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• Weekday dinners need not be flavor deficient if you seek out a good simmer sauce, one such as Caramelized Onion & Lemon Tagine Sauce from Williams-Sonoma. Spices, olives, ginger and preserved lemon capture the classic flavors of the Moroccan stew, delivering a delicious dinner in about an hour. Whether you use the cone-shaped tagine cooking vessel or not (we didn’t), directions on the jar for a chicken version are simple, produce a deeply flavored stew and need only couscous to complete the meal. A 16-ounce jar is $12.95; williams-sonoma.com.

•  Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard expands her culinary empire with The Flavor trio of sauces (The Chee, The Marinade, The Sauté) and rubs (No. 1 and No. 2). The Chee gets umami from fish sauce, fire from chilies and ginger. Tasters liked the condiment’s savory quality, and we found it played well with grilled meats and roasted veggies. Rub No. 1 is herb-rich. No. 2, dubbed Masala, taps cloves, chiles, star anise and more for its personality. A 16-ounce jar of sauce starts at $9.75; 2-ounce tin of rub is $6; shop.girlandthegoat.com.

• Pistachio munchers will enjoy adding a little variety to their snacking with the nuts spiced by the folks at Wonderful Pistachios. The Salt & Pepper version was a favorite with tasters. The Sweet Chili got a thumbs-up as well. Grab about a half cup, snap off the shells and your munching counts for 160 calories. A 7-ounce bag is $4.99; a store locator is at getcrackin.com.

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