I'm too embarrassed to ask anyone I know personally because I'll never hear the end of it! LOL! I was very thoughtfully given a really nice slow cooker this evening as a gift by a good friend of mine. One of these: http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-33967-Cooker-Stainless/dp/B000QA2BH4 I appreciate her generosity. I've been thinking of getting one forever, because the last thing I want to do after a long day at work is cook. So this is a great gift. Except...uhhh...except I've never used a slow cooker before in my life. So now I have this alien machine and I'm at a loss at what I can do with it. I can figure out how the machine works and the controls and stuff, that's pretty straight forward. But I'm gone 12 hours a day for work. I'm gone just after 6am, and home and ready for dinner at 6pm. How do I pick recipes for this? Do I need to stick with really long cooking ones? Can I just pick anything? How do I do this?