I have a cook book, How to Cook Everything, and I use that all the time. If needed, I improvise some ingredients or use less sugar/butter, etc. My favorite recipe is making homemade bread for dinner. My family(children, husband, and even parents) love it. My sister uses it as sandwich bread the next day.
3 cups flour; 1 pack of yeast; 1 Tablespoon honey; 1 cup milk; 1 teaspoon sal; 3 eggst. Add everything together, if needed, add more milk. It should become a dough ball (not too sticky). Use oil or butter to grease another bowl. Transfer the dough into this bowl, keep covered in a dark place for @ 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Dough will rise. Grease the bottom of a cookie sheet. Preheat the oven to 350. OPTIONAL: Take 1 more egg and use the yolk + 1 teaspoon water and put it on top of the dough. Now bake the dough for @ 40 minutes or until the top is golden and ready to serve.
I also use the crock pot alot. I usually put in a roast, potatoes, carrots, onions, peppers, salt. i start this on high @ 9 am. I either use pre-canned gravy or water with this. I check it @ 1 pm if I can and will usually trurn the heat to low by at least 3pm. It is ready to serve by 5pm or sooner.