My Mother’s borscht adapted from a few different recipes she picked up as a twenty-something in New York City. The story of this recipe involves a short-lived romance with a man that later did time in federal prison! Thank god she met Dad, but this soup is a keeper.
In our family, birthdays meant you picked the dinner menu and this soup is by far the most requested over the years. The quantities are meant to feed a crowd; since it freezes well you might as well just go for it and celebrate all fall. —BetsyB
The night before..
Beef short ribs
Beef stew meat, cubed (optional)
Celery ribs, chopped coarsely
Carrots, chopped coarsely
Onion, chopped coarsely
Beets, unpeeled, tops removed and reserved for another use