i'm thinking about getting a crockpot because i went over to a friends the other day and her father fed me some kind of bean and ham soup/stew and it was so good. he said he made it in crock pot and that that was the only way to get the soup so creamy and the meat so tender. I dont have much experience with stews but now, i think it could be a great, time saving and nutritious way to make meals on the weekdays. (i usually splurge on the weekend by cooking an elaborate meal or eating out). do any of you have crockpots, what are the pros and cons?