Win entertaining season: Make chile-crusted pork roast for the holidays

The pork shoulder slow-roasts to a mahogany finish, picking up color and lots of flavor from a chile rub. The mashed potatoes, background, stay hot covered with parchment paper and the lid. (Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Gathering around the table with friends and family should never stress the host. At least that’s the plan. I try to remember the reasons we gather: friendship, camaraderie, laughter, holiday cheer. Still, menu planning puts pressure on even the most accomplished cook.