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Those were the days.

Dave

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4 more inches of snow yesterday. Hardly the snow emergency they were worried about. A healthy winter blow.

I was out on Saturday for the only time last week. No hard and fast rule about when I'll run this winter, but 20 feels like about what it should be, if the wind isn't too strong. It was almost 20 degrees, so I figured that was close enough. Feel free to use the "W" word. I'm prepared to accept it this year. I'm sure I'd feel differently if 2018 hadn't been the kind of year it was. My steps were noticeably lighter and springier than they've been in recent memory. This I'm going to chalk up to doing stairs three times last week. Running on level ground is so much easier than climbing. Funny how that works. Anyway, 6 miles, felt great.

Wednesday was National Pie Day. I made a pie Tuesday night so I could enjoy it on the holiday. Used a new crust recipe from a local pie shop I saw on TV. Similar to my old one, but uses sugar and a little more flour. There wasn't a huge difference, but I have a couple of ideas for how it might be better. A coworker's birthday is this week and I promised her a pie, so I'll test them out.

I tried Netflix last year and wasn't overly impressed. They sent me a thing for another free month, and I decided to try again. All I've watched so far (I think I have a week left) is Bird Box, which I watched last night. It was so-so. Slight twist on an old theme. The kids were cute. John Malcovich was John Malcovich. Been binging the first season of Manifest with T-Rex. Slightly better than so-so. Everyone is always demanding that someone else "trust me on this." I'm enjoying the new Magnum, PI more. Like the OG, it doesn't take itself too seriously, Hawaii is a great location, and Perdita Weeks is worth just watching. (Although I wish there was another word for her onscreen job than "major domo". Can't get John Hillerman's voice out of my head when she says it, which is very distracting.)

Still having the internal treadmill debate. Planet Fitness is 2-1/2 miles from the house and practically on the way home from work. It wasn't even a consideration until the snow started flying. Now, I think about it more and more often as I think about the mileage I had planned on doing, getting ready to start training. I was at 28 miles two weeks ago, right on schedule, hoping to be near 40 by the end of February. 6 last week, not counting the old school stairmaster routine.  Seems like I read somewhere that some guy back in the day trained for (and won) Boston by running in place behind the counter of the store where he worked. Chances are good I'll be revamping the plan with a less aggressive build up.

So, what's the difference between running up and down the stairs to my basement and running on a treadmill at PF? Other than I don't have to go anywhere and it's free free free free. I am doing the moving as opposed to the track rolling beneath me. I'm getting more elevation this way. No one's watching. It can't be any less mind-numbing. I broke the last treadmill I had at home - anyone remember that? The few times I ran at PF three years ago sort of messed up my hip and derailed my Boston training. Would that have happened anyway? IDK. Makes me shy away from the machine, though, all other things being equal.

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The Fyre documentary was fascinating. And all of Black Mirror is great.

Stay warm this week!

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Netflix is great for all the shows you wanted to watch but never did. It's how I watched Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, and a host of others. So many still on the list if I ever get time. There's so much content though you can get decision paralysis. 

We celebrated pie day with pizzas. I'm not much of a sweet baker, but my pizza dough is getting pretty damn good. 

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15 hours ago, Carissa Liebowitz said:

As a fellow baker, I am curious what your go-to crust recipe is... 

I've always used the basic one from Better Crocker. It's a little crumbly to work with and I always have to add more water. 

2 cups, plus 2 tablespoons Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup cold shortening or if you prefer, substitute cold butter, cut into ½-inch pieces, for half of the shortening.
6 to 8 tablespoons ice-cold water

But I'm just now experimenting with one from a local pie shop I saw on TV a couple of weeks ago. Has a little more volume, which I like, and seems easier to roll with less cracks at the edges. Also sugar.

 

ACHATZ'S PIE DOUGH RECIPE
2 ½ cup pastry flour, unbleached.
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup Vegetable Shortening-(Trans-fat free) - or you can use ½ cup butter and a ½ cup Vegetable Shortening 
Cut room temperature shortening into flour with fingers (I used my pastry cutter) until crumbly, yet not too blended. 
Add:
½ cup chilled water.
Do not over mix at this point. Dough will be sticky. Cover with plastic wrap or wax paper and allow to set in refrigerator for 1 hour.
 

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I feel like I'm in the minority for having never binge watched any TV series. I've tuned in to some shows when actually broadcast (American Idol, Biggest Loser, American Ninja Warrior), but none of those recently.

I hear you on the treadmill. I'm lucky that where I live I am rarely forced to use one vs not run. I would have the same fear of injury due to the different stride, or too much of the same stride.

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5 hours ago, Dave said:

I've always used the basic one from Better Crocker. It's a little crumbly to work with and I always have to add more water. 

2 cups, plus 2 tablespoons Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup cold shortening or if you prefer, substitute cold butter, cut into ½-inch pieces, for half of the shortening.
6 to 8 tablespoons ice-cold water

But I'm just now experimenting with one from a local pie shop I saw on TV a couple of weeks ago. Has a little more volume, which I like, and seems easier to roll with less cracks at the edges. Also sugar.

 

 

ACHATZ'S PIE DOUGH RECIPE
2 ½ cup pastry flour, unbleached.
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup Vegetable Shortening-(Trans-fat free) - or you can use ½ cup butter and a ½ cup Vegetable Shortening 
Cut room temperature shortening into flour with fingers (I used my pastry cutter) until crumbly, yet not too blended. 
Add:
½ cup chilled water.
Do not over mix at this point. Dough will be sticky. Cover with plastic wrap or wax paper and allow to set in refrigerator for 1 hour.
 

Interesting, the recipe I've used for years has sugar in it. I personally like it, even with savory recipes. I always use butter for my pie crust and mix with my hands. It definitely is a little less forgiving, but tastes better IMO.

But really, it's homemade pie, so no one is ever complaining with any recipe LOL.  

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on Netflix, I hear Russian Doll is good.. 

wait, there's a new Magnum PI ? 
used to watch that on our one single TV channel back in S. Africa, it was nonsense but amusing nonsense.. will have to find the new one. 

Stick with the stairs, free is good, and the stairs will make you strong.. as long as it doesn't bother the knee. 

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