I am someone who doesn't need a lot of things in my life, one of those things I truly need is my crock pot. I have found ways to make the most elegant dishes as simple as forgetting it's cooking! I have adapted ways of making my family's spaghetti sauce by browning the meat and sauteeing the veggies and then throwing everything else in the crock pot to cook for a day or so. Also there's 3 day beans, throwing some pinto beans and some smoked meat product with some other things in a crock pot and let them cook for 3 days, just checking to make sure they don't dry out. They come out absolutely amazing! I also love cooking things like Curries (which I have recieved HIGH compliments about) Italian, and odd mixtures of asian and Italian. Including Chinese chicken Pizza! I have a whole lot of fun in the kitchen when I get my creative juices flowing.