Recipe Exchange: Chile Rellenos from Gay and Larry's

Sep 5, 2007 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Press-Enterprise

“Part of the charm of Gay & Larry's was the fact that the meals all came served on very hot metal plates, some of which I have”

Sherri Anderson, of Riverside, came to the rescue of Shelley Moore, also of Riverside, who was searching for a chile relleno recipe similar to the one from the former Gay and Larry's Mexican Restaurant in ... via Press-Enterprise

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Gene

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#43
Jan 5, 2012
 
Thanks you guys for sharing the recipes..will definitely try them one of these days since we have visitors coming over. Good thing I can get the gruyere cheese here: http://www.idealcheese.com/gruyerecheese.aspx
g and ls cheese

Yucaipa, CA

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#45
Jan 11, 2012
 
what kind of cheese on that site is what gay and larrys used? or whats closest to their american cheese?
g and ls cheese

Yucaipa, CA

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#46
Jan 11, 2012
 
How little you do know wrote:
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Travis HAS NOT BEEN NOR WILL HE EVER GO TO JAIL>>>> HE IS NOT THE CRIMINAL YOU MAKE HIM OUT TO BE!
Travis is still in business for himself and has 4 wonderful Kids and works hard everyday!!!!
I called my aunt Trudy and got this salsa recipe for everyone, she also let me know that Travis welcomes anyone to email him questions for her.
12 Red tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 brown or white onions chopped
3 fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded (more or less to taste)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon salt (more or less to taste)
Directions
In a blender or food processor, pulse the tomatoes, garlic, onions, jalapeno peppers, and cilantro to desired consistency. Transfer to a bowl, and mix in the lime juice, black pepper, and salt.
you can adjust the jalapeno peppers to taste if you want it hotter add more or mild add less
i thought oregano was a huge ingredient in the salsa also? thats what lucy told my family anyways? she also said the secret to the chilli reanos was pancake batter. Do you know where i could get the american cheese that gay and larrys used?
friendly

Los Angeles, CA

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#47
Jan 13, 2012
 
sorry to hear but trudy moller has past on jan 10th 2012.
RIP Trudy

Sherman Oaks, CA

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#48
Jan 20, 2012
 
RUBIDOUX: Owner of Gay and Larry’s restaurant dies
Trudy Moller, who ran "Gay and Larry's", the landmark Rubidoux restaurant for more than 50 years (including 24 years after her husband Gaylord Moller died) has died. She closed Gay and Larry's in 2004 and retired.
Published: 10 January 2012 06:54 PM
Gertrude “Trudy” Moller, who with her husband Gaylord, ran Riverside’s landmark “Gay and Larry’s” restaurant and then continued to operate it for 24 years after her husband’s death, has died. She was 81.
Mrs. Moller died at 3 a.m. Monday at her daughter’s Las Vegas home of complications of cancer, which she had battled since 1989. She was surrounded by family, Moller’s daughter, Kathee Tobin, said.
Longtime patrons, who are still mourning the 2004 closure of Gay and Larry’s, were grief-stricken at the news of Mrs. Moller’s passing.
“My eyes teared up when I heard she had died,” said Barbara Tavaglione.“It’s like losing a family member.”
Tavaglione was just a toddler when she first went to Gay and Larry’s, which fronted Riverside’s Magnolia Avenue at the time. The family followed the restaurant when it moved to Mission Boulevard in Rubidioux in 1950.
“We continued going to the restaurant until the day it closed,” she said.“Riverside will never be the same.”
During its more than six decades in business, Gay and Larry’s developed the reputation for serving up the tastiest chile rellenos in the Inland area.
When she announced the restaurant’s closure, Mrs. Moller said she opted against allowing anyone else to take over Gay and Larry’s out of fear that a less-fastidious owner would ruin the reputation that she and her husband spent so many years building up.
“I want people to remember the business as it was,” she said at the time.
Mrs. Moller was born Sept. 27, 1930, the daughter of a career U.S. Navy man. The family lived in San Pedro, Florida, Washington and Long Beach before landing in Riverside in 1944.
The next year, the attractive teenager was hired as a waitress at Gay and Larry’s. In 1949, she married Gay.
When not overseeing restaurant operations, Mrs. Moller enjoyed bowling. She was a member of the Tuesday Twisters League at Tava Lanes.
She was also an avid horse racing fan and Mrs. Moller and her husband owned horses they raced. Tobin said one of Mrs. Moller’s most cherished possessions was a photo taken of her with legendary Triple Crown winner Secretariat.
In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Moller is survived by a stepson Robert Moller of Riverside, a brother Lue Verhaar and his wife Mary of Fresno, six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great-grandchildren and her lifelong friend Dee McGarry of Las Vegas.
A celebration of her life is being planned, with a date still to be announced, Tobin said.
Tobin said people can email her for more information at gayandlarrys@aolcom.
Mrs B

