I’ve been having fun digging down into “A Year of Crockpotting.” This gal, Stephanie, resolved to use her crockpot every day for a year. She’s up to day 207.She posts the day’s recipe with instructions and photos along with her verdict on the outcome with humor and honesty.The whole idea is hilarious.And genius.I mean, it landed her a spot on Rachael Ray. If that’s not genius food blogging, I don’t know what is.Stephanie’s blog-concept got me thinking about how much I appreciate the crockpot. As you may know, I already use it frequently to cook steel cut oatmeal overnight.But I don’t use it for our main meal all that often. I’ve come to realize that one of the reasons I dislike cooking dinner is the stress of having all the elements come together at just the right moment to serve the hungry crowd.If, however, I have even just one part of the meal burbling in the crockpot–appetizer, main dish, side dish, dessert (you name it, Stephanie’s had it burbling in her crock)–I can clean up from that and focus on what’s left without so much anxiety. I could be fixing a nice little salad, or preparing some vegetables, or relaxing in the living room with friends, enjoying l’aperitif. Such freedom!The thought of increased efficiency in food-preparation inspired me. I pulled out some frozen chicken breasts and made this: Sweet and Sassy Crockpot Chicken. I didn’t have the ingredients for several enticing recipes from Stephanie’s site; but, energized by her creativity, I searched for an alternative using what I had on hand. Sweet and Sassy Crockpot Chicken fit my limitations.The verdict: Sweet and Sassy Crockpot Chicken was easy to prepare and tasty. The Belgian Wonder didn’t rave about it, but said that he liked it. Besides, he’s so practical and understated, I don’t know that he’d rave about anything food related.I did note that he helped himself to a second serving.Eldest daughter said, “Definitely make it again!”Vive le crockpot!