06 July 2009

Morsel Monday: Issue 3

Tokens, Tales, and Troubadours


{{vintage clay poker chips}}

i have hundreds.
they make me happy.


obviously, i'm drawn to the color.
each one seems like a little art hors d'hoeuvre.
delicious to look at.
delightful to hold.



i pick them up everywhere.
the flea market.
thrift stores.
ebay.
they are my lucky pennies.



somehow, they make me nostalgic.
i know they are worn, scratched, and used.
they are the evidence of games past played.
hopefully laughed over.
i like to think they exchanged hands beneath the busy tongues of laughing men,
swapping stories,
coming together.
. . . friendship.



of course they could have once sat on tables around which there was no laughter.
just anger.
there to be won over as a precursor to property or prostitution . . .
or simply won as a tangible token of pride.



they have traveled places i will most likely never venture,
and have seen things I will most likely never see.
they have endured, perhaps, the palms of hundreds.
i imagine they are quite wise for inanimate objects,
that their stories could rival the tales of talking walls.

yes.
they fascinate me.


i have made jewelry from them,
and Christmas ornaments.
(they take to the drill quite nicely.)

i leave them with monetary tips on tables
and slip them in keith's pockets when he has to travel for work.
a reminder of home.
he has traveled the world as well, seeing things I probably never will,
but has somehow found and settled here with me.
he and the chips,
tumbleweeds . . . having now come to a standstill.
filling my world with wonder.
With color.
With laughter.



and so i think i shall return the favor in some small way,
and send these tiny troubadours to you.
a token of thanks,
a wish for good luck and happiness,
a mysterious narrative that
will hopefully inspire you to wonder and daydream.







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Dilled Potato Salad with Feta Cheese

Ingredients
2 pounds small red potatoes, unpeeled
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons chopped fresh or 1 tablespoon dried dill
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 cucumber, cut in half lengthwise and sliced
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1 (4-ounce) package crumbled feta cheese

Preparation
Bring potatoes and water to cover to a boil.
Cook 25 to 30 minutes or just until tender; drain and cool. Cut potatoes into quarters.
Whisk together vinegar, oil, dill, salt, and pepper. Pour over warm potatoes.
Stir in chopped bell pepper, cucumber, and green onions; add cheese, and toss to combine.
Cover and chill at least 2 hours.


(I took this recipe from an old Southern Living magazine.
Check out www.southernliving.com/food for other amazing recipes.)


9 comments:

  1. Love your poker chips. I am secretly admitting to not have seen real poker chips and I think they are very pretty.
    And, this potato salad sounds very yummy, and I will make it definitely. I love potato salads.

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  2. potato salad is a southern staple!! also, the old clay chips, drilled with a small hole and tied to wine glass stems with a pretty ribbon, make lovely little charms for guests to identify thier glasses . . .

    i might have a poker chip addiction problem . . . (I don't even play poker!)

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  3. ; )

    Don't we all have something unique about us?

    xoxo

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  4. Lovin' the Monday morsels - I never knew there were so many variations on the poker chips (I've been admiring some in your old posts when they pop up). I'm drawn to anything with a history (Tom and I collect antique toys and advertisements) - oh, and stones now, hopelessly addicted to buying stones. Have a good one! (can't wait to see what you come up with for that enormous piece of bling from over the weekend).

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  5. Ha! I'd LOVE some to collect antique toys and have a few old locomotives, but am already running out of room because of all the other stuff I collect. (My husband doesn't understand.) : ) I can't wait to see what I do with that huge quartz either! I was working while too tired last night and melted the setting I had made for it . . . so it's back on the bench in line behind a necklace and two rings, waiting for my skills to catch up to my enthusiasm!!! I'm hoping to have it whipped into something luscious by the end of the week . . .

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  6. Horray for morsel-Mondays! The poker chips are delightful and fabulous. There's something so... EARNEST about them. Very nice indeed. (I wonder what they would look like as a piece of jewelry, a sassy poker pendant perhaps..!)
    :)

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  7. Corinna, hi! I was making jewelry with them for awhile but I think people didn't like the imperfect surfaces, as many of them have little marks or discolorations. Still, I think my skill set is a little better than it was then; maybe I can make something just for fun that people might actually like. If nothing else we can have a virtual critique session! ((Back out to the studio now; I really want at least three new peices listed tomorrow.))

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  8. Jess - these are so freaking awesome. I love them!

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  9. Cool pokers chips. I've never seen the old poker chips, just the cheap plastic ones.

    Pam

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