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Momosita's Borscht

4 quarts water
1 12 lbs stew meat (optional)
2 medium onions, sliced into rounds
2 stalks celery, cut in 1-inch lengths
4 -6 carrots, sliced into thin coins
4 beets, peeled and sliced
1 head green cabbage, cut into wedges
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon salt
1 beet, grated (optional)
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 -2 tablespoon honey
sour cream


Into 4 quarts of water add stew meat, onions, celery, sliced beets, cabbage, bay leaf, and salt. Simmer for 3.5 hours. After simmering add grated beets (optional), tomato paste, vinegar and honey. Simmer for another 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve each bowl with a dollop of sour cream.

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