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Noble Pies, thistle pie

Mark Hayden Jul 31, 2004 05:34 PM

Hi all,

Does anyone know where I might find or get the recipe for thistle pie that used to be available at Noble Pies in Oakland's Rockridge area. This pie was made of artichoke, garbanzo beans, carrots, & who knows what else, but it was wonderful.

Noble Pies has been gone for over 10 years and I really miss them.


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    lrau RE: Mark Hayden Mar 1, 2008 04:07 AM

    It has been 25 years since I last had a thistle pie from Noble Pies and I still think about it. I have searched periodically for a similar recipe to no avail. Anyone?

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      SteveG RE: lrau Mar 1, 2008 01:20 PM

      I just bought a bunch of beautiful Cardoons at the Alemany farmer's market, which has gotten much better in the last few years, and I'm going to make a cardoon pudding from one of Mario Batali's cookbooks. Not quite a pie, but it might scratch the itch...

      If anyone has ideas on what to do with the lacy, tender, inner leaves of these cardoons, feel free to pipe up on the home cooking board.

      Home Cooking Post:

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      dinnerout RE: Mark Hayden Mar 2, 2008 01:04 AM

      I loved Noble Pies and miss them as well...sigh...

      1. lexdevil RE: Mark Hayden Mar 3, 2008 05:34 AM

        I could be wrong, as it's been a long while, but I think one of the keys to this pie is that it also included yams.

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          kmerritt RE: Mark Hayden Oct 15, 2008 04:48 PM

          Thistle Pie (from original menu)
          Artichoke hearts, black olives, and carrots are encased in a nutritious blend of garbanzo bean and swiss cheese. A vegetarian pie.

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            Hunicsz RE: Mark Hayden Oct 15, 2008 07:28 PM

            Oh, how I miss Noble Pies! I'm pretty sure it didn't have yams, but rather thickly cut carrots.

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              foodnut RE: Mark Hayden Oct 16, 2008 12:30 PM

              I haven't seen this feature in the SF Chronicle food section in a while, but they used to have a column around reader requests. You might try something like that to see whether anyone might have an approximation recipe -- or, best case, a former employee/owner would take pity on you and share the actual recipe!

              The turkey pies were a family party staple for years - yum!

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                LeaShannon RE: Mark Hayden Nov 23, 2009 09:21 AM

                I miss Noble Pies as well. I would do anything to have their cookbook! Does anyone remember the Quebec Tourtiere?

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