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Four ingredients add up to big flavors

The small jar of Trader Joe’s South African Smoke Seasoning Blend ($2.29 for 1.76 ounces) makes you sit up and take notice. It offers surprisingly big flavors from four ingredients: smoked paprika flakes, sea salt, garlic, and basil. Use the subtly smoky mix to sprinkle on meats and vegetables before grilling, on eggs after scrambling, and on pasta and grain dishes before you send them to the table. Stir it into dips and spreads, such as hummus, baba ghanoush, or chimichurri, or add to mayo. There’s a grinder at the top of the bottle so you can crank the smokiness freshly each time. A snug plastic cap covers the top when it’s not in use, which won’t be often. Available at Trader Joe’s stores. LISA ZWIRN

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