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RECIPE BOX: For a tender, juicy turkey breast, cook it in the Crock-Pot

Turkey will be sliced up and served in homes all over in less than two weeks.

Turkey will be sliced up and served in homes all over in less than two weeks.

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Cooking a turkey breast in the crockpot leaves it tender and juicy.

Turkey breast

Start to finish: 7 to 8 hours (5 minutes active)

Butterball turkey breast

One package of onion soup mix

One can of jellied cranberry sauce

1 cup of water

Thaw the turkey breast according to the directions on the package when cooking the turkey breast in the crock pot. (The turkey breast I used took two days to thaw in the refrigerator.)

Place the turkey breast in the Crock-Pot.

Pour the onion soup mix over the turkey breast.

Add the jellied cranberry sauce.

Add the water.

Stir everything well.

Cook according to the directions on the package; cooking time depends on the weight of the turkey breast.

Tips: Visit www.butterball.com and print off a coupon for the turkey breast. Also, use Crock-Pot liners for a no-mess clean up.

There is a first time for everything, and this was the year I tried my hand at cooking a turkey -- not a whole turkey, it was a turkey breast. But nonetheless, it was a turkey.

I looked at cookbooks and researched on the Internet high and low for all kinds of do's and don't's. I even put a call into the mother-in-law and asked her all kinds of questions too.

After all of my research, phone calls and what-not, my turkey breast turned out great.

I cooked it in the crock pot and the wonderful smells filled the kitchen while it was cooking, driving my husband and myself nuts.

I can't even begin to tell you how tender it was. It was so tender that cutting of slices was rather difficult.

Is your mouth watering yet?

My advice to anyone setting out to make a turkey for the first time is start out with a turkey breast.

It doesn't have to be Thanksgiving for you to enjoy some tender turkey. Like my mother-in-law said, you can make all kinds of dishes with turkey, like those turkey sandwiches we all eat after Thanksgiving.

There are several ways to cook a turkey -- in the oven, in the Crock-Pot and even in the microwave, as suggested by a few websites, though I think there is something not right about cooking a turkey in the microwave.

There are all kinds of flavors and ingredients to add to the turkey breast to make it tangy, sweet, spicy or however you like it.

For my first time, I kind of stuck to some basic ingredients, just to be safe. I did use one can of cranberry sauce, but I think next time I just might add two cans.

I used a 3- to 4-pound turkey breast, because it was just for my husband and myself. But feel free to use any size that feeds your family.

Lastly, I hope you truly enjoy getting ready for the holiday and don't stress over the cooking. We all have so much to be grateful for.