I got this recipe from an old cookbook from 1952. I love harvard beets and this is my favorite beet recipe. It is fast and easy to make. In the winter time you can use a can of diced beets, if you don't have fresh available. Also sometimes I just cook the beets whole, then dice or slice them after "slipping" them in cold water. Slipping beets is a good childhood memory that me and my little sister used to share together.