Cooking In the Jungle

A Food Blog From A

Costa Rican Hideaway

With Deby

July 30, 2015



July 28, 2015

                                                                           Family Biscuits...

                                                                  Apricot and Walnut Regelach  ( I used Almonds )...

July 24, 2015


My dear friend Shirley Gonzalez shared this recipe with me many years ago. She used to make this with her old corn tortillas saved from the the ones Jose didn't eat. And he can eat lots of corn tortillas. She would make her own sauce, this all takes time. She had a gr...

July 22, 2015

Sometimes our walk to the beach is just, well better than other times. Today might have been one of those days. It's so green right now, everywhere. You really have to love the color green and all of it's shades to be here durning the rainy season. I do. Just look at t...

July 20, 2015

I have been making Crust for years. This crust is easy to make,

really. I used to do it all by hand, now I use my food processor. It's 

so fast. Chuck bought me a Cuisinart processor before we moved 

to Costa Rica. I don't think I used it until we came here. I w...

It doesn't have to be Sunday morning to enjoy this Coffee Cake. But it's Heidi's ( my neighbour and when you see a good food picture it's Heidi's)  Birthday so that is a good excuse for all of us to enjoy

this cake.


Well I really didn't say no to the the Skillet, I said no to Chuck's Mom and his Aunt when they offered Grandma Marie's Old Cast Iron Skillet to me. Me. I think that was an honor. Now.

 I had seen her cook in it many times. What was I not thinking. I guess I was sorta y...

 1 Can Rotel, Diced tomatoes and green chilies

1/2 Onion

2 Garlic Cloves diced

2 Jalapenos or 1 or 3, You pick

Olive Oil

1 teaspoon lime juice

1 Tablespoon Cilantro leave

1/2 Cup water


Put a small amount of Olive Oil in sauce pan ( thin layer)

Add onions, garlic and Jalapenos


I love these little pillows of egg wrapped chiles, stuffed with cheese and beans.

You can stuff them with anything you want. But remember here in the Jungle 

it's hard to find a big pablano chile. Or a small one. So I have to use the Green Chiles in the can,

that I bring...

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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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