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Yum! Yum! Attorney David O shares his Family Turkey Recipe

Yum! Yum! Attorney David O shares his Family Turkey Recipe

The holiday’s are approaching quickly and there is no better time to share family recipes.  If you’re looking for a holiday turkey recipe that makes a moist, flavorful turkey, than my family roast turkey recipe is for you.

One of our new family traditions is to host a “Friendsgiving” a few weeks before Thanksgiving.  It’s the perfect time to reconnect with friends and enjoy great food before the busyness of the holidays hit.  Our Friendsgiving is potluck style and every friend brings a favorite dish, and every year the food has been fantastic. Since we host Friendsgiving at our house, we prepare the roast turkey and here’s how we do it.


Attorney David O shares his Family Turkey Recipe

  • Attorney David O - Family Turkey Recipe1 10-12 pound turkey
  • brine
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 tbsp. turkey seasonings
  • 6 celery stocks, cleaned and cut in quarters
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and cut in quarters
  • wooden skewer
  • cooking string


Step 1.  Clean the Turkey.  Remove the turkey from any packaging.  Next find the turkey neck and giblets that are usually tucked within the turkey cavities, take them out.  You can either discard them, or use the neck and giblets for making gravy or other favorite recipes. Using very cold water, rinse the turkey well, inside and outside.  When rinsing the skin check for any feather pins and remove.


Step 2.  Brining the Turkey.  Brining is the process of soaking uncooked poultry or pork in a salted ice water bath for typically 12 to 36 hour.  Brines can be made at home with salt and favorite seasonings and fruits or they can be purchased at a store.  We have three young kids, under the age of seven, so we choose the time-saving route and purchase a brine at the store.  Simply follow the directions on the package and let the brining begin.  The brining process is our secret weapon to ensuring a moist, flavorful turkey.


Step 3.  Remove the Turkey from the Brine.  Just before roasting, carefully remove the turkey from the brine and rinse the turkey throughly with cold water removing all the brine and seasoning residue.  Pat the turkey dry with a paper towel.


Step 4.  Prepare for Roasting.  For a crisp skin, we like to use small pats of butter under the skin.  With a sharp knife, make small incision pockets all over the skin of the turkey while being careful not to pierce the meat.  After making approximately 8-12 incisions, place the small pats of butter inside each pocket.  Next, using your favorite seasoning blend, generously rub the seasonings onto the turkey.  Make sure to sprinkle some seasonings into the turkey cavity as well.  If you like to fill your turkey with stuffing, this is the time.  If you prefer to cook stuffing separately, like we do, than fill the turkey cavity with cut up celery and onion.


Step 5.  Truss the Turkey.  Taking the time to truss a turkey will help the turkey cook more evenly and will prevent burnt wings.  To truss the turkey first pull the neck sin over the turkey back and secure it with a skewer.  Next, tightly cross the two turkey legs and tie with string.  Now tuck the wings under the back of the turkey, this will prevent them from over browning.  Nice work, now it’s time to roast!


Step 6.  Roasting.  Place your turkey in a shallow roasting pan, breast side up. Cover loosely with foil.  Cook the turkey in a preheated oven at 325°F for 3 1/4 – 3 1/2 hours or until a cooking thermometer registers 180°F in the thickest part of the meat and the juices run clear.  During cooking, be sure to cut the string from the legs at 2 1/2 hours so the drumsticks and thigh cook evenly.  Also remove the foil for the last 45 minutes for a beautiful brown color.


Step 7.  Enjoy!  Remove the turkey from the oven and let it sit undisturbed for 15-20 minutes.  Next carve the turkey and arrange slices on a serving platter for all to enjoy.  Yum! Yum!


Happy Holidays from our family to yours! – Attorney David O


Learn More About DUI & Criminal Defense Attorney, David O

Learn More About DUI & Criminal Defense Attorney, David O

David O has been a criminal defense attorney since 2003 representing clients charged with felony and misdemeanor crimes.   He has dedicated his whole legal career to criminal defense because of his desire to help people.  He believes it is a privilege to practice law and even more so when given the opportunity to help a person with a challenging criminal case.   What sets him apart from the rest of the criminal defense lawyers, is his focus on achieving optimal case results while having the ability to provide his clients with empathy and compassion. Additionally, DUI and criminal defense attorney, David O wants to get the right result for each client no matter how long it takes.  He takes pride in serving his clients well.  David understands providing excellent service and getting results require hard work, an attention to detail, and preparation. He has proven to be a valuable asset to his clients, successfully defending them in King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County, and throughout Central and Western Washington.

