I love mine. It's a euro pro, I think it's 5 quarts? I don't have the box any more but it's pretty big. I use it a lot, I just wish I could find more recipes that didn't rely on processed junk like campbell's and lipton's soup. If anyone knows a good healthy sub for those 2 ingredients I've got some old recipes I'd like to convert
anyway, I make chile verde, chili, pot roast, chicken and corn soup,vegetable soup, and potato soup in mine most of the time. I love it, I usually load it and the breadmaker at the same time.
I don't know any vegetarian recipes if that is a concern.
The hardest thing is finding good recipes. I have not had any success with bbq ribs, I've heard you can make them but I have not had a recipe that worked, they were awful. I love the pot roast made with those awful soups, but I rarely make it because I just don't like knowing what goes in it.
I've got several crock pot recipe books, but really, I've only found 2 or 3 recipes in each one that looked good to me. You're supposed to be able to bake bread in them, too, but with a bread maker I don't see any reason to.
and I second the mulled cider thing. At christmas time my sil made a mixture of cinnamon schnapps and apple cider in the crockpot that was much yummier than I would have expected.