I have looked around but have not found anything ready-made to do what I am looking for. I want to have a page which displays all of my categories. I want to display for each category its name, description, the number of posts, and possibly the last few posts posted to that category. Is there anything ready-made or tweakable to do this? The default wp_list_cats that is used in the sidebar does not seem to be customizable enough to style into something that is not appearing anymore as a list. I am not that versed in WP yet, though, so perhaps I am just missing something obvious.
Do I have to do an SQL query to the $wpdb 'terms' table to be able to loop through the categories and do what I want with them?