Its in between size and shape make this saucier pan perfect for warming up leftovers, making a sauce, and even sauteing a small piece of fish or meat. I bought it when I was cooking mostly only for myself and it has worked wonders. I had never been a big brand name convert when it comes to culinary tools. I can't speak of the difference between this stainless steel pan and All Clad's copper core line, but it is clear that the solid construction means the pan conducts heat very evenly. I can walk away from it for a minute or two over high heat and nothing will be scorched or burned.
My only regret? This pan is my only traditional stainless steel pan (as in not a non-stick pan) and I'd like it to be bigger! I'd love to be able to sear a few chicken breasts and then add a sauce and throw the whole thing in the oven. But for side dishes and meals for one, this 2 quart size can't be beat.
• Find it: All-Clad Stainless Steel Saucier, 2-Qt., $114.95 at Amazon
(Images: Stephanie Barlow)