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Chayote Soup Recipe

Chayotes grow in pretty much everyone’s property in Monteverde.  We have a couple of wild vines on our rental.  The kids love to pick the chayotes for me which I then make into soup or picadillo, depending on my mood. … Continue reading

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Hire a Tica to Teach You How to Cook

Tico cuisine is naturally low in fat, sodium and calories.  The locals use very little fat in their cooking.  They eat their vegetables fresh, steamed, or lightly sautéed. They don’t refry their beans in lard or bacon grease as is … Continue reading

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What Do You Eat in Costa Rica?

One of the questions I am often asked by friends and family is what we eat in Costa Rica.  Last week, I blogged about where I shop for food.  This week, I will focus on how I put everything from … Continue reading

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Where Do You Buy Food In Monteverde?

After a few weeks of living here, I figured out what food to get where.  I have a pretty good routine now.  Below are the places that Ticos and expats go to in order to buy food in Monteverde. Feria … Continue reading

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Monteverde Sustainability Projects: Finca La Querencia

I am part of a community-supported agriculture (CSA) here in Monteverde that I love!  Finca La Querencia is a diversified, multiple-family farm in the San Luis Valley.  The farmers integrate alternative energy systems into their production of dairy, coffee, and … Continue reading

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Baby Steps to Redesign Your Life: Weight Loss Step 2

A few weeks ago, I blogged about giving up sugared drinks as a small step in the great journey towards weight-loss.  During my personal weight loss journey, I found that it is much easier to lose weight by making multiple … Continue reading

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Why do kids love Costa Rica cuisine?

My children are very picky eaters.  To make matters worse, Kara is a vegetarian.  Have you tried feeding a picky vegetarian?  It is not fun! Before we moved to Costa Rica from Texas, I prepared the children for the new … Continue reading

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Arroz con Vegetales

We definitely have plenty of rice and vegetables in Costa Rica.  “Arroz con pollo” (Chicken with rice) is very popular here.  I make a vegetarian version using vegetables from the Feria de Agricultor (Farmer’s Market). Ingredients: Olive oil 1 medium … Continue reading

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Costa Rican Picadillo: Taking advantage of the bounty from the Feria de Agricultor

We are on vacation this week!  So my blog posts are going to be rather short. One of the things I love about living in Monteverde/Santa Elena is the farmer’s market, or “Feria de Agricultor” that happens every Saturday.  It … Continue reading

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