9/11/20: NEVER FORGET. 9.11.2001 (19th Anniversary of 9/11)

In honor of those who died on 9/11, 2001, I visit a 9/11 Memorial
yearly and post photos on my blog.

This year, I visited a Memorial set up for the thirteen residents from Chatham, New Jersey
who perished on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center in New York City.

The memorial garden contains two World Trade Center steel pieces. There are silhouettes of white birds suspended between the beams. There is a water fountain in the middle of the garden. Thirteen commemorative plaques surround the edge of the garden.

9/11 Memorial Garden

Located at the North Passaic entrance to
Memorial Park in Chatham Borough

Library of the Chathams
214 Main St., Chatham, NJ 07928

Remembering Chatham Residents Lost On 9/11

Donald L. Adams
Donald Adams worked as the vice president of sales of Cantor Fitzgerald’s electronic trading division, eSpeed. He loved football and his wife, Heda, and his daughter, Rebecca, who was just five months-old.

Dennis Buckley
Dennis Buckley, was a father of three working at Cantor Fitzgerald. He was remembered as a “macho man” who always carried a Barbie doll for his young daughters. He lived in Chatham since 1994.

Paul S. Gilbey
Paul Gilbey was a “DIY man,” his wife said, who was always fixing things.” He also had a deep love for the World Trade Center buildings themselves. “In an ironic sort of way, he died doing a job he loved in the towers he loved,” she told the New York Times.

Gary R. Haag
Gary Haag was well known around his Chatham neighborhood, starting up kickball games with nearby kids, including his three children. He was a huge sports fan, and coached T-ball teams for his kids.

Anthony P. Infante Jr.
Anthony Infante was working as a Port Authority police officer on September 11, 2001. He rushed into the North Tower to help people as they tried to escape. He was survived by his wife and two children.

Robin B. Larkey
Robin Larkey was a British immigrant who loved living in America, and was thrilled his children were natural born citizens. He enjoyed British rock bands, soccer, and his family.

Christian H. Maltby
Christian Maltby was a father of three who enjoyed bringing his family to his father’s Adirondacks vacation home. He worked as a model during his college years, and eventually worked as an assistant vice president for currency trading at Cantor Fitzgerald.

Philip W. Mastrandrea
Philip Mastrandrea loved joking around with his family, and spending time with them. In his free time, he enjoyed collecting watches and cars. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.

Peter C. Moutos
Peter Moutos was a newlywed who met his wife in a chance encounter out sailing. He grew up in a military family, and enjoyed playing sports and working out, a passion he brought into adulthood.

Thomas Strada
Thomas Strada enjoyed lavishing surprises on his wife, Terry, including flying her to Boston to see a Celtics game. He was remembered as a vibrant father of two who always made sure people had a memorable time.

Kenneth J. Swenson
Kenneth Swenson was a father of two who loved taking his sons camping. When not working at Cantor Fitzgerald, he was a volunteer with the Chatham emergency squad.

William R. Tieste
William Tieste worked to fix up Nash Field in Chatham township for local sports teams, where his son’s baseball team would play. He loved working as a stockbroker, and spending time with his wife and children.

Peter M. West
Peter West was a world traveler who knew how to find adventure at home: riding around on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He was an adventurous man, who knew how to fly a plane and went skydiving. He was survived by his wife and children.

9/11 Memorial and Museum
New York City, NY

I had planned to visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum,
but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I will need to put this off until another time.

