Originally Posted by tinlizzie
I'm planning my first trip to Trader Joe's since it opened a couple of weeks ago (to a traffic jam, according to the newspaper). Those crispy walnuts will be the first thing I look for, so you'd better post your recipe. It's about 30 miles from here (our gas is $3.80/gal now) and I want it to be worth the trip.
I'm so excited for you! I won't recommend every item at TJ's without exception, particularly some of the microwave convenience food (some are good like Mandarin Orange Chicken, BBQ Chicken Teriyaki) while others are yucky). But they've got some really good stuff there, very large selection of wines at reasonable prices, lots of raw and cooked nuts, dried fruits, lots of cheeses... I think they hit a really excellent point of good quality foods at very reasonable prices. It's like a bit less pricey than Whole Foods Market.
If you happen to notice, please tell me the price of their Charles Shaw wines, also known as "Two Buck Chuck" because it's sold by TJ in many states for $1.99/750mL. (Some states like NM it's $2.99.)
We've already discussed crispy walnuts at DC in this topic: Candied/Caramlized Walnuts/Pecans
where I found 3-4 methods that I'm sure will work. In that topic I also provided links to two walnut shrimp recipes that lent me some ideas used in forming my own recipe.
Meanwhile I've just shelled and deveined 3/4 pound of shrimp. (Boring but it's good to know to a moral certainty that my shrimps are deveined perfectly. I'm not so sure they always do that at restaurants.) I'm sure glad I'm not on a timetable. It's more fun to complete a few steps preparing to cook dinner, and then get online and read and chat a bit while resting up for the next recipe steps.
The next important step is about 5 p.m. when the chef introduces the wine ("Greg, meet wine!") and begins serious cooking.