Los Angeles, CA

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#49
Feb 8, 2012
 
I would say this is the DRUNK EMPLOYEE THAT COULDNT' SERVE ANY THING RIGHT. MOST CUSTOMERS WANTED NOT TO SIT WHERE SHE WORKED. SHE IS ATTACKING THEM FOR PERSONAL REASONS AND IF IT IS BREN-- THEN YOU REALLY DESERVED IT YOU WERE DRUNK MOST OF THE TIME.]
Simi Valley Steve

Simi Valley, CA

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#50
Apr 15, 2012
 
Like so many people here, I too grew up having special dinners at Gay & Larry's. It seems some people post here, for some reason have axes to grind. I won't dignify their comments by responding to them.
In stead, I will say how the food was always excellent, I still remember the huge sombreros on the ceiling and the pleasant people that brought the food. I can remember as a kid in the 60's and 70's going there for those special occasions. All I will say, is for those of you that seems so intent on running the place down, I am sorry for whatever experience you had that caused to be so bitter. For me, I will have nothing but fond memories of the place and wish it was still there, so I could pass on the tradition to them and their children. I will close by saying Gay & Larry's brought back grand memories of different era.
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Gilbert, AZ

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#51
May 2, 2012
 
hi
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#52
May 2, 2012
 
hi
DUMB ASS

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#53
May 2, 2012
 
Mrs B wrote:
I would say this is the DRUNK EMPLOYEE THAT COULDNT' SERVE ANY THING RIGHT. MOST CUSTOMERS WANTED NOT TO SIT WHERE SHE WORKED. SHE IS ATTACKING THEM FOR PERSONAL REASONS AND IF IT IS BREN-- THEN YOU REALLY DESERVED IT YOU WERE DRUNK MOST OF THE TIME.]
Brenda wasnt the only one drunk all the time, or drinking on the job... Dumbass
Nacho girl

Riverside, CA

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#54
May 27, 2012
 
Good or Bad Gay N Larrys was a landmark for the Rubidoux area. For some of us the food will never be replaced and we will always miss it. Every family has drama and problems. If you were an employee try not to lose sight of the fact you worked to support your family. If you were a customer dont lose sight of the wonderful, one of a kind taste of the food or your favortie waitress. Lets all hope that God blesses both Trudy and Travis and may they rest in peace. May God bless Kathee with the loss of her family this past year.
Georgia

Fontana, CA

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#55
Oct 11, 2012
 
I too went to G&L's when lived in Riverside. I just learned it closed down, sorry to hear this. So many of you keep mentioning G&L's chile rellenos, how good they were. Well, we have a place here in Apple Valley called Las Brisas and very popular here (not a chain) just like the popularity G&L's had. I am in love wth thier chile rellenos. And made from fresh chiles and roasted first before they make them. THESE ARE TO DIE FOR!
Chris gracey

Oceanside, CA

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#56
Jan 21, 2013
 
I miss gay and larrys sooo much!:( grew up eating there. I loved so many things about that place! The metal plates, the way they would wrap their tacos up in little "diapers"of waxed paper, the beans were soo good made with lard i suspect. Also the chile rellenos were then and still are the BEST i have ever had. WOW!! Also the salsa dispensers lol. And of course gay and larrys always had the cheapest price on pitchers of ice cold beer. It was tradition in our family for my parents to treat the while family to dinner every year after we would get our christmas tree :) we would always request a table in the back room where the fireplace was. Aww i will always have fond memories as long as i live. THANK YOU GAY AND LARRYS
Jared Brown

