Wednesday, May 28, 2003

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Finally, Greater Cincinnati has a place to buy sweet potato cobbler, wings and herbal tea. Katrina Mincy is opening a restaurant and takeout salon Friday in Price Hill with the help of her sister, Linda Adams, and daughter, Leisha Axom. It's actually three eateries under one roof: Mincy specializes in crusty cobblers and pies at Aunt Flora's; Adams cooks wings, mac & cheese and other savories at L.J. Wings & Etc.; and Axom pours specialty teas, coffees and smoothies at Cornucopia. Open: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 3618 Warsaw Ave. 921-7437.

Browse used and out-of-print cookbooks during next week's Friends of Public Library annual book sale, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday on Fountain Square, downtown. Information: 369-6035.

Market Scan

Available in some groceries and many specialty stores, tahini is a thick paste made of ground white sesame seeds and used in Middle Eastern dishes such as hummus and baba ghanoush. Once opened, tahini should be stored in the refrigerator. Oil tends to rise to the top, so stir well before using. To make your own tahini, puree sesame seeds in food processor with a little peanut or vegetable oil.

Sip It

Bodega Weinert Carrascal 1998 ($12.99): One of the better balanced wines for the money. Dry with soft fruits and just enough acid to make it a solid food partner. Weinert, a critically acclaimed winemaker from Argentina, uses a mix of malbec, cabernet sauvignon and merlot to make an elegant, enjoyable wine for everyday consumption.

Amy Simmons

Hot Date

BarrelHouse Brewing Co. in Over-the-Rhine hosts a bourbon tasting, 4-8 p.m. Saturday featuring more than 20 top-notch whiskies, smoked salmon, duck, cheese and other appetizers. Tickets are $50 in advance. Information and reservations: 421-2337.

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