A big part of my new strategy for keeping up with this family involves cooking more meals in a slow cooker - putting it all together in the morning before a busy day of running around, and having dinner ready when we get home. But one thing that has been bothering me about a lot of slow cooker recipes is the need to separately brown something on the stove and then transfer it to the slow cooker. I don't want another pan to wash. In my mind, that means it's not really a "one pot" meal, if I have to do part of the cooking in a different pot. So I've done a little research, and came up with this slow cooker - the insert is metal instead of ceramic, which means it can go on the stove! So, for a recipe that needs stovetop cooking first, or if I just want to speed it along by bringing it up to temperature on the stove - I can put the slow cooker insert directly on the stove, do what I need to do, and move it to the cooker unit to finish while I am away. I haven't tried it yet, but I will next week and I'll let you know what I think.