Use cast-iron skillet to keep your food warm: Cooking something this Super Bowl weekend that you want to keep warm while it's resting on the table until kick-off? A cast-iron skillet can help get the job done. Start by heating a large skillet over a burner until it's warm — warm enough that you can't touch the handle without oven mitts but not so hot that it starts to smoke. Remove the skillet from the heat and place on a dish towel or trivet. Then, if you're trying to keep something warm that was previously cooked in a pot or saucepan, like sauce or mashed potatoes, place the pot directly into the cast-iron skillet. It will heat the bottom of the pot without burning it. If you're trying to keep loose objects like chicken wings or pigs in a blanket or quesadillas warm, simply wrap them loosely in aluminum foil and place in the cast-iron skillet. When you're ready to serve, remove everything from the skillet and place on plates, or leave in the skillet and warn your guests to be careful when touching it.
Michelle Stark, Times food editor