Costa Rica Chica Cookbook

chica blogHello everyone! I just wanted to take a moment to formally introduce you to my newest book that has just been published:  COSTA RICA CHICA COOKBOOK (<— click here if you want to skip the rest of this post and BUY NOW – it’s ok, I don’t blame you).


I’m so excited and proud of this book!

In the Costa Rica Chica Cookbook, I share with you some of my favorite recipes from North America, and more specifically, how to make them in Costa Rica. Some ingredients needed for North American dishes are not available in Costa Rica, but, no worries, I have the substitutions you need. And if you live in the States, I give you the U.S. equivalents so you can whip up these fabulous recipes in your home, too!  With easy-to-follow instructions and gorgeous color photos for each and every recipe, you can’t go wrong.

Here’s an example of a recipe you’ll find in my book:

Garlic Parmesan Cheese Bites
makes: about 32 bites


  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • block of cheddar cheese, cut into 32 – 1” cubes


  1. Mix the butter with the garlic cloves and garlic powder, set aside.
  2. Mix the parmesan cheese with black pepper and Italian seasoning, set aside.
  3. Take about a large (grapefruit size) chunk of my No-Knead Rustic Bread dough (HINT: make sure the No-Knead Dough has been refrigerated before using). I like to make into a boule shape, set on a heavily floured surface, sprinkle with flour and cover with a towel for about 20 minutes. Then cut in half with a pastry cutter, and keep cutting in half until you have 32 small chunks of dough.
  4. Take one piece of dough and flatten out on a floured surface or in your hands. Stick a cube of cheddar cheese in the middle, shape dough over it to form a ball. Dip in the butter/garlic mixture, and then roll in the parmesan mixture. Place the ball on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat (or parchment paper) and repeat these steps until you have 32 balls ready to bake.
  5. Bake at 400° Fahrenheit (104° Celsius) for 20-22 minutes (should be slightly browned on top and sizzling and your house will smell heavenly!).
  6. Serve immediately, while still warm. Enjoy!

Click here to order the ebook on amazon:  Costa Rica Chica Cookbook
(paperback version should be available by end of September).

I leave you with a few pictures to tantalize your taste buds (Cinnamon Rolls, Tomato Basil Soup, Garlic Cheddar Beer Bread Muffins, Coconut Almond Candy Bars, Italian Meatballs and Baked Chicken Flautas):
food IIGo buy my book,  get in the kitchen, and whip up some fabulousness with the Costa Rica Chica!
I hope you all enjoy! — Jen
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13 Responses to Costa Rica Chica Cookbook

  1. I will share it too. I’m sure a lot of the ingredient subs would hold true here in Panama also. I’m not much of a cook but some of my friends may like this. Where in CR are you? We are doing a quick tour the first week in Oct. we are currently in Boquete and enjoying it. I enjoy your blog

    • Thank you so much Suzi! I think my recipes are very easy to follow, I worked hard on that. We are in the Central Valley – near Grecia. How do you like Boquete? Cheers!

  2. Jen Jen

    That’s a good lookin’ mixer. If you get rich on the book send me a royalty check!

    Have a great Labor Day Weekend! ( labor is alive and well here, and still sucks!)


  3. Congrats on your cookbook! I am going to order one today!
    Do you autograph them? Hee Hee

    I’m so glad you guys are doing well. I enjoy the blogs. May God keep you safe, happy and


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