This was a wonderful recipe to try out on a cold, rainy evening. I am normally hesitant to try crock-pot recipes that require pre-prep, as I am not a morning person and bad things tend to happen if you ask too much of me before noon - this was well worth the extra effort! It couldn't be easier or more flavorful. I'd love to try this served in a homemade bread bowl sometime as well. Thanks so much - we'll be back for this one I'm certain!