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Social media has been telling me that I’m selfish for over a week now.

And the truth is that yes. Even in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, I wanted to run the NYC Marathon.  Yes, I was happy when, the Tuesday before, Mayor Bloomberg announced that it was still on.

And yes, I was devastated when, late Friday afternoon.  Approximately 36 hours before the race, as I headed into the expo to pick up my bib.  He announced that it was canceled.

Oh, the tears that flowed.

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The marathon has always been an event that is meant to unite and inspire.  And I truly felt that by having it, we would be showing just how strong we are.  That even in the wake of something terrible, we could come together and do something amazing.

I have trained for this event like a crazy person.  I got up at 5AM every Saturday morning for the past five months to do a long run.  Went to the gym and lifted weights/did pilates/ellipticaled/biked every day.  Training for a marathon is not just a frivolous thing, you see. It’s a lifestyle.

It’s also a coping mechanism.  After everything that happened with my dad in September, the marathon was something that I could focus on.  A bright spot in an otherwise darkening world.  I’m not going to be able to celebrate or look forward to the holidays or my birthday or anything of that sort for a long time.  But this was something that I worked for and deserved to be proud of.  And I wanted it so bad.

It’s disturbing to think that the residents of Staten Island would rather make very real and serious threats to my life than have me achieve that. After all they’ve been through…that’s really where human nature has led them? (No offense if you’re from Staten Island, but really, regardless of Mayor Bloomberg’s decision – which I cannot control by the way – resorting to violence is never the right option. Ever.)

And if Mayor Bloomberg had decided on Tuesday to cancel the race, when the devastation was at it’s peak. I would have understood.  I would have been okay with it.  But to wait until the eleventh hour, the last possible second.  To get my hopes up and then rip them to shreds.  All out of fear that my fellow New Yorkers would find it more than appropriate to attack me, literally, for running?  Is disgusting.  And I will never be okay with it.

So here I am, all marathon-trained with nowhere to run.  Except not exactly.  I managed to get an entry to the Philadelphia Marathon in two weeks, on November 18th.

I’m an endurance runner after all.  And when the going gets tough…I find a way to run.  It’s just what I do.

**As an addendum, I just want to make it very very clear that while of course I was upset that the race was canceled, what got to me more was the threats of violence that were made against essentially innocent people that led to it.  There are ways to express your anger at an authority’s decision but saying that you will attempt to kill or harm anyone is NOT a valid one.  And that is really what I take most offense at and what I was most saddened by.  I am truly sorry for those who were affected severely by the storm, of whom I have some very close friends. I hope everyone is safe and will continue to be so and that we can all get through this.

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Let’s talk stuffed squash boats! I made and ate these while I was knee-deep in carb loading.  I mean, really…who can say no to a whole bowl of winter squash deliciousness!?  Especially when the squash IS the bowl.  Not I.

And then there’s the quinoa filling.  The.Boy. actually asked me yesterday whether quinoa is good for you.  I stared at him blank-eyed because, DUH, doesn’t everyone know of it’s superherofood status??? Apparently not.  Among many other things, quinoa has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties which is just perfect for those of us tapering runners who are trying to get our muscles into as least of an injured state as possible before our race. And then there’s also the fact that it can help lower cholesterol and maintain HDL levels…and that it’s chock full of fiber and protein.  All good stuff.

So, right. The filling.  The quinoa is mixed with swiss chard, roasted apples and cilantro and then tossed with a lemony honey vinaigrette.  Pile it into the squash and – voila! Dinner is served.  Perfect whether you’re carb-loading or just want a totally delicious guilt-free, squash-infused meal.

Speaking of squash…it’s time for week TWO of the 12 Weeks of Winter Squash, which I’m hosting with Heather of Girlichef!

If you make any winter squash recipes from now until this coming Sunday, then be sure to link up!!

