I once had a Russian roommate. When he learned that I had never tried Borscht stew, that it was my dad's favorite thing when I was growing up, and, that I loved beets, he immediately called his mom and got their family recipe. He made the soup, which also included potatoes, but I leave those out. Either way, when I finally got to taste it, I was a big fan! I absolutely love this stew now, and make it at least once every winter. I prefer to leave out the beef and potatoes, but those are optional add-ins.