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Reader suggests making your own coconut pie

In last week’s column we reported two sources for the coconut-custard pie being sought by Ray Ellis. But I often find that it’s actually easier, if I’m having difficulty finding a particular product, to make it myself.

Buon Gusto serves Italian comfort food in cozy setting

With so many Italian restaurants in Las Vegas — as is the case with most American metropolitan areas, Italian being one of the most popular restaurant genres nationally — when I review one, I look for something that makes it stand out from the crowd.

The best and the worst movies of 2015

It may seem hard to believe, given the months of hype and speculation, that record-shattering opening and the merchandise — so very much merchandise — but movies other than “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opened in 2015.

Readers offer more recipes for green-tomato relish

After I ran a request from Marge Phegley for a recipe for green-tomato relish like that served at the Hush Puppy, I received several from readers (and thanks to all of them). I haven’t been to the Hush Puppy in quite a while, but I’m hoping that one of the two recipes that follow is a close approximation.

Thai Street serves terrific food in unlikely spot

You just never know when you’re going to happen upon a top-notch Thai spot in a plaza with a store selling showgirl supplies, a spa that promises “girls, girls, girls” and something that appears to be an adult film studio.

Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’ an absolute blast from the past

Fans of Quentin Tarantino know that if there’s one thing the writer-director loves — even more than bloody violence, music from the 1970s and women’s feet — it’s the sound of his own words.

10 Christmas movies to get you through the holidays

If you’re anything like me, Christmas has always been about the movies. And, since there’s still time to binge watch a few before the big day, here’s a list of my 10 favorite Christmas movies for inspiration:

There’s little joy to be found in David O. Russell’s ‘Joy’

When it was announced that David O. Russell’s next movie would tell the story of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano, I couldn’t wait to see how the filmmaker responsible for such recent delights as “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle” could turn that into a compelling movie.

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