As the weather demands, it’s time to simmer and stew — productively. Get the link for this pork ragu, below. (The Washington Post)

That soggy chill outside is sending us a 48-hour message, along the lines of: Put on a big pot of something while you a) curl up with a Book World-reviewed selection b) pay bills c) binge watch d) prepare for Kentucky Derby viewing.

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A pot of chili seems fitting. We at WaPoFood are still hooked on this tomato-less (and bean-free) wonder from the folks at Meats and Foods, pictured above; eat a bowlful topped with corn chips and onions and use it later in the week to top a sausage sandwich as well. Everybody’s Chile Verde from Cathy Barrow is tailor-made for a crowd, of course.

Maybe this is your opportunity to make Chicken Soup With Benefits, whose aromatics might prompt a visit from the neighbors and will give you sandwich or salad fixings for next week. Speaking of heavenly smells, there’s Domenica Marchetti’s batch of pork ragu.

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The pot can be a slow cooker, too; you hadn’t packed it away already, right? Orange Black Beans With Cumin take a mere 1 ½ hours. Spicy Eggplant With Prunes, pictured above, is meltingly tender.

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And in horse race mode, we’d be remiss not to direct your attention to Not Derby Pie, a surefire recipe from the WaPo Food days of Phyllis Richman. It’s what they’ll be eating in Louisville.

Top recipes of the week

Dishes that are easy to master and kitchen “keepers” (from Wednesday’s special Grad Guide edition) fill the ranks of readers’ most-viewed Recipe Finder favorites online:

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1. Stir-Fried Shanghai Noodles. Keep dark soy sauce on hand for this one.

2. Broiled Berries and Cream. An almost-instant dessert that can change with the seasons and be made in a single pan or individual ramekins.

3. Fluffy Scrambled Eggs. A few deft touches prove revelational.

4. Lemon Poppy Seed Bread. Ellie Krieger’s healthful way to enjoy a beloved baked-goods combination.

5. Costa Rican Natural Cold-Brew Coffee. Staffer Tim Carman spent many a good coffee bean to develop a cold-brew even he can appreciate. Read all about it here.