You ought to be able to do more with an electric rice cooker than just cooking plain rice. What other uses have you found for it? For me, I'm gonna get some barbequed rice strips from Chinatown (hanging in the store windows down there), slice it up, put it in the bottom of the cooker with some rice and water, and turn it on; I'll see how it comes out. But d there ought to be some more interesting ways to use the cooker.....shouldn't there? Please share.