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Acorn Squash Boats with Quinoa
Serves 2, adapted from The Sprouted Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 acorn or kabocha squash
  • 2 tbsp honey or agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 1 bunch swiss chard, leaves torn into strips
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (or 3 tbsp Meyer lemon juice)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey or agave nectar
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 425.
  2. Cut the squash in half and seed it. Mix the 2 tbsp honey and 1 tbsp olive oil together in a small bowl. Rub generously onto the flesh of the squash.  Sprinkle squash with salt and pepper. Roast cut-side down for about 20 minutes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Turn the squash cut-side up and cook for another 15-20 minutes, adding the apple cubes onto the pan for the last 10 minutes.  The squash should be fork-tender.
  3. While the squash is cooking, prepare the quinoa. Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil and add the quinoa. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed.  Add the swiss chard leaves to the pan during the last 3 minutes of cooking. Remove and transfer to a mixing bowl.  Add the shallot, lemon juice, cardamom, olive oil, and honey to the bowl.  Stir to combine.  Allow to cool down a bit (about 8 minutes), then add the cilantro and roasted apple. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Fill each squash boat cavern with half of the quinoa mixture. Serve.

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83 Responses to Acorn Squash Boats with Quinoa {12 Weeks of Winter Squash}

  1. Oh man, I’m so sorry that it was cancelled. I can imagine what an emotional let down that was =( I imagine getting one of these into your system would cheer you up…at least a little bit…though. It sounds pretty awesome. And we both went with Acorn Squash this week! 😉

  2. Hi Joanne! I was thinking of you! I live about 10 minutes away from some of the communities that were destroyed by Sandy. As I understand it, the issue was that it takes so many resources to keep runners fed and hydrated, as well as to block off streets that it would have hampered clean-up efforts. I only got power back on Friday and many areas are still in the dark, and having to suspend tree clean-up could have extended the power loss problem. The effort is massive and the nights are getting colder. Also, so many people don’t have food and water right now, the resources had to be diverted to help the people suffering from the storm.

    Now, on a moral level, I think there is nothing wrong with wanting to run or going for a run. The first thing I did was go for a run, once the hurricane left! Without that run, I couldn’t have stayed warm in my freezing cold house or had the energy to deal with the fallen trees and such. However, on ‘my’ run, I didn’t need people to hand me water bottles and bananas or block off streets, keep track of my vital signs and such and no resources were diverted from the clean-up.

    I wish the marathon could have been postponed, although that wouldn’t have helped the international runners. I’m so glad that you got to sign up for another marathon so soon, and I think every NY Marathon ‘bib’ should get a free, automatic entry into one marathon as compensation for the next year, somewhere!

  3. Love you lady but I am SO happy that you will get to run the Philly marathon in a couple of weeks. You have worked so hard and should enjoy every minute of your accomplishments!

  4. Simply Life says:

    I am so sorry the race got canceled- I was hoping you would write your response as someone who’s been training to run in it! So glad you signed-up for another marathon- I’m sure it’s going to be great!

  5. Good for you for finding another race to run! I know how much love and sweat and tears goes into marathon training – how devastating to have the race shut down so late in the game, no matter how much the decision does or does not make sense. As for the food – I just love that you added apples to the mix. I bet they are sensational!

  6. Lynn says:

    I can understand your disappointment and am glad you are going to get to run in the Philadelphia race. Hopefully this will make running in the New York marathon next year even sweeter.

    Love the look of that recipe. Quinoa rocks! As do you, my friend.

  7. I thought of you when I heard the marathon was cancelled. At least you were able to find another marathon! I *completely* understand how training for such an event can pummel you forward, when you want to turn off your mind to the sadness and chaos in your life. *hug*

    This recipe looks fab! I made a quinoa stuffed squash for Thanksgiving and really liked it. 🙂

  8. no lie- I was just looking for a new way to do winter squash like acorn, for thanksgiving this year- looks like I found my new recipe

  9. london bakes says:

    The whole situation sounds like it was handled so badly by the authorities and I’m not surprised that the whole debate has ended up getting so heated. I’m so glad you got entry for another marathon and that in just under 2 weeks you will be crossing that finishing line.

