Joe Momma’s Chop Suey from Under the Dome

Have you been ‘Under the Dome’? I’ve done some serious time there, as has my husband. Thank goodness we were there together, I don’t think I could have done it alone…

Of course being Stephen King, this tome is 1200 pages – and every single one keeps you completely captivated. It’s been since high school since I’ve read Stephen King. Back then I was completely mesmerized. I read EVER thing I could get my hands on that he wrote, then passed my books on to friends. One of my favorites was the Stand, it was not so much scary as an epic battle of good and evil. Under the Dome is in a similar vein, well in as much as it’s an epic battle. It also has a Lord of the Flies feeling to it… A dome inexplicably snaps down on a small town. The towns people struggle against themselves, one another, and the dome for survival.

This is Stephen King, so you are going to get the crazy creative, didn’t see that coming, completely creeped out content. Something that I’d forgotten in my hiatus from Stephen King was how completely masterful he is at weaving a tale. And weaving is truly the best descriptor I can think of… He strings part of a story line, then drops the thread. He then strings a couple more. Dropping a few for a bit while he picks up other threads. He continues in this manner until he has constructed a tapestry consisting of both the darkest and most wonderful images. His stories creep me out but his storytelling is so wonderful, I just can’t resist. This is what I absolutely love.

What we didn’t I love… some of the horrible content. Of course it wouldn’t be Stephen King with out some of the unbearable, unthinkable happening. Things I don’t want to read or think about. Things I will think twice about recommending to audiences that they wouldn’t be appropriate for: children, young teens, sensitive souls, those with an aversion to graphic content or offensive language. I’m wondering if television network standards have really loosened so much that this stuff will be included, or the creators and director are so masterful in their relaying of the story. It does have a 10pm air time, so we shall see… June 24th is one of the most anticipated television events in our family’s history.

So what do you eat with this?

Joe Momma’s Chop Suey!

Chop suey

1-1/2 c beef broth

1 T cornstarch

1/4 c soy sauce

1 heaping t ground ginger

1 t garlic powder

Mix all of this together & set aside.

1 # ground beef

1 onion, diced

2 – 3 ribs celery, sliced

1 orange pepper, diced

3 carrots, peeled and diced

2 small cans water chestnuts

2 cups sliced mushrooms

rice

Place ground beef through carrots in a large skillet with a drizzle of olive oil. Heat over medium, stirring often until beef is browned and veggies on their way to tender. Add liquid mixture from above, water chestnuts & sliced mushrooms to the skillet and stir well. I covered mine to give a little extra help getting the veggies to fork tender. Uncover and simmer to allow the sauce to thicken. Serve over rice. Top with La Choy Chow Mein noodles if desired. Enjoy!

This was a huge hit at our house and too easy to not repeat in the future, perhaps on premier night 😉

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