In my parents' kitchen, there is a small sign that reads "Raisin Day Puts Two Saturdays In Every Week." More than a casual fan, my father, a mild-mannered dentist, qualifies as a raisin enthusiast. He adds them to all cereals, enjoys a few in most salads, and considers them the perfect snack. Optional raisins in a recipe are never optional in his mind. He has even been known to surreptitiously sprinkle raisins on my chocolate ice cream when he thought I wasn't looking.
The apple does not in fact fall far from the tree, and I love raisins just as much as my dad does. I do draw the line at sprinkling them on chocolate ice cream, however—even on National Raisin Day. Thankfully, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate. Here are 5 great raisin recipes to start with.
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1. Easy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Can we even talk about raisins without talking about oatmeal raisin cookies? These chewy cookies are a perfect version of this classic treat.