Cooking In the Jungle

A Food Blog From A

Costa Rican Hideaway

With Deby

July 27, 2020

 We love white spaghetti, that's lots of garlic with red chili and olive oil with a chunk of butter add the cooked spaghetti and its just so good all on it's own. This time I layered it with cooked mustard greens and some corn meal and flour coated fish fried until gol...

July 3, 2020

Sometimes I just want some Pesto and the best way for me to enjoy it is over Pasta and of course some good bread and a glass of wine, salad if you like.

I use no recipe I just place a good handful of Basil into the food processor with a small chunk of Parmesan a small h...

May 6, 2020

 Nothing to special about these Tacos they are Chucks favorite ground beef, fried corn tortilla, lettuce, tomato, cheese and of course hot sauce or salsa is this case both. I also made Flauntas flour tortilla with roasted potatoes rolled inside and then fried with guac...

January 29, 2020

  •  Tomato Confit is so simple and delicious I can’t stop making it. I think you will have a hard time too. Just make it and enjoy the intense flavor. I put my Confit on my sourdough bread that I toasted in the oven. 

I used a 9x9 in pan. 

Fill with cherry tomat...

January 24, 2020

Every time I make these I wonder way I don't make them more often. Crunchy and delicious add some basil and thyme with parmesan cheese some good salt and pepper like I did on one batch. 

On the other batch I put hot chilies and parmesan cheese with fleur...

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...

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I'm jumping in. I'm not your mother's blogger, oh wait I am. So I thought at 67 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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