Need a holiday entree to share remotely? Few dishes beat beef short ribs for festivity and reheatability

  • Beef short ribs Christmas dinner, prepared and styled by Shannon Kinsella, in the test kitchen, on Tuesday Nov. 24, 2020. Beef short ribs feel as festive as restaurant fare, making them a stellar choice for the holiday table. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Our family always goes big for the holidays. We bake more than 30 kinds of cookies, roast beef and turkey; embrace vegetables and fruity side dishes made by guests; and stock up on wine and spirits. This holiday season, I dreamed of seating 20 guests in our new home. I pictured four tables full of food and friends.