My wife uses the crock pot once a week at least. Yesterday she tossed in a bunch of cans of tomato sauce, beans, fresh peppers, fresh diced onion, cayenne pepper, salt, celery and three cups of chicken. We had chili when we got home. I love to read recipes and there are so many that call for a crockpot and usually take under thirty minutes to prepare. We do roast beef, potatoes, onions, carrots and gravy in one dish. I hate cleaning dishes but always clean my own when making dinner for the family. The crock pot seems fairly easy to clean up. I also like how cheap the meals are when using a crockpost and we can get three or four meals from one preparation. I have saved a recipe for green chili, chicken, enchiladas that I want to try out as soon as work slows down.