In the oven, interlude 

Exquisitely crafted, cinnamon-sugar infused cinnamon swirl loaves make a difference in your mortgage plans. 

-from “The Baker’s Guide to Financial Planning” audio book on cassette tape from November 1993

Doughmancer 2: The Second Rising, interlude 

Linda… you know how I get when you run from me. You did not let me finish. There is a second rising. It involves us both. So heat the ovens. I want you to witness this. 

– from the horror audio book “Doughmancer 2: the second rising” on cassette tape and compact disc, November 1996

Piping Hot, Interlude

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It is said that if you eat an omelet on toast while it is steaming hot, over the weekend of Friday the 13th, wonderful things will happen. Things that may make up for the potential travesty of what happened on Friday. And if the bread used with the sandwich is panfried white bread, lightly toasted in a small amount of butter, in a cast iron skillet, then the memory of the sandwich will stay with you all day.

What isn’t said, but instead is kept a great secret, is the steam that rises from the omelet develops its own personality. When these personalities become real, they form a physical body in the form of a lingering scent.

Excerpt from Encyclopédie culinaire de l’étrange et inexpliquée [Culinary Encyclopedia of the Strange and Unexplained], translated from French to English, under definition “arôme obsédant” or “Haunting Aroma”