  10. Good for you! I am so happy to hear you can run in Philly in a couple weeks! I was thinking of you when I heard the race was cancelled.
    These acorn squash boats look SO fun! And obviously, SO delicious….

  11. I wonder why it was canceled in the last minute? Maybe too much resources needed to organise it, provide security, block roads etc – better used elsewhere? Maybe. Good thing the training will pay off in two weeks time. All the best

  12. Amy says:

    Oh, that suuuucks for you! I get how much you work for this. And I get how much you need this. Philadelphia isn’t bad, though…think of it as having 2 extra weeks to train.

  13. Shannon says:

    The whole last minute aspect of the cancellation really bothered me. I think I would have understood and respected the decision either way, had it been done with a more direct, up front, forward thinking attitude. I am really sorry that it didn’t happen for you (and for the responses of others as you mentioned above). I’ll be wishing you luck in Philly, though!

    – Shannon @moveeatcreate.com

  14. Pam says:

    I agree, he should have just called it off immediately instead of letting people get their hopes up.

  15. joanne first off i hate that you said 12 weeks of winter
    that sounds like a death sentence
    girl I don’t know if I can do 12 weeks??
    i pray you are taking good care of your knees?
    I know silly question, but with all this running you’re doing it can damage them
    I had bad arthritis in my knees from all the sports I did.
    so be careful…I know I’m such a buzzkill LOL

  16. Caren says:

    Ugh, that sucks for you. I know a few people that were impacted by that decision, and some were from out of town and had already flown in for the race!!!

    I can understand why they cancelled it, but as you say, to do it at the last minute wasn’t cool.

    Glad you’ve got a back up!

  17. Danielle says:

    I plan on making a similar recipe this week with wild rice. I do love quinoa though I bet this was delicious.

  18. Gloria says:

    I remember you when they said the run was canceled,Joanne, is difficult especially to all the people whoe wait for this marathon, I can understand your dessaponited Joanne.
    This recipe look absolutely yummy and nice I love a loT!

  19. Susan Pfund says:

    I’m sorry, but I will attend a memorial service for an aunt who drowned last week and your comments are shallow and self serving. The needs of so many others need more attention than the self-interest of you as a runner. Where is your heart?

    • Joanne says:

      Hi Susan, thanks so much for your comment. I am very sorry about your aunt and for all those who were affected severely by the storm, of whom I have some very close friends. I just want to make clear that yes, I am saddened by the race being canceled but more than that I am saddened by the fact that anyone thought it was okay to threaten violence against the runners, who had NO SAY in making the decision to hold it or not. It’s fine to blame the Mayor for his choices but not fair to say you’re going to harm people who had nothing to do with them. And that’s really what I take the most offense at. I’m sorry if that wasn’t made clear in my post.

  20. SallyBR says:

    I thought SO MUCH about you…. I know exactly how you are feeling, and I would have cried as many tears as you did. I was waiting for your post about it, and wondering…

    On my second marathon, I completed the training, including that dreadful last 21 mile run two weeks before the event. I started the race only to have a sharp pain on my knee at mile 11. I walked to the half point and had to take a ride to the beginning and then go home. I cried like a baby during the 1 mile walk, and a few people probably understood, but many just thought I was crazy.

    I am thrilled that you found an event to run while your body is still in peak shape. You will do great! I know that for a fact.

    this was just a small bump in the road, hang in there, your effort will pay off!

  21. Beth says:

    I was thinking of you when they announced the cancellation of the race. I am so sorry that, after all your work, you won’t be able to compete. I hadn’t heard about the death threats – that is truly shocking, and I think when things return to normal, the people who said those things will be embarrassed by their reactions. Bad times bring out the good in most people, but sometimes it brings out the worst in others, and I’m sorry that you felt the brunt of it.

    Best of luck in the Philadelphia race.

