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Cook's Corner

  • Grandparents build business around pie
    Sue Couch, 68, and her husband, Roger, 73, opened Grandma Sue's Pies and More Inc. in 2010, in downtown Roanoke on North Main Street. The business offers frozen homemade pies that cooks can take home and bake themselves.
  • Grandparents build business around pie
    Sue Couch, 68, and her husband, Roger, 73, opened Grandma Sue’s Pies and More Inc. in 2010, in downtown Roanoke on North Main Street. The business offers frozen homemade pies that cooks can take home and bake themselves.
  • Competitor enjoys creating recipes
    Kent Castleman will make recipes from family cookbooks and those found online but what he and his wife really like to do is create new dishes.
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Web exclusive: Kristina Park’s recipe for Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened

2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

3/4 cup raisins

Cream together the butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth. Sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Stir this into the butter-sugar mixture. Stir in the oats and raisins. Using a 1/4 -inch scoop, place cookies on a tray and chill about 15 minutes before baking. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cookies sit on baking sheet for about five minutes before moving to a rack to cool. Makes 1 dozen.

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