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White House Dossier Will Not Publish Until Monday

Everyone, I’m going to take a few days to be with family and do a little work behind the scenes that needs getting done.

But of course, I will run open threads Wednesday through Sunday. ALL OPEN THREADS WILL APPEAR BELOW THIS POST.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. Don’t get in fights with family. Don’t get in fights with the turkey. The turkey being the actual turkey, not your son-in-law.

In order to minimize your any potential struggles with the turkey, I’m posting this video, which I review every year before carving my turkey. I hope you enjoy it.

79 Responses to White House Dossier Will Not Publish Until Monday

  1. Have a great time, Keith. We’ll keep an eye on it.

    And thanks for the turkey-carving video. Maybe I won’t butcher this year’s bird for a change.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving!
    Enjoy your time off with your family.

    I’m taking somewhat of a “news break” myself this holiday. I am sick of looking/listening to the biggest Turkey of them all.

  3. Keith,

    Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for the carving info. The only problem with this video is it is from the NY Times. I know they are the official mouthpiece for the WH. Since they tweeted out Officer Darren Wilson and his new pregnant wife and fellow officer’s marriage certificate with their home address. They realized they posted the full address so they removed that and just listed the street and town. Sorry, I do not see any reason for this. I hope the publisher,editor and entire board of directors get a knock on their home door,in the middle of the night by a group of reporters asking why they did this.

    For those making Turkey for their family this year……..May I offer a suggestion? Consider brining your turkey. It will be one of the best tasting birds you will ever have and you will get the bird out the fridge to make space for the side dishes!
    From Pioneer Woman:

    3 cups Apple Juice Or Apple Cider
    2 gallons Cold Water
    4 Tablespoons Fresh Rosemary Leaves
    5 cloves Garlic, Minced
    1-1/2 cup Kosher Salt
    2 cups Brown Sugar
    3 Tablespoons Peppercorns
    5 whole Bay Leaves
    Peel Of Three Large Oranges

    I use a construction igloo water cooler from Home Depot. You can use a cooler or a food grade 5 Gal bucket with lid. After cleaning bird and removing the bags with the giblet and various other parts. Put the bird in the cooler, mix the brine solution together. I mix the sugar and salt with enough warm water to dissolve and and the rest of water cold. Pour brine solution on bird and put ice on top to keep the bird cold. Leave overnight and cook it anyway you normally cook it.!

    A great place to get a food grade 5 Gal is Firehouse subs sells the pickle buckets for $2. Clean it well unless you want the taste of garlic or dill! LOL


    • We just got an Oil-Free Electric Turkey Fryer. A good friend said it works great. Juice squirted out of the white part of the meat as well. I will show the brining instructions to my husband. Tks.
      I could use the room in the Fridge. :)

        • You can deep fry a brined turkey. I have done it several times. You take the bird out of the brine rinse the bird, let it drain, pat dry and let it sit on the counter for 1/2 hour to get near room temperature. Prior to put the bird in the oil, you,pat it dry once again.

          The article you linked to talks about making sure the bird is completely thawed and there are no frozen areas. That becomes dangerous because they pop on you throwing oil. Deep frying turkey has to be done with a good amount of caution. Emerald lagasee and Alton Brown have some excellent method to lower the bird into the oil. Emerald uses a broom stick through the fryer handle with a friend on the other side to gently lower it in. Alton has a a frame ladder rigged with pulleys,ropes and flashing red light,LOL.

          The best tip for frying a turkey is to put the turkey in the frying pot, fill the pot with water until it covers the bird 1-2 inches. Remove the bird and measure the amount of water it took to cover. That is the amount of oil you put into the fryer. Too many people fill the fryer up with oil, put the bird into the fryer, it overflows onto the propane fire below and sets everything on fire.

          William Shatners tells it more dramatically

    • Mmmm! Going to give it a try .
      A Happy and blessed Thanksgiving wish for my fellow WhdHead’s.
      Pronounced, ” wed-heads “, that’s the name I use when someone asks me , where the heck did you hear that?
      I then refer them to WHD.

