in season: A member of the cabbage family, Brussels sprouts resemble tiny heads of cabbage or lettuce, growing in rows on long stalks, and are said to have been grown in Belgium since the 16th century, hence their name. The small sprouts generally range in size from 1 to 2 inches, with the...

  • Try this recipe for a comforting bowl of potato and wild chard soup

    Try this recipe for a comforting bowl of potato and wild chard soup

    One bite of this rich soup, and you might never guess its depth of flavor comes from a few ingredients and less than an hour’s time preparing the recipe. Tender diced potatoes, chopped chard, garlic, olive oil and a touch of seasoning make for a perfect combination in this simple meal, perfect...

  • Salute the middle of the week with this saucy pumpkin cocktail recipe

    Salute the middle of the week with this saucy pumpkin cocktail recipe

    Take some of your favorite fall flavors — pumpkin, cinnamon, orange and maple — and combine them in a glass. This saucy pumpkin cocktail does just that, adding a touch of cinnamon whiskey, orange liqueur and maple syrup to a pint of pumpkin ale. It’s a simple cocktail to make, and a perfect way...

  • Check out these ginger cream cookies and vote in our Holiday Cookie Bake-Off

    Check out these ginger cream cookies and vote in our Holiday Cookie Bake-Off

    We're now taking votes for our 6th Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off. We have 130 tempting entries to choose from, so make your voice heard. It’s time to vote for your favorite. If you're curious about some of the entries, check out these ginger cream cookies. They were submitted by Brett...

  • Start your day off right with this sweet potato pancake recipe

    Start your day off right with this sweet potato pancake recipe

    Lightly spiced and deliciously aromatic, a stack of these sweet potato pancakes is a perfect way to start the day. Fresh off the griddle, you could top a plate with maple syrup, but they're best drizzled with a rich, praline-like brown sugar butter sauce, the recipes courtesy of Highland Bakery...

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