I would like to know whether a ramekin and cocotte are one and the same or do the two actually refer t different types of cook (bake) and serve dishes?
I believe a ramekin is round, usually with a fluted exterior and no handle. A cocotte is typically oval and a bit shallower, usually with some form of handle. Ramekins are used for things like creme brûlée. A cocotte would be used for individual servings of casseroles or au gratin dishes.