Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 at 7:00 PM
or meet early at
C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.
*** Dinner location TBD at Perkins ***

Club Info & Events

Details from the January Meeting
This relentless deep freeze we've been experiencing was responsible for preventing at least one of our members from making it to last month's meeting. CB Perkin's was pretty quiet too except for maybe Prabhakar who was particularly animated that day. Possibly he got some good news from his friend Johnny Walker.
After dinner at Subway we headed to the meeting where people trickled in slowly undoubtedly due to frozen limbs and joints. It was good to see Bob back for a visit, especially since he had our pipes from the Kaywoodie Holiday party that most of us regrettably missed this year due to an all day snow storm predicted on that day. But this year's pipe was a beauty, a square shanked, four panel, sandblasted billiard. I've smoked it twice so far and it smokes well.

Pipe Club Monthly Theme
Last month's meeting theme went really well. Everyone participated and the stories that were shared were all very interesting. So let's keep it going.

This month's theme: Was there any person, event, book, movie, etc. that had a profound effect on you smoking a pipe or influenced why you smoke your pipe the way you do? If not, have you met any pipe smokers over the years that left you with a lasting memory. Tell us about it.

During the businessess part of our meeting Ernie had asked me, in his absense, to present his idea to the club that we donate some of our funds to a worthy cause. and in particular to the Wounded Warrior Project. Our discussion included a number of members contibuting very positive reviews of this charity's work. A vote was taken with unanimous agreement. Additional details to follow.

Breakfast With Sherlock   by Richard Frederics
It is a bitter cold day and I just lit up my pipe. This is usually when I like to write and now is no exception.
Earlier this week my wife and I were going through her cookbooks (she has well over one hundred) when we came across one entitled “Sherlock Holmes Cookbook.” We bought it when we visited London almost 35 years ago. I forgot all about it until now. So, I decided that periodically I will take the liberty to share some things from the book – giving you readers a chance to escape to your kitchen and dining room as if it were the late 1800’s. Let’s start with breakfast.
The author, John Farrell makes note that “Holmes and Watson ate their eggs scrambled, at least on occasion since Holmes, offering breakfast to Inspector Stanley Hopkins warns him that the scrambled eggs are cold.” (Do you know what story this is from? send in your guess ) On another occasion, at tea in “The Valley of Fear,” Holmes talks of “polishing off” an egg.
So here is one egg recipe to try – and it just might be one that Holmes himself would have enjoyed.
Eggs and Tomatoes:
Take two ripe tomatoes and cut a circular hole into the stalk ends. Remove the seeds and pulp, leaving only the flesh adhering to the skin. Sprinkle the inside of the tomato with salt and pepper. Break one egg into each tomato. Lay a small piece of butter on top and bake in a moderate (350 degree) oven until egg is set. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
“… and we sat down together to the excellent breakfast that Mrs. Hudson had prepared.”

See you next time for lunch.


Readers Comments

Bob Kiess of Dr. Bob Pipes left a comment on one of Rick's recent articles about smoking a pipe on hot days. Here's what he said....

Hi, guys,
I totally agree about hot and humid weather affecting pipe smoking. About June I noted that one of my favorites, EMP, quickly went down hill and was a chore to finish due to harshness. Then I noticed that Appertif and NiteCap did the same. Virginias were not as bad. My good friend Bob Swanson living in Florida has the same problem and made a good suggestion. Just smoke half bowls and that does seem to help. I find myself smoking more cigars this summer and less pipes. I am confident that cooler and drier weather will change all this. Dr. Bob

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

International Pipe Smoking Day
For some reason I usually forget to mention IPSD until it has already passed. Well this year I remembered in time and am attempting to put together an SHPC field trip for those of us who can take the day off. The current plans are to take a ride out to the Old Firehouse Smoke Shop in Fall River. If everything falls into place we'll have an account of our visit in the next Gazette. Maybe you can join us there.

Broken Pipe
We learned last month of the passing of one of our former members Jon Cohen. Nicknamed "Gadget" for the myriad of items found in all pockets. I didn't know him well but was told he was a colorful character and a collecter of Falcon pipes amoung other things. We wish him well on his new journey.

PipesMagazine Radio Show - Recent Episodes
Below are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio Shows that aired since the last Gazette.

Other Important Links for Smokers:

Websites Worth a Look

Gold Leaf Tobacconist on Facebook
Hey Folks, did you know that the Gold Leaf Tobacconist now has a Facebook page. If you've never been there, Joe runs a great shop in Seabrook, NH. It has an old time tobacco shop feel, plenty of pipes and tobacco to satisfy the pipe smoker, a nice walk in humidor for the cigar aficionado and a great sitting area. Be sure to hop on over and "Like" their page and if you heading North be sure to stop in, say hello to Joe and tell 'em SHPC sent ya. Go to FB

Latakia Cigar
Have you tried the new latakia cigar called Spectre by A.J. Fernandez? Me either but it does sound pretty interesting. Can't decide if you want to smoke your pipe or cigar some days... this might be the answer to those days of indecision. A.J Fernandez is no slouch when it comes to makin' cigars so I'm pretty sure this one will be a keeper. Check it out.

2014 Club Pipe Update
Not too much more to mention other than the fact that the pipes will begin production in February and are we hope to distribute at the May meeting. So if all goes as planned we will probably collect the money at April meeting so be prepared. We will let you know if anything changes.

We sure as heck can't. Help us out.

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