As a grad student at the Columbia University Journalism School in New York, I sometimes trekked down to the Russian Tea Room in Midtown. For about $10, I feasted on winter borscht and a flaky cheese börek (savory pastry). Those days are long gone, but at least I have a good recipe for winter borscht. It's ideal for casual dinner parties because it can be made ahead and even frozen. Despite the long list of ingredients, it's easy. Prep: 35 minutes; Cook: 1 hour 25 minutes; Stand: 10 minutes.