Cooking In the Jungle

A Food Blog From A

Costa Rican Hideaway

With Deby

July 5, 2016


BY DEBY HOGUE  •  I wrote this article for Sixty and Me

It’s the rainy season here in Costa Rica and it makes me think of comfort food. There’s only one small problem – it’s hot out! It might be raining, but,...

April 25, 2016

 I feel so lucky to be able to go to this small farm in the middle of sugar cane and jungle. You go down a beautiful road and over a bridge, find the man with the hat on. He is always happy to see us and so helpful. I show him what I want and he cuts the lettuce or...


Chuck here, ok so maybe it was a mistake to give Deby Chocolate Chips for Valentine's Day. It's not like she doesn't use them all the time, she does. I did take her to the river ( La Boca) for dinner. That river mouth is so awesome and it's always changing. I know she...

December 19, 2015


Olga's beach club, It's kinda a local bar and also a great tourist place. If I was walking the beach and saw this beach bar and restaurant I would think, are kidding me? Picture perfect as in picturesque, you are sitting at rustic tables looking at a beautiful beach w...

December 12, 2015


We love to go to Rosie's for breakfast, her gallo pinto is so good, she adds the right amount of spice and onion, bell pepper, cilantro it's got some heft to it. Add eggs and one of her fruit drinks, your full and satisfied. I love the watermelon drink the best, but h...

November 24, 2015



I am going into my 5th month of Blogging about the food I cook, and my life in the jungle. 

Well, I guess I went Rouge, because everyone in my blog world ( it's small). Oh! I hope you didn't get that song in your head. They are telling me, you have to, I mean you just...

November 12, 2015




Chuck here, yes it's me back again. Deby is getting ready for Thanksgiving. Got the Turkeys ordered. Sure hope they are not like they used to be when we first got here. Arms and legs straight out. Guess we just weren't used to that. I like Butterball style, legs and...

November 8, 2015

My sometime series and un reviews ( meaning, I will not say anything bad, I gotta live here) of the many restaurants here in the jungle, and there are many.  Probably the farthest out of our main little town is La Dulce Vida. Italian for sure, owned and run by the infa...

November 4, 2015



Our pipa man brings us 10 pipas a week ( it's really more than that, chuck can't say no) so I put them in the fridge and get them really cold. Chuck uses the cleaver not the machete anymore. It works great. He hacks off the top and I have bio straws. and we love it....

October 29, 2015

 If your going to look for Sea Glass, you are going to have to put your glass eye on. I know, I have to do it every time I go looking for Sea Glass. First off you have to train your eye to look for the glass amongst all the tiny shell pieces and rocks and sand. Because...

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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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