Most people think of Oregon Fruit as pie filling. It is true that our products make a fantastic pie. But today, most of us save scratch pie baking for the holidays. In my family we have a gaggle of 20-somethings. They are still young enough to stay up late and party. Some are into the Food Network and consider gourmet cooking an art form. For example, my niece Jessica and her new husband, Tyler, live in a hip neighborhood near downtown Seattle. They have bought their first condo and they love to entertain, always searching out a new fancy cheese or a great bottle of sparkling Italian wine. Jessica is doing her residency at a local Seattle hospital so she doesn’t have a lot of time to cook but Tyler works from home and loves to try new stuff out on their friends. At their wedding they served a signature “McTini,” so in their honor I have created an “OFPCocktail” (short for Oregon Fruit Products Cocktail). It’s a raspberry cosmopolitan and has the unique feature of using up the reserved juice from one of the appetizers-Raspberry Chipotle Cream Cheese. (That’s just me being green!) I have also put together a Chicken Liver Pate with Cherry Aspic that I stole from Cat Cora. She made this dish on an episode of Iron Chef America in which the secret ingredient was cherries. I had to improvise as they don’t share those recipes. The sous chefs spent most of the show running the cherry pitter which caused the Iron Chefs to do most of the work themselves. Now if only they were using Oregon Fruit they could have saved themselves a whole lot of work! Ok, all you party animals- I expect you to throw a party and share your ideas with ME! Maybe it will inspire me to do the same.