There are as many recipes for borscht as there are ways to spell it. This basic recipe makes a very satisfying root vegetable soup, good any time of the year, but it is pure comfort food in the winter. A true borscht has the trinity of beets, cabbage, and potatoes, but it lends itself well to improvisation: use more or less of an ingredient, add different vegetables, try different spices, use a food processor to cut the vegies into tiny bits or leave them larger. You can substitute some or all of the water with chicken or beef broth. This soup has a nice aroma of dill weed, but if you want a very strong dill flavor, try adding some dill seed. Lean beef is good, but you can add or substitute kielbasa. Serve hot or cold. Refrigerates and freezes well. Serve with a dollop of sour cream, and a fresh baguette. Adapted from Old Amish Recipes by Bear Wallow Books (1992).