Cooking In the Jungle

A Food Blog From A

Costa Rican Hideaway

With Deby

November 6, 2018

                                                                   The crust is sour cream, cream cheese and butter what is not to like?...

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...

September 21, 2018

My favorite Oatmeal Cookie, simple and Praline tasting. I roast the Pecans for about 5 or 6 minutes to bring out the flavor. 

I just got back from California and loved seeing all my family and now I love being back in the jungle baking in my silly little oven. 

It works...

September 2, 2018

Going to friends for dinner tonight and I know they love Chocolate anything so I thought Brownies with more Chocolate on top and a little salty because she is pregnant and those two go so well together. Right? I sure love it when people invite us over for dinner I do g...

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...

November 10, 2017

I made these for my friend Bianca because I know she loves anything Chocolate and she just had a baby so I wanted to take something with me on my first visit to see baby Bruno. Oh he is so cute. Anyway Chuck and I always say we are not to big at all on Brownies and nev...

November 7, 2017

I have used this cake for Coffee Cake with Cinnamon, Brown Sugar and nuts on top, Cherries and sometimes Chocolate Chips, and now Apples and Almonds.

It's an easy never fail Cake with Sour Cream and eggs and it always holds up to whatever I put on top or in it. It's ric...

November 3, 2017


Lets make this one easy. Start with a good ol can of already spiced pumpkin the small one will do. Buy some already made crust and cut out your circles with a cookie cutter or a glass use about a 3...

October 27, 2017

I love these Oatmeal Cookies

This time I made the regular Oatmeal Pecan and then added in Cranberries in some and chocolate chips in the last batch. 

My favorites are the plain with pecans and the cranberry. 

At the top are the mini chocolate chips next is the cranberry a...

October 21, 2017

I was bored today so I baked, that happens to me I start thinking about food and how I can make it different in some way. I really should get a job.

Now I need to give all these away I just had one and they are big and I ate the whole thing and now I am paying for...

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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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