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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Firehouse Chili and World Trade Center Building # 6


Photo courtesy of James Tourtellotte The American flag flies precariously out of an office window at the New York Customhouse at the World Trade 6 building at ground zero.


Photo courtesy of James Tourtellotte Construction workers painted "Gods House" on the exterior wall of the U.S. Customhouse at 6 World Trade Center to direct construction workers and rescue crews to the site of the crosses within the building.


Photo courtesy of James Tourtellotte This debris field in the center of the U.S. Customhouse at 6 World Trade Center was caused by pieces that fell from the North Tower. Steel beams formed several crosses in the midst of the debris field.


Photo courtesy of James Tourtellotte This cross, one of several found in the debris of the U.S. Customhouse at 6 World Trade Center, was preserved by construction workers and blessed by clergy in a solemn ceremony held outside the building on Thursday, October 4, 2001.


Photo courtesy of James Tourtellotte U.S. Customhouse World Trade Center Building #6 following the attack.


Photo courtesy of James Tourtellotte The American Flag flies in front of the remains of the NY Customhouse at World Trade Center Building # 6.


From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...It was years ago. It was yesterday. When the air finally cleared, a camera zoomed to a devastating shot of the US Custom House - World Trade Center Building # 6. I gasped and as my brain processed the scene I began to cry. I knew this building well. My job included technical responsibility for custom's clearance and duty payment and I was often here for what I, sarcastically, called enlightenment. I last visited in 2000, the year of my retirement. At that time, # 6 stood tall and strong and proudly flew colors that spoke of permanence and freedom. It wasn't a particularly handsome building, but its squat strength bore an air of invincibility that seemed to belie the fact that all walls eventually crumble. Whether it was a vagary of fate, or the work of a higher power, all who worked here were evacuated before # 6 imploded. At the very least, it was a tender mercy shown on that surreal and brutal day when few, if any, miracles occurred. While the walls collapsed, those who understood the importance of symbols kept our colors flying. I thank them for their efforts.



We have been asked to make our Pink Saturday feature a remembrance of 9-11. I thought this recipe for firehouse chili, developed by a fireman, would be appropriate. Jerry's recipe, as well as recipes developed by other firemen, can be found Here.

Jerry's Firehouse Crockpot Chili

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef or pork
1 pound stew meat
2 cans kidney beans, drained, divided use
1 can black beans, drained
1 onion chopped
1 green pepper chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1 small can tomato paste
1 regular can tomato sauce
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 can beer
5 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon sugar sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried sage
2 cups water

Directions:
Brown hamburger or pork, drain & set aside. Brown stew meat in butter with onion and bell pepper. Place ground beef, stew meat, onion and bell pepper in crock pot. Add 1 can of kidney beans, black beans, tomato paste and sauce, Rotel tomatoes, beer, and all seasonings to crock pot and mix well. Add water. Turn crock pot on high and cook until chili gets hot,about 1 hour. Reduce heat to low and cook 6 hours longer. About 1 hour before you plan on eating, add reserved can of kidney beans. Yield: 6 to 8 servings.

You might also enjoy these recipes for firehouse chili:
Shortcut Slow-Cooker Chili - Sugar High
Chili Mac - Our Life in the Kitchen
Three Bean and Corn Turkey Chili - Cajun Chef Ryan
Hot! Love That Chipotle Chili - Mother Rimmy's Cooking Lite Done Right
Turkey Chili - Chantel's Recipes
Chocolate and Black Bean Chili - One Perfect Bite

This post is being linked to:
Pink Saturday, sponsored by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound.

69 comments :

flying eagle woman said...

Wow thank you for that strong reminder...the recipe looks DOABLE, think I'll try it:-)
Shawna

nanny said...

It is good to read of miracles too! Great Post!
Oh my this chili sounds perfect, all the textures and spices....I will make this one first; just as soon as it cools off a little!

From the Kitchen said...

Thank you for a touching reminder of that day. My stunning moment came when I saw The Pentagon and could so easily envision the horror and devastation there. I spent five years in the building working near the point of impact. I recalled the feeling of safety in being in that fortress. It never entered my mind that what happened that day in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. could occur. It did.

What an appropriate dish for "pink" Saturday. It looks four-alarm delicious.

Best,
Bonnie

Kristen {a little ditty} said...

What a great post. Thanks for the photos and reminder.

Joanne said...

You and I are on the same page today. I was a few blocks away when it happened and I just wrote a tribute as well.

The chili is such a love and clever way to remember the firefighters who gave their lives for our country.

Susi said...

Great post Mary! I will never forget that day of horror and sadness in my life! So many brave fireman gave everything, so thank you for honoring our finest with this great recipe!

bellini valli said...

This is such a wonderful tribute and a reminder Mary to thank our blessings.

Debinhawaii said...

