I’ve written a widget that lists your most recent posts with excerpts, optionally limited to a category. The number of posts and excerpts is configurable; for example, you could show five posts but include the excerpt for only the most recent. Supports The Excerpt Reloaded and Advanced Excerpt.
This should be useful for people working with magazine layouts.
I actually released it yesterday, then updated it today with the category option. Must step away from the keyboard once in a while….