Cooking In the Jungle

A Food Blog From A

Costa Rican Hideaway

With Deby

October 23, 2018

Chucks Grandma Marie was my best friend on many levels, when Chuck and I moved into our first house together in Norwalk, California she lived four houses down from our house that was in 1973 I was 20 years old and just learning to cook. I would go down to her house to...

October 19, 2018

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2 onions, chopped

  • 2 cups chopped celery

  • 5 carrots, sliced

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 2 cups water

  • 4 cups tomato sauce

  • 1/2 cup red wine (optional)

  • ...

October 19, 2018

First off I ate all the popcorn while making this loaf. Not my first rodeo. 

I had 1 pear and 1 apple and needed to make something out of them so I could add my Pear Liquor to. Found this on SweetPhi and only changed it by adding the Pear Liquor. Chuck said you can tast...

October 10, 2018

I keep trying to get this crust hotter and hotter by adding jalapenos and this other hot chili I have growing in a pot on my patio, not sure what it is. Sorta looks like a serrano but it is much longer. Man oh man do I miss serrano chilies. Have not seen them here in C...

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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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