I've had a request to show my slow cooker and to tell a bit about it. I had a regular crock pot from years ago, when they first came out. A poppy colored red one with a ceramic lining that didn't come out. It had been used countless times and I was pretty satisfied with it for years. I decided that I wanted an oval new slow cooker with the removable ceramic bowl that could go from counter to table. We are only two here in our household, but it seemed that a 7 qt. would be the size I wanted. I like to make big amounts and then freeze what we don't eat after two meals. At Christmas, a couple of years ago, I got a $50 gift card. I knew right away what I wanted to buy. I had been researching these cookers... forever it seemed and I knew the brand that I wanted. It's a Wolfgang Puck, 7qt, slow cooker. A bit pricey...but after all I had $50 to start out with. I added some money to it and bought what I call the Cadillac of cookers.The brand name meant nothing to me...It could have been a Joe Smith slow cooker.I just liked all the features in this one. I couldn't wait to try it out. I made vegetable soup for my first try. It turned out delicious. Since that first try, I have become more adept at using it and doing so, sometimes, without a recipe. I know that you don't have to use much liquid with most recipes, you can put potatoes and carrots on the bottom with a roast on top...and the veggies won't get mushy. That still seems a miracle to me...veggies can take the same amount of time as a big roast.I have learned how to season foods and know that meats are better if you brown them first and put the bits in the bottom of the browning pan in the cooker too. I have learned that the method of slow cooking brings flavors that you couldn't imagine. I have made, stews, soups, roasts, chili, pork chops, round steak, everything but chicken. I had an experience way back in the day with a chicken in the crock pot. Rubbery skin, no flavor, grease on top...I just can't get that out of my mind. I am going to try making a chicken in it this next week and I will post the results. This cooker has been invaluable to me during this hot summer. The kitchen doesn't get hot and I can relax while my meal is being cooked. I am more that satisfied with my purchase and I would do it again. My only regret is that Wolfgang didn't include a recipe book for using this cooker.