TEMPO STORIES FOR WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2002
Britain found in these aisles
It looks like Christmas in another country at Harry Caswell's store. Four countries: England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Bring on easy-to-make cookies
Dressed in bright colors and emitting the irresistible scents of the season, home-baked cookies tempt even the most faithful fat-gram and calorie-counter.

The Enquirer's 17th annual Wish List
Some people are struggling with lifelong medical problems. Some have been dealt a blow by a terrible accident. Some people are old and live alone. You can help.

Get to it!
A guide to help make your day.

HEALTH & FITNESS


Smart Mouth
You heard it here first
At Julia's, food is down-homey
The food doesn't get much homier than what you find at A Taste of Julia's in West Chester Township. A welcome change of pace in the land of fast food, this small, unpretentious storefront restaurant offers good, home-style cooking to take home or eat in the modest dining area with its cheerful vinyl tablecloths.
Twin brothers cut out for making molds
BOONSBORO, Md. - The cookie has crumbled nicely for identical twins Bill and Bob Cukla, who started out as drag-racing "gearheads" and ended up as kitchen-gadget kings.
Cookie recipes

It's sweet to have savory snacks on hand
So much holiday entertaining tends to be impromptu with relatives, friends and neighbors stopping by, often unannounced. Of course you want to have holiday treats on hand so you can offer hospitality in the form of food and drink.
Trade Secrets
Tips for dining in and dining out
Full-flavored cheeses partner well
Those of us who enjoy full-flavored beers often share a similar taste for full-flavored cheeses. Some of my favorites fall into the category known as "stinky cheeses," but I just say "aromatic."
Infuse some honey for customized gift
When you give someone a gift about which you can say, "I made this just for you," the gesture has a special meaning.
German cookie adds spice to holiday baking
This time of year sends me straight to the liquor cabinet. It happens when I'm in the middle of baking and discover I'm out of vanilla extract. Bourbon, brandy and other spirits can be fine substitutes and save you from battling holiday crowds at the grocery.

HEALTH & FITNESS
Any day is great day to quit smoking
If you're a smoker, did you take part in the recent Great American Smokeout sponsored annually by the American Cancer Society? The idea was to stop smoking for a day - to start the ball rolling toward stopping for good.


Body & Mind

REVIEWS
Salmon turns bluegrass into party jam
As bluegrass goes through its biggest boom since the mid-'70s, a big part of that boom could be found onstage at the Southgate House Monday night.


Linton Series concert resounds with camaraderie
Perhaps the only thing better than watching violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg play Beethoven's Sonata No. 7 in C minor for violin and piano, part of the Linton Concert series, was seeing her return to the stage after intermission with four more renowned musicians.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Ashanti wins `Billboard's top honors
R&B newcomer Ashanti made an impressive debut at the Billboard Music Awards, taking home eight awards Monday night in Las Vegas while rap star Nelly won honors in six categories. The album of the year went to Eminem for The Eminem Show.


Brickman exudes warmth
If you listen to Warm 98 you've heard a Jim Brickman song. The adult contemporary station plays his love ballads "Valentine" and "Love of My Life" in constant rotation.
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT     (Index of Sunday stories)
Music in schools on march again
School music is gradually making a comeback in public schools across Ohio, despite the challenges of proficiency testing, failed school bond issues, school redesign and the economic downturn after 9-11. Instrumental changes coming to classrooms
Music struggling in CPS, but signs of life clear
New federal law could hurt arts, music

New 'Christmas Tales' true to original
What a wonderful Christmas bonus - new Charlie Brown Christmas cartoons!

READER PARTICIPATION
Time to cast your Cammys vote
It's time for the "best of 2002": your list of Tristate musicians who made the best sounds.

Tell us about Cinergy bashes
If you are planning an implosion bash - private or public - tell us about it.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS
Cut your own holiday tree
Our annual listing of places where you can cut your own tree, with directions and prices.
Tips keep tree fresh throughout the holidays

Trees tops for decorating
Fir or faux, whatever tree you favor, you still need lights, ornaments, a stand. To help save time and money, here's a peek down the decorations aisles.

Holiday television
As sure as presents under a tree, this season brings a new delivery of holiday TV movies.
Best of the holiday bunch: `Santa Clause' to `Christmas Story'

Holiday craft fairs and bazaars
A guide to Tristate events.

Music makes season special
Buy the wrong holiday CDs and all you can do is pull a Martha Stewart and try to shred them into expensive tinsel. Spend your money wisely - we know it's tight this year - and you will have musical fuel for your Yule for years to come.

SPECIAL
Early look at Tall Stacks 2003
Two newcomers will join the world's largest gathering of historic riverboats, when Cincinnati's Tall Stacks Music, Arts & Heritage Festival recreates the steamboat era next October.

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Our weekly guide to computers, the Web and the latest gadgets.

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