Nana Recipe Wednesday–Lamb Chops with ‘Eden Hospital Marinade’

by Sarah on November 2, 2011

Nana and Boppa were movers and shakers.  They entertained, they were involved in the community.  And, given that they were a doctor and a nurse, were involved in community health care.  I believe, without asking any questions of the relatives, that they were somehow involved in bringing Eden Hospital to Castro Valley, and I believe that Boppa was the Chair of their Board of Directors or President or some such thing for several years.  I know this because I was in a photo featured in his campaign ad, which ran in either the Hayward or Oakland newspaper–maybe both.  I obviously don’t remember.

So, in the vein of “fine dining week”, I thought I would give you a recipe that may have been suitable for a nice dinner party over at the Singleton household.  The recipe is for “Eden Hospital Lamb Chop Marinade”.  I don’t know why it’s called that.  I don’t know if Nana GOT the recipe from Eden Hospital, if it was served at a fundraiser….I just have no idea.  Maybe a relative can enlighten me.  Anyway, it sounded like an elegant thing to serve at a party so there we are.

The ingredients are pretty simple really.

Look at these fabulous chops!  Procured at Corti Bros Market in Sacramento.  They were from a local ranch.  A bit pricey, but man they were good.

I mixed the ingredients in a big ziploc bag.

In go the chops, push out as much of the air as you can, then squish it around so they are all covered.

Nana says marinate for 6 hours.  I didn’t have that much time, so they got the 2 hour treatment.  I recommend the full 6 hours.  At least split the difference with 4 hours.  Then place them on a broiling rack.  I’ve got leftover beans in the middle to roast.

Broil on high, on the top rack till they’re charred on the outside.  I started them on the 2nd rack, which I quickly realized was a mistake.  It took about 10 minutes total for these 1″ thick chops.  They were medium rare.

We had them with smashed potatoes and those roasted beans.

Now, fine dining deserves a sit-down experience!  Uh, except my dining room is chaos.  I’m not quite done with the painting and redecorating just yet…..

Fine dining at the coffee table it is!

It’s just as nice.

So go ahead and make them for your next dinner party.

Delicious!  Now, what’s for dessert?

Nana's Lamb Chops with ‘Eden Hospital Marinade’


  • Garlic, minced (I used 2 cloves, smashed--not minced)
  • Pickling spice, pinch (I used 1 Tbsp)
  • Bay leaves (I used 2, crushed)
  • Oregano, pinch (I used 1 tsp)
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp Accent (I omitted)
  • 6 small 1" thick lamb chops, about 1.7 lbs, together


  • Mix and season to taste. Add 2 Tbsp Wesson Oil. (I used 1/4 cup olive oil)
  • Marinate meat several hours then broil.

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