A beautiful and touching post.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Memories or Nightmares, sometimes I can't tell the difference when I see these photos. Thank you!!!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I was at work in Johannesburg on this day when one of our patients rushed in with the news. We were all dumb struck. Certainly a day to remember. Great recipe. Diane

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

Thank you for ths post, the chili looks great, and the hearts of many are with all who gave their life nine years ago on 9/11.

Bon appetit!
CCR
=:~)

Carla and Michael said...

Yes, I think anyone with a soul gets a bit sad come 9/11 every year. I close my eyes and it feels like yesterday. What a great recipe you've served up in rememberance.
Thank you.

Adelina said...

our prayers are with those who died on 9/11 and their families- what a nice tribute, Mary!

Silence Sings said...

Very touchy post Mary....God bless everybody....

Annalisa said...

Truly a wonderful, touching post.
Love your chili, so colourful, and I am sure just as tasty!
Annalisa

Jennifurla said...

With a tear in my eye now.

Susan said...

Very fitting post, Mary. Sounds like a great recipe, also. We will never forget. Thank you for putting this post together.

Lori said...

So sad. I met my husband shortly after 9/11 - it was the subject of many conversations and continues to be. God Bless all the families who were touched by this devastating tragedy.

Allie and Pattie said...

Mary, we were just speaking of how 9 years ago today we were still "innocent" and how our world was turned upside down that day. Powerful images...
xoxo Pattie

Haden News said...

Mary, I appreciated your post on the eve of 9-11. We will never forget! I watched a somewhat depressing show on the history channel last night on the day we will never forget...so MANY brave people that day...so many innocent people too. Thanks again for your post, I will try your chili recipe soon.

Ginny said...

Your memories of the attack are so personal and sorrowful. A very touching story, and the pictures are unusual, horrible, and somehow uplifting all at the same time. You couldn't have picked a better recipe for this day than chili, the firman's favorite.

Claudia said...

It was years ago... it was yesterday.

Gloria said...

I remember exactly, was the day change our lives, for ever. When I see these pictures still I feel so sad. Dear Mary.Is a wonderful post. send you huggs and blessings, gloria

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Love a good chili for sure! 9/11 will forever be a horrible horrible day in my memory. I wasn't close to the tragedy personally, but I will never ever forget it or the thousands of souls who lost their lives due to terrorism.

~ Chef Louise said...

it's a difficult thing to see the pictures, i remember where i was that day... chili? it's officially Fall. Check out this new product I'm testing out, you might be interested.
~Chef Louise

Favorite Fixin's said...

Mary your post has really touched me! Thank you so much for putting this post together. It's funny, because as I'm sitting here reading your post, I am eating a bowl of chili. My son is moving back to N.Y. in a few days and requested me to make it.

The Words Crafter said...

Thank you for posting this, I'd never heard that story before. You're right, miracles were rare during that time.

The chili sounds awesome, but maybe too much for me. However, my nephew and his wife, if possible, would make it even hotter! Gonna send this right over to them. Thanks!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

A lovely tribute to those who lost their lives in the horrible tragedy.

scrambledhenfruit said...

Very touching post, Mary. I remember the morning as if it were yesterday.

Marilyn said...

A perfect post for the weekend. I will post tomorrow for the 11th. Thanks for visiting me. I have had your blog bookmarked for quite awhile, but not sure I have left any comments.

Julie said...

Touching post, Mary!

Radhika said...

Even today I feel so sad for what happened to WTC and people who were there in the building. I was listening to the radio today about the new WTC building and it was so sad to know that they are still uncovering human remains. It is totally a inhumane act. My prayers for the families who lost their loved ones.

Dishesdone said...

A very great post. Very touching.

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Thanks for remembering, Mary, and for your personal story of this building. I loved your idea of fireman's chili - who could ever forget the pictures of all those precious firefighters heading up the stairs.

Remembering is good.

Fondly,
Glenda

Stokat said...

Thank you for sharing a story of your remembrance. I'm looking forward to more beautiful words and meals from your blog.

Joy said...

Thankyou for this post. Best Wishes on this difficult anniversary.
Great recipe!

Kim said...

We all have to remember 9-11... Such things are pure madness! It's a great tribute, plus I love the recipe!

Biren said...

A very touching tribute and reminder to all of us of the horrific events of 9/11. Our hearts and prayers are with the families who lost loved ones.

KM @ This Plate is Full said...

I was in building 5.
After diner tonight we went out on the front lawn & hung up our gigantic flag from the front tree.
I WILL NEVER FORGET!
Bless all who lost their lives that day - the families that miss them & the response workers who saved some.

Pierce said...

What a good post. I'll never forget that day. My husband and i work in law enforcement (non-sworn) and I will never forget the moment that first plane struck. We thought it was a horrific accident...until the second one crashed.
I didn't know you worked in the area previously. Thank you for posting that on the eve of 9/11.

