Back to New Year's Eve and the Russian food. I walked in and was immediately hit with this aroma of spices. We sat down and both decided what to order. I started off with a wine poached pear salad (OMG) then for my main dish had blackened salmon on top of potato filled dumplings covered in a Chardonnay cream dill sauce. Hello! My friend started off with Borscht soup followed by grilled vegetables in Southern Russian spices on top of buckwheat. We were both impressed with the food.
I went home determined to make the Borscht soup. I love beets but never know how to cook them. I searched and found a fairly simple recipe on Allrecipes.com . A quick trip to the co-op to get the ingredients then home to cook.
The soup turned out great. A little different than what I tried at the restaurant but I was okay with that. I was pleased with how well everything turned out and the wonderful smells coming from my kitchen. Here is the recipe from Allrecipes with my notes on what I did differently in bold.