Cooking In the Jungle

A Food Blog From A

Costa Rican Hideaway

With Deby

July 31, 2019

 This cook book was lost and now it is found, not a great cook, book come on it's for Microwave Cooking for goodness sake. But the Rice Pudding was and is now a 70's favorite. My Mother in law Joann bought us our first Microwave than,  and she also bought this cook boo...

July 13, 2019

I love these! If you think ahead and make the potatoes it will save some time. I got up very early the other morning because I had potato flauntas on my mind. I was up a 4:20 am and Chuck heard the bedroom door close and he thought a burglar was in the house. It's just...

June 30, 2019

No need to get the mixer out for these delicious and easy Brownies. You can add things like espresso powder or nuts, whatever you like to make these Brownies your own. 

My Great Niece is visiting us from CA here in Costa Rica and how could I possibly send her home...

June 21, 2019

The Crust

1 stick of unsalted butter ( 8 Tablespoons) softened and cut into chunks

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 cup GF flour or all purpose flour

3/4 cup almond meal. pour some almonds into the food processor and pulse until you get almond meal.

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup dark choc...

June 13, 2019

I have been making these cookies for years and I decided to change it up a bit. I added ground almonds and almond extract. Made the difference for me. They are so buttery of course there is 2 sticks of butter in them. I used Raspberry Jam, but I used to use Papaya Jam...

May 29, 2019

I love these Corn Fritters you can add what you like, for me it's jalapeño sometimes a little onion or cilantro, anyway you make them they are so good and I love them with an arugula salad. You can dip them in Aioli Mayo or Cilantro Sauce. We used both.

 Easy to ma...

May 26, 2019

Today I am making a small batch of Ricotta Cheese, just to eat or maybe I will use it in my mushroom pasta that I will make tomorrow. Not sure if it will last that long. I added Rosemary, Basil and Parsley. Just add what you like. 

1/2 gallon whole milk or 2 percent

1 cu...

May 10, 2019

Now a days I will always say Hey Chuck turn on the BBQ for me to 450 degrees because it's so fast and it's just easy. 

When I went to buy some greens this week at the farm in town I had no plan for Swiss Chard I just bought it because 

it was so pretty. Mustard Greens wo...

May 8, 2019

I made these after I made my Colorado Sauce, made a big difference from the can sauce I use and like. The flavor is mild and yet complex in it's simplicity. Not hard to make at all, I usually roll my Enchiladas but this time I was lazy and I just stacked them up. I did...

April 28, 2019

I brought back from Ca. 3 kinds of dried chilies. Ancho, California and Guajillo and today decided to make the sauce. I looked at many recipes and techniques and then went my way as I almost always do and followed my heart. I did go with the heating first of the chilie...

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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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