  22. Tanja says:

    Hi Joanne, although the recipe looks very yummy it’s not one I’m all that interested in. a) because there are only about 3 type of squash in the whole of cuba and b) quinoa can’t be had for love nor money! But what I was really interested in was your epic training efforts for the marathon. I’m no marathon runner but have started to run in the mornings along the malecon in Havana and now find myself looking for goals. Your drive and honesty about the marathon goal is inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

  23. Kim says:

    I think this particular marathon was very personal to you and I think it would have been so therapeutic for you. I’m so sorry it was cancelled.

    However, I had to chuckle when you said you found another marathon to run in Philadelphia. Of course you did! You are a survivor and you don’t give up. Good for you!!

  24. This sounds amazing! definite inspiration for tonight.

    I’m so sorry about the marathon. I just have no words. Everything is such a mess, and I don’t think Bloomberg had a good option either way.

  25. Pam says:

    I thought of you when I heard the marathon was cancelled… I am sorry! At least you entered into the Philadelphia marathon! Good luck.

    These little squash boats filled with goodness look amazing!

  26. marie says:

    Arrrrgh! So many people are dealing with heartache right now but yours is completely justifiable as well. So glad you’re going to accomplish your goal in a few weeks. I’ll be cheering for you. You’ll hear me right?

  27. I’m so sorry to hear of the marathon cancellation. I know I would have been super upset if this happened last year. But fantastic you found another marathon to run!
    I’m obsessed with all things squash! The combo of quinoa and acorn squash is fantastic.

  28. Anonymous says:

    The squash boats are nice.

    Just wanted to add a different perspective: Many runners opted out of the Marathon BEFORE it was canceled. My neighbors, who’d also trained hard for months, decided not to run even if the Marathon had been held. The unspeakable devastation in Staten Island (not far from the start of the race) made the race irrelevant to them.
    On Sunday they helped people who’d lost their homes in Breezy Point.

  29. I agree with what you said about the marathon. I think they should have called it earlier. My friend from Chicago – like you, who sacrificed many months and long runs to get ready, was already IN New York when she found out it was cancelled. I agree with them cancelling it, and I totally get the disapointment – but for the thousands of people who were there already – they could have maybe gotten their money back from their flight, or hotel room, etc..

    I’m glad you found another one so soon so you can finish it Joanne!

  30. Pam says:

    How disappointing with all the training done. The squash sounds so good and thanks for the recipe!

  31. MM says:

    When I heard the marathon had been canceled, I immediately thought, “Oh no! Joanne!” I know you needed it. To me, it’s like when talk of canceling Mardi Gras after Katrina surfaced. People needed that outlet and to know that there was still some normalcy in life–or at least there could be–after being turned upside down and sideways.

  32. Nicole says:

    Hugs for all the bad that is effecting you.
    Happy thoughts to chase it all away!

    As far as squash boats – i made one too! I used a “real simple” recipe that used chorizo and cheese – nothing like bringing the vegetable value down a peg, it was ok, but i’m thinking yours sounds much much better!

  33. Saguna says:

    It’s awful to hear how Sandy has affected so many- not being in the States, I really feel helpless and uninformed. It must have been such a disappointment to have it cancelled at the last possible moment- I definitely don’t agree with that or the threats against runners…. I hope all goes well in Philly- best of luck.

    This squash dish reminded me of acorn squash boats with a whole load of cheese I used to have at family gatherings- this is such a healthier, fresher alternative, thanks Joanne!

  34. Christine says:

    This is a yummy looking recipe. Love squash! Frankly I was surprised the mayor didn’t cancel the race immediately. To wait till the last hour was thoughtless. But that’s said from the outside looking in. I agree with another comment that suggested those who got their bibs should get a free or at least discounted race in the future. Your dad would be proud of you for not letting it get you down and for snagging a spot in Philadelphia. You’ll do super!!

