Cooking In the Jungle

A Food Blog From A

Costa Rican Hideaway

With Deby

December 6, 2017

Ok so the Rolls take time but most of it is for the dough to just sit and rise and you can do whatever you like while they rise and at the last minute you can through the ground beef in the oven to cook while you pack up to head to the beach or kitchen table. The kids...

June 19, 2017

Sometimes I just want a small Quiche because Chuck and I don't ever finish the whole 9" Quiche. So I made this smaller version with roasted leftover potatoes, mushrooms a little onion, parsley, basil and pepper jack cheese all in a my famous jalapeño crust. Usually whe...

April 23, 2016

I sure love a noodle, add Pesto, and Presto you got yourself a comforting meal. I just added a salad and a little beer. Maybe it should have been red wine. I did not want to take another picture. Me and this camera. I have hurt myself with this new camera two times now...

March 9, 2016




Do you have some Marinara Sauce left over in the freezer? I have been trying to get you to do that.  If not you can make some fast enough.!The-Sauce-Grandma-Maries/cmbz/2    The Pesto can be made presto. The pizza dough is from...

February 13, 2016

I have been making Grandma Marie's Mac and Cheese for over 40 years, and I have never thought of making it in a Cast Iron Pan. Casey did (My oldest son). So I thought I would try it to. I love how it looks in the pan, and it came out really well with a little wipe of o...

October 27, 2015

My food, my story


Our family cannot have a family get together (unless it's pasta) without this Mac and Cheese. It's just gotta be there on the table. We all expect it. And I think most of us would be very sad if it wasn't there. It's soft in the inside and we like it...

October 18, 2015


1 large bunch Spinach

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

2 Cups of fresh Ricotta Cheese

2 Cloves of garlic

1/2 small onion chopped 

1 Box or bag of Cannelloni

1 Egg

Salt and Pepper to your taste

1 teaspoon crushed red chili, or more like me

Less than 1/4 cup water

Parmesan Cheese to add...

October 14, 2015

Just thought I would change up the regular Chicken Tacos I make. Chuck said " Great", but of course he would. Come on it's fried, we all love fried even though we all know how bad it is for us. 





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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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