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#58
Apr 4, 2013
 
Gay and Larry's will Never be matched. Old Calif at it's VERY BEST. We always stopped on the way back from the Desert. Especially loved to take "fancy" friends and oot family who would act "confused' when we turned into the lot. Every one LOVED it and couldn't wait to return. I've never eaten so many homemade chips and salsa in my life......YUM......the ladys in the kitchen were wonderful quick to laugh and smile... They were the Master Chefs de G and L's Cuisine....and completed the family feeling.

I've tried to copy the Rellenos but can't come close.
Isn't it great that we all share these wonderful memories of this Lost Calif. Treasure. I sound like Huel Howser...Hee Hee.......

Blessings to you all........JB/SealBeach
Joanne

Los Angeles, CA

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#59
Apr 23, 2013
 
Doris Mcconnell wrote:
Like so many others, I grew up eating at Gay & Larry's. I was there the last day to eat their wonderful food for the last time. I spoke with Trudy, and she had me sign a list for a cookbook she would be publishing in the future! Does anyone know how to reach here?I moved to Colorado since signing up?
Trudy passed away in January of 2012. To my knowledge there have been no cookbooks issued.
Joanne Rusow

Los Angeles, CA

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#60
Apr 23, 2013
 
Doris Mcconnell wrote:
Like so many others, I grew up eating at Gay & Larry's. I was there the last day to eat their wonderful food for the last time. I spoke with Trudy, and she had me sign a list for a cookbook she would be publishing in the future! Does anyone know how to reach here?I moved to Colorado since signing up?
Trudy passed away in January 2012. To my knowledge, no cookbook was ever issued.
grace mosher

Los Angeles, CA

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#61
Sep 13, 2013
 
I've read some comments on Trudys family I worked there as a assistant cook at 17 after school with Vera Lollie Flora it was great experience oh yeah and Gloria C. We went to school together at Rubidoux High it was hsrd work but we all did it Trudy was nice and a business women and Flora was strict but ran a good kitchen kind to me and my mother and family that goes for cooks and staff the food was unique cooked y hispanic women with history snd special touches for taste and that made the food do diffrent i don't care when people post negative comments the history of GAY AND LARRYS stands for it self, respect Trudy and her family that should be private no one wad forced to eat or work there I saw and knew and had a great learning experience we all that worked and ate there made Gay and Larrys GOD BLESS the family and all staff that worked there. GRACE MARIE HERNANDEZ BRISENO MOSHER THAT WAS HISTORY
Terry Petereit

Redmond, WA

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#62
Sep 29, 2013
 
Best Mexican food I have ever every had. I miss it.
Clint

Antelope, CA

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May 15, 2014
 
Terry Petereit wrote:
Best Mexican food I have ever every had. I miss it.
Right before it closed one of the waitresses gave us a box that the American cheese came in. The brand was challenge dairy American cheese.
Hurt

Rialto, CA

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#64
Jul 6, 2014
 
I was reading posts in this forum about my grandmother and my uncle- who are now both deceased, and it sickens me to see that someone would go to the lengths to degrade the familiy's name and business that was open for 60 years and to say that it was less than good, is disgusting. Ano, My uncle Travis was not a theif, nor a drug addict, and it was not his fault that Grandma Trudy's house burned down. I will agree with one of the previous comments that it was in fact his 7 year old son at the time, and it was devastating to us all that everything was lost. I hope that everyone really understands that with the loss of Grandma Trudy it has been a struggle in getting the cook book published and I don't know that it ever will be, hence the reason no orders and exchange of money was ever conducted. Please if anyone has any questions, and you have a facebook page- try to contact my uncle Brian Lawson, as I do not keep in touch with much of the family any more. And please to the moron calling my Grandmother a BITCH- keep her name out of your comments and thoughts because she was a great woman who treated everyone like family. May she rest in peace.

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