Cooking In the Jungle

A Food Blog From A

Costa Rican Hideaway

With Deby

March 29, 2017

I found this recipe form an old Sunset cookbook, it's called All time favorite recipes and I have used this so many times. 

Most everything I have tried comes out great. First time for these little cuties, the swirl of chocolate is so good with 

the peanut butter. I...

March 24, 2017

 Look at them they are so sweet looking and the dough was so easy to work with and you don't need to knead the dough. Think of all the possibilities. Oh wait most of you can go out and buy the fun tube of crescent rolls that you get to tap on the counter and it pops op...

March 21, 2017

All of this adds up to be a beautiful bar. To me you can never go wrong with the start of Shortbread on the bottom of anything. Really. 

Chocolate,  Carmel and Pecans are just icing on the cake. Wait this is so easy to make too. The Carmel takes one minute of stirring a...

March 17, 2017

This is not thin crust, I know many people love thin crust now a days and I do to but sometimes I crave the thick yeasty flavor and smell of this fluffy dough of Grandma Marie's. My kitchen is in a nostalgia kind of mood today. Marie (Chucks Grandma) lived down the str...

March 9, 2017

I bought these Vanilla Beans in Ca. and we just got back to Costa Rica and I was thinking Lemon Bars with the Vanilla Bean seeds in the Lemon Curd would look cool and taste good so here I am trying it out. And now that my niece is GF and Dairy Free it is making me chec...

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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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