When you spend time, as I do, ripping apart old and discarded books to find text and images for reuse in my erasure books, you run across a lot of compelling ideas that people by and large have forgotten.

Vintage recipes and recreational pursuits are foremost among the culturally lost.  They deserve some time in the sunlight this summer, and so I offer them to our blog readers in the hope that they will let us know how things went if they try any of these out.

First is an ideal breakfast or lunch treat that, at “barely one fourth of an inch thick,” lays claim to deserving its wondrous nomenclature:

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The next is the sort of dessert that would delight a child and make this grandpa sick and dizzy.  It’s bundt cake adapted to the tastes of America.  If you study the photo you can see a sticker on the pan proudly announcing the 1960s arrival of “Teflon” coating, now a staple of American politics:

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By now you may be tired of baking and are in the mood for a food game.  Recite this love letter to your family as they surf their smart phones at the dinner table:

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If you have grown ambitious from trying out these first three tips, it may be time to dazzle your friends with a formal food layout suitable for instagram.  Consider this 1920s afternoon tea setting with lemon Jello fruit salad as centerpiece.  Heaven is a jiggly yellow dream:

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If Jello is not to your taste or unsuited to your non-animal eating beliefs (bravo!), then scale back with this surprise sweet.  As the recipe warns, “Do not be discouraged when trying to handle:

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Finally, if you have tried out all of these dishes, you may just benefit from a good-old homemade remedy.  This recipe looks serious, so I would suggest going slowly in taking your doses:

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Happy summer from SeeDouble Press!

Lawrence Sutin