Cooking In the Jungle

A Food Blog From A

Costa Rican Hideaway

With Deby

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...

March 4, 2019

My friend Laura gave us some unbelievable Peanuts and they are so good and the best I have ever had, really. So we have been just eating them and I  have been trying to make things out of them like my Chocolate Bark with Peanuts and now Brownies to take down to the bea...

July 8, 2018

I really wanted to try out this recipe for a sour cream pastry crust that did not disappoint at all. Well with lots of butter and sour cream and some layers it really turned out great. We are having a hard time not eating them all so I will have to give these away. It...

June 29, 2018

For the crust

1 stick of unsalted butter

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 cup flour GF if you like works great

3/4 cup of Almonds made into meal in a food processor, roast them first while whole for more flavor

1/2 teaspoon salt

The Lemon Curd

4 large eggs

4 large egg yolks

1 cup sugar


June 27, 2018

Water Melon, Vanilla Ice Cream with Blueberries and Blueberry puree with Coconut Water. The vanilla Ice Cream makes for a Creamy and Fruity delight on a hot day. Fourth of July is just around the corner and the kids and adults will all love this, not to sweet treat. Gr...

June 20, 2018

The name says it all, if you like coffee taste with your chocolate this is it. Rich and a bit bitter form the 60 percent chocolate bittersweet chips I used on top. You really can taste them even though they are only on top. You could add nuts if you like I just kept it...

May 24, 2018

I found this recipe in King Arthur Flour Bakers Catalogue and thought it looked and sounded good and it sure was. Loved by my whole family. I had to go and buy the tart pan didn't have an 9 inch removable bottom pan and neither did my local bed bath and beyond so I bou...

April 27, 2018

It's just a subtle flavor of the Strawberry Yogurt but it's there and it's moist, marinated Strawberries on top and it's a very nice dessert. My company thought so anyway. I love pound cake but this cake only has 1/2 cup of butter and it's fine.

Does anyone else use cak...

April 19, 2018

I am not making these again without the jam. Oh and the sea salt, both make them so much better. Really I should not be making them at all because sitting in my freezer they call my name every evening until they are all gone. Chuck does the same thing and he always say...

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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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