Slow Cookers -- Hot or Not?

I've recently received a slow cooker (a.k.a crockpot) as a gift and am deciding if I want to keep it or exchange it. On the one hand, I am very excited by the notion of coming home to a delicious-smelling apartment and having food for the week. On the other hand, why wouldn't I just cook in my dutch oven on the weekend, the way I do now? Plus, I can't really fathom browning meats and veggies (which is still necessary, from what I gather) before I head to work in the morning -- I can barely make it out the door on time as it is.

Would love your input, pros/cons, recipe ideas, etc.


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