Cooking In the Jungle

A Food Blog From A

Costa Rican Hideaway

With Deby

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...

January 8, 2018

 I had a big problem as this does happen in the Jungle now and then. The electricity goes on and off on some days and today was a very windy day. I should have paid attention to the wind. But I didn't and I put this lemon scented cake into the oven and set the timer to...

April 12, 2017

 This comes together so easy really. I know it looks hard but the dough is easy to work with and as you can see I am not good at cutting it even and it still came out looking pretty. But the flavor is outstanding, it's a yeasted  sweet dough and it's so hard to stop ea...

March 21, 2017

All of this adds up to be a beautiful bar. To me you can never go wrong with the start of Shortbread on the bottom of anything. Really. 

Chocolate,  Carmel and Pecans are just icing on the cake. Wait this is so easy to make too. The Carmel takes one minute of stirring a...

November 9, 2016

I am calling this Book Club Coffee Cake because this is what I brought to the Book Club, it's a pot luck situation, I have made this many times before and it always turns out great. Make sure you bring your ingredients to room temperature before you start the cake. It'...

April 28, 2016




Are you kidding me, they had me at Butterfinger. My favorite candy bar. I just used the recipe on the back of the package of Butterfinger Bits. It was supper easy and so so tasty. I am in the middle of making a goodie tray for my friend Heidi for her baby shower. So...

April 8, 2016


 I love the sweet and sour mix from the shortbread crust and the Raspberry Jam.  These are really good, I need to stop eating them now. 

 I started to follow a recipe and had to change it up.  This recipe is modified from ( I wash you dry).



2 and 1/2 cu...

April 5, 2016

                                 My Taste Tester



I started with making the Lemon Aid. Now these are the Cost Rica Lemons. They are green on the outside and orange inside, sweet lemons. And...

January 30, 2016

I sure love my plates form my sweet Jill.


Adapted from the wonderful site The  Kitchn

Check out the Kitchn for great photos, I am to inpatient to do all the photos sometimes.

Makes 9 large or 16 small squares


For the Crust
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softene...

January 29, 2016


Chuck here. Well Deby is at it again. Some mornings she wakes up and is immediately at it, and by at it I mean she is cooking at 6:30 AM. She started off with Beans for, I don't know maybe burritos or tostadas. I can smell them first thing in the morning and I incorpo...

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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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