Noodles? In a dessert?
A challenge often brings out the best in people. When we suggested to Yajan Upadhyaya, chef-owner of Cumin Modern India Cafe in Hyde Park, that it would be hard to create a dessert with ramen noodles, it was like throwing down the gauntlet.

Go Greek and go healthy for the Olympic Games
Jim Botsacos is ahead of the game, with his eye on the finishing line. As a chef, that is. He's been in culinary training for the 2004 Olympics for some time, figuring out how to keep everyone fittingly well-fed.
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An elegant lady
Home Style: Beth Hoffman of Newport describes her Mamie as "strong and quiet ... no-nonsense and elegant." She's talking about her three-story ashlar stone house in Mansion Hill, built in 1902.

Summer festival guide
Eat well, make friends and celebrate traditions at churches, riverfronts and parks all season long.

Get to it
A guide to help you make your day.
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Some coleslaw chops out cabbage
Food historians agree that the word "coleslaw" is taken from the Dutch words for cool cabbage or cabbage salad, but they know little about the history of the salad otherwise.
Zucchini possesses good table manners
It's county fair season and I'm proud to say I have been a county fair exhibitor. Well, I would be proud to say that - except exhibiting my livestock - one beautiful (if neurotic) Silver Marten rabbit - didn't turn into the shining moment I had planned.
Trade Secrets: Tips on dining in and dining out
For Williams sisters, tennis means fashion
All eyes are on the Williams sisters - and that won't change whether or not they win medals at the Olympic Games or their WTA Tour rankings go up or down.
Chappelle gets two more seasons
In what could be the biggest talent deal in basic-cable history, comedian Dave Chappelle has re-upped with Comedy Central for two more seasons of Chappelle's Show and will get a hefty cut of its DVD sales.
Cruise ready to fall in love again
Despite some disappointments, Tom Cruise isn't giving up on love and marriage.
Stars shower Solange Knowles
Dancing, singing and a new set of strollers capped a star-studded baby shower in Houston for Solange Knowles, little sister of Beyonce.
Thousands wait for first 'Idol' auditions
CLEVELAND - Antonio Crane drove eight hours to camp out all night in humid summer heat for a chance to live his dreams of becoming the next American Idol.
Balancing family, duty
Bill Pullman makes an odd noise as he tries to approximate the "huge racket" that occurs on an aircraft carrier.
Doom 3 returns to violent ways
Marty Stratton has already blasted dozens of flame-tossing imps, flying skulls and other nightmarish demons from another dimension. But more keep spawning in flashes of yellow light.
Lend us your taste buds
Tell us five reasons why you should serve on the new 2004-2005 Taste Team, and include your age and neighborhood or town and phone number. Send postcards only to: Taste Team, the Enquirer, 312 Elm St., Cincinnati, 45202. Or e-mail cmartin@enquirer.com. Deadline: Aug. 13.

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Suffering children, desperate parents
Thousands of parents with severely ill children face decisions most of us cannot imagine, as cash-strapped states are slashing Medicaid and cutting off families who desperately need help. This series examines those extreme choices and the families who are making them.

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