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A muffin tin deep dish pizza recipe for kids

One mom who sees it that way is Ashley Hansen, who was among parents who shared with me tales of cooking with kids.

Hansen, who owns Hansen’s Sno-Bliz snowball stand in New Orleans, admits she is a bit of a Pollyanna when it comes to cooking with her daughter Avery, 8, and son Gordon, 10.

“I always seem to go for this Mary Poppins aspect,” she said. “Let’s make this fun.”

And, snap, the job’s a game – literally.

“We have cooking contests with smoothies, small salads, grilled cheese, cookies. Everyone is encouraged to add a ‘secret ingredient,’” Hansen said, explaining that the idea for the game grew out of family members having their own ideas of how a cookie or smoothie should taste.

“So, I was like, let’s all put in our own special ingredient. They loved the idea of a secret ingredient that would not be revealed until

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A’s, Astros go deep, deep, deep at Dodger Stadium

On a hot October afternoon at Dodger Stadium, in a baseball season of rampant strangeness, the A’s and Astros staged a 21st-century, playoff version of “Home Run Derby.”

That’s now an annual staple on the eve of the All-Star Game (in normal times), yes, and the original version also took place in Los Angeles. The television show was filmed at old Wrigley Field in December 1959, aired from January to July of 1960 and was abruptly canceled after host Mark Scott died of a heart attack.

The show featured a parade of legendary power hitters launching baseballs over the wall — from Hank Aaron and Willie Mays to Mickey Mantle and Ernie Banks to Frank Robinson and Harmon Killebrew. Classic stuff.

Fast forward to Monday, when an encore broke out in Game 1 of the American League Division Series between the A’s and Astros. Each team smacked three homers as

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UPDATE 1-Chinese property firms weigh cutting home prices after Evergrande’s deep discounts

(Adds Country Garden comment)

HONG KONG, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Country Garden, China’s top property developer, and smaller real estate firms are weighing bigger discounts on homes after Evergrande announced its steepest ever discount, analysts and a source said.

Evergrande, China’s second biggest property developer, announced a nationwide 30% discount on all of its properties until the end of the week-long holidays in early October, traditionally China’s peak home buying season.

The move is aimed at boosting sales and cash flow at China’s most indebted developer at a time when profits have weakened.

Steeper discounts from developers come against the backdrop of a sluggish recovery in home prices in smaller cities and ebbing appetite for property market speculation outside major cities due to uncertain economic conditions.

A Country Garden source said the company is planning to launch a campaign in response to Evergrande’s price cut, but the rate of discount

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Japan petrochemical exports shrinking; economy deep in recession

SINGAPORE (ICIS)–Japan’s export volumes of key
petrochemicals have shrunk in the first seven
months of 2020, with external demand likely to
stay muted, as the world’s third-biggest
economy wallows in deep recession amid the
pandemic.

Its shipments of benzene, ethylene and
propylene abroad have logged steep contractions
in January-July 2020, according to ICIS Demand
and Supply Database.

Japan export volume (in
tonnes)

Product Jan-July ’20 Jan-July ’19 % change
Benzene 254,654 390,025 -34.7
Ethylene 356,557 451,560 -21.0
Propylene 442,147 553,148 -20.1

2020 Quarterly breakdown

Product Q1 Q2 H1 Total H1 Yr-on-yr % change
Benzene       
121,146
      
104,718
      
225,864
-30.7
Ethylene       
163,179
      
153,241
      
316,420
-15.5
Propylene       
177,228
      
196,865
      
374,093
-20.7

Source: ICIS Supply and Demand
Database

Japan, which is the world’s third-biggest
economy, is export-oriented like most of Asia,
with cars – a key downstream market for
petrochemicals – as its major export product.

Initial August data showed continued sharp
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