Cooking In the Jungle

A Food Blog From A

Costa Rican Hideaway

With Deby

August 27, 2018

I used my carbon steel pan this time for my stuffed shells and I am so glad I did, besides the fact it just looks pretty cool and the shells fit in perfect plus the sauce didn't boil over so it all worked out great. I really do like how they look like a flower though....

August 18, 2018

 These two kids were married 45 years ago today at USC in the Rose Garden in front of 300 family and friends. What a day! Young carefree with a new Dodge Van and on our way camping for our Honeymoon. Yes hippies for sure. Kids, dogs, cats, hamsters, building our own ho...

August 12, 2018

I love the layers and the way the sweet dough smells and it cuts so nice into my messy squares, I layer into the pan and let it rise again and it always turns out so good. So don't sweat the measurements and enjoy the flavor.  I can never for the life of me make anythi...

August 4, 2018

This place has my heart. I guess I have never said this before about a place. From the beach to my yard it is a dream. Sure this place is changing as awesome places do. For the good? Some my say so, all I can say is I feel lucky to have had the chance to be here for th...

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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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