slow cooker recommendation?
Rival makes good slow cookers in a few sizes that are not very expensive. my niece just got one from All Clad for her bridal shower, but has not yet used it so I cannot comment on how good it is. i had the 6 qt one and traded up to an 8 qt. most important thing to remember when cooking with a slow cooker is that you do not need to use a lot of liquid as all the liquid stays in and does not evaporate. i have been using a slow cooker for years. you do not have to worry about leaving it at home cooking while you are away. i do it all winter long. you should go out and get a cookbook as it tells you the amount of liquid to use. i have made quite a few dishes in my slower cooker and enjoyed just about every one of them (except a pork chop dish that did not come out very well). enjoy.