Cooking In the Jungle

A Food Blog From A

Costa Rican Hideaway

With Deby

July 23, 2018

 I always make Salsa this way anymore, in the food processor with Cilantro, onion, garlic, can tomato, jalapeño, lemon or lime and now Timatillos. I found for the first time Tomatillos in our market and I was so surprised. My friend told me she had bought them the...

July 5, 2017

I cannot find good Pita Chips in our stores so I make my own and they really do turn out good. You can use the Pita Bread to make sandwiches with or cut into triangles and add sea salt, pepper, chile flacks and whatever you like and bake them until crisp and serve with...

February 9, 2016

Mari wanted to make the Crusty French with me. So we did, and I think she's got it now.

It's the Crusty French Bread, one of them is Sundried Tomato, Rosemary and Roasted Garlic. Loved it! Chuck made a sandwich with the sundried tomato bread and pulled pork. 



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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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