Cooking In the Jungle

A Food Blog From A

Costa Rican Hideaway

With Deby

April 12, 2016

Bread, we love it! Right? But it seems everyone is saying don't eat it, it's fattening, it's to much gluten, it's white bread not wheat. I gave up and dug in to this french bread slathered in butter just out of the oven and so hot. Not supposed to do that either. I am...

August 26, 2015

                                   Hibiscus tea, Watermelon and Pineapple Popsicles

   I was inspired by this beautiful Costa Rica sunset. Plus I love Popsicles, sometimes when it's rea...

August 8, 2015

 We loved the Big Market in Mexico (Saint Benito) with all the vegetables, and the meat hanging from the ceiling. This did gross me out a bit, when Chuck slipped and I looked down and saw what it was he slipped on. Blood and stuff. Lets move on, I said, fast! When we g...

July 10, 2015


This sauce, well it's old. Grandam Marie was making this sauce way before I came on the scene in 1970. That's when I met Chuck (my husband) in high school. I know, what a cliche right? Lucky for me it worked out between Chuck and I, for one thing I got to become great...

July 7, 2015

If I really want Ricotta I have to make it. Remember I'm in the Jungle.  It's so easy and so good. Sometimes I will add in basil or pepper or even Jalapenos. I always like it hot. This time it's just the simple and the beautiful. We do have a market, and now and then R...

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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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