Food blogger Amanda Maurer moved to Wisconsin in 2010 and quickly became fascinated with the state’s diverse food culture. Her hunger for food knowledge led her to work for Wisconsinmade.com, a gift store that ships Wisconsin made gourmet food nationwide. As part of her job as the Public Relations and Social Media Specialist, Amanda writes A Gourmet Wisconsin Cupboard to share ways to celebrate with Wisconsin food.
A Gourmet Wisconsin Cupboard celebrates the amazing specialty foods created by Wisconsin gourmet food artisans. Wisconsin is America’s Dairyland thanks to the World Championship-winning cheese-masters living throughout our state. Less famous and equally-delicious are Wisconsin’s heritage foods such as the authentic-German bratwursts ground and cured according to Old World recipes, and the kringles baked in southeastern Wisconsin by descendants of Wisconsin’s first Danish immigrants. Wisconsin leads the world in cranberry production and our residents have more ways to cook, serve, and enjoy cranberries than any other state. Family farms called ‘sugar bushes’ throughout Wisconsin’s central and northern regions produce a variety of pure maple syrups, candies, and original sauces. Wisconsin’s pure honey sweetens cookies, cakes, breads, and desserts. The cherries grown in Wisconsin’s Door County region are sweetly tart and preferred by bakers over cherries cultivated elsewhere.
Wisconsin gourmet food artisans are building a reputation for holding high standards in their practices of sustainable agriculture. Wisconsin meat and poultry artisans are setting the example in all-natural, free-range animal husbandry. Wisconsin chefs support Wisconsin ranchers and farmers by buying local meats and produce to use in their signature food dishes. Other artisans show their passion for Wisconsin foods by combining them into beautiful baskets which can be given as gifts for any occasion.