Timeline of the 9/11 Attacks
Credit to: History.com

On a clear, sunny summer day in September 2001, Al Qaeda terrorists aboard three hijacked passenger planes carried out coordinated suicide attacks against the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., killing everyone on board the planes and nearly 3,000 people on the ground.
• 7:59 am – American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767 with 92 people aboard, takes off from Boston’s Logan International Airport en route to Los Angeles.
• 8:14 am – United Airlines Flight 175, a Boeing 767 with 65 people aboard, takes off from Boston; it is also headed to Los Angeles.
• 8:19 am – Flight attendants aboard Flight 11 alert ground personnel that the plane has been hijacked; American Airlines notifies the FBI.
• 8:20 am – American Airlines Flight 77 takes off from Dulles International Airport outside of Washington, D.C. The Boeing 757 is headed to Los Angeles with 64 people aboard.
• 8:24 am – Hijacker Mohammed Atta makes the first of two accidental transmissions from Flight 11 to ground control (apparently in an attempt to communicate with the plane’s cabin).
• 8:40 am – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) alerts North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)’s Northeast Air Defense Sector (NEADS) about the suspected hijacking of Flight 11. In response, NEADS scrambles two fighter planes located at Cape Cod’s Otis Air National Guard Base to locate and tail Flight 11; they are not yet in the air when Flight 11 crashes into the North Tower.
• 8:41 am – United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757 with 44 people aboard, takes off from Newark International Airport en route to San Francisco. It had been scheduled to depart at 8:00 am, around the time of the other hijacked flights.
• 8:46 am – Mohammed Atta and the other hijackers aboard American Airlines Flight 11 crash the plane into floors 93-99 of the North Tower of the World Trade Center, killing everyone on board and hundreds inside the building.
• 8:47 am – Within seconds, NYPD and FDNY forces dispatch units to the World Trade Center, while Port Authority Police Department officers on site begin immediate evacuation of the North Tower.
• 8:50 am – White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card alerts President George W. Bush that a plane has hit the World Trade Center; the president is visiting an elementary school in Sarasota, Florida at the time.
• 9:02 am – After initially instructing tenants of the WTC’s South Tower to remain in the building, Port Authority officials broadcast orders to evacuate both towers via the public address system; an estimated 10,000 to 14,000 people are already in the process of evacuating.
• 9:03 am – Hijackers crash United Airlines Flight 175 into floors 75-85 of the WTC’s South Tower, killing everyone on board and hundreds inside the building
• 9:08 am – The FAA bans all takeoffs of flights going to New York City or through the airspace around the city.
• 9:21 am – The Port Authority closes all bridges and tunnels in the New York City area.
• 9:24 am – The FAA notified NEADS of the suspected hijacking of Flight 77 after some passengers and crew aboard are able to alert family members on the ground.
• 9:31 am – Speaking from Florida, President Bush calls the events in New York City an “apparent terrorist attack on our country.”
• 9:37 am – Hijackers aboard Flight 77 crash the plane into the western façade of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., killing 59 aboard the plane and 125 military and civilian personnel inside the building.
• 9:42 am – For the first time in history, the FAA grounds all flights over or bound for the continental United States. Some 3,300 commercial flights and 1,200 private planes are guided to airports in Canada and the United States over the next two-and-a-half hours.
• 9:45 am – Amid escalating rumors of other attacks, the White House and U.S. Capitol building are evacuated (along with numerous other high-profile buildings, landmarks and public spaces).
• 9:59 am – The South Tower of the World Trade Center collapses.
• 10:07 am – After passengers and crew members aboard the hijacked Flight 93 contact friends and family and learn about the attacks in New York and Washington, they mount an attempt to retake the plane. In response, hijackers deliberately crash the plane into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, killing all 40 passengers and crew aboard.
• 10:28 am – The World Trade Center’s North Tower collapses, 102 minutes after being struck by Flight 11.
• 11 am – Mayor Rudolph Giuliani calls for the evacuation of Lower Manhattan south of Canal Street, including more than 1 million residents, workers and tourists, as efforts continue throughout the afternoon to search for survivors at the WTC site.
• 1 pm – From a U.S. Air Force base in Louisiana, President Bush announces that U.S. military forces are on high alert worldwide.
• 2:51 pm – The U.S. Navy dispatches missile destroyers to New York and Washington, D.C.
• 5:20 pm – The 47-story Seven World Trade Center collapses after burning for hours; the building had been evacuated in the morning, and there are no casualties, though the collapse forces rescue workers to flee for their lives.
• 6:58 pm – President Bush returns to the White House after stops at military bases in Louisiana and Nebraska.
• 8:30 pm – President Bush addresses the nation, calling the attacks “evil, despicable acts of terror” and declaring that America, its friends and allies would “stand together to win the war against terrorism.”

