Don't forget that dry raisins can also be re-plumped before being used. All you need to do is cover the raisins with a little warm water or liquor and let them sit for a few minutes. They'll get juicy very quickly, and the soaking water can be used as additional flavoring in whatever you're making.
Personally, I'm crazy about all fruits and adore raisins. I'll eat a handful for a snack or mix them into my morning granola. I pack cookies and muffins with them - the more the merrier! I'm not as big of a fan of raisins in savory dishes, though. It's sometimes done well, but mostly I find it rather off-putting to get a bit of sweet fruit flavor in combination with seared meats or rich sauces. But that's just me!
Do you like raisins? What's your favorite kind?