Here’s a great pan for entertaining or for families who eat at different times. The Kuhn Rikon Hotpan is a lidded, stainless-steel pot that fits into a bright melamine bowl that doubles as an insulating jacket. I tried it during a dinner party and not only did it keep mashed potatoes nicely warm on the countertop for two hours, but it also freed up a burner. (And a bonus: the bowl looked good enough to serve from.) It also kept a couscous dish toasty during transport to a potluck, and the bowl served as a stay-cool shell for the pan, so I didn’t need potholders or a trivet. The 18/10 stainless-steel pan has heat-resistant handles and comes in five sizes: 1 quart, 2 quart, 3 quart, 5 quart, and a 4-1/2-quart braizer. The bowl can also be used on its own. Prices range from $100 to $200 at Amazon.com.