I have been a long time fan of Pampered Chef, and the stoneware is definitely one of my favorite products! Stones bake evenly and retain heat amazingly well; they will keep your dishes warm long after they've come out of the oven, which makes it perfect for parties/potluck. I've never had problems with burning the bottoms on cakes or casseroles (I'm guessing because of the even heat distribution), so that's yet another plus. It doesn't take a lot of greasing to prevent sticking, and I love that my cookies/biscuits come out with a beautifully golden brown bottom. This dish is heavy (but sturdy), so I suggest placing it in a lower, easily accessible location. The stoneware pieces do come with a higher price tag, so it's wise to buy when there is a promotion going on; otherwise, I suggest hosting a party and earning some free product value. If none of these options are available to you, then start slowly and build up your collection over the space of a few years; you will not regret it.