Many dishes look too pretty to eat, but this one might be the prettiest.
A pastry basket made for one is filled with shredded chicken and pork. Rather than cloying gravy that turns the basket into mush, fruit reduction provides the smoothness and depth. Pickled green tomatoes add zing. Hot mustard offers bite.
A hand-woven basket will cost you at any market the world over, and getting one for just $14 feels precious. Until you realize you'll need to destroy it with your fork and crush it with your teeth — then it feels bittersweet.
But that's only until you remember: Substance beats style every time.
2186 Marshall Ave., St. Paul