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Fortune Cookies Pictures, Images and Photos

Oil pop, pop, popping, mushrooms, carrots, snap peas, shrimp big as butterflies, spicy chicken, red chilies’ flung in a huge steel pan, dancing together like a hot cha, cha, cha. That symphony of image and scent, going down on a Saturday Texas night. Like jazz with maracas thrown in. No, not a concert, but sitting ringside at a Japanese eatery, savoring the show. We only got the seats because tables were full. Just what I wanted but didn’t know it. Life is providential that way. Even in little things.

As I watched those chefs like players in a boisterous garage band, spicing, tossing, clattering and fine tuning, each part of the whole, producing with little effort, I thought of muses. Great kitchen muses up and pinching them with music, and plumes of aroma’s, they in the vortex. When smoking dishes were finally placed under our noses, the food almost felt anointed. And I’m not kidding. I ate slow and appreciated every decadent bite. If only I could remember to savor the everyday when I rise, shower, love, write, cook, clean, and read. To feel and see and hear subtle notes unfolding to a sticky, sweet, spicy crescendo. I will try to remember.

But now to the fortune cookie.

To find the hidden message the sugary golden cookie must be snapped open. I’m as anxious to do this as an enthralled little kid, digging in a Lucky Charm box and pulling up pots of gold, or four leaf clovers, or a wee rainbow. I was that kid. Still am some days. And, ahem… surely some will remember the surprises in the Cracker Jack boxes, back when our spin on the world was fresh as a bright blue lyric.

Here’s the reveal in that crisp cookie:GREAT ACTS OF KINDNESS WILL BEFALL YOU IN THE COMING MONTHS. Yeah, I know it’s cheesy, but this one made my heart leap. Don’t we all need this message? Without this our notes would flat line, both on the giving and receiving end. Anyway, I saved it. Put it in my tiny box with the others. I will pull those out from time to time, when notes go flat and I remember the unseen on a level close to song.

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Comment by Dorraine Darden on January 17, 2010 at 9:49pm
So sorry! I hope you've managed to snag some Chinese food by now!
Comment by Steen Krause on January 15, 2010 at 12:15am
I've had the worst Chinese food cravings lately and this definitely didn't help... ;)
Comment by Dorraine Darden on January 6, 2010 at 11:29am
Yeah, me too regarding those fortune cookies. Maybe one actually does have to eat them to gain the fortune, eh? If so, we're in good shape. Thanks, Stephen.
Comment by stephen dijoseph on January 6, 2010 at 10:16am
just fabulous!..i have a pact with every fortune cookie that comes my way. LEAVE NO FORTUNE COOKIE UNEATEN (or at least bitten into :) ...it's kinda like..the 'communion' experience 4 me...
Comment by Dorraine Darden on January 4, 2010 at 6:42pm
Spice, yes. It's good to keep things fresh when we can, Donna. Thank you. I'm a little hungry now myself. Good luck with frying those peppers. They add a little hot to a cold day.

Ha, Lisa. We still have to cook no matter how artsy we are! But we can bring a that creative ingredient in the kitchen too.
Comment by wiffledust on January 4, 2010 at 5:54pm
you know, one thing i love about this group is that we're all regular people who make some art and then fry something on the stove afterwards!!!! ;-)
Comment by Donna Stumpo on January 4, 2010 at 4:31pm
This is a wonderful description of the spice of life........how we keep it hot, and how we renew ourselves when the "zip" fades down a little......such good imagery! I can actually smell the peppers a fryin'! Guess I'll go cook dinner now..........
Comment by Dorraine Darden on January 4, 2010 at 4:21pm
Thank you, Susie, for your kind words. Appreciate you reading.
Comment by Dorraine Darden on January 4, 2010 at 12:52pm
Thank you, Lisa. You're right, nothing beats kindness. Well, maybe a heaping plate of Japanese food, but no, not even that. :-)
Comment by wiffledust on January 4, 2010 at 12:17pm
woo hoo! dorraine is back! i loved this, dorraine. what beats great acts of kindness befalling? nothing!!!! sticky sweet spicy screscendo! love it!

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