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Fashion

Shows go on � in L.A.

In the run-up to New York Fashion Week, Los Angeles found itself abuzz with a series of high-profile fashion happenings, many by designers, including Rachel Zoe and Tommy Hilfiger, who opted for L.A.-area venues and weather instead of showing in the Big Apple this season. Here's a look at those fashion shows by designers in a SoCal state of mind.

Food & Drink

‘Greens’ cookbook will prompt cooks to head straight to the produce aisle

Thomas Head is a native of Louisiana who lives in Washington DC. Among his achievements, Head counts working as a restaurant reviewer and co-authoring The Happy Table of Eugene Walter: Southern Spirits in Food and Drink. One of the most important factors in his resume is his personal background as a southerner, growing up eating greens as often as his family could put them on the table.

Family

Ex-etiquette: A personal ex-etiquette experience

So that you, my readers, understand that I also face ex-etiquette dilemmas, here's an ex-etiquette issue I recently had to deal with myself. My daughter's father and I have been divorced for years but our daughter recently asked us both to travel from California to New York City to help her get settled in the next stage of her life. She confessed she was a little afraid to make the move alone and wanted both her parents there for moral support. Her dad and I get along fine so we agreed, but traveling with an ex presents interesting problems.

Family

Living with Children: Adopted son wants to live with biological mother

Q: Our 14-year-old son, who was adopted by open adoption, now wants to go live with his biological mother. She was completely out of the picture until a couple of years ago when she suddenly showed up, telling us that she'd completely changed her life and wanted to re-establish contact with "her" son. At first, it was just phone calls. Then she asked for daytime visits, then overnights. Then he wanted to go on vacation with her last summer. In the meantime, he's become more and more difficult to live with - moody and disrespectful, mostly, and his grades have taken a nose dive. He's told us he doesn't want to live with us anymore. I think he believes there will be no rules with her and he'll be able to eat ice cream all day long, figuratively speaking. What should we do?

Family

Ask Mr. Dad: Funny, you don't look like you're pregnant, Dad.

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife is about four months pregnant and I'm really excited about becoming a new dad. The problem is that I've recently put on some weight (which is really weird, since I weigh exactly what I did in high school). I've also been having nosebleeds and I'm vomiting a lot (which is also weird, since I almost never do either one). I'm too embarrassed to talk to my wife about this and I'm certainly not going to ask my doctor. But I thought you might be able to help me figure out what's going on. Got any ideas about why this is happening?

Food & Drink

Popeyes opens location in Conway

The taste of Louisiana has reached another part of the Grand Strand, with the Conway location of Popeyes opening up recently. This is now the area’s second Popeyes, with the first being close to Surfside Beach.

Family

Kitchen fun: Banana cupcakes

For National Peanut Butter Lovers' Day on March 1, try making our banana "cupcakes." Use a piping bag and round decorating tip (or a zip-top bag with a corner snipped off) to pipe a swirl of peanut butter on a 1-inchthick slice of banana. Top with fresh berries, shredded coconut, or other healthy favorites.

Videos

Making chicken rice in the old days

L.W. Paul Living History Farm gave a demonstration Thursday to the public on how farm families made chicken rice from 1900 to 1955. Farm staff also showed wood cutting tools. The simple dish consists of chicken, rice, water, lard, onion, salt and pepper.
Aria Hangyu Chen ahchen@mcclatchy.com / Twitter: @aria_chy
Making chicken rice in the old days 2:17

Making chicken rice in the old days

How to keep your Christmas tree from turning into a tragedy 2:42

How to keep your Christmas tree from turning into a tragedy

Thanksgiving dinner table: food and gratitude 2:00

Thanksgiving dinner table: food and gratitude

Frying turkeys: how to do it safely 1:14

Frying turkeys: how to do it safely