September 22, 2005

Raisins, Raisins in Everything

Okay. I like raisins as well as the next person. They taste good in cinnamon bread, sprinkled over my bowl of oatmeal, and in these great cookies called Chunkies that I get from the bakery at the West Point Market.

But some of the recipes in the promotional cookbook Avoid Menu-Monotony with Delightful Sun-Maid Recipes carry it a bit too far. Perhaps raisins were a lot more popular in 1932. Perhaps the home economists at Sun-Maid were stretching things a bit and they just ran out of ideas.

On the other hand, maybe you've been searching for one of the unusual recipes in this booklet for a long time.

Nestled in amongst the traditional recipes such as Raisin-Oatmeal Cookies, Sun-Maid Bread Pudding, Sun-Maid Dark Fruit Cake, Sun-Maid Nut Bread and Layer Spice Cake are some dishes that don't seem to do much for my appetite:
  • Raisin Angel Food Cake
  • Pineapple Raisin Ice Cream
  • Raisin Orange Ice Cream
  • Chocolate Raisin Ice Cream (okay, maybe this would be good)
  • Raisin Fudge Squares
  • Casserole Raisins and Carrots
  • Raisin Rice Brittle (a Rice Krispies Treat with raisins)
  • Raisin Cocoanut Candy
  • Raisin Spaghetti Ring
  • Pickle Sandwich Filling
There is one recipe that might have possibilities: Sun-Maid Cheese Biscuits. I might give that one a try. Mostly because anything with cheese in in can't be all that bad.


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