Cooking In the Jungle

A Food Blog From A

Costa Rican Hideaway

With Deby

February 26, 2016

You could make these for this weekend to have with your morning cup of joe. They are not to hard to bite and yet crisp. These are the Almond Biscotti on my blog, but I added pecans to them. I always go back to these because they just taste so good. Great mouth feel, yo...

February 24, 2016

 I used paper plates because our water has been off everyday from 5:00 until 8:00 in the morning. Less dishes for me to not wash until morning.  I know. 

 I added nothing more.

 Just got this electric fry pan. I love it. Put newspaper down and fry away. Not muc...


Chuck here, ok so maybe it was a mistake to give Deby Chocolate Chips for Valentine's Day. It's not like she doesn't use them all the time, she does. I did take her to the river ( La Boca) for dinner. That river mouth is so awesome and it's always changing. I know she...

February 19, 2016

Attention please, this post might be more about the awesome platter my sister gave me than about the cookies, and the cookies are good. 

 This platter needs a taco next time.


These cookie are not to sweet, but they do hit your sweet tooth with enough sweetness to m...

February 15, 2016


Fresh Cantaloupe and Vanilla Ice Cream Popsicles


You need to make these! Great combo. When I was a little girl, our neighbors down the street would cut a Cantaloupe in half and add a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream in the center and hand them out for dessert. So this was t...

February 13, 2016

I have been making Grandma Marie's Mac and Cheese for over 40 years, and I have never thought of making it in a Cast Iron Pan. Casey did (My oldest son). So I thought I would try it to. I love how it looks in the pan, and it came out really well with a little wipe of o...

February 9, 2016

Mari wanted to make the Crusty French with me. So we did, and I think she's got it now.

It's the Crusty French Bread, one of them is Sundried Tomato, Rosemary and Roasted Garlic. Loved it! Chuck made a sandwich with the sundried tomato bread and pulled pork. 



February 6, 2016

This manual does not say a word about stacking cookies. So I had to figure this one out on my own. Man what a job. Really, I am having such a hard time figuring this camera out. It will take me the rest of my life. Oh well, I guess It's good for the brain. But the Choc...

February 4, 2016


Loving Life In Healthy, Vibrant Beach-Town Costa Rica

Posted on January 26, 2016 Deby Hogue            I recently wrote this article for International Living

A surf trip…that’s what brought me and m...

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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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