  35. Wow, I didn’t realize that there were threats involved. I did hear that some people actually ran supplies to Staten Island – which is amazing! I’m sorry you didn’t get to run, hopefully there will be another soon that you can participate in. You are a rockstar for training as you have!

    Love this recipe too, quinoa is the perfect squash-stuffing!

  36. I’m so sorry Joanne 🙁 The whole situation is just awful, and I can’t believe how it was handled. I can definitely see both sides, but there’s no need to get mad at the runners who trained so hard to get there. But I’m happy you’re running Philly! I’m running it too…maybe we’ll cross paths!

  37. That is a bummer about the marathon. I’m glad you have the one in Philly to look forward to though. The squash boats look great!

  38. i thought of you when i heard the race was cancelled, joanne! it makes me sad that the race wasn’t cancelled til the last minute, under pressure. it just doesn’t seem fair (not to the runners OR to those who were harmed in any way, big or small, by the storm). but i know you’ll keep persevering for 2 weeks til philly…and you’ll do great. 🙂

  39. I just finished eating a baked acorn squash (scooping out the insides like ice cream :P!) AND I had a stuffed acorn squash after my run on Saturday—new favorite winter meal! Haha.

    When I heard about the NYC marathon being cancelled, my heart dropped! I immediately thought of you and how much you’ve been through. But it’s just like a scientist to just keep looking for a solutionand perhaps the Philadelphia marathon will be your shining moment :)!

  40. What a great way to prepare squash! Love this stuffing!

  41. This squash looks scrumptious and I love that you stuffed it! Such a creative recipe. Thanks for sharing Joanne!

  42. OohLookBel says:

    I was reading about the marathon and how so many people had travelled from overseas to be there. Such a shame it was cancelled so late. But good luck for your Philly race – go get ’em! Love quinoa and love this squashy dish.

  43. Rosa says:

    I really felt for you when I heard the marathon was cancelled. It must have been such a disappointment not to get a chance to run for something you really believe in. I just wanted to say I really admire how you’ve been dealing with a really tough situation the past few weeks, and I’m so glad that you’ll get to run in two weeks so that all your hard work training won’t go to waste! (also, this is a gorgeous foodie post (as always!))

  44. Shannon says:

    So sorry about your marathon. But yay for Philadelphia!

    I was so bummed about 20 minutes ago when I cut into my own acorn squash only to find the inside plagued with rot. SO. SAD.

    Looking at this makes me want to scoop it back out of the trash, bring it back to Stop and Shop and demand a replacement (filled with your quinoa deliciousness).

  45. teresa says:

    threats?! good grief, that seems rather extreme. i’m so sorry joanne, that really is disappointing. i’m glad that philly is an option. if i still lived there, i’d totally be cheering you on!

    LOVE the squash, what a great idea!

  46. Karis Ann says:

    I thought of you when I heard about the cancellation and am happy to hear that you’ll be able to run in Philly.

    I have a shelf full of acorn squash staring me in the face every time I go to my basement, so it’s high time I take one down and make this recipe!

  47. Blond Duck says:

    I just bought an acorn squash to try, so this is perfect!

  48. Deborah says:

    I had heard that the race was cancelled, but missed everything else. Yikes!! I’m so proud of you for finding a way and I’ll be rooting for you from Utah on November 18th!! And this squash? I could totally get behind this!

  49. Megan says:

    I think it’s great that you found another race to run. And I agree with you that this could have been an opportunity to unite people; unfortunately not everyone thinks that way. I also can understand your frustration at not knowing until the last minute that the marathon would be canceled.

    On the bright side, if cheesesteaks are part of your post- or pre-marathon diet, you have to try Jim’s on the corner of South and 4th streets when you’re in Philly. 🙂

    And the quinoa-stuffed squash looks amazing!

  50. Julie says:

    I have a good friend who’s a runner and lives in New Orleans, she was planning to run this year. She was so sad. Glad you were able to get into another marathon.

    And that squash, yummy!

