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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


Is Your Driver’s License Suspended from a DUI? You May be Eligible for an IIL Drivers License

Is Your Driver’s License Suspended from a DUI?  You May be Eligible for an IIL Drivers License

If your Washington State driver license has been suspended or revoked because of a DUI or other drug and/or alcohol related offense, you may be eligible for a IIL, or Ignition Interlock Driver License.  For many, having the ability to drive is a necessary part of life; going to doctors appointments, picking up kids from daycare, driving to and from work etc, and filling out paper work and paying monthly costs is worth having their driving capabilities restored by obtaining an IIL.

You may qualify for an Ignition Interlock Driver License if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • You must have an unexpired Washington State driver license.
  • You have a Washington State residential address.
  • You have an arrest or conviction of any of the following;  1) DUI or physical control involving drug or alcohol, 2) reckless driving, 3) vehicular assault involving drugs or alcohol, or 4) vehicular homicide involving drugs or alcohol.
  • Your current suspension or revocation doesn’t include and of the following; 1) minor in possession, or 2) habitual traffic offender, suspended 1st degree.

Along with a IIL you must also install and maintain an ignition interlock device on any vehicle you drive.   An ignition interlock device is an instrument installed in or near the steering wheel of your vehicle that will require you to blow into before you can start the vehicle.  Your BAC, or blood alcohol content, blow must be under .025 for the vehicle to start.

To apply for an IIL you must:

  1. Install an ignition interlock device on vehicles you will drive.  The installer will send the proof of installation to the Department of Licensing.  See our recommended list of DUI / Reckless Driving Ignition Interlock Companies by clicking here.
  2. Obtain SR-22 car insurance.
  3. Complete a Restricted Driver License Application, available on the Washington State Department of Licensing website,
  4. Submit the application and fee.

If the DOL approves your application they will mail or email or Ignition Interlock Driver License when your license suspension or revocation begins.  Once you have your IIL you may legally drive your ignition interlock equip vehicle as long as you maintain and pay for the ignition interlock device and SR-22 insurance.

If you have been arrested and/or charged with a DUI, reckless driving, or any other drug and/or alcohol charge in Washington State, contact the qualified DUI and criminal defense attorneys at David O Defense to schedule a free consultation, 206-459-6392.  They will listen to your case and answer any questions you may have, including questions concerning driver license suspension.


Written by Sarah Ann

Bad Idea to Curse at a Police Officer During A DUI Investigation!

Bad Idea to Curse at a Police Officer During A DUI Investigation!

Female rapper Kat Dahlia is a perfect example of what “not to do” during a police DUI investigation and arrest.  Do not let your emotions flare, do not curse at law enforcement, and do not resist arrest.  All these actions will be noted in the arresting officers police report an will make the DUI charge much tougher for the criminal defense attorney to negotiate and/or defend.

Early Tuesday morning, Kat Dahlia was pulled over by Miami police for speeding.  Allegedly officers could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from her car and asked Kat to step outside her vehicle.  According to police reports, Kat’s emotions got the best of her and she became belligerent.  With heavily slurred speech, Kat began to swear at the officers and refused to take the DUI field sobriety tests (good girl for not taking the DUI field sobriety tests, remember the DUI field sobriety test are voluntary and should be refused).

Police began to arrest the singer for DUI, however, when police tried to cuff Dahlia, she refused to place her hands behind her back.  Allegedly police had to force Kat’s hands together behind her back to properly cuffed her.  Kat Dahlia was hauled into the local police office and charged with misdemeanor DUI and resisting arrest.

The DUI and criminal defense attorneys at David O Defense advise individuals to be respectful to law enforcement during a DUI investigation.  When respectful to officers, individuals will be less likely to accrue additional legal charges such as resisting arrest.  Additionally, when being questioned by police for a possible DUI, David O Defense lawyers recommend not talking to the officers, an individual should ask politely to speak to their criminal defense attorney.  If an individual does not talk during a DUI investigation they will be less likely to say something that would incriminate themselves, such as; “I only had 2 beers.”

Make sure to program the telephone number of David O Defense into your cellphone in case you are being investigated for a DUI, 206-459-6392.


Written by S.O