Apple Stack Cake: This traditional Appalachian dessert has all but disappeared from households and restaurant menus. But we found it among the homemade delights at Early Girl Eatery in Asheville, North Carolina.
Banana Pudding: Almost every barbecue joint worth its sauce serves some version of this regional favorite, still we located a truly exceptional recipe at Galax Smokehouse in southwest Virginia.
Beignets: At Café du Monde in New Orleans, doughnuts dusted with powdered sugar and dunked in chicory coffee remain a classic. At Washington's D.C. Coast, New Orleans native David Guas serves his beignets with a petite cup of Café au Lait Crème Brûlée. At nearby Acadiana, they're accompanied by coffee-laced chocolate panna cotta.
photo: Fredericksburg Pie Company makes everything from scratch, including the Italian meringue.