David started his legal career volunteering for a public defense agency, Northwest Defender’s Association, as a criminal defense attorney. From 2004-2008, David was employed as a criminal defense attorney in a private law firm handling both felony and misdemeanor cases. In 2008, David opened his own criminal law practice, David O Defense.

DUI and criminal defense lawyer, David O has been recognized by Washington Law and Politics as a “Rising Star.”   He is highly rated and reviewed on Yelp, Google and AVVO. He has been awarded the Pro Bono Service Commendation by the Washington State Bar Association from 2007-2009. He also serves on the Korean American Bar Association (KABA) as an active board member.

This past weekend, David spoke at the KABA Legal Seminar about criminal defense law.  The purpose of this legal seminar was, “To provide Korean foreign nationals and Korean Americans with foundational information regarding the American legal system and laws, to raise the collective legal IQ of the Korean community, and to reduce common and preventable legal mistakes.”

Currently attorney David O is writing about criminal defense law.  His writing focuses on the legal process of defending criminal cases, explaining the different types of criminal charges, describing the different degrees of criminal charges, as well as what an individual should do if they are charged with a crime.  His work will be published in a collective legal journal to be utilized by individuals for educational purposes and as a legal reference guide.

In short, DUI and criminal defense attorney, David O is passionate about criminal defense law.  He truly enjoys helping people, giving back to the community, and fighting criminal cases.  If you would like to speak to attorney David O, give him a call at 206-459-6392.


Are You Screwed If You Get Multiple DUIs In 1 Week?

Are You Screwed If You Get Multiple DUIs In 1 Week?

Are you screwed if you get multiple DUIs in 1 week?  Most would think “hell ya” especially when considering the fact that penalties drastically increase with each additional DUI charge.  With two, three, four DUIs in 1 week that would amount to years in jail, thousands of dollars in fines, and loss of a driver’s license for years, right?

“Wrong, that individual may be able to avoid all those penalties by bundling those DUI charges and entering them into a deferred prosecution ,” according to Senior DUI defense attorney, David O.  A deferred prosecution is a program offered by Washington State that allows individuals suffering from; 1. alcoholism or 2. mental illness and substance abuse, to receive professional help and treatment.  To enter into this program an individual must sincerely believe they suffer from alcoholism or mental illness and substance abuse and it must be their first time entering into a deferred prosecution (an individual only gets one deferred prosecution in their life time).  The benefit of entering into a deferred prosecution is the dismissal of the case upon completion of the treatment program and among other requirements, remaining out of legal trouble for five years.  No jail time or additional years driver’s license suspension.  However, if an individual fails to complete the treatment program or receives a new criminal charge within five years, then their deferred prosecution contract is considered broken and they will be sentenced for their original DUI charges by a judge.

It may seem far-fetched that someone would acquire multiple DUI charges in 1 week, but it does happen.  On February 24, 2014 a man in New Jersey was arrested three separate times for drunk driving, all occurring within a seventeen hour time span.  The third arrest occurred when police recognized the 46 year-old man’s licence plates from the two prior DUI arrests earlier in the week.  The man tried to flee from police but came to an abrupt halt when he crashed into a fire hydrant.  The man was arrested and charged with another DUI, eluding law enforcement, and numerous motor vehicle citations.

If the DUI laws in New Jersey are similar to those in Washington this guy would want to hire an experienced DUI lawyer to review his case and help decide if a deferred prosecution would be a good option.  Before agreeing to resolve any criminal matter you should always be well informed of the terms and conditions of the agreement and the terms of noncompliance if it applies.  Entering into a deferred prosecution has it’s benefits but it is not a breeze to successfully complete.

Written by DUI & Criminal Defense Attorney, David O

Written by S.O