This is the season of the root vegetables, and no root gets me rooting for it more than the beet. Yeah, they're kind of a pain to work with, and yeah, they stain your fingers, but when made fresh, they're soooo good. I'm a fan. I'm seeing a lot of beets at the farmers market recently, like this colorful chiogga beet that has that interesting design in the center. These particular beets are pretty nice when thinly sliced and blanched and then added to a salad. I have to start cooking more with beets now that they're plentiful.