    • Much too much work. This two ingredient recipe works like magic. One thawed turkey with giblets removed and one pound of good sliced bacon (not maple flavor). Place turkey in roaster and cover from side to side completely with sliced bacon. Cover with foil and bake at 350. Remove foil the last half hour of cooking. Voila you have a tender, sort of smoked flavor, fall apart turkey, and all that bacon for the sandwiches later.

      • Bobby Flay made a maple glaze–so maybe maple bacon would work. I don’t cook normally–maybe heat up. But I combined Trisha Yearwood, The Pioneer Woman, some people on here, and Semi-Homemade to make dressing. Last nite it tasted kinda bland–but today the onions and bacon have permeated and it’s better! My sister said “too many cooks.” Well, she’s prob right. If ever that phrase applied…

  4. Has anyone started the chopping yet? :)
    I still have to do the onions, bellpepper, celery, green onion, and garlic procedure. That in itself should be named a party. In other words more people around while doing that part would make it more fun.

    • Mirepoix, the holy trinity as Emeril calls it. I’m making my dirty rice tonight and heading to the Red River in Arkansas in the morning for Thanksgiving with my Lady. Maybe have a couple trout mixed in with the bird. Happy Thanksgiving to you Mr. Koffler and all of the WHD family.

    • Up at 4:00 AM to make pie crust and brown the sausage for stuffing and bacon for casserole. Veggies for stuffing will go through the food chopper. I’m lazy.

      Hot tip…fry and crumble three strips of bacon per pound of beans in your green bean casserole. Add to the bean mixture, along with 1/2 cup sour cream.

      Out of this world.

  5. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Keith, and to all the wonderful posters here on WHD. I come here every day, often several times a day, to visit and keep abreast of what really is going on. I am so grateful for the work you do. I hope you have a very enjoyable holiday and get some much needed rest.

    • Happy Thanksgiving to Keith and all the WHD family. It sounds like we all need a break from the craziness. I’m looking forward to a wonderful day tomorrow with family that I don’t get to see often enough and, of course, a delicious meal. :-) God bless us all.

  6. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Keith! Thank you for providing this site and keeping us informed. Enjoy the time off with your family.

    For some good old-fashioned fun, try this on the most naive in your family. We did and it was hilarious.

    When you cook your turkey cook a rock cornish game hen as well. After both are fully cooked, place the game hen inside the cavity of the turkey (this only works if you aren’t “stuffing” the bird). When naive individual is present announce that you are going in to carve the turkey. Proceed to kitchen, take a few slices, and then scream and call for another individual in the house to help (most likely your spouse). Say over and over, things like “that’s gross, I can’t believe it (anything really)”. Naive person will be curious (mine was) and will come into kitchen with the spouse (or other individual you just called in) to see what is wrong. This other individual will inspect the turkey and begin pulling the game hen out the cavity of the turkey (shake head and mutter something like “well that’s weird”). When naive person asks what is wrong, the reply “I think we cooked a pregnant turkey”. Our daughter was mortified and announced “that’s one in a million.” We finally broke it to her, but the Kodak moment was captured for years to come!!! Have fun!

  7. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Keith.

    Just a thought about Obama: you can educate a man but you can’t make him smart. The ironic “literate idiot”.

  8. A song performed by the group “Casting Crowns” resonates in my head this morning:
    And I call to mind Psalm 121:
    “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
    My help cometh from The Lord, which made Heaven and earth.
    He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
    Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
    The Lord is thy keeper: The Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
    The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
    The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
    The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.”
    Thank you, Lord, for bringing me home to this cherished nation.
    I am grateful – and I will praise you in this storm that covers our nation.
    Thank you for this forum, Keith.

    • Thank you, Aileen. My favorite hymn for Thanksgiving is the old standby Congregational hymn, We Gather Together. We used to sing it at the conclusion of our school Thanksgiving pageant when all of us Indians and Pilgrims would, ta da, gather together. There are many stanzas but what I love is that the last line in the last stanza is “The truth shall set you free”.

