The Whistle Stop earns its status as a Pawcatuck institution

A Whistle Stop omelet (Ann Baldelli/Special to The Day)

A couple decades ago, when I was hauling my kids to The Whistle Stop for French toast and pancakes, I never would have imagined Chicken Souvlaki and Eggplant Rollatini on the menu.

Three recipes that give celery the star status it deserves

Celery Salad With Roasted Mushrooms, White Beans and Feta (Photo by Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post)

CELERY AND PORK STIR-FRY Servings: 4 Beef, lamb or crumbled tempeh would all be fine substitutes for the pork. If you can't find the Chinkiang (black) vinegar at your nearest Asian market, use balsamic vinegar. Serve with steamed white rice. INGREDIENTS For the...

Let out your inner artist: Grab the kids to make pancakes

Blueberry pancakes (Carl Tremblay/America's Test Kitchen via AP)

Pancakes are a blank canvas, so bring out your inner artist. You can work your magic at the table with maple syrup, honey, confectioners' sugar, cinnamon sugar, fresh fruit, and/or softened butter.

Make the trip to Taco Town by way of Essex

A spread of tacos and elotes (Marisa Nadolny)

All items are prepared with ingredients made in-house or sourced as locally or responsibly as possible, and you will definitely taste the difference.

Dessert hummus wants to be the new fro-yo, and people have feelings about it

Fruit and chocolate flavored hummus (Photo by Goran Kosanovic for the Washington Post)

Has the fro-yo-ification of hummus reached its peak, or has it only just begun?

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You call THAT a snowstorm?

For outdoor enthusiasts in the region, this has been the winter of our discontent.

Rick's List — When I'm 64 Edition

By most accounts, Paul McCartney wrote the music and melody for "When I'm Sixty-Four" when he was still a teenager. Rock 'n' roll was still in its early years, and Macca thought at that point his musical future might well be...

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Jason Aldean — May 3, 4 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $69.50-$119.50

Bobby Brown, Bell Biv DeVoe — June 7 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale now; $78-$168

En Vogue, SWV, Ginuwine — May 10 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $78-$168

John Fogerty — March 29 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $55-$125

The Chainsmokers — Sept. 28 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $49-$89

Pentatonix — June 13 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at noon today; $39, $69

Jackson Browne — June 29 at Toyota Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $48-$99

Heart, Sheryl Crow, Elle King — July 20 at Xfinity Theatre; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $29.50-$129.50