On my blog, i have the titles of my posts listed on the homepage by using the following code:

<?php get_archives('postbypost', 10); ?>

But we'd like to split up the displaying of post titles by categories. Maybe just list the most recent 3 or 5 posts by that category.

I tried using the following on the home.php template and it doesn't work:

<?php query_posts('cat=1'); ?>
<?php query_posts('cat=3'); ?>

I know

<?php wp_list_categories('sort_column=name&title_li='); ?>
<?php wp_list_cats('sort_column=name'); ?>

only list the Category Titles.

But I need the Post Titles to display for a Specific Category. Still searching for an answer.

What steps am I missing?

---- Or is there a simple Wordpress 2.5 plugin that allows me to do this? ----

Thank you.