I recently got a slow cooker because various people have tried to convince me that it's a covenient and economical way to cook. I've found a way to balance a bowl of bread dough on top of it so that the waste heat from the cooker helps rise the dough.
Thye bread turned out really well, and the potato and coconut slow cooker curry was delicious. Easy, delicious, home-grown and economical. That's the kind of meal I like.