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Sunday Supper: Butterflied Cornish Hens with Almond Couscous

[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

Editor's note: Each Saturday afternoon we bring you a Sunday Supper recipe. Why on Saturday? So you have time to shop and prepare for tomorrow.

This meal is ideal for Sundays when you're craving something a little bit fancy, but don't want to spend hours hovering over the stove. The butterflied hens cook quickly, and serving them with couscous makes this meal come together in no time.

Both of these dishes can be tailored to your family's tastes, if cumin isn't a favorite on the spice rack try curry powder, or turmeric. And if you've got a pinch of saffron sitting around, add it to the stock when you bring it up to a simmer for a bolder flavored couscous. Serve this meal with some crisp white wine, some wilted spinach, and dollop of mango chutney.

About the author: Sydney Oland lives in Boston where she completed her graduate work in Gastronomy and Food Studies in 2009, after a Professional Chef diploma from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. Find more information at (or read

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