Indeed. Don't think I've ever had borscht. I'm rather curious about cooking with beets, because I can't stand the pickled ones in a can that are all you see people eat around here.
Thought I'd make some pesto to test out the mortar and pestle I got. Perhaps with pan-fried salmon and some pasta or veggies.
 Dinner turned out pretty good, though I forgot to snap a photo. Linguine with potato, fresh green beans and pesto, the salmon and some good italian bread I didn't make. Pesto turned out pretty awesome, but it used a ton of basil and took a while to get everything ground evenly.
I'm up early this morning making pulled pork - my grandmother wants to have a family get-together this weekend and I'll have to work, so I'm smoking the pork shoulder in advance and heating it up in the crock pot with some sauce for the big day. Not quite as good as making it fresh, I'm sure, but I hope it'll turn out well.