Thanks to everyone for motivating me to stop complaining about the cherry harvest. Your enthusiasm made me realize that this was a gift to be enjoyed. I saw how inferior the cherries in the grocery store looked, compared to mine. So, after giving away nearly 30 pounds to neighbors, I got busy drying, freezing, and cooking the rest.
Years ago, back when I made my own yogurt and granola, my mother gave me a dehydrator to dry food. A lot of dried bananas, pineapple, and apples were produced with that machine, but eventually I packed it away, where it sat on a shelf in the garage for years, lonely and unappreciated. My husband once told me to throw it away, but I couldn't do that. So, I was very happy to haul it down from the shelf and dry some of the cherries. Naturally, I thought of my mother. I wish she was still alive to see the cherries and eat this dish. It tasted much better than I expected. The sweet cherries, crunchy pistachios, soft couscous, seasoned with mint and basil, created a most enjoyable meal.