Cooking In the Jungle

A Food Blog From A

Costa Rican Hideaway

With Deby

March 23, 2016



I made this recipe for my Mom and she really did like it. I made the meat very tender and the noodles very soft. She is 87 and sometimes it's hard for her to chew hard food. This was a winner, and not a chicken dinner. It does take 2 to 2 1/2 hr. to simmer the beef t...

March 12, 2016


If you like Pineapple dipped into Chocolate, these may be just the thing for you when the weather starts to heat up. So easy to make. 

Pour in chocolate milk, freeze, at this point, you will need to remember to add the stick before the chocolate milk gets to frozen, li...

March 9, 2016




Do you have some Marinara Sauce left over in the freezer? I have been trying to get you to do that.  If not you can make some fast enough.!The-Sauce-Grandma-Maries/cmbz/2    The Pesto can be made presto. The pizza dough is from...

March 6, 2016

Hand model, Chuck, it's really Chuck this time.



The Brownie is from

And I really love it because it's so easy to make, no need for a mixer. 


I used this recipe for the Brownies.

I put the brownies in the freezer for abou...

March 5, 2016


 It's hard to roll the dough as thin as a pasta maker. 

 recipe for the dough is form


I tripled it, and only got 12.

I stuffed them with the left over Rocotti Cheese I made, added about 1 Cup

I baked the Butternu...

March 3, 2016



If you have some leftover rice from last night, and you saved a small batch of cooked pork form your pork taco night, in your freezer. This is a quick and so easy recipe. I had both. I cook, what can I say. Just save a small bit of this or that in the freezer, and yo...

March 1, 2016

I need help fellow food bloggers. What do you do when you know it's time to lose a few pounds? Stop cooking? Stop baking? What about the pictures I need, yes pictures I need to post, of food? No one wants to see my lettuce sandwich. No one wants to see my hard boiled e...

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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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