Taking part in Laura Rebecca's Kitchen's "Retro Recipe Challenge #2" made me think of Picnics in Indiana in the '50s. So I searched the old cook books for something appropriate. This is from my mother-in-law Ann's "Better Homes and Gardens new cook book" printed in 1953.
I couldn't bear to make the Crown roast of Spam with potatoes so I thought I'd do the beets as I remember our mom bringing them to picnics when I was a kid.
I brought them to a 4th of July BBQ and no one really got into them. Oh well, I like them though I had to tweek the recipe a bit, don't I always!
About four medium cooked beets, and reserved cooking liquid
1 cup vinegar
1 cup cooking liquid
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon cloves
Heat to boiling and pour over 2 cups sliced cooked beets. Let stand overnight.
I added the eggs but could not find a recipe for them.
Remove beets and add about six hard-cooked eggs. Refrigerate overnight. Serve together.
Now this recipe was not sweet enough for my taste so I added more sugar.