My idea was that all four items in each of the three baskets will rhyme. Seriously, isn't that a great idea?! All I needed to do was come up with 3 sets of 4 rhymes. Shouldn't be too hard. I started brainstorming my list. At first, it was easy. I came up with dozens of pairs. These are some of my favorites:
- mint jelly / pork belly
- melba toast / pot roast
- quail egg / turkey leg
- swiss chard / lard
- English peas / cottage cheese
- tortellinis / cocktail weenies
- pork loins / candy coins
- sweet potato / green tomato
- mustard / custard
- brie / tea
But I hit a stumbling block. I couldn't think of a third (or fourth) item to go with any of those. I just kept coming up with more pairs. For two weeks, new pairs kept popping into my head. I could not think of a third thing no matter how hard I tried. I put my list away and stopped trying. A week later, I thought of my first trio, then another, then another. Now we're getting somewhere. Here's two of the trios:
- sirloin steak / chocolate shake / lemon cake
- wheat bread / Big Red / goat's head
Still, there have to be four items for a Chopped basket. Three won't cut it. I kept thinking and thinking and eventually came up with two sets of four. Then I googled "rhymes with _____" to find a fourth item to go with one of my trios.
I present to you... my Chopped Baskets!
- Basket One, the Appetizer Round
- Basket Two, the Entree Round
- Basket Three, the Dessert Round
Something tells me the contestants (and judges) won't be particularly happy about any of them.