WE WILL NEVER FORGET 9/11

 

~ Carmen

Baking is my Zen
…sweet nibbles for the soul

For savory dishes, visit my other blog, sometimes SAVORY.

Photography by Carmen Ortiz.
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BEST EVER Butter Cake with Crumb Topping ~ HAPPY EASTER 2020

Crumb Cake is a favorite of many. However, for me…I like the cake portion the most. When I was a teenager, I used to make a crumb cake that was out of this world. I lost the recipe. Have been on the hunt for that recipe. I finally found a recipe that is not exactly the same, but close enough.

Today’s recipe is a Butter Cake with crumb topping. This Butter Cake doesn’t disappoint. Love the texture on this cake.

KITCHEN NOTES:
Did not use butter flavoring.
For Crumb Mixture: Added toasted, chopped walnuts. Added 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
For Batter: Used 1 teaspoon vanilla instead of ½ teaspoon since I didn’t use butter flavoring.
For Baking: Used aluminum 9×9 pan, baked cake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cake was done in 50 minutes.

Butter Cake with Crumb Topping

by Carmen Ortiz of Baking is my Zen

Yield: 9 to 12 servings
Bake: 50-60 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

CRUMB MIXTURE
1/2 cup granulated sugar (100 grams or 3 ½ ounces)
1 stick unsalted butter, softened (1/2 cup or 114 grams or 4 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour (140 grams or 5 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

BATTER
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar (265 grams or 9 1/3 ounces)
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened) (225 grams or 8 ounces or 1 cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups cake flour (220 grams or 7 2/3 ounces)
1 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup whole milk

GARNISH
Confectioners sugar (also called powdered sugar)

PAN PREP
PAM oil spray
Parchment paper

DIRECTIONS:
PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Note: 350 degrees for an aluminum pan. For glass or dark metal pan, bake at 325°F.

PAN PREP. Use a 9inch-square baking pan. Spray the pan with oil spray. Line pan with parchment paper. Lightly spray the paper. Optional-Chill the oiled pan.

CRUMB TOPPING PREP
TOAST walnuts on stovetop or in oven for about 5-8 minutes. Cool. CHOP coarsely. Set aside.
ADD TO BOWL sugar, butter, salt, all-purpose flour and vanilla.
COMBINE using a pastry blender.
ADD walnuts and cinnamon. Combine with the pastry blender.
COVER topping with plastic wrap.
CHILL topping.

BATTER PREP
ADD sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt into a large mixing bowl.
BEAT for 2 to 3 minutes on high until fluffy. Scrape down the bowl with a spatula.
ADD one egg to butter mixture. Beat 2 to 3 minutes on high speed until light. Scrape down the bowl with a spatula. Add second egg. Mix until combined. Scrape down bowl.
COMBINE cake flour and baking powder. Mix.
ADD CAKE FLOUR & WHOLE MILK ALTERNATELY to batter. Start and end with flour in 4 additions, milk in 3.
BEAT BATTER on low speed. Scrape sides of bowl. Combine well but DO NOT OVERBEAT.
ADD CRUMB MIXTURE TO BOTTOM OF PAN: Cover bottom of prepared pan with crumbs. Spread evenly in pan.
POUR BATTER ON TOP OF CRUMBS: Cover crumbs with batter. Gently smooth batter evenly.

BAKE AT 350 DEGREES Fahrenheit for 50 to 60 minutes. Note: Cover pan loosely with aluminum foil if it browns too soon. Batter should be a dark golden brown.
REMOVE cake from oven after pick inserted comes out clean.

COOL CAKE. After 5 minutes of cooling, release the edges by going around them with a small spatula or knife. Allow cake to completely cool.
INVERT CAKE: Turn cooled cake out onto a cake board or plate. The bottom crumb topping is now on top. Remove the parchment paper.