Jenn said...

Wow, Mary, I got goosebumps as I read this! Thank you for keeping the memory alive. And Firehouse chili..what better way to honor those who sacrifice their lives for others!

Monet said...

It was good to read your post tonight and to take the time to remember all the people that lost their lives and all the amazing people and miracles that occurred because of their valiant work. This chili recipe is a great tribute. Thank you so much for sharing!

A Year on the Grill said...

Mary, a great post. Thank you

Puna said...

Such a touching tribute. It made me cry. I am still a jumble of emotions when I think of it. Can I use your words today?

Rita said...

A day we will never forget; thank you for sharing your memories.

Flourishing Networks said...

Great post and love your blog recipes...Yum love this recipe - as it is still cold and this will certainly warm you up!!!!

Lucia from Madison said...

A very touching post. We can never forget all those innocent people and the brave firemen who ran in the buildings while everyone was running out. How they had the courage to do that is something that will always leave me in awe of them. God bless all those souls and God Bless America.

My Little Space said...

Even I'm not an American, I still remember clearly about the attack! It was live from TV and everything happened so quickly! However, thanks for reminding. My prayers for the family who lost their loved ones. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend. Btw, your firehouse chili sounds delicious & hearty.
Blessings, Kristy

Katerina said...

I was watching this on TV and I couldn't believe my eyes. My brother worked very close to the buildings and until I heard from him I was scared to death. I feel very sorry for all the innocent people around the world, who pay for the irrational decisions of a minority of people. Food always comforts our hearts. Your chili looks terrific.

penny aka jeroxie said...

Nice tribute. Thank you :)

Barbara said...

Yes, Mary, a day we will never forget. Such horrors.
My daughter lived/lives 4 blocks from ground zero and saw it happen. The firemen were such heros!

Gracie Jewellery said...

Very touching, thank you. I'm not really a chili fan, but this recipe looks yummy. I know my husband and son will enjoy it.

White Hot Oven said...

Mary - thank you for the sweet note on my blog - I'm so happy you left it because it led me to your wonderful blog! This post about 9/11 was so touching.

All the best,
Margot

Katy ~ said...

Perfect recipe for the day.

Ivy Lane said...

I never knew about the crosses...really is amazing how God is present all around us.. I am keeping the souls of all those we lost and the ones they left behind close to my heart today...

Emily Z said...

Thank you for the somber reminder of a day we will never forget. Your chili dish sounds delicious. With all the spices, I bet my husband would like it!

StephenC said...

Mary, your words and pictures are a tender, personal and beautiful memorial to 9/11, a day none of us will ever forget.

A Feast for the Eyes said...

It was a day in modern American history must never forget. I remember how flags to buy were scarce, as people attached them to their cars. Churches filled to overflowing. Life has gone back to normalcy and the car flags are gone, and many churches remain half empty.
I remember that day so well, and how I stared in disbelief as I watched that second plane hit. I dug out my photo album of my visit to NYC years before. It's hard to believe those towers are gone. We must never forget, but we must never hold on to hate. This is a great tribute.
The chili is fitting, and it's a great way to welcome in fall weather.

Alessandra said...

Very touching post and images Mary. Lets never forget.

The Chef In My Head said...

Wonderful story of hope and miracles. All God's Blessings on this special day for you and your family, Leslie

Avril Miller said...

I love how you have honored 9/11 in such a meaningful (and yummy) way.....my heart goes out to all of those that have been effected in some way (big or small) from such a terror of devistation. Hugs!

Jen_from_NJ said...

My area was greatly affected by the events of 9-11. We all know someone or several people who lost their lives in the attack. Everywhere you turned today there were tributes. I suspect that the day is not as easily remembered in other parts of the country. Thank you for your post that served as a great reminder. We must not forget.

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Wonderful tribute and recipe.

Carmen

Design Wine and Dine said...

What a great post. The pictures are amazing. Today was emotional for sure, can't believe it's been almost a decade. Thanks Mary.

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

I cry as I read this my friend; as you said it was yesterday it was a lifetime ago and it is still painful to recall...lest we forget that fateful day. In honor of those that lost their lives that day, I will make this delish chilli in honor of them!
Terry

Krista said...

"It was years ago. It was yesterday." Exactly.

Excellent tribute, Mary. Thank you.

This chili sounds SO good.

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Great pictures and great chili! Thanks!

Jessica said...

Beautiful post. I love it. May we NEVER forget!

jessyburke88@gmail.com

Jamie said...

Mary, I just pulled up a letter I received from an old friend of my brother's sent to my family after my brother passed away last year. In the letter he sent us a copy of a letter my brother had written to this guy recounting his (brother's) experience of 9/11. He worked in an adjacent building and watched the whole thing. Chilling and so sad. Thanks for this reminder. And the chili. xo

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