These three recipes are perfect for barbecues or any other kind of summer entertaining for which you need to bring a dish, because they travel well.
The two salads are robustly flavored and especially good with grilled meat, fish or chicken. They can easily be doubled or tripled to serve a crowd and improve if made a day ahead.
The fudge cake is the best chocolate cake I’ve ever tasted. Many years ago, this cake was the winner in a chocolate cake contest that I ran in this column. A great chocolate cake is hard to find at the store; that’s why I had the contest. This cake is chocolate at its best--dark, dense and wonderfully fudge-like. It’s also easy to make.