Our grandmas used to clean out the refrigerator (or icebox) and throw it all into a pot for soup.
My fridge was bursting at the seams last night, but it's way too hot around here for soup. Fortunately, I found pizza parts hidden in amongst the tidbits and tadrats that were hanging out in a half-dozen Tupperwares. A bit of leftover ground sausage, one grilled chicken breast, a handful of residual hamburger meat, a few black olives, two rings of red onion, half of a garden tomato plus two tablespoons of canned tomato left from some earlier culinary adventure.......throw in some olive oil and a little cheese, chop a few sprigs of basil from the yard................... and Voila'.
The fridge is cleaned out, the supper is good, and we didn't have to eat soup on a ninety-degree summer evening.