Thursday, February 25, 2016

Northwestern Steakhouse Dinner Mason City, Iowa (Copycat Recipe)

So living in the Mason City area for 18 years, we have eaten at the Northwest Steakhouse a number of times ... Having moved a bit south I was very pleased to find this recipe and have tried to with incredible results!

Once you've tried it let me know what you think!


Pastor Steve

Northwestern Steakhouse Dinner (Copycat)

**This recipe makes enough for 4 small cuts of steak or 2 large cuts.  We’ve always used it for 2 larger cuts and used the extra seasoned juice for our spaghetti on the side, however, I would guess if you used 4 small cuts you would still have plenty of juice to use for your pasta**

2 Large or 4 Small cuts of Steak (I prefer Rib-eye)
1 Stick Butter
1 tsp Greek Seasoning
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Lawry’s Salt
1 tsp Chicken Bouillon Granules


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and sear both sides of each cut of steak over Medium-High heat (about 2 min per side).  Place steak in baking dish.

3. Mix the last four ingredients together in a small saucepan and heat until butter is melted and ingredients are combined.

4. Pour sauce over steaks and bake for 25 minutes or longer, depending on how you like your steak.  For you experienced steak people out there, like Mike, you can probably just tell how done the steak is by firmness, however, I would need to go by temperature.  Here is the internal readings on a meat thermometer to tell how done your steak is (this is when you should remove it from the oven because it will cook a little more as you let it rest on your plate): Medium Rare – 140 degrees, Medium – 155 degrees, Well Done – 165 degrees.

5. We enjoy spaghetti, like they serve at the restaurant for our side.  Just pour the juices from the baking dish the steaks baked in over the pasta and top with Parmesan.  Delicious!

Enjoy!  This really is a no fuss recipe and one you’re sure to love!!!!

Crispy Orange Chicken ... Yum!

I came across a recipe for orange chicken and it was good! But, as I'm want to do, I began to tweak the recipe just a bit, adding a bite of heat. 

Here is MY updated recipe:    
Orange Chicken Sauce Ingredients:
  • 1/3 Cup Famous Dave's Sweet & Zesty BBQ Sauce
  • 1/3 Cup Panda Express Orange Chicken Sauce
  • 1/3 Cup Mae Ploy International Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • 1 Cup Sweet Orange Marmalade 12 to 16 oz.
  • 1 tsp Ground Hot Red Pepper (Or More To Taste)
  • 2 TBSP Soy Sauce
Crispy Chicken Ingredients:
  • 3-4 Chicken Breasts (We used 3)
  • 1 Cup Flour/1 Cup Cornstarch (You can use both or either/or)
  • 2 Eggs
  • Oil (We used vegetable oil)

  • Cooking Directions:

  • In a sauce pan, add the 3 sauces, marmalade, red pepper and soy sauce. Turn the heat on low and let it simmer for 20 minutes, stirring a few times.
  • Meanwhile, cut up your chicken breasts into cubes. In one bowl beat 2 eggs, while the other bowl should mix the dry ingredients.
  • Dip pieces of chicken in the egg and then cover in flour/cornstarch. Set on an extra plate.
  • Add a thin layer of oil to a frying pan and turn your stove on medium/high heat. Once it sizzles, add the chicken to the pan. Let it cook for 3-5 minutes each side until it’s brown and cooked on the inside.
  • Set the oily pieces on a paper towel and let drain.
  • Add the chicken to the sauce and toss!
  • Eat it on top of white rice and enjoy. I think veggies would be good with it such as green peppers or broccoli.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Bible Study & Fishing

Canada Trip #2

Day two (Tuesday) started early with a 7 AM chapel time! We met in the little chapel and it was cold ... the early morning temps were in the mid to upper 40's but our time together in the Word of God was sweet!

Breakfast was at 8 AM and another chapel time started as soon as we got our breakfast stuff cleaned up.  Whenever the second session ended we would pack sack lunches and head out fishing.

