Family, Food, Garden

Garden Success – Basil

Fresh Basil
Fresh Basil

I’m a city girl who just started gardening. Last year, I had so much success that I couldn’t wait for Spring of 2013. This year we tried out a few herbs, basil being one of them. I left the herbs in pots thankfully so because I have some creature taking over my garden that I planted in the ground (will give you more details about that in another post).

Back to the basil, I was craving a salad to accompany my meat loaf, conveniently so, I had a box of Near East Taboule Wheat Salad Mix on hand. I decided to follow a Greek Taboule Salad recipe that also called for fresh basil. I was so excited to cut my first batch of basil. Holy cow, it smelled so good. I cut my basil leaving the bottom leaves in tact so that I could ensure more growth in three weeks.

It’s pretty awesome enjoying the sweet success of planting your own seeds, not to mention a tasty quick Taboule Salad with fresh basil!

Greek Taboule Salad
Greek Taboule Salad


  • 1 package of NEAR EAST Taboule Wheat Salad Mix
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 cup of crumbled feta cheese ( I like the Athenos Garlic and Herb variety)
  • 2 large Roma Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of cucumbers, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • Lettuce Leaves
  • Lemon wedges


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine wheat salad mix and contents of spice packet.
  2. Stir in 1 cup of boiling water and oil. Let stand for 30 minutes.
  3. Stir cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, and lemon juice into wheat mixture. Cover and chill for 2 hours.
  4. Serve on top of lettuce leaves with fresh ground pepper if desired.

This quick salad was so good. Do you have any good recipes using basil? I’d love to hear them.

Food, Garden

Introducing…The St. Louis Cooks!

The St. Louis Cooks
The St. Louis Cooks

Cooking in the kitchen is a family affair at this household.  We love to cook and we try to involve one of the kids in almost every meal.  We are a family of five…Mom (Angie), Dad (Bobby), Melanie (10), Jack (9), and Nick (5).  Do we cook every day?  Heck no, however we do cook several times a week.  Some meals are easy and simple, while others are more elaborate.  At the Sievers home, cooking is fun for everyone! Spending time together in the kitchen, and at the table is important to us, because we live a crazy, busy life full of business meetings, trips, homework, soccer games, basketball, volleyball, dance competitions, and the list goes on.

My name is Angie Sievers.  I’m a midwest girl, born and raised in St. Louis, MO. Most of the time you will hear from me, but the other four will also write some posts from time to time. We may also have a few guest bloggers too.  I love to write so I figured that starting a blog would be the best outlet, and what’s the big deal in adding something else to my “to do list”.

We will feature lots of things that we like to do in this blog.  The emphasis will be on food, but it will also focus on family.  You will hear about our Sievers Sunday dinners which are typically spent at my mother n law’s house.  It’s the gathering place for all the aunts, uncles, cousins, and some friends too. She has a huge back yard with a swimming pool and lots of space for the kids to play. The kids look so forward to our Sunday dinners at MaMa’s house.

We also like to dine out so we will feature some of our favorite local hot spots in and around St. Louis, MO.  I might even add a few places from my travel experiences while on business too.

The St. Louis Cooks have planted our second garden this year.  I was so lucky to have such a great experience with our garden last year.  It was my first time EVER planting seeds.  I grew up a city girl so we didn’t spend much time gardening.  We planted zucchini, watermelon, cucumbers, carrots (which I won’t ever do again), and sunflowers.  We had so much success last year that we have planted another one for the Summer of 2013.  Stay tuned for more on the garden…

Sunflowers in Bloom
Sunflowers in Bloom

I hope you will join us as we share some recipes, our Sunday dinners, some local favorites, and so much more!