TMC Community Garden- Enjoying the fruits of their labors

Lise Quinnan, RN harvesting spinach.

Lise Quinnan, RN harvesting spinach.

One of the many benefits of the TMC Community Garden is actually harvesting fresh produce for lunch.  The Southwest growing season goes all year long, and even during the cooler winter months, produce like spinach, broccoli, cauliflower and plenty of winter fruits can be ready for picking.

The Community Garden gives TMC employees a chance to share in the greenest of activities, growing edible crops on campus.  Employees also can cultivate a small plot of their own, as Tracy Sallee, RN, of Employee Health has done.  She shares these pictures and a welcome recipe, as Employee Health is literally enjoying the fruits of their labors.
Fresh Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing was delicious!SpinachSalad

Recipe:

8oz spinach
2 large hard boiled eggs
8 pieces thick-sliced bacon, chopped
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon  mustard
Pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper
3 small red onion, thinly sliced

Directions:
• Remove stems from spinach and wash, drain and pat thoroughly.  Place in a mixing bowl and set aside.
• While eggs are cooking, fry the bacon and remove to a towel to drain, reserving 3 tablespoons of the rendered fat.  Crumble the bacon and set aside.
• Transfer the fat to a small saucepan set over low heat and whisk in the red wine vinegar, sugar and mustard.  Season with a small pinch of salt and pepper.
• Add onions and bacon to the spinach and toss.  Pour dressing over and serve.

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