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Our award-winning Good Taste section includes recipes, restaurant reviews, and our area dining guide. Columnists Cindy Fuchs and Pam Binder provide weekly features with recipes that range from traditional to contemporary and the occasional dining review after sampling the fare at area eating establishments. Readers also look forward to an occasional "Evelyn's Kitchen" by Evelyn Swedberg.

 

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Loaded: Buckhorn's new LOADED GUN, aka stuffed hasbrowns.
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BUCKHORN: something about the name ...

It makes sense for a bar and grill to have a name that has something to do with beer. Well, that’s exactly how the Buckhorn Bar and Grill, in downtown McGregor, got its current title.

Sandy Rian, who owned the establishment from 1972-1984, explained how this came to be. “We used to have 100 cases of Buckhorn beer delivered there every week,” she said. “It was very popular, so I named the bar, The Buckhorn.”

While Buckhorn is the name that has stuck over the years, it hasn’t been the only name for the place. It opened in 1933 as McGregor Liquor Store and had many other names, usually the first name of the person who owned it. It has been called by “Fred’s,” “Myrtle’s,” “Cleon’s,” and quite a few others.

Cory Eken, the current owner/operator of the Buckhorn, said that his all-time favorite name is “The Lutheran Lounge.” He chuckled, “This is because the Lutheran church owned it for about a year. Then, a few in the congregation didn’t think a church should own a bar, so they sold it.”

And, just how did a church get a bar in the first place? Well, apparently, it was ...

For the rest of this story, more recipes, tips and more, pick up this week's Voyageur Press.

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One of the many fresh sandwich options at McGregor Bakery: Roast beef on wheat bread, complete with horseradish and sprouts, if you'ed like.
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Get the grill ready

Cooking for one person

The Roasting House: way more than a coffee place!

The Clip Joint: food and fun in one place

No new taste this week

Crowd lover, people pleaser

No new taste

Savanna Portage settling in for the long run

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Family friendly atmosphere!

Hey Pepito, I want tortillas

Have your cookie and eat it, too

So, you are craving some really good food for breakfast or lunch. It must be homemade … like, fresh out of the oven, including the meat. There must be a great variety from which to choose. And you definitely don’t want it to have preservatives. Oh, and you’d like a bonus for calling in your order.

Sound like a fantasy? Nope, not if you live in, or near, McGregor. The folks at McGregor Baking Company and Café can fix you right up!

Since May 1, 2006, Mark Bohn and his wife, Stacy, have been serving up meals that meet all of the above requirements. They have built their business around the “made from scratch” ideal.

“Everything here is made from scratch, without any palm oil, lard, or preservatives,” Mark explained. “It’s what people want nowadays. It’s a health thing.”

Another health-related plus at the Baking Company is that their bread has ...

For the rest of this story, more recipes, tips and more, pick up this week's Voyageur Press.

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No new taste this week
Recent Headlines

Cooking for one person

The Roasting House: way more than a coffee place!

The Clip Joint: food and fun in one place

No new taste this week

Crowd lover, people pleaser

No new taste

Savanna Portage settling in for the long run

No new taste

Family friendly atmosphere!

Hey Pepito, I want tortillas

Get the grill ready

(Editor’s note: Yes, this may be a blatant attempt to create a season that has not yet shown up, if only in our minds. BUT, won’t you be glad when that first warm day comes and you are ready for the first barbecue?)

Envision devoting a summer mid-day in the backyard with your loved ones. After time delighting in games and great chat, it’s at last time for some food. Kids flock before the table and grab their all-time favorites: hotdog's on a stick. Out of enjoyment, they sink their teeth onto the hotdog's, only for some to complain that the hotdog's didn’t grill fully through.

What could’ve possibly gone wrong, given that you’ve been doing the same grilling routine for a long period of time? You see your barbecue grill on the edge, its rusty bars and weakening body rearing their ugly heads. The required outdoor grill maintenance could have rescued your grill from deterioration and your meal from utter abhorrence.

Regardless of the kind, gas grills should receive the proper care. Even those stainless grills which individuals think are extremely sturdy, need appropriate upkeep. Being constantly exposed to heat, grease, and...

For the rest of this story, more recipes, tips and more, pick up this week's Voyageur Press.

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