Sometime in the 90s, someone gave me a cookbook with different pasta dishes. This is one of the first grown-up dishes I used to make and it was my go-to for trying to impress a lady. It took many iterations before I ever made it with all the correct ingredients.
For one thing, Shrimp was usually expensive, though I was probably being cheap versus budget-conscious. I’d wait for that big shrimp sale Jewel used to do twice a year.
Also, a bottle of sesame oil seemed pricy for the little amount. Again, more about my cheapness than actual reality. But once I used it, I would never not make this dish without it.
Finding snow peas was tough too Jewel didn't have fresh ones so I had to find them in the frozen section. I learned it was easier to use a can of mandarin oranges than peeling and sectioning 2 actual oranges.
Anyway, I made it again for Friday dinner and even Natasha likes it.