Cooking In the Jungle

A Food Blog From A

Costa Rican Hideaway

With Deby

October 29, 2019

2 cups sifted flour

1 Tablespoon ground ginger

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon 

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup shortening

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1/4 cup dark molasses 

1/3 cup sugar with a Tablespoon or less cinnamon mixed together 

Preheat oven 350 degrees 

Sift the flour, gin...

October 21, 2019

My go to Coffee Cake. Straight forward and delicious. Add stuff or not. You could add raisins or almonds in the cake, but to me the cake is good on it’s own.

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs room temperat...

October 17, 2019

For the last 2 and 1/2 months Chuck and I have been Renovating our home in California. We decided to to this about 2 years ago, so we began to save some money and plan it all out. We would do a total kitchen reno and open up two doorways and take out all the floors and...

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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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