Cooking In the Jungle

A Food Blog From A

Costa Rican Hideaway

With Deby

December 22, 2017

I really loved this loaf made in my Carbon Steel Pan, it was the perfect bread for dipping in Spicy Olive Oil that a friend brought to me from Northern California and I topped it with some "everything but the bagel" spices that my son brought to me at the same time fro...

December 17, 2017

This bread is not gorgeous and not so holy, but it's easy and it's sourdough and you can have a wonderful sandwich by lunch time if you start early, well not to early. It's a King Author flour recipe and I didn't change a thing I am just here to tell you to try it. Thi...

December 12, 2017

One 9 inch cake

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup yogurt

1/2 cup sour cream 

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla X

1 cup flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 salt

1 1/2 teaspoons coffee instant or like me I used my leftover morning coffee


December 6, 2017

Ok so the Rolls take time but most of it is for the dough to just sit and rise and you can do whatever you like while they rise and at the last minute you can through the ground beef in the oven to cook while you pack up to head to the beach or kitchen table. The kids...

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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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