So I guess that this is as good a spot as any to explain the surprise about this trip ... I had no real concept that this would be a Pastor's Conference with chapel times, bible study and group discussions. Don't misunderstand, I was pleasantly surprised and very grateful for the opportunity to share and study with this group of pastor's.

Some of the topics we covered were: what we were reading, book recommendations from one another, triangulation of ministry, the need for continuing education, the need to continually being challenged in our thinking on how we do ministry, biblical evangelism and the biblical role of evangelists and personal holiness. What a great challenge!

As Proverbs 27:17 tells us  ...  "As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend."

Oh Yeah ... We went fishing! On Tuesday myself and two other guys went to a lake know for walleyes. our boat driver was a very experienced fisherman with really good equipment. He was able to put us on good spots to fish and the action was great! my best fish of the day was a 22" walleye! After spending about 5 hours on the water we headed in for supper.

Tuesday night was spaghetti & meatballs and it was very good! Supper was every evening at 6 PM and then we had free time until our 9 PM devotions together as a group. Every evening following supper I went out on a boat on Road Lake fishing, catching many small mouth bass and a few northerns! 

I Remain, 
Pastor Steve 

Friday, July 17, 2015

It Has Been Awhile ... But I'm Here Now

The reports of the death of my blog have been greatly exaggerated! Yes, it has been awhile and the thought of removing my blog has certainly crossed my mind. But, on the other hand ... a guy needs a place to come back to from time to time and vent his thoughts.

So ....  let me tell you about a huge surprise that I got just a few weeks ago!


Well, let me start a bit before that .... a few months ago, mid-winter, I was asked if I would be interested in an opportunity to go to Canada for a week long fishing trip. OF COURSE I'm interested in going! So the planning began.

Portable unit just like the one I used
During the course of the spring I had just about made up my mind that I would pass on this opportunity until another pastor friend of mine really encouraged me to attend. My issue was that this was to be in Canada and the spot where we were headed was very primitive (NO running water & NO electric). Having a CPAP machine left me some logistical issues.

Lynn & I talked and we began the process of solving problems. Answer to CPAP issue .... a deep cycle marine battery, a 12 volt converter and we were in business.  I purchased a new rod & reel, various and a sundry camping supplies and prepared to go to Canada

I was so looking forward to this fishing trip!

I was informed that we needed to be in International Falls at 11 AM on Monday July 6th. That meant for me leaving Oskaloosa, driving 3 hours to Forest City, Iowa, meeting 3 others guys there and  then driving as far as Hinckley, Minn. At Hinckley we spent the night in an "motel" that allowed us a bed and a hot shower (the last opportunity for a hot shower for 5 days). 

Leaving Hinckley, we drove to International Falls and met up with our hosts for the week. Got fueled up and crossed the boarder into Canada! Four hours more on the road and we arrived at Road Lake Ontario, Canada just outside Minaki, Ontario. Check it out on Google Maps!  All told .... a 13 hour trip!

Once there ... we unloaded and at the road and portaged in about a 1/4 of a mile to the camp itself and got our cabin assignments. Once our gear was stowed we prepared for a supper of hamburgers with all the fixin's!

Following supper, Doug and Josh Farrell and myself got into a 16' Lund and motored to a small cove on Road Lake and began hammering the small-mouth

More to Come! 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Quick Update!

Things are progressing ... life goes on!

Shortly after my last post my Mom, Martha Cox, passed away. A very sad time for my family but we are so very thankful for our extended family, friends and acquaintances who's out pouring of love and kindness where truly overwhelming ... THANK YOU!

And thus begins, as many of you know ... a NEW kind of normal!

Ministry: Things are moving along very well! We are enjoying great time of fellowship with the church family as well as having a number of visitors attending our Sunday services.

Our Home: After moving in the our new home, the FIRST thing we wanted to do was to remodel the kitchen. Upon further inspection, it was determined that the siding MUST be replaced right away .... so the kitchen is on hold.

As most of you know, the initial project is always the tip of the iceberg! Now, not only the siding but 3 new windows, a new entry door, walk in garage door and a new garage door with opener!

More to come ....

This is the original look of our house ... an updated photo soon!
I Remain,
Pastor Steve