If you love homey, saucy dishes, a slow cooker may be just what you need this fall. The old-fashioned appliance is making a comeback with new recipes and contemporary flavours. Slow cookers are an easy solution for busy families on the go: put all the ingredients in the slow cooker before you head to work in the morning, set it to gently simmer all day, and by the time you get home, a hot dinner is ready to be served! To reduce morning prep time, chop ingredients the night before and refrigerate them in the slow cooker’s removable inner pot. Try a spicy pork vindaloo (pictured above), beef and barley stew, or even a breakfast oatmeal.