Los Angeles Times

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 may be the best strawberry pie recipe ever

    This may be the best strawberry pie recipe ever

    Sometimes dessert doesn’t get any better than fresh, summer fruit piled high in a tender pie crust. It’s one of the simplest ways to showcase the best the season has to offer. "This time of year, I really like to make things that don't require a lot of oven time. There's so much great fruit around,...

  • Farmers market report: Plums are in season

    Farmers market report: Plums are in season

    What’s in season: We can credit legendary plant breeder Luther Burbank for the variety of produce we have now – he introduced more than 800 varieties of fruits and vegetables – not to mention more than 100 types of plums alone. But who could guess the Santa Rosa plums he first introduced to the...

  • Celebrate summer with 42 cocktail recipes

    Celebrate summer with 42 cocktail recipes

    It's not Friday quite yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start celebrating summer with a cocktail. In fact, we’ve compiled 42 of our favorite cocktails to help toast the season – not to mention the Fourth of July and the long weekend. From sangria to margaritas, bloody Marys to martinis, we’ll...

  • 9 fried chicken recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen

    9 fried chicken recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen

    When it comes to comfort food, sometimes nothing beats fried chicken. There are few things more beautiful than a delicately seasoned piece of poultry, delicately seasoned and lightly dredged with a dusting of flour, baptized in a pool of sizzling fat to crisp, golden perfection. Fried chicken isn’t...

  • In the kitchen: Summer, funnel cakes, tomatoes

    In the kitchen: Summer, funnel cakes, tomatoes

    The funnel cake is the quintessential food of fairs, carnivals and theme parks. We share tips, a master recipe – and a fun video – so you can enjoy this festive creation in your own kitchen. Meanwhile, the first cherry tomatoes signal that the tomato season is almost upon us, and then all of a...

  • Got tomatoes? Make this simple chilled tomato soup recipe

    Got tomatoes? Make this simple chilled tomato soup recipe

    Tomato soup recipes don’t get any easier than this. Puree fresh, flavorful tomatoes, strain the seeds and skins and flavor simply with salt and pepper. Chill the puree quickly over an ice bath, or refrigerate until mealtime. To serve, garnish the soup with fresh basil, crunchy croutons and burrata...

  • 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...

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