      Today I’d bet that those school pageants are politically incorrect. But it got me to thinking about all of us who comment here on WHD and how we represent many faiths and degrees of being faithful and yet how we all seem to like one another. I’m surprised that someone or some group has not come up with the idea of doing away with Thanksgiving on religious grounds. It is an American religious holiday imho. After all, to Whom are we giving thanks tomorrow?

  9. Thank you Mr. K for giving us this site, and your efforts to keep it timely.
    The ‘family’ that you have acquired is an example of the need for like minded individuals to have a place to sometimes vent, or rant on certain issues.
    At the very least, we can have an adult conversation.

    Let us not forget the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines that are away from home and family this Thanksgiving.
    The veterans that comment on this site will agree with me.

    I commend you Keith for an excellent example of a forum for free speech.
    Well Done !

    • I totally agree with you, AFVET. I will, however, be going through withdrawals missing WHD each morning. But I do wish Keith and all his family and friends who gather tomorrow the very best of Thanksgiving! Let’s all be thankful that our country is still here and we can still restore it. Thanks, Keith, for ALL you do!

  10. To all the intelligent WHD bloggers and WHD CEO Keith Koffler whose
    brilliant writing ignites thought and response.
    Thank You

    Enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday

    Eat, Drink & Be Safe
    P.S. Don’t do Guilt :))

  11. Happy Thanksgiving to Keith and all my whitehousedossier friends. and may all your turkeys be on the table, and not in Washington. or something.

  12. Keith, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! I hope you enjoy some much deserved down time.

    Everyone here at WHD, Happy Thanksgiving!! I’m sure some of us will be busy in the open threads over this long weekend. I’ve kind of tuned the news out a bit the last day or so. It’s easy to get burned out and be in need of a break.

  13. I am a bit late here, but Happy Thanksgiving to Keith and family and to all you good people here.
    We don´t celebrate Thanksgiving here but it is such a magnificent thing to have a non-religious holiday that everyone can join in celebrating. As Europe is more and more a melting-pot of people it would be nice with such an occasion but it can´t be a “commanded” holiday, it must be a celebration that derives its origin from people , common history and culture. So a new non-religious holiday is out of the question here. And we are fine with our old “heathen” Midsummer over here.

    • Thanksgiving was intended to be a religious holiday, but not of a specific church or faith. As Marcus wrote somewhere on WHD, it was instituted by Abraham Lincoln during the height of the Civil War as a day of pausing and giving thanks to the Creator. In practice today it is not so which imho is sad because it is a day when all Americans can worship together in spite of their different faiths. But I think you can see it still here on WHD.

  14. Question:

    Where was Michelle (“flotus”) during the pardoning of the WH turkey?
    The bored/surly daughters were there… but no Michelle??

  15. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Keith. Enjoy the mini-vacay with your family!
    And to all the WHD keyboard warriors – Happy Thanksgiving!

    I, for one, have a lot to be grateful for today. My new SIL is a professional chef and it’s the first time in 40 years that I will have the pleasure of being a guest at the Thanksgiving table. Can hardly wait!

  16. Just got a picture and email from my cousin in London they attended
    church at St Paul’s Cathedral. Every year the entire congregation sing
    America. God love the Brits they said it was beautiful. Now they will go
    have a traditional Turkey dinner a costly one they charge criminal prices
    for American stuff. Stove Top I get for under a $1 they pay up to $5.

  17. I missed this thread when posting earlier.

    Thank you, Keith, for your hard work and dedication. You deal with the dregs of Washington D.C. every day,

    I hope that one day, this blog will stand as a beacon when folks are looking for information about FCMABBHO, Islam, and Israel.

  18. I wonder how many kinds of pie the Obama’s had at their Thanksgiving? Can we start a contest, as to how many Christmas Trees the Obama’s will have set up in the White House?

  19. To get some perspective on Ferguson shooting read this website re Chicago violence, Ferguson is a storm in a tea cup compared to Obama and Emmanuel’s own back yard and almost all is black on black crime.

  20. Now that the Holidays are here can someone explain to me how some “anonymous atheist” family/individual is allowed to shut down an entire school/school systems celebration of Christmas…???!!!

    I never hear these “anonymous atheists” bitch about Hanukkah or Muslim holidays…