Cooking In the Jungle

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With Deby

December 27, 2016

Every year for over 43 years (that's just how long I have been around) this family has had a feast on Christmas Day, Chuck and I have been to most of our family extravaganzas except the for the ones we missed while in Costa Rica. Although now that we have our Grandson...

December 24, 2016


Recipe found on ( Once Upon a Chef)

I followed this recipe. And I believe it's the best.  But I have a million more to try.

I had a ton of Lemons on our tree here in California, so I thought why not make Lemon Buttermilk p...

December 16, 2016

I gave my 88 year old mother a choice between Matzo Ball Chicken Soup or Pasta Bolognese. She chose the Pasta. So here I am cookingincalifornia for my Mother. I will be leaving out the hot chili flakes for her, but everything else will be the same. I am adding a salad,...

December 9, 2016

It's just coffee and water or is it? It starts off with the coffee you like. I used a Costa Rica blend and water. But when it's done the flavor is mellow and complex. And the Vanilla Cream doesn't hurt one little bit, in fact it might be a must. 

 I put the coffee filte...

December 4, 2016

Nosara has a love affair with Chili Guaro and for good reason, It's good!!  Guaro is a distilled liquor form Costa Rica and is very popular in Central America. It's the poor mans Vodka and it is distilled from Sugar Cane. You take the cheap booze and mix in some tomato...

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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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