Cooking In the Jungle

A Food Blog From A

Costa Rican Hideaway

With Deby

November 17, 2018

 Great for a appetizer or with a dinner, these baked fries are so delicious and the Mayo mixed with the Sriracha just makes them different. 

I used 3 medium potatoes cut into fries, lay on parchment and add some olive oil and top with chipotle chile powder, salt an...

October 23, 2018

Chucks Grandma Marie was my best friend on many levels, when Chuck and I moved into our first house together in Norwalk, California she lived four houses down from our house that was in 1973 I was 20 years old and just learning to cook. I would go down to her house to...

October 15, 2017

I picked this dough because it was an easy and fast one and I needed to use my starter. I had some leftover pasta sauce in the freezer and some Italian Sausage. I roasted some potatoes, onion and garlic while the dough was rising and I will make these for sure again. Y...

September 26, 2017

I used my homemade sourdough starter and no extra yeast. I am just going to show you the bread and tell you where to get the recipe, here I will be upfront. Not easy and it's a long day of waiting and I started part of this the night before. But what a fun science proj...

January 25, 2017

Show some savory love to your Valentine with this Jalapeño Jelly, it's a little bit sweet and a little bit savory the perfect combination of flavors to put on top of a cracker or pita chip. Your love will love you for it. Make it now for a gift.

I put mine over a c...

September 9, 2016

These are the kind of Biscuits you can mix up in less than 15 minutes. Really. Just mix all together and cut out with a cutter or a glass and bake. It's, mix fold and cut. Easy and a nice change form toast for breakfast. I really just wanted the Biscuit not so much the...

June 17, 2016

 I have been craving a good PBJ on white bread, so I made some bread. I am not big on the bread here in Costa Rica. So on the good side, we don't eat much bread, unless I make it. So now I have had the first piece with butter and then I proceeded to my fold over PBJ. A...

April 16, 2016

The skillet was still out from the skillet french bread and I wanted corn bread. I have been craving it since I brought some corn meal back from California. I made some mustard greens and I just wanted corn bread with them.  You know I love spice, so jalapeños had to g...

March 3, 2016



If you have some leftover rice from last night, and you saved a small batch of cooked pork form your pork taco night, in your freezer. This is a quick and so easy recipe. I had both. I cook, what can I say. Just save a small bit of this or that in the freezer, and yo...

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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