  51. I’m so sorry you didn’t get to run, Joanne…and for everything you’ve been thru this year. People shouldn’t butt in when they have no idea what they’re talking about…and especially when they have nothing nice to say! Ugh. Nate was super bummed about the race being cancelled too, especially because he was also supposed to run Boston and didn’t because of the heat. He trained ALL year for two marathons and ran none. They better at least refund your money if nothing else. Good luck in Philly though! 🙂

    On another note, I’d totally eat this dish, carbo-loading or not! Yum!!!

  52. That Girl says:

    I’ve been curious about your reaction to the cancellation since I heard about it. While I completely agree with your sentiments about threats of violence, and understand your feeling of loss (which is impacted only the more by the loss felt by your father and the hurricane devastation), I do think the resources are better diverted away from the marathon.

    As runners, we already have a stigma of entitlement. We expend money for expensive races, hotel rooms, running apparel. I think it would have compounded the situation, the loss felt by so many, to see the “haves” take from the “have nots” in the form of food, water, hotels, heat, power. It’s not the same as after something like 9/11 where a show of normalcy is needed. That very normalcy serves only to intensify what so many have lost.

  53. I have no idea what it takes to train for a marathon but I can still understand your disappointment when something you worked so hard for was cancelled. I did see a lot of pictures of runners going to Staten Island and running around delivering supplies and such which I thought was so nice but I never heard the other side of the story with the threats, that’s sad! I’m glad you found another race to look forward to!

  54. La Liz says:

    Yes, that’s right. A group of runners did help the people of Staten Island. As for reports of threats — I think it’s unfair and dangerous to paint Staten Islanders (or any group) with a broad brush. It’s important to show some compassion for people who’ve suffered so terribly this week.

    Mary Wittenberg, the head of the Road Runners, visited with SI families: http://www.dailyastorian.com/sports/pro/ny-marathon-canceled-tell-that-to-the-runners/image_6a1ad265-84e6-5af0-8c3b-69f8141fd8de.html/?mode=gallery

    During past marathons, Staten Islanders came out to cheer the runners on. This year they’re hurting; they need help and support.

  55. YUMMM. This looks amazing…I’m so excited for this series! Squash = love. Oh and there’s quinoa in this. le sigh!

    As for the marathon…bah 🙁 I’m sorry!

  56. Kari says:

    I hadn’t heard that the marathon was cancelled – I am so sorry. Even if you hadn’t had the year you’d had, preparing for a marathon is such a big thing (a life-encompassing thing) that having it taken away at the last minute would be devastating. On top of your year, and with the reasons being what they are…I don’t think selfish deserves to be mentioned anywhere remotely near your name.

  57. Guru Uru says:

    That sucks about the marathon my friend but I promise you, there must be more! 🙂
    I love your beautiful squash boats by the way!

    Cheers
    CCU

  58. Tandy says:

    it is so wrong to use threats like that to ‘scare’ the populace! I was so sad for you when I saw the race had been cancelled, but I see some brave souls still ran the distance. Have a great week Joanne 🙂

  59. Johanna GGG says:

    glad you found a marathon to join in – I don’t understand running but even less do I understand those who think violence is the answer

    and I love the sound of your squash boats – quinoa is such a great grain

  60. Hotly Spiced says:

    The squash stuffed with quinoa does look very good. I’m so sorry about the marathon. I can understand it’s been cancelled but I think the error was in cancelling it so late. I had two sets of friends who flew all the way over to run in their first ever marathon. All that time and effort they put in was just like you – and then they had the expense! That hurricane was wrecked so much havoc. I’m sure they’ll be another race for you somewhere! xx

  61. That really stinks about the marathon. I heard a piece on NPR where they were interviewing people who had traveled (and spent a lot of money to do so) from all over the world before they announced it was canceled.

    Is it bad that my winter squash recipes have all been desserts lately? Oh well. I have lots of savory recipes for them, too, and will have to come up with some more. Lovely boats you’ve made here!

