Had company in for supper last night....it's been very hot here lately so I planned a cold plate. Early in the a.m. while it was cooler I did a small beef roast in the oven, seasoned with a good cover of alder smoked coarse salt. When it was done rare I wrapped it tightly in plastic and refrigerated it 'til supper time. This makes it very moist and tender. Chopped a goodly amount of green onions into a bowl of cottage cheese, seasoned with coarse ground black pepper and salt. Then pasta salad with rotini, celery, radishes, green onions, zucchini, fresh raw peas, red sweet peppers, and seasoned with mayo, vinegar and a smidge of sugar. The only hot item was barely blanched fresh green beans. Since one of my guests really likes the "hot" stuff, I took a portion of the pasta salad and added two finely chopped/shredded jalapeno peppers to the mix; she said it was absolutely perfect,nearly curled her hair! Dessert was cold, sweet, watermelon.