When you find a spice blend with the transformative, headturning power of, say, Gebhardt chili powder or Mexican achiote paste, you add it to your arsenal immediately. Japanese shichimi is just such a secret weapon. A mix of seven spices—including black and white sesame seeds, dried orange peel, Japanese peppers, dried ginger, and seaweed—it’s spicy, but not hot; floral, but not perfumey. A light dusting turns simple roast pork loin, baked fish, poached eggs, or steamed veggies into an applause-worthy dish. From $4.50,

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