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Meatballs & Burgers

July 8th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The Boza’s were Italians. They owned the Yulan Hotel. Both Pete and Anne were short, heavy set people, and their children, Carol and Boots, were of the same build. This may have been partly due to Anne’s cooking skills. From my experience she was a marvelous cook. Anne didn’t cook in the main kitchen, although she could often be found there overseeing the operations. It was in the small kitchen that was in the building that served as the bar that she could be found using her skills. Boots and I would head to this kitchen in the evening hours to refuel. This was the first time I had ever seen a hamburger form. This was a round, thin, metal ring, about 1 inch tall. About 2/3rds up this ring was a ridge. This ridge would hold a flat, metal disc that you dropped into the ring. You stuffed the hamburger into the ring against the disc. It could make hamburgers of two thickness, depending on the side of the ridge you placed the disc (surprisingly, a Google search found no images of one of these burger forms). Anne Boza make thick burgers, the meat laced with spices and magic. Placed on a bun with lettuce, tomato and an onion slice, throw in the mountain air and starry night … a memory creating burger.

Yulan Hotel Bar

The only thing that could compare of those evening burgers were Anne’s home made meat ball sandwiches. These were placed on Italian bread and covered with home made sauce. It was no easy choice – burger or meatballs.

There were always people at the bar when we would enter and head to the kitchen. You could hear the chatter, clinking of glass and lots of laughter. Good times were being had by all. And that’s the word for those childhood days at the lake – good times – times filled with goodness – for all.

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  • 1 Nicholas Episcopia // May 30, 2019 at 4:24 am

    Yes I remember Boza’s very well Great times there as a young man.

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