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Cooking In the Jungle

A Food Blog From A

Costa Rican Hideaway

With Deby

December 4, 2019

 I don't know what is happening to me, but lately I have been cutting my fingers all the time. I am not sure if my Costa Rica knives are supper dull and my brand new knives in California are supper sharp, but my fingers are cut up. I know I should be more concerned wit...

November 6, 2019

 I can't tell you how many or what kind of cookies have been in this cookie jar. I do remember that my sister Sue gave it to me many years ago and I am happy to say I just came across it again while doing our renovation at our house in California. I love this cookie ja...

October 29, 2019

2 cups sifted flour

1 Tablespoon ground ginger

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon 

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup shortening

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1/4 cup dark molasses 

1/3 cup sugar with a Tablespoon or less cinnamon mixed together 

Preheat oven 350 degrees 


Sift the flour, gin...

October 21, 2019

My go to Coffee Cake. Straight forward and delicious. Add stuff or not. You could add raisins or almonds in the cake, but to me the cake is good on it’s own.


8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs room temperat...

October 17, 2019

For the last 2 and 1/2 months Chuck and I have been Renovating our home in California. We decided to to this about 2 years ago, so we began to save some money and plan it all out. We would do a total kitchen reno and open up two doorways and take out all the floors and...

July 31, 2019

 This cook book was lost and now it is found, not a great cook, book come on it's for Microwave Cooking for goodness sake. But the Rice Pudding was and is now a 70's favorite. My Mother in law Joann bought us our first Microwave than,  and she also bought this cook boo...

July 13, 2019

I love these! If you think ahead and make the potatoes it will save some time. I got up very early the other morning because I had potato flauntas on my mind. I was up a 4:20 am and Chuck heard the bedroom door close and he thought a burglar was in the house. It's just...

June 30, 2019

No need to get the mixer out for these delicious and easy Brownies. You can add things like espresso powder or nuts, whatever you like to make these Brownies your own. 

My Great Niece is visiting us from CA here in Costa Rica and how could I possibly send her home...

June 21, 2019

The Crust

1 stick of unsalted butter ( 8 Tablespoons) softened and cut into chunks

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 cup GF flour or all purpose flour

3/4 cup almond meal. pour some almonds into the food processor and pulse until you get almond meal.

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup dark choc...

June 13, 2019

I have been making these cookies for years and I decided to change it up a bit. I added ground almonds and almond extract. Made the difference for me. They are so buttery of course there is 2 sticks of butter in them. I used Raspberry Jam, but I used to use Papaya Jam...

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ABOUT ME

I'm jumping in. I'm not your mother's blogger, oh wait I am. So I thought at 65 I know a little about cooking and baking. I am ready to share my sweet life here in the jungle of Costa Rica. My home away from home. My outside cooking area, eating area, living area. The "rancho" as it's called here in Costa Rica. I live here with my surfer husband of 44 years. We are retired  from California, born and raised.  I cook quite often. If I get bored, I bake and then try to give my goods away. I also sell baked goods to some cafes and folks around here. We really don't need to eat all that sugar.

 

I learned to cook from my husband's Grandma, Marie, who was from Italy. So of course I love to make Italian food and we love Mexican food also. But I will try to cook anything.  Everything I make has a piece of Grandma Marie in it.  More about her later. 

 

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