I grew up finding beets in their familiar form pickled and served in most restaurant salad bars. I would always spoon up a nice portion on my salad plate and remembered to be extra careful eating them so not to stain my clothes. That was the only place I ever saw them unless we purchased a jar or can from the store.
Their versatility and health benefits has brought them more into the culinary limelight and now I can find endless recipes using fresh beets. I found a delicious looking Roasted Beet and Blood Orange Salad with Spicy Greens Recipe on 101 Cookbooks that I want to try. I'm also going to try a Beet-Feta tart (Orangette) and a Five Spice Beet Soup (Epicurious). I will also definitely make a point to try Jamie Oliver's Smoked beets with grilled steak and a cottage cheese. That looks and sounds like a flavor packed dish.
Right now I can only find the dark purple or red beets in the market but I hope all of the other beautiful colors will be available in my area one day. Soon I'll be experimenting with those recipes; but for now, I'll enjoy a little bowl full of my plain roasted gems.