Many people think of the slow cooker as a winter appliance. However it can be a helpful and frugal summer appliance as well. First, it uses less energy than a regular oven. It also does not heat up your house the way a regular oven will. Some families are so busy that they can't always eat at the same time--the slow cooker can provide a hot meal before or after those ball games or other activities. Finally it is a forgiving way to use up some of those leftover bits of veggies and meats in soups for soup and sandwiches.
I was home during the day today and got to see some daytime shows I don't typically get to watch. Today on Rachael Ray's show she featured the slow cooker. One was for Salsa Chicken and it's simple and uses ingredients I have on hand. I plan to serve it in tortillas as a wrap. You can find other slow cooker recipes along the right side of that link including Teriyaki Chicken, White Chili, Meatballs and Sauce, Pulled Pork, and Pork Roast. I'm definitely going to try some of those out.