Cooking In the Jungle

A Food Blog From A

Costa Rican Hideaway

With Deby

May 30, 2016


The jungle with all it's mysteries, some that I have yet to see, show themselves in a very unpredictably way. You just may be lucky enough to stumble upon one of them like this. You could be walking down a jungle path and the trees began to guide you toward something...

May 27, 2016




Four ingredients * and 10 minutes and you just made candy. The only part that takes time is the 7 minutes of stirring.  Put it all together and freeze for a great cold piece of candy. What a perfect treat after dinner or when you are graving chocolate and you only w...

May 23, 2016

Does anyone know how a fried egg got to the top of the heap of foods? Now a days put an egg on top of anything and heck you got a beautiful meal. It's an Egg. Don't get me wrong I love a fried egg like everyone else it seems. Who brought the egg to new heights? I'm cur...

May 22, 2016

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Retiring in Costa Rica was a game changer for us, but, we wanted to retire close to the ocean and California was out of our budget.

We lived in California all our lives and raised our two sons there. All of our family is s...

May 20, 2016

The Sour Cherry Jam goes so nice with the brown sugar short bread crust. I was making some Granola and kept out 1 Cupful of the yet to be cooked Granola, for this recipe. I just sprinkled it on top of the tart before baking. I really liked it. In this Granola I put cra...

May 16, 2016


Of course it's not always about food. We are living our dream in this beautiful lush place. It's the beginning of the rainy season here in the jungle and everything is coming alive. It's always pretty hot out so the rain does not stop us form going anywhere. We do nee...

May 13, 2016



Fried Zucchini, it's the Bane of my Existence, I loved saying that, although I have never said it out loud or wrote it down before today.  I had to look up" bane of my existence", it means something like Fried anything is really not so good for me anymore. But someti...

May 11, 2016

A simple addition of this crunchy tortilla to your Enchiladas, takes them to a different level. I don't know what level but it's darn good. I add them to my taco salad and some soups to. Get the crunch you need.!Good-Ol-Enchiladas-fo...

May 9, 2016

Just a simple dinner of Pork Chops with roasted rosemary garlic potatoes and steamed Broccoli. Don't forget the whole head of garlic to smear on everything. Chuck always has to deglaze the pan with the Flor de Cana Rum from Nicaragua. It really does have a great taste....

May 7, 2016





Need a quick snack? Frozen bananas dipped in Chocolate and then rolled in nuts and mini chocolate chips or sprinkles, is just the thing. I like my plain, but yo...

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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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