  62. Such a bummer! I think people get into a mob mentality when they’re in a group and they can be too easily swayed by the think that’s surrounding them. It’s scary! I’m glad you found another race-you go girl. Turn those lemons into lemonade. Your boy is so cute with his “is quinoa healthy?” questions. Doesn’t he know by now that unless it’s dessert, everything you cook is healthy?

  63. What a fantastic stuffed winter squash! I will have to use other squash instead of acorn.

  64. It seems we both share an adoration for stuffed vegetables. I was not crazy about acorn squash the last time I tried it, but this recipe is tempting me to give it another shot!

  65. Oh my goodness, I couldn’t agree more. Marathons are the perfect way for runners and fans to come together! Not be split apart. I can’t get over some of the Staten Islanders reactions…really? Thank goodness you were able to find another race, but I keep thinking of all of the people who don’t get to race at all. GAH! So disappointing!!

  66. Okay now I want to make this recipe like right now!! Looks awesome!

  67. cindspectus says:

    I didn’t hear about serious threats, but then again, I was not a marathon participant. As a reader with many family members in Staten Island, rest assured that many more people were concerned about the resources not showing up in their borough (and the slow response from Bloomberg even *after* cancelling the marathon in moving the much-needed supplies from Central Park) than about making threats to runners that had no sway in the decision.

    That being said, I do feel for all of the people that trained and put their heart and soul into preparing for a race that didn’t occur. I know I would have been devastated if something I worked so hard for had been pulled out from underneath me. I participated in the Prospect Park 5K on Saturday, and many many people there were displaced marathoners signing up at the last minute: their heartbreak was palpable, but so was their resolve to continue raising money for the charities they were working with, and in helping the recovery effort (it was inspiring!)

  68. Shannon says:

    oh, i tried to make stuffed squash last night, but then i roasted my squash too long while i did a zillion other things. so just a regular squash dish, still delish 🙂 this filling looks fantastic, i’m going to have to try again!

  69. Reeni Pisano says:

    I immediately thought of you when they announced the race was cancelled – I’m glad you were able to get into the Philly marathon after all your dedicated training. I am a lover of all things squash! Especially when stuffed. This is LOVE!

  70. I do love an edible bowl! I’m glad you have educted The Boy on quinoa. He can now spread the word

  71. Joanne, I’m so sorry the race got cancelled! It is pretty crummy that he cancelled right at the last minute.

    This acorn squash boat looks freakishly amazing though. And the presentation is just gorgeous!

  72. Cara says:

    I admit I had not followed the whole story very closely, but it never once occurred to me that runners were being selfish for wanting to run! I can see the reasons why it was necessary to cancel but can sympathize with how frustrating it must have been to hear that news at the last minute.

    Girl, if my hubs was able to take a few days off work and let us head down to Philly early for our annual Thanksgiving trek, I’d totally come cheer you on!

  73. Dana says:

    So glad you were able to enter in Philly. What a shame to train so hard and be so focused and have it fall apart. People are crazy don’t you know. Looks delicious Joanne!

  74. Lora says:

    I immediately thought of you when I heard the marathon was cancelled. I know how much it meant to you because of your dad. I agree with you. The mayor should have done it earlier. I felt sorry for all the people who had already flown in from all over the world to participate. And those dumb asses who threatened violence, well…. they should be dropped somewhere iwith all the people who are looting. Seriously!

  75. Natalie says:

    you were the first person i thought of when i heard about the race. rock philly girl!!

  76. mandalahi says:

    I so wanted to try it, it looks delicious and tasty, yummy

  77. Laura says:

    How could you not be disappointed? Of course you were. (((hugs)))

    I need to learn to be more comfortable cooking quinoa. I feel like mine is always soggy.

  78. Laura says:

    Hey I am hitting publish now on a pumpkin curry–will there be a future link-up to add a winter squash dish or did I miss it? 🙂

  79. Sarah says:

    I’m trying to like winter squash more – this looks great!

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