This menu lends itself to an easy outdoor gathering since you can do some of the work ahead. Make the blackberry sauce in advance, but stir the butter in after reheating. Serve the couscous warm or at room temperature. Purchase biscotti from your favorite bakery. Serves: 6
Grilled Pork with Blackberry-Sage Sauce
Pistachio-cherry couscous
Bring 1 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in 1 1/2 cups uncooked couscous and 1/2 cup dried cherries. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand 5 minutes. Uncover; fluff with a fork. Stir in 1/3 cup coarsely chopped pistachios, 2 tablespoons chopped green onions, 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, and 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind.
Steamed haricots verts

Red zinfandel

Chocolate biscotti
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