SPRINKLE POWDERED SUGAR: Using a sieve, sift Confectioners sugar on cake.

SERVE. Cut cake and enjoy.

TO STORE IN FREEZER: Cake freezes well. Do not sprinkle with powdered sugar if freezing. Wrap well in foil.
TO THAW: Thaw cake at room temperature. Put oven temp to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat cake in oven partially wrapped in foil. Leave a hole in the center for 15 to 20 minutes.

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RECIPE PHOTO TUTORIAL
By Carmen Ortiz of Baking Is My Zen
Butter Cake with Crumb Topping

DIRECTIONS:
PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Note: 350 degrees for an aluminum pan. For glass or dark metal pan, bake at 325°F.

PAN PREP: Use a 9inch-square baking pan. Spray the pan with oil spray. Line pan with parchment paper. Lightly spray the paper. Optional-Chill the oiled pan.

CRUMB TOPPING PREP:
TOAST walnuts on stovetop or in oven for about 5-8 minutes. Cool. CHOP coarsely. Set aside.


ADD TO BOWL sugar, butter, salt, all-purpose flour and vanilla.


COMBINE using a pastry blender.


ADD walnuts and cinnamon. Combine with the pastry blender.


COVER topping with plastic wrap.


CHILL topping.

BATTER PREP:
ADD sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt into a large mixing bowl.


BEAT for 2 to 3 minutes on high until fluffy. Scrape down the bowl with a spatula.


ADD one egg to butter mixture.

Beat 2 to 3 minutes on high speed until light. Scrape down the bowl with a spatula.

Add second egg.

Mix until combined.

Scrape down bowl.


COMBINE cake flour and baking powder. Mix.


ADD CAKE FLOUR & WHOLE MILK ALTERNATELY to batter.

Start and end with flour in 4 additions, milk in 3.

BEAT BATTER on low speed. Scrape sides of bowl. Combine well but DO NOT OVERBEAT.


ADD CRUMB MIXTURE TO BOTTOM OF PAN: Cover bottom of prepared pan with crumbs. Spread evenly in pan.

POUR BATTER ON TOP OF CRUMBS: Cover crumbs with batter. Gently smooth batter evenly.

BAKE AT 350 DEGREES Fahrenheit for 50 to 60 minutes.

Note: Cover pan loosely with aluminum foil if it browns too soon. Batter should be a dark golden brown.

REMOVE cake from oven after pick inserted comes out clean.

COOL CAKE. After 5 minutes of cooling, release the edges by going around them with a small spatula or knife.

Allow cake to completely cool.


INVERT CAKE: Turn cooled cake out onto a cake board or plate.

The bottom crumb topping is now on top. Remove the parchment paper.

SPRINKLE POWDERED SUGAR: Using a sieve, sift Confectioners sugar on cake.

SERVE. Cut cake and enjoy.

TO STORE IN FREEZER: Cake freezes well. Do not sprinkle with powdered sugar if freezing. Wrap well in foil.

TO THAW: Thaw cake at room temperature. Put oven temp to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat cake in oven partially wrapped in foil. Leave a hole in the center for 15 to 20 minutes.

Recipe Inspiration by Helen S. Fletcher of Pastries Like a Pro (Deep Butter Cake)

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Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Today, April 12, 2020, is Easter Sunday.


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, families cannot congregate together to celebrate the religious holiday of Easter.

As we all must engage in social distancing, ZOOM is a way to stay connected. Our families have been using ZOOM to stay in touch. It has been fun, but, I look forward to the days of enjoying Sundays together…elbow to elbow at the dinner table.

A fun aspect of Easter is the candy enjoyed on this day, such as chocolate bunnies, Peeps etc. One of my favorite candy are JUST BORN jelly beans. So good!

Have a Blessed Easter!

~ Carmen

Baking is my Zen
…sweet nibbles for the soul

For savory dishes, visit my other blog, sometimes SAVORY.

Photography by Carmen Ortiz.
~All Rights Reserved.
Not to be used without permission.

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