I cook dinner every night (okay, except when we're having leftovers). You wouldn't know that by looking at my blog, because I don't post that often. But the reason that I don't is that I don't follow recipes very often. When I'm busy at work, I like to make a soups that will last us a few days. Or a lot of stew-type dishes. I decided that I'd start to show you more of these dishes that I just throw together. I won't give you recipes, but I'l tell you what I did. Maybe it will give you ideas for yourself.

Tonight, I wanted to use some beets that I roasted a couple of nights ago, and roasted garlic I had leftover from Thanksgiving. I don't think I've ever made Borscht soup, but that's what I thought I'd do. I had a small piece of sirloin in my freezer, probably about 1/4 pound. I chopped it into small pieces, and browned it in some olive oil. I then added 1 large chopped shallot(I was out of onions), the chopped roasted garlic, and about 8 or so baby red potatoes, chopped. And seasoned with salt and pepper. It began sticking, so I deglazed the pan with a good splash(okay, more than a splash) of red wine. I cooked that on low to let the potatoes soften while waiting for my husband to come home from the store with my beef broth and cabbage.

When he arrived, I add the beef broth, and thinly sliced cabbage. I adjusted seasonings, and added dill. I also added a big squirt of tomato paste and a few dashes of worchestershire sauce. I cooked this until the potatoes and cabbage were soft. I served it with some low-fat sour cream on top. It was very flavorful and I will have to remember to make this again.

So this is the type of soups that I throw together without recipes. I try to make them low-fat, quick, and use up produce or other left-overs that need to be eaten.

Let me know if this type of post is of interest to you, or if you only want to see recipes.

Comments (4)


Cindy Ruth, I love this. It's inspiring - and your photos are fantastic!

Thank you so much,

Donna in SF

Donna-Thank you so much!

Cindy Ruth, I received your wonderful Season's Eatings package and I will be blogging about it sometime before Christmas. Thank you so much!


I love the fact that you create a dish from things in your fridge. I try to do that (mainly to get the fridge cleared out), but I am not as creative as you are.

It looks yummy!

i like it! no recipe, just inspiration from the freedge and your imagination...great.

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