Recipe and half of the vacation (picture-rich)

The apple-pear salsa Sister made last week was very good. The recipe we used was from Chef Walter, as she didn’t have her original recipe with her. I’m going to make this tomorrow for DH’s birthday and will take a picture. Here it is… with the following alterations/tips:

1. We used walnuts, but thought pecans would be better after tasting it

2. We didn’t use granny smith apples – any work well

3. We used lemon juice and no orange rind mainly because we didn’t have an orange.


4 cups finely chopped granny smith apples
1 cup chopped pear (fresh or canned)
½ cup quartered red grapes
½ cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)
3 TBSP orange juice
1 TBSP brown sugar
2 tsp orange peel

6 8″ flour tortillas
cooking oil spray
3 TBSP sugar
1 ½ tsp cinnamon

Mix juice, brown sugar and orange peel and set aside. Chop all ingredients and toss immediately with juice mixture so apples won’t brown. Refrigerate about an hour and serve with chips.

Mix cinnamon and sugar. Spray both sides of the tortilla with the cooking oil spray. Sprinkle one side with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Stack all 6 tortillas together and then cut into 8 wedges using a pizza cutter (or a good knife). Place on cookie sheets in 1 layer with no overlaps (or they will cook unevenly) and bake for 10 minutes at 350. Watch the chips and turn them once halfway through cooking. Allow to cool.

<Picture added on Aug 12>

apple salsa

I made it with pecans and the orange juice and peel, but it still needs something…. what????

On to vacation…Day one and half of day two.

We arrived in San Francisco on Monday afternoon. I used to be good at flying (actually enjoyed it), but since Bug arrived it scares me for some reason. Anyway, we ate a nice, but late dinner at a pub near Fisherman’s warf (view out the window is below) – the one that started making Irish coffee in the US.


DH had an Irish coffee, but I veered off the (b)eaten path by ordering a spinach omelet. We then went over to get some chocolate at Ghirardelli square! The dark chocolate with ground espresso beans is awesome!

We then went home and went to bed….

The next day was our Taste of the City tour (North Beach/Little Italy). We rode the trolley (crowded and bumpy) to our meeting place in Little Italy. It was extremely yummy and very interesting. We saw how they roast coffee from the little gray beans,


and how good, not bitter, it is when fresh roasted in this machine.


The cappucino at Caffe Roma was delicious! If you are ever near, it is worth the trip!


We had truffles at XOX, saw a really pretty old church (St. Peter and Paul Church?) with lovely stained glass,



ate Italian meats and tasted olive oils at a shop (name?) that is located near a lovely flower shop,



and visited a bread bakery (The Italian French Baking Company), which has excellent foccacia,


where we got to see the bread ovens,


and a pastry bakery (The Victorian Pastry Shop) where we sampled eclairs.


We ended up at the Purple Onion, a tiny comedy club where many famous comics got their starts. DH is telling a joke here…


This was a whirl wind day, so I’ll stop here and I’ll tell you about Muir Beach and Woods and Sonoma Valley in the next post…


One thought on “Recipe and half of the vacation (picture-rich)

  1. Pingback: Cooking reflections « Beckle Speckle’s Zany World

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