I work as a personal chef for a fun busy family in Glen Ellyn. I always try to leave the kids a fun after-school snack, as well as some cookies or brownies. For example, thiis week I made some Bacon Cheddar Dip with Crackers and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies for the kids.

Everyone is home these days; the kids are working hard on their computers, Mom is on a never ending loop of Zoom meetings. On my cooking day, I come right into the garage and load up the refrigerator with as much cheering-up food as I can think of.

This time, I figured Mom, who is working from home, could use some fun too! Having said that, I thought some nice cold frozen sugary boozy grapes would be just the thing! 

Here is how you do it: Take seedless grapes and soak them in a mixture of vodka and Prosecco for at least an hour. If you ask me, the amounts don’t  really matter;  I used a whole bottle of Prosecco, and half a bottle of vodka for about 2 pounds of grapes.

Then roll them in superfine sugar. Put them in a single layer in a baking dish, and freeze them. Done! What I have found, is they are best stored in a glass Pyrex container left in the refrigerator. (Also, it’s not a bad idea to mark them clearly, so they kids know these are for mom only!)

Since these turned out so well, it got me to thinking about other fruits that might lend themselves to this fun preparation! I might give it a whirl with clementine segments next time. I am wondering how Trader Joe’s Golden Berries would work. I think I might give it a try as an experiment!

One of the reasons I have loved being a personal chef for 17 years is being able to help people by bringing some joy and fun into their lives. (Or in their garage, in this case!)