Ceramic Dutch Oven
A ceramic French oven is the next best thing to a slow cooker. This 3 1/2 quart dish from Le Crueset ($220) enhances the cooking and baking process by evenly distributing the heat (up to 500 degrees) and locking in moisture. In addition, the advanced sand colored enamel inside makes it easier to monitor food. The colorful outside enamel is made from a chip resistant material, so it's easy to clean.
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