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Blueberry-Grapefruit Salad

This is the perfect spring salad! I love it when 2 seasons collide – when you can still buy Texas ruby red grapefruit and blueberries are abundant. Add mint, a little honey, and you have a colorful, flavorful salad.

This is as easy as slicing 2 grapefruits 6 ways, remove from skin, then divide each section into 1/4’s. Throw in a carton of blueberries. Remove mint leaves from stem and slice into 1/4” pieces. Slightly stir the mint and honey in the fruit and Voila! Its a color explosion!

You can even throw this on top of some salad greens for a lunch salad.

Blueberry-Grapefuit Salad

Prep Time 5 minutes


  • 2 large Texas grapefruit
  • 1 carton blueberries (about 2 cups)
  • 3 large sprigs fresh mint
  • 2 tbsp Texas local honey


  •  Cut grapefruit in six sections. Using a serrated edge knife, remove meat from skin. Cut sections in 1/4’s and add to bowl.
  • Add blueberries
  • Remove mint leaves from stem. Stack on top of each other and slice into 1/4 in pieces.
  • Add mint leaves to salad and stir in honey.


Spanish Mission Trail and Salmorejo Soup

Spanish Mission Trail and Soup

This next Texicureans adventure is full- out-fun. We biked the Spanish Mission Trail, stopped at a brewery, and topped it off learning how to make authentic Spanish soup from Maite Aguirre-Ortega. Our loyal readers may have noticed a trend in these articles. Texicureans’ mission is sharing the rich history of Texas by way of food. That’s why we are reporting back from unique to Texas locations and pairing them with cultural recipes. We hope to give you a glimpse of adventure and inspire you to join the journey.

Biking the Spanish Missions

I live for exercising outdoors and I’m a student of Texas history. Combine the two and I’m hooked. I bike this trail every year in the beautiful Spring air; it’s the best time to go in my opinion. From the moment you hit the trail, you immediately leave the noise of the city and enter a quiet, almost rural scene.

The San Antonio Missions are a National Park Service site, and the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Texas. The trail is wide along the San Antonio River with small elevations and markers to guide riders. My perfect day is to head south on the Riverwalk Trail to visit three of the missions: Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, and Mission San Juan (about a 16-mile round trip).

Each Mission has its own distinct beauty and stories. Remarkably, all four of the mission sites still contain active catholic parishes! If you hit it right, Mission San Jose, the Queen of the Missions has ranger led walks at 10 am and 11 am. Ranger-led talks at Mission San José are offered at 2:15 pm and 3:15 pm. These talks last for 15-30 minutes and can give you a great overview of the park.

Typically, I tour the missions on the way down the trail and opt for a straight return trip back up to the King William Area and Blue Star Arts Complex to return the bikes.  A welcome site is the Blue Star Brewing Company Restaurant.  With outside seating you can still enjoy the spring air while dining.  A perfect ending to a perfect day!

Tip: Rent your bike

The first time we took our own bikes, but ended up with flat tires, so now I park right in front of Blue Star Bicycling Company and rent one of their well-maintained bikes for a day.  They have a choice of several styles, including e-bikes and cruisers.  They will fit you for the bike appropriate for your size and provide a basket for snacks or picnic items. There is a 5-pound limit for safety purposes – I learned this and had to leave a few items behind.  Be sure and bring water – a holder for water bottles is on each bike as well. I recommend arriving by 10:00 AM or so to rent your bike.  This will assure bikes are available for your party.  It will also give you plenty of time to tour the missions – which I never tire of exploring. 

While the historic beauty of the missions is breathtaking, the taste of an authentic Spanish recipe prepared at home is transformative. Food is family. Family is culture. Culture is history. So, come along with us into the kitchen where we learn how to make Salmorejo.

Salmorejo Soup

In the kitchen with Maite Aguirre-Ortega from Alsasua, Spain, we learned how to make her favorite warm day soup – a chilled tomato soup called Salmorejo. Requiring only ripe tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and bread – this recipe is a snap to make in a blender.  If you use the optional toppings of diced hard-boiled egg and serrano ham, you have a meal. The full recipe and video tutorial can be found on www.texicureans.com.

Maite shared she has yet to visit the Missions that her homeland established so many years ago but plans to go soon with her new bike! She now lives in Austin with her native Austinite husband, Ryan. Not surprisingly, they say a Texas version of Salmorejo would be to add brisket as a topping. Sounds great to us! Que Aproveche! (Let’s eat!)


Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Soup
Servings 4


  • 8 red, ripe tomatoes (2.5 lbs)
  • 7 oz stale bread
  • 1 cup EVOO
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 hardboiled eggs
  • diced Derrano ham or other cured ham


  • Dice tomatoes.
  • Pull the bread apart into pieces.
  • Place the tomatoes in a blender and blend until completely pureed.
  • Pour the blended tomatoes into a colander using a steel spoon to clean the blend from the tomato seeds.
  • Put the bread in the blender and pour the clean tomato blend on top of it. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, olive oil, and salt. Blend until smooth.
  • Refrigerate for 2 hours (this is the hard part)
  • Serve the Salmorejo with hard-boiled egg and cured Spanish ham, or prosciutto. Note to Texans: Chopped brisket works great!



  • Notes from Maite:
  • Tomatoes: The key to a good Salmorejo is to use fresh and very juicy tomatoes. We like using vine tomatoes but you can also use pear tomatoes.
  • Olive Oil: The recipe calls for a good amount of olive oil and so its important to use a god quality product. The olive oil can really change the flavor of your Salmorejo, so we encourage you to find your favorite one. Buying EVOO is a good rule of thumb. For our recipe we used Dominos Oil from South of Spain. We bought it online from a shop called The Olives Market in Buda, TX.
  • Garlic: Even if we love it in Spain, garlic is not for everyone. Feel free to start your recipe garlic free if you prefer. Don’t allow this small ingredient stop you from tasting one of the best cold soups that exists: If you like garlic - between one to two cloves gives you that perfect garlic punch that we adore in our palates.
  • Bread: the reason behind Salmorejo’s thick texture. For our recipe we used French Bread from HEB, stale bread or any bread with a dense crumb ratio will work. And remember, if you want a thiner soup just put less bread but if you want a ticker one, go wild. Just know that it’ll make your blender work double!


Spring calls for coconut cream pie!

Spring just calls for a coconut cream pie!

Until you’ve enjoyed a homemade version – you really haven’t tasted a true coconut cream. The coconut outshines the sugar to leave you satisfied without that sweet bite. This recipe doesn’t really take long: I buy the shells that you unroll and bake from the dairy section of HEB.

To increase the coconut flavor, I added 1/2 cup of coconut milk to the 3 cups whole milk. The pie holds up really nicely when sliced – making a lovely presentation. A dollop of whip cream completes the taste sensation.

Click this link for a short video on how to prepare

Coconut Cream Pie

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 8


  • 1 pastry shell
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • cup sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened fine coconut
  • 3 slightly beaten extra large egg yolks
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp pure almond extract


  • Prepare and bake pastry shell
  • Scald the milk in the microwave approximately 5 minutes
  • In a saucepan, combine the flour, sugar, salt and coconut.
  • Over medium low heat, slowly add 1 cup of the scalded milk, whisking constantly until thickened. Continue this process one cup at a time until gone.
  • Pour about 1/2 cup of mixture into beaten egg yolks and whisk constantly. Pour this back into the pot.
  • Stir in vanilla, almond, and butter.
  • Cool mixture and pour into pastry shell.
  • Refrigerate and serve topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

Tex-Mex Meatballs

You’ve always heard about Meatballs and you think about that being an Italian dish. But, guess what: there’s a Tex-Mex version! And guess what else: It’s a one skillet dish! So, make this recipe, make a salad and you have dinner.

As long as I’m messing up the kitchen, I like to double this recipe for a later meal. I froze this recipe to take to a friend who was having a medical procedure a few days after preparation. It thawed out and reheated in the microwave like a charm.

A mixed green salad with avocado, onions, and a few crumbled chips is an excellent accompaniment.

Go Tex-Mex!


Tex-Mex Meatballs


  • 2-4 tbsp Texas EVOO
  • ½ cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 jalapeños, seeds removed and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 tsp each cumin, smoked paprika, and oregano
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 lb grass-fed ground beef (preferably Texas beef)
  • ¼ cup crushed tortilla chips
  • 4 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1 28 oz can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Adobo seasoning
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice and chopped cilantro, for serving


  • Heat 1 TBSP of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and jalapeños. Saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the cumin, smoked paprika, oregano and salt. Cook for another 2 - 3 minutes or until fragrant. Transfer the mixture to a plate and place it in the fridge to cool.
  • Once cooled, combine the sautéed vegetables with ground beef, crushed corn chips, and cilantro. Use your hands or a cookie scoop to roll the mixture into a 3 - 4 TBSP meatball, yielding about 12 meatballs.
  • Wipe out the skillet and return it to medium heat. Add another 1-2 TBSP of olive oil. Add the meatballs and cook until browned, about 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and set aside
  • To the skillet, add the tomatoes, Adobo seasoning, sugar, and pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and add the meatballs. Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently for 5-10 minutes, until the meatballs are cooed through, but still a little pink on the inside.
  • Serve warm with a squeeze of lime and chopped cilantro.



When sealed in an airtight container, the meatballs and tomato sauce will keep for 4-5 days in the fridge and up to 2 months in the freezer.
I like to double this recipe - perfect to put one recipe in the freezer for another meal.