American cuisine: An exploration of exceptional culinary creations

Key lime pie If life provides you limes, make Key lime pie, not limeade. The official state pie of Florida, this spunky tart has a global reputation that began in the Florida Keys

Tater kids Ore-Ida owns these commercial hash brown cylinders, which typically include the trademark. The Grigg brothers, who established Ore-Ida.

San Francisco sourdough Ancient Egypt ate sourdough, which is as old as the pyramids. The most popular and sourest American version is from San Francisco.

 Cobb salad The chef's salad originated in the East, but Western lettuce developers didn't let it go.

Pot roast The Sunday family supper of baby boomers worldwide, pot roast is a top 10 American comfort dish. A generation would be lost without it.

Twinkies Since 1930, when James Dewar developed it at the Continental Baking Company in Schiller Park, Illinois, Hostess' “Golden Sponge Cake with Creamy Filling” has sweetened us.

Jerky Jerky is a popular high-protein food among hikers, road trippers, and snackers.

Fajitas Take range vaqueros and animals butchered to feed them. Throwaway meat pieces as part of the workers' take-home pay and let cowboy creativity shine.

Banana split The banana makes it healthy. However, the banana split inventor deserves credit. 

Cornbread Cornbread is a staple of Southern cookery, but it's also the soul food of many cultures, including black, white, and Native Americans.